Golden Globes Fashion Trend: Puffed Sleeves

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One of the most surprising trends on the Golden Globes 2020 red carpet was the re-emergence of Puffed Sleeves on evening gowns.   Oversized Puffed Sleeves on evening gowns was a look favored by fashion critic and designer Mr. Blackwell (does anyone remember Mr. Blackwell’s Best Dressed list? )  on both cocktail gowns and evening gowns in the 1950s and 1960s. I am the proud owner of a vintage Blackwell dress with Puffed Sleeves, with little bows on them as ornaments, but I don’t recall seeing the Puffed Sleeve style in recent years on the red carpet during Awards Season.  Here’s a look at four celebrities that wore Puffed Sleeves in a variety of styles at the Golden Globes 2020.

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Morning Show host Janina Gavankar in Georges Chakra Couture at the 2020 Golden Globes.

Morning Show host Janina Gavankar rocked the Puffed Sleeve look in Georges Chakra Couture. The contrast of the big royal blue sleeves with the sleeve black bodice of the dress looked gorgeous!


Last year’s winner for Best Actress for The Favorite, Olivia Coleman, looked regal in a high necked red gown with balloon sleeves and a train.

British Actress and star of The Crown, Olivia Coleman looked elegant in a luxurious red gown with puffed sleeves by New Zealand designer, Emma Wickstead. On Instagram. Ms. Wickstead described the gown as a” raspberry gown with statement puff sleeves” that was custom made for Ms. Coleman.

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Dakota Fanning looked like a Princess in Dior Couture with short puffed sleeves.

Effie Gray star Dakota Fanning projected an innocent fairy tale princess look in Dior Couture with short, puffed sleeves on a gown with a voluminous skirt.

Kaitlyn Dever in a Valentino Haute Couture gown

Kaitlyn Dever in a Valentino Haute Couture gown at the Golden Globes 2020.

Although it was widely criticized on Twitter and other social media, I loved actress Kaitlyn Dever’s Valentino Haute Couture gown. I don’t think the picture did justice to the intricate details of the dress. The floral dress was adorned with intricate black white, red and pink flowers and embellished with crystals.

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Beyonce poses in her customer Schiaparelli gown prior to the Golden Globes. She and Jay-z skipped the red carpet.

Other celebrities also made fashion statements with over the top sleeves were Beyonce.  Beyonce’s elegant gown, designed by Roseberry for Schiaparelli  and featured “woven gold mesh sleeves” that made a great contrast with the bias-cut black crepe slip dress that was the body of the dress.

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Zoey Deutch in a Fendi custom couture jumpsuit with voluminous sleeves.

My final favorite gown, with puffy sleeves, wasn’t a gown at all. Actress Zoey Deutch looked amazing in a v-neck Fendi jumpsuit with long ballon sleeves gathered at the write, with vintage style covered button down the back.

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The back of Zoey Deutch’s custom Fendi jumpsuit (via Zoey’s Instagram)

I confess I missed this on the Red Carpet, but saw it it on Zoey’s Instagram and fell in love. It’s simply stunning!

What do you think of the Puffed Sleeves trend readers?   There are quite a few dresses with big sleeves popping in up in stores for the Winter 2020 season.  Below are a few affordable ones I have seen off the rack.


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.