Rule of Three: Cate Blanchett, Chrissy Teigen & Alison Brie Make a Case for ’80s Sleeves

Rule of Three is a new franchise from PureWow that points out nascent trends before they’re all over your Instagram feed. Why Rule of Three? Well, it’s not a “trend” until a few (at least three) very familiar faces hop onboard.  

First it was that pink poufy dress on Lady Gaga. Then it was neon eyeshadow on Priyanka Chopra. The latest blatantly ’80s trend that’s popping up everywhere? Sleeves with major volume.

But we don’t mean a Kate Middleton puff sleeve. No, this new breed of throwback sleeve packs major volume and attitude. Just take a look at how Cate Blanchett, Chrissy Teigen and Alison Brie styled their own versions. Hint: It’s a whole lot of look and it’s not so easy to pull off.

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Cate Blanchett In Alexander Mcqueen

The 50-year-old Where’d You Go, Bernadette? star hit the red carpet of a special screening of her new film on August 12 wearing a high-drama custom version of a classic black suit. Instead of standard black sleeves, her McQueen set featured enormous royal blue silk coil sleeves. Our only question? If you put your ear to them, can you hear the ocean?

Alison Brie In Dundas

The 36-year-old GLOW star stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers on August 14 to promote the newest season of her show while wearing a gold glitzy one-shoulder Dundas number ($1,960) with a cutout at her chest, an asymmetrical neckline and a large ornamental flower. It’s eye-catching, it’s flattering and it’s very GLOW.

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Chrissy Teigen In Dalood

Last, but certainly not least, the 33-year-old Cravings author celebrated the launch of her Quay sunglasses collaboration on August 15 wearing a romper that not only featured balloon sleeves and a truly ’80s lapel but was also neon yellow. The mom of two’s romper comes courtesy of Tbilisi-born designer Dalood and is sadly no longer available. Regardless, her look proves that no matter how much you may try to resist it, the ’80s are very much back.

Now, if only we could find our shoulder pads…


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Lex is an LA native who's deeply obsessed with picnics, Slim Aarons, rosé, Hollywood history and Joan Didion. She joined PureWow in early 2017.