Eclectically feminine style by Mary Gui

How to Pull Off the Puff Sleeve: Statement Shirt Dress

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Happy Friday loves! I thought it would be appropriate to incorporate some Veuve Clicquot into this shoot to kick off the weekend. I am a huge fan of champagne and prosecco and it’s usually my drink of choice, so I was inspired to create an outfit around a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. I wanted this look to be sleek and cosmopolitan, and very Carrie Bradshaw. I had just the perfect dress: a puff sleeve statement shirt dress from & Other Stories that I’ve been waiting for the right moment to wear. This dress is definitely not the easiest pull off, in fact I was worried about it overwhelming my petite figure when I ordered it online. So read on for my tips on how to pull off the puff sleeve like a boss.

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The key pulling off a puff sleeve dress is all in the proportions. The great thing about this shirt dress is that there are actually ties on the sides that allow you to tighten or loosen the dress for a customized fit. I chose to make the sides tighter for a cinched waist, which helps to balance out the big sleeves. I also added height to my frame with a pair of floral kitten heels from Vionic. These heels are seriously so comfortable, as all Vionic shoes come with padded insoles. I also like that the floral heels match with the subtle floral pattern on the dress.

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As mentioned I wanted the whole outfit to be sleek, so I paired the dress with a black and white leather clutch from Wren & Roch. This clutch is so unique and is the perfect accessory for a night out, plus the handles for your fingers make it super easy to carry. I also decided to do my hair differently from my usual style and go with a sleek ponytail, allowing me to show off some pretty earrings. For the rest of my jewelry, I added a black leather watch and colorful bracelets, as well as a mix of eclectic rings.

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I have to say this is one of my favorite outfits to date! I am trying to incorporate more lifestyle oriented shoots to showcase occasions where I would wear certain outfits. I think this look would be perfect for work to happy hour, as it’s both business style and fashion forward. And of course, everything looks good with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot (not sponsored btw)!

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I hope you all have a lovely weekend! For once I actually have exciting plans and am heading to the Hamptons, it’s my first time so I’m pretty excited. Let me know what your plans are in the comments below!

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What I’m Wearing:
Dress: & Other Stories
Heels: Vionic
Bag: Wren & Roch (15% off with code XO_MARY)
Earrings & Eye Ring: Michal Golan
Watch: Anne Klein
Bracelets: Thomas Sabo 
Rose Gold Ring: Eternal Sparkles

Thanks for reading,


17 comments so far.

17 responses to “How to Pull Off the Puff Sleeve: Statement Shirt Dress”

  1. That dress is so unique! I LOVE how you paired it with those floral heels and obviously some Veuve as an accessory 😉 Keep it up!

  2. fashNcurious says:

    I love the dress with the floral shoes!

  3. Gisel says:

    So obsessed with every part of this outfit! It was so well thought out down to every little detail. I mean, how cute is that easy to carry clutch!

    Gisel |

  4. Gisel says:

    I absolutely love this outfit! It is so well thought out down to every detail. How cute is that easy to hold clutch!

    Gisel |

  5. Stephanie says:

    Your attention to detail is immpecable. I am LOVING this entire look. Now I need a glass of champs. 🙂

  6. Jessica Lam says:

    This is such a cute look! I’m obsessed with your shoes!

  7. Jessica says:

    I love the printed heels and how you styled this puff-sleeve shirt dress. So pretty!

  8. jessica says:

    this is a really awesome bold look. you are killing it

  9. Elizabeth says:

    What a fun outfit! I love the print on the dress!


  10. Krysten says:

    I love that dress on you! I don’t think that I could pull it off, my shoulders are way too broad.

  11. I love your attention to detail! The dress is so spectacular – the puff sleeves a definite statement maker!
    xo Debbie |

  12. Lauren says:

    Gorgeous dress! Love the puff sleeves and the heels!


  13. rocking the whole outfit my girl! love how you paired these colors! that puff sleeve is rockstar on you!

    Courtney Bentley ||

  14. Nicole says:

    You are so fab! Love the print mixing and your hair accessory.
    xx, Nicole

  15. kristal says:

    You are so beautiful. I love the way this dress fits you. The pattern are so different and unique so a nice dress.

  16. kristal says:

    You are so beautiful. I love the way this dress fits you. The pattern are so different and unique so a nice dress.

  17. kristal says:

    You are pulling off that puff sleeve look. This dress is so unique and and different it can be hard to pull it off. You look so beautiful.

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