Puff sleeve tops. The trend has been around for a little while and they seem to be everywhere right now. Personally, I’ve tried them, because I love the oh-so feminine touch they offer to your outfit, but I don’t find them that flattering on me. Professionally, it’s got me scouring the net looking for alternatives, because I need to know where I can find great alternatives. Following the trends doesn’t work for every body.
Unsurprisingly, as a personal shopper I’m on the high street a lot. I’ve been looking for weeks for new tops. A great top and jeans is a fail-safe combination to lever you out of the house post-winter. Like a lot of people, I’ve been feeling the sinking feeling of this never-ending winter so I’ve been looking for a new top to lift my own spirits. It can be the quickest and easiest piece to find and add to your wardrobe. However, I’ve found it really tricky.
Everywhere I go however, there are puff sleeves and they just don’t suit me. I carry my weight on the upper half of my body, so all I’m doing is adding more width. Call it inverted triangle, strawberry, or whatever, this body shape doesn’t suit a puff top that well if you want balance in your body shape. I don’t think it’s that great if you have a short neck either #justsaying.
Of course, go for it if you are strawberry and you are aiming for a dramatic look. Go all out Lady Gaga-like if you so choose. You can really make an entrance and New Look has an abundance of puff sleeves that are ‘well-puffy’ if you’re interested. But what if you want a bit more balance to your overall appearance, like me.
Well don’t worry, my conundrum has led me to do some searching online and I thought I would share what I found with you.
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I absolutely adore these shapes, particularly the utility blazer that you don’t even need to wear a top underneath.
Blue is a fantastic colour for spring, and it’s the colour of the year, so why not go all out. I’m partial to a pussy bow. It draws attention to the neckline, away from the shoulders and this top comes in a few colours.
Here’s a selection from Cos
I am a fairly new fan of Cos, but I’m liking what I see. I think their sizes can come up quite big, aimed at taller folk, but I’m going to try some of these on soon. There’s a large in Cabot Circus if you live in Bristol.
I think adding simple cuts to your wardrobe can extend the use of some other pieces you might already have. Bold colours and prints can brighten up a blazer, or wear with simple wide-leg trousers and bright heels for more impact.
There’s a wash of colour in Boden
These are great for adding some colour to the top half of your body. Worn with denim, linen or cotton trousers they can really elevate an outfit. Taking you from the dark neutrals of the winter into a much brighter spring.
N.B. Hold coloured fabrics up to your face and look for a lift in your complexion. Get the glow, it’s green for go!
If it’s a light knit you’re after, then head to Mango.
Perfect under a blazer or biker jacket now, these thin knit layers softly drape the body and can carry you into the summer with ease. Feeling brave? Whip out the fake tan and don’t forget to add some jewellery. Layers of fine pieces will work well with delicate these, or simply a statement pair of earrings or ring.
That’s it from me. Just a quick Saturday morning post. Hope you like the ideas and if you’ve seen some pieces while you’ve been out shopping do share them in the comments below.
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