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
A sky-blue dress with puffed shoulders is oh-so-pretty.
This linen mini with puff sleeves and a V-neck reads flirty and fresh.
Hitting just below the knee, this balloon-sleeve style is a stealth way to conceal upper arms.
This kicky mini with a smocked waist and a square neckline is so precious.
A figure-skimming dress in a vintage floral print is darling for date night.
It doesn’t get more flattering than a cinched-waist midi.
Stripes feel ultra-feminine with puffed shoulders, a square neckline and ruffled hem.
A vivid floral with dainty button detailing is festive for spring and summer weddings.
This beach-ready mini is perfect for a warm-weather honeymoon.
If you hadn’t considered a tulip-printed midi, we hope this frock changes your mind.