March 15, 2009

Fall 2009 Paris Fashion Week Trends Excited For… Balloon Sleeves

balloonIn case you can’t tell from the pictures above, a balloon sleeve is full on top and gets narrower on bottom. All the volume distracts from the lower body, so the sleeve is great if you’re trying to conceal a tummy. If you’re like me, and have narrow shoulders, a balloon sleeve evens out your shape.

The ones in Paris were a little extreme but Christopher Fischer’s balloon sleeve dress is a basic you can wear now and later. Dress it up with a bright skinny belt, bib necklace and heels or keep it casual with flats. The A-line makes it universally flattering.

(clockwise from top left) Nina Ricci, Christian Dior, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, AF Vandervorst, John Galliano

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