This Throwback Dress Trend Is Making A Major Comeback


If you’re a fan of statement sleeves, we’ve got a dress trend for you: puff-shoulder dresses. Sure, the sound of an ample shoulder immediately sounds sugary sweet á la a Disney Princess, but modern renditions run the gamut and feel anything but. With influences from decades past, these dresses come with volume akin to the ’80s (just as squared necklines and abbreviated hems align with ’90s grunge). The result is a fresh-as-can-be frock that works for every age, whether you’re in the mood for a ditsy floral print, pretty pastel or perky shade of red. And we mean it when we say every age can wear this look, especially those who aren’t the type to expose their upper arms—a puffed shoulder with a balloon sleeve will cover the majority of your limbs—almost to the elbow. Huzzah!

Here, take your pick of 10 puff-shoulder dresses for every budget and style.


The Puff-Shoulder Dress

Empire Waist Fit And Flare Mini Dress



A sky-blue dress with puffed shoulders is oh-so-pretty.

Short Dress With Puff Sleeves



This linen mini with puff sleeves and a V-neck reads flirty and fresh.

Seersucker Button Smock Dress



Hitting just below the knee, this balloon-sleeve style is a stealth way to conceal upper arms.

Linley Dress



This kicky mini with a smocked waist and a square neckline is so precious.

La Vie Belle Bouquet Poplin Dress


Rebecca Taylor

A figure-skimming dress in a vintage floral print is darling for date night.

Maryann Ruffled Cotton-Blend Poplin Midi Dress



It doesn’t get more flattering than a cinched-waist midi.

Linen And Silk Dress



Stripes feel ultra-feminine with puffed shoulders, a square neckline and ruffled hem.

Lea Floral-Jacquard Puff-Sleeved Silk-Blend Dress



A vivid floral with dainty button detailing is festive for spring and summer weddings.

Painted Heart Chevron Dress



This beach-ready mini is perfect for a warm-weather honeymoon.

Mushroom Sleeve A-Line Dress


Claudia Li

If you hadn’t considered a tulip-printed midi, we hope this frock changes your mind.