Do you consider yourself a “fashion enthusiast” — as in, you follow every next-gen street style star on Instagram and still get excited when a new trend hits the fashion industry — I am willing to bet that you have a very special place in your heart for statement sleeves.

A cool-girl staple for a minute now, big sleeves (think: tiered, flared, ruffled, or balloon-shaped) have a superhero-like ability to take any outfit from simple to sartorial in an instant but, at the same time, remain surprisingly wearable. Plus, they make even the smallest things like waving down your ride feel like a photo op. Cool right?

Anita Idibia in balloon sleeves

Balloon sleeves in the 80’s where known to be sleeves that fit tightly from wrist to elbow, becoming fully rounded from elbow to shoulder but it has since evolved passed the 80’s Victorian era to become more feminine, incorporating various styles and patterns. Now we see short, long or even three quarter styles. And whatever pattern you choose to go with the balloon sleeves will give life to new silhouettes for dresses, jackets and tops.

We’ve already seen sleeves get super-sized in 2017. This year we will see more adventurous versions – voluminous blouses that feel a little bit 1980.

Yes, you can wear the hottest trends! No matter if you’re a beginner and trying a trend out for the first time, advanced and looking to up your game, or an expert and shopping for a bold new piece to add to your wardrobe – I have got you covered. Below are various styles of the famous balloon sleeve rocked by celebs and Instagram influencers, you too can take a few cues from them and shop the look.

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