There are a lot of highly Instagrammable fashion trends happening these days: tie-dye, neon, snake print, vacation hats. But only one has stolen my heart and blown up my follower count: ultra-puffy sleeves. I developed a strong affinity for this renaissance-y, Disney Princess–esque trend last summer. The whimsical shape perfectly aligned with my quirky sense of style while simultaneously shrouding my upper arms (for which I harbor a mild loathing—stubbornly soft triceps are just my cross to bear!). As many of my favorite brands (Reformation, Staud, & Other Stories) began rolling out puffy-sleeved shirts and dresses by the dozen, I proceeded to donate my paychecks to them and post each one on Instagram. As these things tend to happen, puffy sleeves started to become part of my “brand” (as much as I have a brand, anyway), and the more puffy-sleeve outfits I posted, the more followers I gained, who then started DM’ing me puffy-sleeve items they thought I’d like, which I would purchase and post, creating a positive feedback loop of puff, post, follow, puff, post, follow.
Over the course of my endeavors in the puff space, I’ve attracted over 2000 followers to my humble account. Not bad for a sleeve! Curious to see which balloonish styles have earned me the most IG engagement? Keep scrolling for my puffy picks.