Proenza Schouler, Brandon Maxwell, Jill Stuart, Roksanda
If you want to look insta-feminine, wear something with a bell sleeve.
My love affair with bell sleeves started back in 2003, when I was a fresh uni graduate/new teacher and I wore a bell-sleeved top with a pair of bell-bottom pants to a friendly dance match. I never looked back. To these days, I still love, love this sleeve silhouette and I covet it every time I see it.
We know that it came back as a trend with so full a force last year´s spring and it didn´t go anywhere, it´s still here as a trend and it´s popping anywhere. Guess what? It makes me feel so happy.
I admire how elegant it looks—whether it be a sleeve to a dress or a top—and how it makes the wearer´s arms look lean and long. In a way, it works similar with the bell-bottom pants. You know, faking a pair of long legs thanks to really long heels hidden beneath the bell hems?
All lengths of bell sleeves are in my book but if I were asked what`s my preference, I would probably say it´s the quarter sleeves with a bell that drapes nicely towards the wrist.
Here are some of the most dramatic bell sleeve numbers that I found online.
Bell Sleeve Dresses
Dresses with bell sleeves always make waves in spring. Why? Because you can only wear them well when you don´t need to wear thick coats.
Your dress may be ruffled with high-low hem, long with maxi skirt, figure skimmery in sheath, or smart with pencil skirt, but they all have the same thing in common, the dramatic bell sleeve.
The bell sleeve itself comes in many forms such as a subtle ruffle or a wide flare. The wider the flare, the more dramatic is the look. Sleeves can also be long or three-quarter length.
If you´re looking for a shape that will inspire you to swing it in spring, bell sleeve dresses will surely fit the bill. Let me know which bellsleeve dress is your fave.