After the first quarter of 2020 spent largely in sweats, (and perhaps indulging in one too many home cooking projects), these stylish puff-sleeve dresses are so flattering, no one will even notice you’ve put on a ‘Quarantine 15‘.
Summer season is here, and with lockdown measures slowly easing out in Hong Kong, we can finally bid our sweatsuits goodbye and enjoy the fine weather outdoors with our favourite Spring/Summer pieces. All is good, except one tiny issue: With all the extra snacking and lack of exercise while working from home, you might not be feeling ready for short skirts and sleeveless tops just yet.
We feel you — luckily, there’s one strong trend from the Spring/Summer 2020 runways we can count on for this scenario: Puff sleeves. Yes, tops and dresses with big, puffy, princess-style or oversized sleeves are extremely flattering for any body type. Not only do they effectively hide away your upper arm area, they also give the visual illusion of a smaller waist.
The great news is that a lot of these pieces are currently on sale. We’ve took the liberty to round up a few of our favourites for you, so you can snap them up quickly before they sell out. Scroll down to find the puff sleeve dresses that guarantee a carefree post-lockdown summer.
Known for her feminine, Victorian-inspired aesthetics, Simone Rocha’s dress is crafted from gossamer-fine floral-embroidered organza, and features a romantic silhouette and an unexpected pistachio-green hue. It’s also lined with light green satin to make it extra comfortable to wear, and also pockets — practical and elegant.
HK$14,740 HK$7,370 (50 percent off)
This black dress from Self-Portrait comes with a flattering square neck and midriff cut-out both lined with ornate crystals, while the floral guipure-lace overlay is shaped with sheer puffed sleeves and a tiered skirt for a gently voluminous A-line silhouette.
HK$4,460 HK$2,676 (40 percent off)
This Ammi dress by Cecilie Bahnsen comes in a sugar-spun pink colour that gives a romantic vibe on a breezy summer day. It’s crafted from floral cloqué and features a scalloped hem, along with an interesting wrap-front, drawing the eyes to the two big bows on the back that secure the scooping back.
HK$11,090 HK$6,654 (40 percent off)
Crafted from lightweight linen for a relaxed and airy silhouette, Isabel Marant Étoile’s white Adenia mini dress comes with voluminous balloon sleeves, a high neck, ruffle trims, delicate ladder-lace inserts and a pin-tucked hemline.
HK$4,080 HK$2,448 (40 percent off)
Fitted with puffed sleeves and an asymmetric hem, this red Meggy dress by Preen by Thornton Bregazzi captures the eyes (and hearts) with a blooming floral pattern, as well as plissé georgette fabric made from recycled plastic bottle fibres.
HK$10,840 HK$5,420 (50 percent off)
Those who enjoy an elegant retro silhouette will love this dress from Rasario. Made from lustrous satin, it features exaggerated balloon sleeves, a romantic sweetheart neckline, fitted waist and pencil hem, all adorned with black and white floral print for some feminine flair.
HK$10,500 HK$5,250 (50 percent off)
Get pretty in pink with this graceful Raquel dress by Emilia Wickstead. It’s crafted from a tactile cotton-blend cloqué with dramatic balloon sleeves tempered by soft, dropped shoulders, and a gathered, softly pleated waist to accentuate a feminine silhouette.
HK$15,125 HK$7,562 (50 percent off)