How the 'Seinfeld' Puffy Shirt Became Fashion's Latest, Unlikeliest Inspiration

"You look like the Count of Monte Cristo!" no more.

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One time, when I went to class in a sailor-inspired 3.1 Phillip Lim top, I had a professor compare it the Puffy Shirt from season five of Seinfeld. It was not meant entirely as a compliment, but joke's on him. Because what was once a weak roast—what was once an object of humiliation—has officially become Fashion. #suckit

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Kaelen

Like, "aye, matey" to those accordion-pleated bell sleeves and contrast stitching, right? ::muffled laughter:: 

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Beaufille

A more structured but no less extra version. 

<p>As a dress a pioneer&nbsp;schoolmarm would wear (if they could wear white out there before the invention of OxiClean).&nbsp;</p>
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Simone Rocha

As a dress a pioneer schoolmarm would wear (if they could wear white out there before the invention of OxiClean). 

<p>Fashion interpreting&nbsp;Henry VIII but also, maybe inadvertently,&nbsp;a '90s sitcom.&nbsp;</p>
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J.W. Anderson

Fashion interpreting Henry VIII but also, maybe inadvertently, a '90s sitcom. 

<p>Here, we've got the PS as worn by a rock-throwing&nbsp;suffragette&nbsp;who rides&nbsp;penny farthings in her spare time.&nbsp;</p>
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Mulberry

Here, we've got the PS as worn by a rock-throwing suffragette who rides penny farthings in her spare time. 

<p>You know Elaine would crack up even harder if it were mauve like this. But WHO CARES&nbsp;WHAT YOU THINK, ELAINE?&nbsp;</p>
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Marques Almeida

You know Elaine would crack up even harder if it were mauve like this. But WHO CARES WHAT YOU THINK, ELAINE? 

<p>Ditto.&nbsp;</p>
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Gucci

Ditto. 

<p>Under an anorak, it's mainly just some sleeves and a well-proportioned built-in lobster bib.&nbsp;</p>
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Burberry

Under an anorak, it's mainly just some sleeves and a well-proportioned built-in lobster bib. 

<p>With studs and a stand-up collar.&nbsp;</p>
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Tibi

With studs and a stand-up collar. 

<p>Fit for a pirate princess. </p>
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Loewe

Fit for a pirate princess.

<p>Simultaneously more streamlined and more detailed, as only Phoebe Philo can do.&nbsp;</p>
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Céline

Simultaneously more streamlined and more detailed, as only Phoebe Philo can do. 

<p>I don't see how this could be unflattering. </p>
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Ellery

I don't see how this could be unflattering.

<p>Jerry x Baked Potato: A Collaboration.&nbsp;</p>
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Kenzo

Jerry x Baked Potato: A Collaboration. 

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