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Everyone’s Trying To Bring The ’80s Back

Specifically, puffy sleeves the size of your face. Call your mother, because she is going to want to see this.
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Have you ever looked at your mother’s wedding photos and thought “Good lord, those are some BIG sleeves” and then proceed to ask your mum what the hell she was thinking way back when?

With the influx of huge, statement sleeves by way of the Spring/Summer 2017 shows, we’re starting to think that maybe the giant sleeve itself isn’t the problem.

Maybe it is everything else around the giant sleeve. The big hair and makeup, for starters. The tube socks and track shoes. The leggings under the skirts. That odd v-shaped waistline that points towards your hoo ha. And all that neon. Oh god, the neon.

But, as evidenced by Pretty In Pink, it wasn’t all bad in the ’80s. The big, balloon sleeves were just…bad by association. Take Anthony Vaccarello’s first collection for Saint Laurent. He spun the giant sleeve from black leather, gave it a plunging sweetheart neckline and paired it with jeans. Even the puff-sleeved gold lamé dress, simply belted over a skirt, looked delicious. No big hair, no leggings.

Not saying that it is impossible to decently pair leggings with big sleeves. Particularly if you’re talking about Balenciaga’s sheggings (leggings with built-in shoes). No, we don’t know if “sheggings” are the official term for them, but we’re going with it.

Sleeves were huge at Jacquemus, but everything else was cut so clean that the end result looked more forward than backward. Plus, everything that Simon Porte Jacquemus touches kind of turns into gold. Marc Jacobs, Dolce & Gabbana and Dsquared2 all championed the puffy-at-the-top-skinny-at-the-bottom sleeve, though hems were cut super short to keep things fresh.

Ungaro and Gucci score two points for the giant-sleeved toga, the former with a sleeve that could pass for fancy a baseball mitten, and the latter with huge ruffles. They both still work, somehow. Simple hair, little to no makeup, simple shoes, next-to-nothing accessories. Bad by association. Puffy sleeves of the ’80s, consider yourself vindicated.

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