Are you wondering where to shop the best puff sleeve wedding guest dresses? We found ’em! Read on to see the guest outfit guide for puff sleeves in long or short lengths. Subscribe for the latest to your inbox.
Have you jumped aboard the puff sleeve trend yet? I did, briefly after buying this white puff sleeve blouse for summer. It goes with everything and, honestly, that little puff does wonders to dress up a simple look!
If you’re wondering how to rock a puff sleeve wedding guest dress, you’ll find the best outfits on this list to inspire you. Since I’m also looking for puff sleeve wedding guest outfits for myself, I’m using this as my own personal shopping trip, compiling the most beautiful guest dresses I could find in mini, maxi, and midi lengths. I wanted to see how long puff sleeves look with a mini skirt, or how short puff sleeves look on a maxi dress. The result? They’re both adorable!
Read on to see the perfect puff sleeve wedding guest dresses and outfits to wear in 2023. It proves you, too, can hop on this trend and add a little coverage to your shoulders while still looking cute. Whether you stan a short puff sleeve guest dress or long, billowy sleeves, we’ve got you covered — literally. From spring to summer, fall to winter, there are puff sleeve wedding guest dresses for them all right here. Enjoy!
EDITOR’S NOTE: Many of these dresses are currently on a HOT sale for summer. Don’t miss it! Prices are correct, as marked, at the time of publication. Prices may change soon, so act fast!
Puff Sleeve Wedding Guest Outfits
1. Black Off-the-Shoulder Puff Sleeve Dress, $180
Cute! This is the best stylish, puff sleeve dress for wedding guests with maximum versatility: wear the sleeve up at your shoulder (on) or off-the-shoulder (off). By Maeve.
2. Chartreuse Print Dress with Sweetheart Neckline, $180
Prefer the above dress in a bold print? You got it! This dress has puff sleeves and bright pops of green color with a floral design. By Maeve.
3. Short Puff Sleeve Mini Dress with Floral Print, $89
Go for satin style in this short mini wedding guest dress with puff sleeves. By Lulus.
4. Cut-Out Puff Sleeve Dress with Floral Design (was $79, on sale for $20
Put on this puff-sleeve dress with an elegant floral pattern and a cute cut-out design! Great for the wedding season. By Lulus.
5. Puff Sleeve Floral Motif Dress with Cut-Outs, $168
Cute! This stylish cut-out dress has long off-the-shoulder puff sleeves that add a dramatic look. Available at Anthropologie.
6. Pink Dress with Puff Sleeves and Mini Length, (was $67, now on sale $24.50)
This beautiful short wedding guest outfit features a mauve color and Swiss dot material, plus a sweet pop of puffy sleeves at the shoulder. By Lulus.
7. Floral Smocked Midi Dress with Puff Sleeves, $39
Wear this special occasion dress to your next summer wedding and rock those puff sleeves! This floral print is beautiful. By Azazie.
8. + 9. Smocked Skater Dress with Long Puff Sleeves, $79
This dress has two different color patterns, both worthy of wedding guest attire for 2023! Check them out below. By Lulus.
10. Long Puff Sleeve Maxi Dress Wedding Guest in Cabernet, $119
Shown in dark maroon — but available in many other colors here — this beautiful billowy sleeve has just the right amount of puff at your shoulders. Maxi length. By Azazie.
11. Navy Blue Puff Sleeve Mini Dress, $79 (now on sale for $27)
This long sleeve dress has a puff at the shoulder and a cute mini length hem. Get it here.
12. Long Puff Sleeve Wedding Guest Dress, $199
Go for the velvet! This French Blue wedding guest outfit has long puff sleeves and a beautiful v-neckline. By Azazie.
13. Black Long Puff Sleeve Maxi Dress, $89 (now $43.50)
Cute! This elegant long-sleeve maxi has a v-neckline and chic puff sleeves at the shoulder. Get it here.
14. Floral Print Green Smocked Dress, $74 (now $59)
Go with green floral for your wedding guest outfit! It has long sleeves and a cute cuff. By Lulus.
15. Pretty Purple Long-Sleeve Maxi, $99 (now $24.50)
Wear this elegant long-length maxi dress to your next wedding and rock the dance floor! Long puff sleeves finish the look. By Lulus.
16. Blue Puff Sleeve Dress, $140
This perfect wedding guest outfit is a blue puff sleeve dress with a midi length and soft color. By Moon River.
17. Puffy Sleeve Keyhole Dress, $169
A stylish print that goes with all seasons, a mini length, and big and bold puff sleeves… this dress has it all! Get it here.
18. + 19. Floral Print Mini, $99.95
These cute long-sleeve puff sleeve dresses are perfect to wear as wedding guest outfits! Choose red or green, both shown below. By Anthropologie.
20. Copper Asymmetrical Satin Dress, $89.95
What a gorgeous dress for fall! It is shown in satin copper with an asymmetrical hem and bold puff sleeves. By Black Halo.
21. Burgundy Floral Print Dress with Long Sleeves, $27 (was $69)
Get this floral print dress for your wedding festivities! It has long puff sleeves with a mini length. By Lulus.
22. Black Puff Sleeve Dress with Embroidered Lace, $67
Ooh, stylish! I love this black mini wedding guest dress with puff sleeves and a stylish hem. Available here.
23. Sequin Long-Sleeve Dress with Maxi Length, $27 (was $119)
Going to a fancy wedding? Wear this puff sleeve maxi dress! It’s shimmery with sequins all over the exterior, a stylish v-neckline, and a slit on the leg. Get it here.
24. Puff-Sleeve Midi Dress with Floral Print and Ruffles, $228
A pretty and ruffly floral print midi dress, perfect for wedding guest outfitting this summer! By Hutch.
25. Floral Print Mini Dress with Puffy Sleeves, $149
A stylish, cute, and mini dress with puff sleeves and a pretty floral print in blue. Perfection! By Selkie.
26. Brightly Colored Floral Print Dress in Midi Length, $260
This fabulous dress looks like a lot of fun to wear! By designer Tracy Reese.
27. Midi Length Casual Puff Sleeve Wedding Guest Outfit, $160
This ruffle-hem dress is the perfect length for summertime weddings! Get it here. By Anthropologie.
28. Pink Floral Button-Up Dress with Puff Short Sleeves, $248
Stylish! This cute pink dress will be your new favorite puff-sleeve wedding guest dress to wear. By Anthropologie.
29. Red Floral Print Midi, $20 (was $79)
Ooh, cute! This floral print dress has a midi length, v-neckline, and a cute puff sleeve that hits the elbow. Get it here.
30. Long Puff Sleeve Mini Dress, $89
I love this pattern! It has a blue floral design and a short length, long puff balloon sleeves, and trim on the v-neckline. By Lulus.
31. Maroon Long Sleeve Mini Dress, $67
This dress has it all! It is available in more colors here.
32. Emerald Green Maxi Long Sleeve Dress, $89
Love this dress. There are more colors available but I especially love this puff sleeve maxi in emerald! So pretty. Get it here.
33. High-Low Sheer Long Sleeve Midi, $34 (was $89)
This navy blue wedding guest dress with puff sleeves and a high-low hemline goes with everything! Get it here.
34. Puff Sleeve Mini Dress, $52
And last but not least, two dresses in the same style but different colors! This first one is hot pink (fun!) and the second is black (for every occasion!) I love ’em both. By Lulus.
Now that you’ve seen examples, let’s answer a few quick questions on this trend. Are puffy-sleeves 80s? 90s? Modern? Well, it’s an all-of-the-above scenario! The 80s puff sleeves certainly skyrocketed to sensational style in the decade, continuing to make waves with 90s wedding dress styles. The modern puff sleeve, which you’ll see in the outfits shown above: they’re classy, chic, and stylish.
Are Puff Sleeves Flattering?
Puff sleeves are flattering without overpowering your look. This is especially true since there are a variety of puff sleeve types available. Choose a small puff for a mini detail or go big with balloon puff sleeves with long length for maximum dramatic effect.
Do Puff Sleeves Make You Look Fat?
Not necessarily: puff sleeves won’t make you look larger, unless you select one that has heavy fabric that weighs you down. Look for lightweight sleeves in the summertime in a short length, while you’ll want a thicker long sleeve puff in the winter and fall months.
Why Are Puff Sleeves So Popular?
I think they’re incredibly popular because they’re a throwback to an older style, so they’re vintage; in addition, it adds a dramatic look to any outfit. You can dress up a simple jeans-and-t-shirt look with a puff sleeve denim jacket (love this one). Or you can add a puff to a simple tee-shirt and it looks more dressed up. A puff sleeve does the same thing to dresses, which is why the trend is incredibly popular — and growing.
How to Wear Puff Sleeve Dress
To wear a puff sleeve dress, the main criterion is to be confident in the wedding guest outfit you choose. Pick a length you love, whether that means a puff sleeve maxi dress as a wedding guest or going short with a mini-length. You can go in-between with a midi-length puff sleeve wedding guest outfit and rock it with a pair of heels.
Once you figure out the length you like, decide what kind of sleeve you want. Sure, you want it to be puffy, but that can be a few different things. Do you crave big and billowy puff sleeves that are long in length? Do you want short and cute puff sleeve wedding guest dresses? Do you want a drop or off-the-shoulder puff sleeve? Decide this next, and you’ll be on your way to picking out the perfect outfit to wear to a wedding, complete with those puffy sleeves you envy.
Lastly, decide what color dress you want to wear. If you are going to a wedding, guest outfits are best if they are not white (obviously) or ivory (same), or any color similar like champagne or taupe; experts claim you should avoid bright red as a wedding guest, but that’s more because it draws focus away from the bride in photographs and that factor is still up for debate.
Puff sleeve guest dresses are a nice choice in any season. In the springtime, a puff sleeve can be lightweight and floral in pattern, or pastel in color for the early springtime months; the puff of your sleeve adds just a bit of flair to an otherwise simple dress.
In the summer, puff sleeve wedding guest outfits are perfect to cover your arms if you’re sensitive about showing them off. Some like a puff sleeve to conceal arms and shoulders, while others like the look because it’s a cute detail that dresses up any style.
For fall and winter, you can choose a puff sleeve maxi dress as a wedding guest to have a bit more warmth on your legs, and just a hint of extra fabric on your shoulders for style.
Where to Buy the Best Puff Sleeve Dresses
Now that you know when to wear puff sleeves (anytime, tbh) and how to wear puff sleeve dresses, it’s time to shop! You can start shopping here. These puff sleeve wedding guest outfit ideas are incredible and I’m trying to put them in my own closet, so this list is going to help me pick out what to wear for weddings this year. ;) I hope it helps you, too! If you want to shop a style shown on this blog post, just click on the photo of it for more details, pricing, and additional photos, and to purchase yours.
So, what did you think of these unique wedding guest dresses with puff sleeves that are long, short, and in-between? From puff sleeve maxi dresses to bright blue puff sleeve dress styles, we can’t resist a good puff shoulder style. I hope you enjoyed this blog post!