4 Real Ways to Wear a Puffy-Sleeve Top IRL
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As much as I hate to generalize, I think it's safe to assume that the workwear rut is a very familiar place for many women. Even if you don't dress for an office, I imagine you've struggled with breaking an all-too repetitive outfit routine at one point or another. No matter where we're going or what we're dressing for, we all have our go-to combos: for me it's often a button-down shirt and jeans, midi skirt and sweater, or waist-cinching dress with mules. Easy, simple looks we know we can lean on when rushing out the door.
Well, as much as I thought I had my combos down pat, I quickly realized after starting a new job four weeks ago that my "fail-safe" looks were anything but. The dress I thought would be effortless felt overdone, the trousers I thought were sleek felt stuffy, and my assortment of knits felt a little humdrum. I needed something that felt smart but fashion-forward, and versatile enough that I could wear it a few different ways. That's when I landed on the most darling Puff-Sleeve Button-Down Top ($22, originally $44) from the POPSUGAR Collection at Kohl's.
Now, let me preface this next part by saying that I am borderline obsessed with white tops from oversize button-downs to crewneck tees. OK, you're prefaced. While my penchant for white tops is strong, this classic-with-a-twist style can work for just about every woman out there and for various occasions from the office to weekend brunch and Spring get-togethers with friends. With playful puffy sleeves, the silhouette is right up my alley in terms of femininity and tempered drama, pairing easily with midi skirts, jeans, and pants. It's the exact modern update I'm looking for when it comes to a smart, office-appropriate piece — just nuanced enough that it's interesting but not distracting or unprofessional.
While I do understand how the shape can feel intense for those who are less than volume inclined, the lightweight cotton fabric keeps the top from feeling overly sweet and trendy. But to further prove how versatile, polished, and easy to wear this puffy sleeve top is, I styled it four different ways and documented the journey for your outfit ideating pleasure.
Ahead, witness four office-approved looks featuring the cutest Puff-Sleeve Button-Down Top. Plus, shop the fresh pieces I chose to pair with it.