trend alert: the puffy sleeves May 18, 2011

It’s not a secret that strong shoulders are having a serious fashion moment this season. Quite the opposite, in fact, as jackets, dresses, and blouses with architectural and austere shoulders are everywhere right now. And while the more angular rendition of this trend originally got the sartorial spotlight, we have noticed that some of our favorite trendsetters have taken a shining to a different variation of the look: the puffy sleeve. Whether it’s a fancy flounce on a little black dress or a swell of fabric on a vintage bolero, this iteration is less Frankenstein and more feminine, creating a silhouette that is soft yet dramatic.