Let me tell you about a popular trend in fashion - the puff sleeve skater dress you will LOVE! This cute little number is just the thing you need to set this summer ablaze.
Origin Of Puff Sleeve Skater Dress
Puff sleeves originate from the royal period known as the Renaissance Era. Queen Victoria was known to wear these beautifully adorned handmade dresses with extravagant puff sleeves. This fad turned into a trend that carried on throughout the royal family line and had a lasting effect on the population.
The Shape Of A Puff Sleeve Skater Dress
These cute little puffs are the product of a lot of fabric cinched together in a tiny area. There is gathered stitching at the sleeve cap and the sleeve opening, holding all of that beautiful volume in one place. The ruched empire style line is very flattering and the rest of the drape leaves the rest to the imagination.
Places To Wear The Puff Sleeve Skater Dress
It is an ideal dress to wear at the following places:
- For everyday use
- As a party dress
- Casual or formal attire
- At weddings
- Brunch with the girlfriend
- When you’re about to dump your boyfriend for an upgraded version
The versatility of this dress allows you to fit into every occasion. Whether trying to feel classy or sassy, this dress has you covered.
Where To Buy This Beautiful Dress
Lots of places have variations of this dress so it’s best you check with your local stores. It’s price friendly, and I got mine from Boohoo (and I love it). Here is the link for it.
The only drawback that I could find is that it…takes…FOREVER to steam this dress. Allow at least 30 minutes to complete, otherwise, you’re going to leave your date hanging. Though it’s perfect for the weekend, if you want to look cute in a time crunch then this might not be the one for you.
The Royal Tradition of Wearing Puff Sleeves
As mentioned earlier, princesses and the Royal House have been active trendsetters of this dress.
Generally, we know the bride is wearing puff sleeves on her dress at every wedding, and then you’ve got all of the Avril Lavigne skater girls in its simplest form. The beauty of it is that you can dress it up or down depending on the situation.
Flattering Dress Design
From runway to retail, most major fashion brands have added this silhouette to their lineup. Throw in a pink variation and it's game over! It’s my go-to, and trust me, I’m the center of attention WHEREVER I go!
Your body looks fantastic
Let’s face it: this dress is fun, flattering, and fancy and no matter what your body type is, you’ll find this dress to be a hit. The empire style line is very forgiving so if you’re a tiny temptress or a curvy cutie then this dress is exactly what you need to feel sexy flaunting your quarantine bod.
Legs look long
Due to the nature of the empire-style line, your legs are going to look 10 miles long in this dress. The high style line accentuates your legs allowing them to not only look longer, but the addition of puff sleeves also draws your eyes into showing off those arms. After a fresh waxing, why wouldn’t you want to show the world your glowing skin?
The fashion that will never go old
Timeless is another word used for this figure as these dresses will never go out of fashion. The early 1990s was a particularly breakout year for both baby doll and skater dresses. As the grunge scene was on the decline, women wanted something more feminine and form-fitting.
After another few decades, that still rings true today as women want to fully embrace their femininity and this dress captures it beautifully. Even during COVID-19, fashion icons were still promoting this dress at the start of 2020. Now could be your time to throw on a new pair of heels, keep up with the current trend, take a few photos and flood your timeline on the gram.
Styling Your Puff Sleeve Skater Dress: Top Ideas
Blush pink is a given because it’s a softer pink. Accessorize accordingly with bold colors like red, hot pink, or white pumps. You can also combine your puff sleeve skater dress with different accessories to draw people’s eyes into wherever you want them to go.
Try it with Toe Post Snakeskin Sole Stiletto Heels
BEWARE of these Toe Post Snakeskin Sole Stiletto Heels! These by far are the most uncomfortable shoes I have ever worn! They are so beautiful and will get you so many compliments but after wearing them for twenty minutes, you will be ready to throw these shoes in the trash! I have at least three other pairs of Shein stilettos that are comfortable but they miss the mark on these.
Whenever I buy a pair of heels, I insert clear foot petals ( photo on the left). Usually, after inserting foot petals in my heels, my heels are very comfortable to wear for four to six hours. If you have heels, you should definitely get these. Click the photo to get a pair, your feet will thank me.
Even after putting my foot petals in these shoes, these shoes were still unbearable! But if you see me in the same pair of shoes in more photos, don't judge me! Just know that I wore the shoes just to take the photos and that's it! I kept them on for two minutes and then switched into another pair of shoes because they are so cute.
Combine this dress with the pink snakeskin heels from Shein and, voila! Now, you’ve got a runway look down pat. Beware, snakeskin heels are only for the bold and sexy so be prepared to bring some sass with that class!
Chain Coin Purse Handle Handbag
I got this cute PVC chain purse from a boutique in West Hollywood. This little purse packs a punch! Every time that I go out this bag is a compliment magnet. Though I couldn’t find the exact one, here is a link to a similar one that will do just the trick.
Wear Light Makeup
Whenever I wear the color pink, I always do a soft glam makeup look. If you’re confused, it just means that I use eyeshadow and blush colors that are neutral colors (or colors that match close to my skin tone). For a casual look, ditch the lipstick for some lip gloss. My favorite is from Fenty by Rihanna. I don’t know about you, but lip gloss makes me feel young and flirty lol!
Add Jewelry To Your Outfit
We all know that a simple accessory can make or break your outfit. If you want to increase your outfit’s worth exponentially, try adding some extras to it. For example, I suggest wearing these cute gold and pink statement earrings. The reason why they’re called statement earrings is that they draw enough attention to themselves and do not need to be paired with anything else. And trust me, honey, you will want to have a handful of these in your jewelry box. Here is a beautiful alternative I found here.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Are puff sleeves in style in 2021?
Yes, puff sleeves have been in style since the 14th Century. If you need some validation, type in “puff sleeve skater dress” into Google and you’ll see several major brands carrying their version. Not a Google kind of gal? You’ll see everyone from Shein to Forever 21 to Versace all rocking this style.
Are puff sleeves flattering?
Of course! Not only are they flattering, but depending on the version you get you can actually cover more of your arm. Leg of mutton sleeves, for instance, are longer and cover damn near your entire arm. However, I’m more of the Princess Toadstool type that’s short, cute, and puffy. Whatever floats your boat!
Final Verdict About The Puff Sleeve Skater Dress
The puff sleeve skater dress is a staple for every girl’s closet. Not only is this dress visually attractive, but it’s feminine, lightweight, unique, and has been a proven trend globally for centuries. Heck, this thing comes from royalty!
Also, the added bonus is that the sleeves can be worn two ways: up on your shoulder or cold shoulder at the top of your arm. The only recommendation is that you let your butler steam press it because nobody has time for that! Remember, life is too short to wear boring clothes. Stay glamorous!