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Puffy Sleeves For Spring, More Groundbreaking Than Florals

So pizzazz, so breezy and so in tune with the season's eighties redux. What do you say, Miranda Priestly? More groundbreaking than florals for spring, eh?

Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.

Thanks to the legend that is Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada, one cannot help but associate florals and spring with that one GIF-ed to death scene from the movie. Of course, there really is nothing wrong with wearing florals in the spring. In fact, we’re all for going all out when the season is right.

Streep’s Miranda Priestly is fictional, but she nonetheless has us cracking our brains about the other ways one can conquer spring. Open-toe shoes are in the bag, as are basket bags that continue to rule the hot weather wardrobe and the foolproof combo of big pants and tiny bags. But what of the waist up?

With the return of the eighties and unapologetically top-heavy silhouettes, the answer it seems is puffy sleeves. Not necessarily structured, but definitely puffy. If you can stow away a burrito in there, you’re on the right track. Carefree, easy and breezy – and exactly how spring should be – yet enough pizzazz to bring even a white button down to the next level, puffy sleeves says you’re so darn ready for spring even if you don’t have the energy to match it. Put on the top and the sleeves will do the rest.

Puffy sleeves don’t have to be of the Cinderella variety. If the three-quarter mark isn’t your cup of tea, go with puffs closer to the cuff, a full puff or a off-the-shoulder puff. If chiffon and crepe are just too darn girly when a puff is involved, go for structure materials. Then, bring it all together with more fitted pieces so the attention is drawn to top’s glorious puffiness. It’s all about balance. Below, a mix of a puff sleeve top for every budget and tastebud, whether you’re going for Samantha Jones in the eighties or Queen Victoria if she lived right now.

Zara Cropped Top With Gathered Details 

Givenchy Bow-Embellished Swiss-Dot Tulle and Wool Crepe Mini Dress

Mika Off-The-Shoulder Tencel and Linen-Blend Midi Dress

Cushnie et Ochs Cropped Off-The-Shoulder Top

Zimmermann Floral Print Plisse-Chiffon Top

Zara Checked Cropped Top

Gucci Polka Dot Print Silk-Twill Shirt

Isabel Marant Puff Sleeve Top

Zara Pleated Top

Stella McCartney Taffeta Peplum Top

Deitas Abi Silk Blouse

Caroline Constas Nella Off-the-Shoulder Stretch Cotton-Blend Poplin Blouse

Zimmerman Melody Cropped Tie-Front Floral-Print Silk-Crepon Top

A.W.A.K.E. Gathered Cotton-Poplin Blouse

Magda Butrym Noto Open-Back Polka-Dot Silk-Satin Jacquard Blouse

Rosie Assoulin Checked Cotton-Voile Wrap Top

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