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15+ Gorgeous Dresses with Puffed Sleeves

I have a feeling some of you gurls will have a strong opinion about the trend in today’s post… puffed sleeves. For those who recall the shoulder pad craze of our younger years, this resurgence may feel like a welcome blast from the past. Whether you love them or hate them, one thing is for sure: they are everywhere in stores right now! Today, I’m sharing 15 gorgeous dresses with puffed sleeves that will be a welcome addition to all of your spring and summer activities.

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15+ Gorgeous Dresses with Puffed Sleeves

This blue and white gingham midi dress with puff sleeves is a charming choice for a summer wedding. The unique puff sleeves bring a hint of femininity, and the V-neck is perfect for showing off your favorite necklace. This is a dress you can wear again and again, whether dressed up with heels and statement accessories for your upcoming wedding or paired with sandals for a casual daytime look. I paired it with this straw handbag, which is one of my favorites for this summer!

One of the reasons I love dresses so much is because they are so comfortable, and this one is sooo comfy! It is roomy and not clingy but still cute and feminine. I ordered the dress in a medium instead of my usual large, and it is a little too tight through the chest. It comes in so many prints and colors that I had a hard time choosing which one to add to my cart!

This flowy lace tiered midi dress is an excellent choice for a summer wedding for women of all ages. The gorgeous lace detailing adds an elegant touch, while the tiered design creates a breezy silhouette. The lightweight fabric allows for comfortable movement and breathability, making it ideal for outdoor or warm-weather celebrations. I selected light blue, but it comes in 16 colors, so you can choose the perfect shade to compliment your complexion, hair, or wedding colors.

I’m just going to keep singing the praises of this white belted shirt dress. It’s full of feminine details like puffed sleeves and a fun pom pom trim running along each tier. I ordered a size medium, and it fits really well! I am a big fan of the midi length on myself. It’s not so short that it shows off the parts of the legs that a lot of us are self-conscious about (like cellulite or crepey knees).

This hot pink is simply singing my name for summer! Isn’t it stunning? Don’t forget to pair this dress and all of your other summer outfits with the perfect faux tan (you can see my tips for that here!).

This dreamy square neck sundress is from one of my favorite brands available on Amazon. I’ve ordered a ton of products from them, and they are typically very well-constructed!

Here’s a puff-sleeve dress from one of my favorite retailers! This fit-and-flare dress from Talbots has a flattering waist tie and stunning sapphire blue seersucker fabric. This dress, right below the length, is my absolute favorite during the warmer months because it covers my knees but is short enough to keep me from getting hot.

If you love this feminine smocked midi dress, you might want to grab it in multiple colors because it comes in sooo many great ones! The navy would be a great choice year-round, but I absolutely love the light purple and the rose shades for spring and summer.

Can you say gorgeous? Avara is a new-to-me brand that I’ve just started shopping in the last several months, and I was in love scrolling through their new releases. This puff sleeve dress will look great for absolutely anything on your calendar, from a luncheon to a casual wedding!

If you don’t love smocked dresses, how do you feel about dresses with pleated skirts? I am a big fan, but I love girly details that take a dress from boring to chic. I was absolutely shocked when I saw the price tag on this one, as it’s less than $15!

This cotton-blend midi from Anne Klein absolutely screams elegance and class. It would serve as a great LBD in your closet, perfect for anything from a funeral to a date night. You can easily change up the vibes by mixing and matching colorful or textured accessories!

I get major boho vibes every time I see a dress or top with tassels, and this short sleeve striped dress is no exception! This is one of those pieces that you could pair with white sneakers to run to the store, and then switch them out for a nude block heel or wedge for a girl’s night out.

Here’s another dress I absolutely love from Avara! I love, love, love the stunning blue and white floral print. It reminds me of a pretty chinoiserie vase.

I know some of you gurls like a shorter dress length, so I wanted to include some for you. This chambray dress is full of pretty details that will look sweet for a brunch or bridal shower. The deep v-neck is perfect for showcasing your favorite necklace.

I know the Fourth of July is several months away, but that’s the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw this fun red dress from Avara. I can’t get enough of the embroidered detailing. I love how they’ve styled it with sandals, so you can see how easy it is to style this dress for different events.

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  1. Mary Carol says:

    These dresses are so springy…love the colors and the sleeves.

  2. The hot pink is nice!

  3. These are great puff sleeve dresses.

  4. sue koren says:

    I would rather wear puff sleeves than all the shoulder pads that we used to wear!

    1. Sue, I’ve seen those coming back…yikes!

  5. The beautiful scented bush you pictured is a Daphne. I live in the NW and my winter Daphne blooms in January. Yours looks very healthy.

  6. Love the puffy sleeves, so feminine but not sure about shoulder pads. I have big enough shoulders as it is and some of those back in the 80s made me look like a linerbacker

  7. Tania, I love all the dresses on you! I really like the blue and white gingham but they are sold out. I order from Amazon because the price point is so good! Thank you for a wonderful posts–love dresses! 🙂

  8. It depends on the type of puffed sleeve. I have a T-shirt with puffed sleeves like the first dress. Most puff sleeves are too precious for me. I like some pleated dresses and skirts. I just don’t want to look too June Cleaver. Since I got over 60 I am very picky. Now near 70 I’m getting worse.

  9. Sue Koren says:

    Puff sleeves are still way better than all the shoulder pads we used to wear!

  10. Julie Lozano says:

    I’ve always loved the puffed sleeve. Good to see it making a comeback.
    Loving the Avara Sonja dress! Looking into it. (Don’t tell the husband)
    (Finding hiding places for all my packages!) 🤭
    Blessings for a wonderful day.

  11. Loving the dresses. I’m totally on board with puff sleeves. Totally reminds me of high school! Lol. I have recently purchased a jeans jacket and many tops with puff sleeves. I feel like a little volume at the shoulders can have a slimming affect on your midriff and can make you look taller. It’s soooo Joan Collins in Dynasty!!!! Lol

  12. I’m not much of a puffy dress girl but the blue Talbots dress is very cute

  13. I am kinda weary of the layered longer dresses – would LOVE a post of longer dresses but no tiers (Hope thus makes sense🤷🏼‍♀️)

  14. Several cute options. I might have to add one to my closet! 🙂

  15. I love that smocked dress so much. I’m gonna add that one. Hope it looks as good on me as on you!!

  16. The pleated dress for $15….WOW! It would be perfect for my upcoming cruise. I love the blue and white striped dress as well. I feel like my summer wardrobe has a lot of that color.

    1. I love a good deal! You can’t beat that price!

  17. Patti McDonald says:

    i really like the white belted shirt dress. You said you have the medium. Does it fit loose at the bust? I’m large busted and don’t know if Medium or Large is better. The size chart didn’t seem right. Thanks.

    1. Patti, It fit me fine, but I’m not chesty. I usually order up if I’m not sure because I would rather something be a tiny bit loose as too tight.

  18. Loving the puff sleeve dresses, just put a few in my cart. Thanks Tania!

  19. Love the Anne Klein. I worry about puff sleeves because my arms are not toned anymore. It truly depends on where the sleeves hit on a person!