Yes, I love them.
Some say impractical; I say interesting.
Are they too fussy? Not for me.
Balloon sleeves offer detail where I can take it and there aren’t too many places to highlight anymore. I’m all about cover-up, illusion and suggestion.
When I opened the wardrobe housing my dresses I noticed most of them have something in common – balloon sleeves. They are mid-length or long-sleeved but the majority have a bit of puff; it’s a sleeve to love with a midi-length dress, V or round neckline. These dresses tend to be nipped in at the waist, like this one.
Wear them with short boots or like me, forever with trainers and despite how I would have styled them, I like them like this. This is my latest favourite; it is flattering, comfortable and not too dressy but with enough interest to make a change from our sweats and hoodies.
Do you ever have those days where you don’t like anything you try on?
I know we are meant to be smarter, wiser and more elevated than this but I do have them if I am being truthful. Last Friday I had one of “those” where I tried on every dress in my cupboard (and that’s why I’m talking balloon sleeves) and inevitably chose the first piece in exactly the style I have described above. Even when you know you know, an excessive try on is needed. The tidying up was the worst part.
This is the only way I want to balloon ;) xv
The Only Way To Balloon
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