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Nov 6, 2020

Fashion Over Forty: Ruffle Neck Sweater and Balloon Sleeves with a Puffer Vest

Happy Friday! It's time for my weekly "Fashion Over Forty" post, thanks so much for visiting! For today's post I'm styling another one of my favorite sweater purchases from last fall, a balloon sleeve ruffle neck top. Or is it a blouson sleeve? I've seen them sometimes referred to blouson sleeves and have no idea if that's actually a different style...they look similar to me, so I am just calling these balloon sleeves. If anyone knows the difference, please let me know!

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If you have been following any fashion blogs or read any fashion related magazines then you might know that balloon sleeves have been trending for a couple of years now. While I am usually one of the last to jump on a trend bandwagon, I absolutely fell in love with this sweater last year and had to have it. And I am sure it'll stay in my closet long after the balloon sleeve trend is gone. 

As mentioned, the sweater is from last year and no longer available, but in case you like to shop at second hand places, it's by A New Day, a Target brand. Otherwise many stores currently have some sort of balloon sweaters and I've linked to some of my favorite finds at the end of this post. I've also seen several on Amazon like the one linked below which is actually similar in color too. 

Balloon sleeve sweaters are perfect for pairing with a quilted or puffer vest, like I did on this day. I wasn't always a fan of vests, but purchased my first one several years ago and I have 2 or 3 of them now and they are so perfect for adding warmth to an outfit without the bulk of a coat.

This particular vest is from Old Navy, but the exact style is no longer available. I did find several options on Amazon, the one below looks similar to mine and is lightweight with good reviews. More Amazon options HERE

So these boots found their way into my shopping cart recently, when I noticed one of my readers purchased these. (Just in case you're wondering...while I can see what purchases were made through the blog, that is all the info I get and absolutely no other buyers info, so your privacy is fully protected by Amazon.) Thanks to whomever introduced these to me :)

In any event, these boots by Earth Origins were marked down to under $20 and I had a gift card too, so decided to give them a try. I ordered 1/2 size up. It's suggested on Amazon to go up a full size, but the half size was enough for me. Unfortunately sizes are limited but there are some still available. 

Love the side details. 

My jeans are by Banana Republic (old), this pair seem to be similar in style but with a raw hem. Available in regular, tall and petite. 

Crossbody bag was a recent goodwill find - like new, by Fossil. If you are familiar with this brand than you'll know these bags are pretty expensive, but I paid less than $10 for this one. 

I'm linking to some balloon sleeve sweater options below...


You may also want to check out their new markdowns.

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  1. That looks amazing on you!!!!

  2. I really love those sleeves and the colour!

    Curated By Jennifer

    1. Thanks Jennifer! It's such a pretty color for fall!

  3. That sweater looks fabulous on you! I love those sleeves.

  4. This is a nice fall outfit! I really like that type of sleeve on you and love the fall color!

  5. I love your sweater! And the colour is just gorgeous. I'm really loving wearing my sweaters again. All for getting cosy me! x

  6. That sweater is absolutely stunning! I love those sleeves.

  7. This ruffle neck sweater looks great on you! I love the balloon sleeves.

  8. Love those sleeves! Great fall look. Thanks for joining #WowOnWednesday!

  9. Super cute outfit! I love the color of your sweater! Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  10. I love the color, so warm! The balloon sleeves look great on you too, I love the long gold neckace with it.
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  11. You look like a cute girl who is at her 20s <3
    Review Gloves

  12. I've heard those words used interchangeably for the statement sleeves - I just call them statement sleeves, haha! they look good on you, it's a really cute knit, and layering with the vest was a good idea! :)

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! Hope that you had a great weekend :)

    Away From The Blue

  13. This is such a pretty sweater, Ellie! And the color is marvelous! You styled it perfectly. I really like the balloon sleeves as well!



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