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Balloons, puff sleeves are are back on the fashion radar

BY: Hadiza Nuhhu-Billa Quansah
Sleeve is an integral part of every attire

Have you observed these days that most ladies are wearing dresses and tops with the sleeves looking like balloons?

Yes! That is what is in vogue. It is called balloon sleeve. There is another type also trending that is known as puff sleeve.
Puffy sleeves were in vogue in the early 90s in Ghana and most ladies used it to design their ‘kaba’. Therefore, it was common those days to see women wearing ‘kaba’ with huge sleeves and shoulder pads in them as well.

We all know that the sleeve is an integral part of every attire, whether it is meant for men or women. This is why you find it on a dress, blouse, jacket, sweater among others. Sleeves can come in a variety of lengths—short, mid-length or long.

All sleeves have an opening at the end that the hand and arm pass through

All sleeves have an opening at the end that the hand and arm pass through, and sometimes they extend beyond the hand. While balloon sleeves are long, puff sleeves are gathered at the shoulder and then puffed out and gather back at the wrist. Sometimes, the sleeve puffs out lower than the shoulder, but it is still a full puff rather than a tapered flare.

With the latest balloon and puffy sleeves, if you want the type that will get you all the attention

With the latest balloon and puffy sleeves, if you want the type that will get you all the attention, you need to design them with plain chiffon, lace or satin fabrics to make them more stylish.

There are people who prefer to use see-through fabrics to design the balloon sleeves.

All Sleeves have an opening at the end that the hand and arm pass through

Just like yesteryears, you can still design your Kente or wax prints into puffy or balloon sleeves for weddings, engagements, church service and other formal events that require you to wear traditional outfits.

All sleeves have an opening at the end that the hand and arm pass through

Currently, almost all the boutiques, clothing shops at the malls and central markets around the country have stocked stylish cotton dresses with the balloon and puffy sleeves. If you are the adventurous type of person, you can go in for the two in one. That is a combination of balloon and puffy sleeves for a particular dress.

Even some already-made boubous come with balloon sleeves that you would love to rock for all occasions. Don’t just get stuck with your sleeveless, off-shoulder, cold-shoulders or spaghetti type of sleeves; try something stylish now.