Winter Fashion Mood: Pump Up The Volume With Big Sleeves
The bigger the sleeve, the closer to fashion heaven
Make an entrance and take up some space with fashion’s current silhouette obsession — puffed, billowing and voluminous.
Part Renaissance-woman, part 1980s diva, puffed sleeves are one of the most ubiquitous interpretations of this mood, having moved on from earlier statement sleeve styles — RIP the bell sleeve of 2015.
For overall inspiration, take note from the catwalks; Molly Goddard’s weird and wonderful layered tulle creations are one of the more extreme interpretations, while Louis Vuitton juxtaposed puffed-up shoulders and sleeves with streamlined leather skirts, and Balenciaga turned it up with the magnified parka.
The key to wearability lies in a give-and-take approach with proportion — cinch in the waist of an inflated-sleeve blazer, layer a flowing poet-style shirt under a tight bustier, pair a puffer jacket with slim trousers.
Choosing one aspect to focus on will save you from being overwhelmed, but if you’re feeling brave, there’s no reason why you can’t go full-on puffball.