The Bell Sleeve Trend is Everywhere

 

It’s official: everybody is wearing statement sleeves. Bell shaped or simply huge, embroidered, oversized, theatrical, exaggerated: sleeves become the focus of the whole outfit.

What’s delightful about this trend, is that it’s sexy without going overboard, head-turning but wearable, fresh and new but also good for any age.

So how does one make a statement with such an unusual part of the outfit? By choosing sleeves big and even bigger, playing with bare shoulders or contrasting volumes, and by making sure we see the sleeves immediately, like in the examples below.

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The White Shirt

How can an item as perfect as the white shirt be re-designed, or re-interpreted in a modern way? By changing its sleeves dramatically.

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Acne shirt with oversized sleeves. Photo: lefashion.com
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Hugely flared sleeves, bigger than the skirt. Photo: theyallhateus.com

The Naked Shoulders

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Unusual cut for this black top. Photo: whowhatwear.com
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Naked shoulders often go with big sleeves. Photo: swavy.com

The Blazer

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Beautiful and unusual proportions make this modern blazer very eye-catching. Photo: whowhatwear.com
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Rosie Huntigton-Whiteley wears cut, flared sleeves. Photo: fabmansion.com

Crop Top

Short on top long on the sleeves for n unexpected contrast.

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White crop top with matching gangsta hat. Photo: styldumonde.com
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Summery or good for party time. Photo: missguided.co.uk

The Dress

Any length suits the new sleeves, decorated with elastic, knots or, simply, a lot of fabric.

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Soft fabric and unexpected proportions. Photo: justthedesign.com
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Black and knotted. Photo: aloveisblind.com

The Jumper

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Olivia Palermo for Holt renfrew. Photo: holtrenfrew.com
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Natasha Goldenberg by Style du Monde. Photo: styledumonde.com

Royal Oxford

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Great details and accessories. Photo: whowhatwear.com
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Ellery statement shirt. Photo: vogue.com

Turtleneck

Simple and classic in black, the turtleneck gets a revamp with bell sleeves.

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Kendall wears it too. Photo: whowhatwear.com
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Giovanna Battaglie in bell sleeves turtleneck. Photo: whowhatwear.com

The Coat

Rihanna loves this trend and wears it beautifully in Dior; Blake Lively uses it to mask her belly.

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Unusual combination of pink and fur. Photo: stylevitae.com
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Blake Lively hides her pregnancy under a flared coat with bell sleeves. Photo: elle.com

The Bridal Gown

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Dramatic sleeves for this laced dress. Photo: Jovani.com
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Sottero and Midgley wedding dress, 70s inspired. Photo: sotteroandmidgley.com

For more examples of beautiful dramatic sleeves and details, check out Best Off-the-Shoulders Looks.

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