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How to Look Pretty in a Puff Sleeve Sweater (without looking too Princessy)

Have you noticed all the beautiful statement sweaters in stores these days? There are some really creative-looking knits out there, including this one at Nordstrom’s.

It’s pretty, isn’t it? This romantic ribbed knit sweater is from Joie, a favorite brand of mine. Joie is all about casual yet luxurious clothing and effortless style. I find their clothes very feminine and modern.

Sleeves had been a major focal point in fashion over the last couple of seasons. We’ve seen a lot of wide sleeves, long bell sleeves, and slit sleeves. Now balloon and puffy sleeves seem to the new thing. The gorgeous Juliet sleeves on this sweater (tight at the wrist and puffy at the top) make it a  “wow” top.

When I first saw this sweater, I wasn’t quite sure about the sleeves. They seemed Renaissance and princess-like. It was the vibrant desert rose color that really made me want to try it on.  But when I paired the sweater with these cute plaid cropped pants, I loved the look.

Do you see the beautiful detail on this cotton-cashmere sweater? The eyelet holes and the way they are arranged to create curves is so feminine and figure-flattering.

So what’s the key to wearing a very soft, romantic top like this without looking like a Disney princess?  You pair it with something slim-fitting, crisp, and modern. With their clean lines and menswear-inspired checks, these pants balance out the ultra-feminine look and feel of this sweater. And, the cropped pant length gives the outfit a very modern vibe.

coral sweater Deborah Boland

I added fine black suede booties and my Gucci Velvet bag for an extra touch of sophistication.

gucci purse cropped pants

Black accessories always make an outfit look chic. These are suede booties, but you could also wear leather ( also on sale).

orange statement sweater with cropped flares

And there’s the look! The blousy Juliet sleeves give me broad shoulders, which shrinks my waist. This sweater is great to even out your figure if you have a pear-shaped figure, creating width up top to match your wider bottom.

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