Newsletter Signup

Shopping Unzipped

Unzipped: How to.. volumize with balloon sleeves


You know that sort of awkward few weeks in between seasons when the weather starts to transition, in this case, from winter to spring? Well.. that’s where we are. I think we’re finally over the hump, but there will definitely still be days when long sleeves are perfectly acceptable. Keeping this in mind, I’ve been stuck on balloon-sleeves and other billowy varieties for longer sleeved options this season.

One of my absolute favorite up and coming designers provides somewhat of a benchmark for well balanced volume and accessible nostalgia. For Spring 2017, Jacquemus has masterfully tailored wide silhouettes to create drama whilst maintaining a level of wearability with a combination of cinching, ruching and buttoning. More of this effortless “Parisian cool” was palpable at Anthony Vaccarello’s first Saint Laurent show. Although his balloon-sleeved display was a driving force throughout the collection, sleeves were sewn off-the-shoulder or missing their pairs in this true eighties derivative. I feel like these puffy sleeves and shortened hems are only echoing the call for a serious retro revival.

If you haven’t jumped on board with all things oversized, consider starting by pumping up your sleeves. It’s a small enough modification that you don’t have to style much differently than you would any other top. I’m especially partial to creams and whites. Keep it fresh with a beige, patterned pussy bow top from RIXO London or crisp white off-the-shoulder piece from Vivienne Westwood Anglomania. Pair with light-colored denim and break out strappy sandal to complete your look. You can also play with prints and pastels like more structured picks from Chloé and Marques’Almeida. But sometimes we just want to throw on one piece, and worry about the details later. Breathability and comfort will be important in the coming months, so I really like shirt dresses from Jacquemus and Fendi. And for boho loving festival fans, consider billowy cottons from Rhode Resort and Vita Kin.

Now that we can shed some layers and move closer to bearing arms again, it’s time show our sleeves a little love. And I’m not saying you have to pull direct cues from a John Hughes prom scene to get on board with balloon sleeves. But, maybe not all 1980s styles are dated.. with a few tweaks here and there.

Brands we love: Saint Laurent Metallic Devoré Chiffon BlouseTibi Plissé Silk Crepe de Chine Blouse, Johanna Ortiz “Bahia” Open-backed Striped Wrap-top, RIXO London “Moss” Pussy-bow Printed Blouse, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania “L’ete” Off-the-shoulder Blouse, Sonia Rykiel Oversized Bell-sleeved Dress, Jacquemus Shirred Cotton-jacquard Mini Dress, Emilia Wickstead “Jasmin” Ditsy-print Top, Marques’Almeida Puff-sleeved Cotton Shirt, Chloé Square-neck Balloon-sleeved Striped Top, Vita Kin “Mina” Embroidered Linen Dress, Fendi Striped Cotton-blend Dress, Rhode Resort “Ella” Belted Cotton Dress


By Ariel Serano

Tags: Balloon-sleeves / Jacquemus / runway / Saint Laurent / Shopping / Spring 2017

Shop EZ Picks

View all EZ Picks

Newsletter Signup