31 Dresses With Delightfully Puffed Sleeves

A funny thing happened to our dress sleeves over the course of the pandemic — they ballooned, they volumized, and they swelled to cloud-like proportions. This fashion writer’s hypothesis is that puff-sleeve dresses are what happens when fairytale escape meets stay-at-home comfort. The nap dress surely takes a lot of credit for kicking off this unexpected trend, but those frocks were more suited for indoorsy, (err, lockdown-y) life. These newer puff-sleeve dress styles, however, are explicitly for being seen in. And there are so many options available right now, whether you’re keen on the poofed-up tulle skirts or something more casual for daily wear.

Because this “big”-time trend is only about to blow up even further, and because people are itching to get out there again, we’ve rounded up the best puff-sleeve dresses that are sure to be the conversation starter at any social function. Broken down by dress length, occasion, and affordability, click on for the puff-sleeve dresses that rewrite the definition of “arm party.”

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<h2>Puff-Sleeve Mini Dresses</h2><br>Mini dresses are for leggy moments, long strides, and hot nights — which may all be in your future (if they aren’t already in this post-vax world). Here are a few selects that are short in length but amped when it comes to sleeves.<br><br><strong>Lulus</strong> Celeste Floral Print Puff Sleeve Mini Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lulus.com%2Fproducts%2Fceleste-blue-and-white-floral-print-puff-sleeve-mini-dress%2F1094302.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lulus" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Lulus</a>

Puff-Sleeve Mini Dresses

Mini dresses are for leggy moments, long strides, and hot nights — which may all be in your future (if they aren’t already in this post-vax world). Here are a few selects that are short in length but amped when it comes to sleeves.

Lulus Celeste Floral Print Puff Sleeve Mini Dress, $, available at Lulus

<br><br><br><strong>Hill House</strong> The Athena Nap Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.hillhousehome.com%2Fcollections%2Fthe-nap-dress-shop%2Fproducts%2Fthe-athena-nap-dress" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Hill House" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Hill House</a>

Hill House The Athena Nap Dress, $, available at Hill House

<br><br><strong>SWF</strong> Puff Sleeve Mini Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.revolve.com%2Fswf-puff-sleeve-mini-dress-in-pink-and-red%2Fdp%2FSWFR-WD97" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Revolve" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Revolve</a>

SWF Puff Sleeve Mini Dress, $, available at Revolve

<br><br><strong>Madewell</strong> Quilted Puff-Sleeve Mini Dress in Sunflower Field, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.madewell.com%2Fquilted-puff-sleeve-mini-dress-in-sunflower-field-NB351.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Madewell" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Madewell</a>

Madewell Quilted Puff-Sleeve Mini Dress in Sunflower Field, $, available at Madewell

<h2>Puff-Sleeve Midi Dresses</h2><br>Puff-sleeved dresses channel extra-but-in-the-best-way energy. But if you want to take the extra down a notch, consider a longer hemline. A midi dress can help tone down the look from “total princesscore” to “princesscore, but acceptable at the farmer's market.”<br><br><strong>Faithfull the Brand</strong> Falabelle tiered checked cotton-poplin midi dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.net-a-porter.com%2Fen-us%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Ffaithfull-the-brand%2Fclothing%2Fmidi-dresses%2Fplus-net-sustain-falabelle-tiered-checked-cotton-poplin-midi-dress%2F9649229528610884" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Net-A-Porter" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Net-A-Porter</a>

Puff-Sleeve Midi Dresses

Puff-sleeved dresses channel extra-but-in-the-best-way energy. But if you want to take the extra down a notch, consider a longer hemline. A midi dress can help tone down the look from “total princesscore” to “princesscore, but acceptable at the farmer’s market.”

Faithfull the Brand Falabelle tiered checked cotton-poplin midi dress, $, available at Net-A-Porter

<br><br><strong>MintCloudBoutique</strong> Plaid Gingham Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.etsy.com%2Flisting%2F982668730%2Fwomens-multi-color-checkered-plaid" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

MintCloudBoutique Plaid Gingham Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress, $, available at Etsy

<br><br><strong>Wray</strong> Rosemary Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwray.nyc%2Fcollections%2Fdresses-jumpsuits%2Fproducts%2Frosemary-dress-2" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Wray" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Wray</a>

Wray Rosemary Dress, $, available at Wray

<br><br><strong>Alexia Admor</strong> V-Neck Puff Sleeve Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstromrack.com%2Fs%2Falexia-admor-v-neck-puff-sleeve-dress%2F6100815" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom Rack" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom Rack</a>
<h2>Puff-Sleeve Maxi Dresses</h2><br><br>Go long! Ahead are a few puff-sleeve maxi dresses that just skim the ground. And, to be sure, the tiered A-line skirts and thigh-high slits do allow for mobility.<br><br><strong>NastyGal</strong> Shirred Puff Sleeve Maxi Slit Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nastygal.com%2Fshirred-puff-sleeve-maxi-slit-dress%2FAGG51426.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:NastyGal" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">NastyGal</a>

Puff-Sleeve Maxi Dresses

Go long! Ahead are a few puff-sleeve maxi dresses that just skim the ground. And, to be sure, the tiered A-line skirts and thigh-high slits do allow for mobility.

NastyGal Shirred Puff Sleeve Maxi Slit Dress, $, available at NastyGal

<br><br><strong>Free People</strong> Dahlia Embroidered Maxi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.freepeople.com%2Fshop%2Fdahlia-embroidered-maxi-dress" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Free People" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Free People</a>

Free People Dahlia Embroidered Maxi Dress, $, available at Free People

<br><br><strong>Sister Jane</strong> Bud Burst Jacquard Maxi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.urbanoutfitters.com%2Fshop%2Fsister-jane-bud-burst-jacquard-maxi-dress" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters</a>
<br><br><strong>Staud</strong> Demi Short Puff-Sleeve Maxi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.saksfifthavenue.com%2Fproduct%2Fstaud-demi-short-puff-sleeve-maxi-dress-0400013539421.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Saks Fifth Avenue" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Saks Fifth Avenue</a>
<br><br><strong>Mango</strong> Flowers Cotton Puff Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.mango.com%2Fus%2Fwomen%2Fdresses-and-jumpsuits-midi%2Fflowers-cotton-dress_87065665.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mango" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mango</a>

Mango Flowers Cotton Puff Dress, $, available at Mango

<h2>Double-Puff Sleeve Dresses</h2><br>What's puffier than a puff sleeve? A double-puff sleeve. This extra-romantic style comes with extra length in the sleeve that's perfect for transitioning from the end of summer to the beginning of fall.<br><br><strong>Reformation</strong> Michaela Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thereformation.com%2Fproducts%2Fmichaela-dress" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Reformation" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Reformation</a>

Double-Puff Sleeve Dresses

What’s puffier than a puff sleeve? A double-puff sleeve. This extra-romantic style comes with extra length in the sleeve that’s perfect for transitioning from the end of summer to the beginning of fall.

Reformation Michaela Dress, $, available at Reformation

<br><br><strong>Alamour The Label</strong> Cassidy Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.alamourthelabel.com%2Fproducts%2Fcassidy-dress" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Alamour The Label" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Alamour The Label</a>
<h2>Casual Puff-Sleeve Dresses</h2><br><br>Puffy sleeves automatically make any outfit look polished, but sometimes you want a little flair without looking overly dressy. Enter: the casual puff-sleeve dress. These are dresses made from laid-back fabrics like cotton or linen, but still pack in the volume. <br><br><strong>Forever That Girl</strong> Gathered Puff-Sleeve Mini Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anthropologie.com%2Fshop%2Fgathered-puff-sleeve-mini-dress" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anthropologie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Anthropologie</a>

Casual Puff-Sleeve Dresses

Puffy sleeves automatically make any outfit look polished, but sometimes you want a little flair without looking overly dressy. Enter: the casual puff-sleeve dress. These are dresses made from laid-back fabrics like cotton or linen, but still pack in the volume.

Forever That Girl Gathered Puff-Sleeve Mini Dress, $, available at Anthropologie

<br><br><strong>A New Day</strong> Women's Elbow Sleeve Eyelet Dress - A New Day™, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fgoto.target.com%2FgbREZr" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a>

A New Day Women’s Elbow Sleeve Eyelet Dress – A New Day™, $, available at Target

<br><br><strong>Zara</strong> PRINTED BALLOON SLEEVE DRESS, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zara.com%2Fus%2Fen%2Fprinted-balloon-sleeve-dress-p01131807.html%3Fv1%3D113879172" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zara" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Zara</a>

Zara PRINTED BALLOON SLEEVE DRESS, $, available at Zara

<br><br><strong>Vero Moda</strong> Lykke Puff Sleeve Floral Print Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fvero-moda-lykke-puff-sleeve-floral-print-dress%2F5926848" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>

Vero Moda Lykke Puff Sleeve Floral Print Dress, $, available at Nordstrom

<h2>Extra Puffy Puff-Sleeve Dresses</h2><br>Not to worry if you fear looking deflated — these next few puff-sleeve dresses are <em>extra</em> puffed and bubbled.<br><br><strong>Ghospell Figurative</strong> floral puff sleeve mini dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.asos.com%2Fus%2Fghospell%2Fghospell-figurative-floral-puff-sleeve-mini-dress-in-black%2Fprd%2F23828299" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ASOS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ASOS</a>

Extra Puffy Puff-Sleeve Dresses

Not to worry if you fear looking deflated — these next few puff-sleeve dresses are extra puffed and bubbled.

Ghospell Figurative floral puff sleeve mini dress, $, available at ASOS

<br><br><strong>ASOS EDITION</strong> puff sleeve volume midi dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.asos.com%2Fus%2Fasos-edition%2Fasos-edition-puff-sleeve-volume-midi-dress-in-navy-check%2Fprd%2F22520826" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ASOS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ASOS</a>

ASOS EDITION puff sleeve volume midi dress, $, available at ASOS

<br><br><strong>& Other Stories</strong> Tiered Puff Sleeve Mini Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.stories.com%2Fen_usd%2Fclothing%2Fdresses%2Fmini-dresses%2Fproduct.tiered-puff-sleeve-mini-dress-pink.0880068004.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:& Other Stories" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">& Other Stories</a>

& Other Stories Tiered Puff Sleeve Mini Dress, $, available at & Other Stories

<br><br><strong>Self Portrait</strong> Puff-sleeve checked taffeta mini dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.matchesfashion.com%2Fus%2Fproducts%2F1423259%3Ff%3Dhyb" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:MatchesFashion" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">MatchesFashion</a>

Self Portrait Puff-sleeve checked taffeta mini dress, $, available at MatchesFashion

<br><br><strong>Farm Rio</strong> striped scarf maxi ruffled dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.farmrio.com%2Fcollections%2Fdresses%2Fproducts%2Fstriped-scarf-maxi-ruffled-dress" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Farm Rio" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Farm Rio</a>

Farm Rio striped scarf maxi ruffled dress, $, available at Farm Rio

<h2>Fancy Puff-Sleeve Dresses</h2><br>It was only a matter of time before formal puff-sleeve dresses made their way into the likes of weddings, cocktail hours, galas, and other fancy-time affairs. <br><br><strong>Selkie</strong> The Ice Cream Gingham Parliament Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fselkiecollection.com%2Fcollections%2Fdresses-1%2Fproducts%2Fthe-ice-cream-gingham-parliment" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Selkie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Selkie</a>

Fancy Puff-Sleeve Dresses

It was only a matter of time before formal puff-sleeve dresses made their way into the likes of weddings, cocktail hours, galas, and other fancy-time affairs.

Selkie The Ice Cream Gingham Parliament Dress, $, available at Selkie

<br><br><strong>ASOS DESIGN</strong> puff sleeve satin tea dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.asos.com%2Fus%2Fasos-design%2Fasos-design-puff-sleeve-satin-tea-dress-in-mocha%2Fprd%2F21014670" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ASOS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ASOS</a>

ASOS DESIGN puff sleeve satin tea dress, $, available at ASOS

<br><br><strong>Brock Collection</strong> Puff Sleeve Poplin Midi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.intermixonline.com%2Fbrock-collection%2Fpuff-sleeve-poplin-midi-dress%2FBRWR5009A.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Intermix" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Intermix</a>

Brock Collection Puff Sleeve Poplin Midi Dress, $, available at Intermix

<br><br><strong>H&M</strong> Gathered Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww2.hm.com%2Fen_us%2Fproductpage.0938870002.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:H&M" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">H&M</a>

H&M Gathered Dress, $, available at H&M

<h2>Puff-Sleeve Dresses on Amazon</h2><br>Amazon, a key source for affordable fashion finds, has a decent selection of puff-sleeve dresses. This one here is a bestseller — and the next couple styles get our stamp of approval as well. <br><br><strong>Exlura</strong> Off Shoulder A-Line Vintage Mini Dress, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3jzVPdh" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Puff-Sleeve Dresses on Amazon

Amazon, a key source for affordable fashion finds, has a decent selection of puff-sleeve dresses. This one here is a bestseller — and the next couple styles get our stamp of approval as well.

Exlura Off Shoulder A-Line Vintage Mini Dress, $, available at Amazon

<br><br><strong>Dokotoo</strong> Puff Sleeve Chiffon Mini Dress, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3rP7pVv" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Dokotoo Puff Sleeve Chiffon Mini Dress, $, available at Amazon

<br><br><strong>R.Vivimos</strong> Puff Sleeve Off-Shoulder Boho Midi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://amzn.to/3CbOkkW" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

R.Vivimos Puff Sleeve Off-Shoulder Boho Midi Dress, $, available at Amazon

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