Puff sleeve dresses are the eighties trend taking over Instagram

How the PUFF sleeve became a party season must-have! Eighties-inspired dresses are sweeping Instagram – and the bigger the shoulders the better

  • The latest fashion trend sweeping Instagram is statement puff sleeve dresses
  • This year saw the revival of Eighties fashion including leopard print and tutus 
  • Trend has been spotted on top fashion influencers for a perfect day to night look 

This year has seen a revival of all things Eighties, from leopard print to Lycra, plush velvet and even tutus.

The latest throwback to the decade of leg-warmers and purple eye shadow is the voluminous sleeve – with puffball dresses suddenly sweeping our Instagram feeds.  

And style watchers at Who What Wear have now spotted that influencers across Instagram have been swapping last year’s Bardot neckline for dresses that incorporate much more fabric; the bigger the sleeves the better. 

The revived look makes the perfect day-to-night outfit, taking you easily from the office to a stylish night out.

Speaking to Femail about the trend, celebrity stylist Lucas Armitage said: ‘We have seen the eighties have a huge influence in fashion for quite some time now.

‘High end houses such as Saint Laurent and Alessandra Rich frequently use the era as inspiration for their collections.

‘The puff sleeve mini has emerged as the most popular choice with bloggers and the fashion pack this party season. 

‘The good news is that the dress is a fairly easy as it can be worn with 10 denier tights and heels, or ankle boots for a full eighties vibe. 

‘The full sleeve is also a super flattering way of wearing a mini as it balances the body proportions and exaggerates the waist.’

Scroll down to see some of the chicest takes on the look storming Instagram ahead of party season…  

American actress Alison Brie rocked a darker version of the look, channeling eighties Gothic in an asymmetric silk dress which incorporated both leopard print and puff sleeves

Fashion editors Anna Rosa Vitiello (left) and Florrie Thomas (right) rocked the look during fashion week recently, wearing pastel pink and lime green versions on the bold trend


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London based blogger Frédérique Harrel showed how to work the look by clashing a checked yellow dress with statement sleeves and a vibrant headscarf for a more autumnal feel

Influencers across the country and beyond have been seen wearing statement puff sleeve dresses, with London-based fashionista Tamara Kalinic seen wearing a white incarnation of the frock during a Gondola ride in Venice

Milan-based fashion designer Gilda Ambrosio injected a nostalgic touch to her LBD with puff sleeves and tie-up heels for the perfect evening outfit

Influencer Anna Rosa Vitiello proved you can never wear too much pink, matching her puff sleeve dress with a coordinating Chanel bag for the ultimate head-turning look

London-based writer Susie Lau injected a floral theme into her more modestly sized puff sleeve dress, adding a wintry touch with patent black boots

London-based Italian editor Laura Fantacci opted for an Emilia Wickstead pink frock with long balloon sleeves for her take on the Instagrammable trend

Fashionista Tamara Kalinic showed off a different take on the look with Bardot style puff sleeves, and in a nostalgic nod teamed it with a Dior saddle bag for the ultimate old school look

Influencer Carrie Santana da Silva went all out Boho matching her modestly puff-sleeved frock with a wicker basket as she posed under a cork tree at the end of autumn 

Stylist Evangelie Smyrniotaki went full vintage with polka dot, vampy red lipstick and nails and statement earrings, rocking puff sleeves on a silk mini dress for the trend

British influencer Natasha Grano also opted for the Boho look in a flowing chiffon dress with transparent lace panels on the off-the shoulder puff sleeves

British model Lucy Williams opted for another eighties-inspired ensemble with long puff sleeves and a vintage paisley pattern for her take on the viral trend

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