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Just 18 photos that prove 2019 was the year of Big Sleeve Energy.

Every year there are fashion trends that seem to come out of nowhere and suddenly be everywhere.

The one that took up the most red carpet real estate this year (literally) was the humongous sleeve. We saw them puffy, we saw them fluttery, we saw them defy gravity, we saw them reach the actual ground.

Allow us to present the evidence.

Lady Gaga at the Golden Globes.

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Nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in A Star is Born, Gaga debuted seriously puffy sleeves at the January 9 ceremony, setting off a ripple effect. Image: Getty.

Emilia Clarke at the British Fashion Awards.

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Ok, no, because your sleeves are so big they are TRAILING ON THE GROUND. Image: Getty.

Kylie Jenner at the Grammys.

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When the sleeves extend into gloves. Image: Getty.
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Margot Robbie at the BAFTAs.

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These ones look spiky. Image: Getty.

Mandy Moore at the Emmy Awards.

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The Emmys were a sea of swathey sleeves but Mandy's were the most glorious. Image: Getty.
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Serena Williams at the Met Gala.

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V casual. Image: Getty.

The Veronicas at the Aria Awards.

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There's enough material in those sleeves combined to wrap a third Veronica. Image: Getty.

Iris Law at the British Fashion Awards.

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Are they stuffed? Full of air? Helium? So many questions. Image: Getty.
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Saoirse Ronan at the Met Gala.

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"Now add flames. Perfect." Image: Getty.

Gwyneth Paltrow at the Emmys.

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So much tulle, so little...purpose. Image: Getty.
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Christina Aguilera at the American Music Awards.

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Ready for takeoff. Image: Getty.

Tracey Ellis Ross at the Emmys.

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Go big or go home. Image: Getty.
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Maren Morris at the Country Music Awards.

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They're balanced, because of the cut out. Image: Getty.

Now, thanks to all this high fashion exposure, the trend has hit the shops. And a word of warning if you're on the fence: it's coming in hot for party season.

Zara has a knack for translating these trickier trends into must-have items, like this dress that went viral earlier in the year, even earning its own dedicated Instagram account.

When it comes to the mega-sleeve, there's one style that seems to be taking over the wardrobes of fashion people. With a fitted velvet bodice, the top explodes into diaphanous candy-pink sleeves. Behold:

 

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The top is yet to be available in Australia, but we'll keep you updated. And if you're not quite ready to go there, Zara also has some more wearable versions that still bring that big sleeve energy. We've included our faves below.

Zara top with puff sleeves, $69.95.

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Zara Polka Dot Taffeta Blouse, 69.95.

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Zara Sweater with Organza Sleeves, $59.95.

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Will you be wearing the big sleeve trend in 2020? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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