The bell sleeve; I love them.
The bell sleeve has been around for a few seasons but it is only now I am feeling the beauty of the bell.
As a transitional piece, the bell sleeve blouse is the perfect addition. There are days when a sweater and jacket are too much but a sleeve is necessary; the bell sleeve is brilliant and comes into its own.
The bell works because the detail is in exactly the right place; excess around my chest or my middle is not my friend. I don’t need a zillion ruffles wrestling my already generous double chin and I don’t need extra mileage around the hips. Most of the bell sleeves I have seen go simple in the body and save the rest for the sleeve.
I like a trend to be ageless.
An elaborate sleeve knows no age; youthful or mature, it is a pretty look. I like it worn with an armful of bracelets; a sneak peak with the movement of the arm, not to mention the jingle jangle. Wear it with a pair of jeans or a tailored pant. I like the higher waist jeans (very grateful they are back) with the bell sleeve blouse and if you can tuck it in, even better. I don’t tuck so much, I never have, as I am short in the waist and prefer my shirts to stay out.
This sleeve creates the impression of a long elegant arm and draws the eye downwards; length is always flattering.
My first foray with the “bell” was a dress I have worn and worn. It is sheath style, very plain, but with fabulous over-scaled sleeves. It is one of those dresses I put on and immediately feel “dressed”.
After this dress, I decided to pay closer attention to the blouse version. A detail like this adds that little bit extra, provides additional flair to a classic outfit. There is something about an extravagant sleeve that makes the everyday feel more glamorous. The only downside is to beware when eating out!
There are versions and then there are versions.
Some styles are more voluminous than others; I’m erring on the less is more side, as is my nature, although Balenciaga and the House of Dior knew how to create a very beautiful silhouette. If you are packing for a trip include the bell sleeve blouse because it is an ideal accompaniment to the black pant and a great alternative to a tailored suit or LBD. The bell sleeve looks and feels the part.
I think you can tell I am crushing on this style. xv
The Best Of The Bell Sleeve
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images balenciaga for vogue 2006 and house of dior 1969
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