Peachy Keen: What’s Up With Bell Sleeves

Peachy Keen: What's Up With Bell Sleeves

Peachy Keen: What's Up With Bell Sleeves

Truly, what’s up with bell sleeves?  When they made their debut is debatable.  Some say it started with Japanese kimonos, others assume the medieval 1500’s are to blame, while others still associate it purely with the carefree 1970’s and those festival-going flower children.  While I like to believe bell sleeves have come a long way since then, Bustle affectionately titles them “the bellbottoms of the arms.”  These sleeves have been trending for quite some time, but I’m not sure they have ever been as popular as they are now (save the early 00’s thanks to the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Britney Spears).

What I love the most about bell sleeves is that they’re one detail that flatters literally any body type.  No one could ever look bad wearing them, and they don’t highlight any “unsightly” body parts – unless you have something against elbows 😂 They’re spunky and flirty and add life to an outfit.  If you manage to find a top that has a higher bell sleeve like mine (closer to the elbow than the wrist), you won’t even need to worry about them falling into your food while you eat.  Major win!  WhoWhatWear covered this trend in summer of 2016, saying the style would return the following year, and they weren’t wrong!  Bell sleeves are in full force this spring, and I don’t believe they’re going anywhere!

If you’re ready to hop on board this totally fun trend train, take a peek at some of the bell sleeve pieces I’ve rounded up for you below.  These gorgeous tops are perfect for date nights, brunch with the girls, shopping excursions, movies with the kids, or whatever you have planned.  The price points are all over, from only $12 to $88, so you won’t be spending more than you need to on a cute and quality item! (P.S. The photos below are clickable, so if there’s a piece you love, just click on it and it’ll take you directly to the website to shop)!

Knit Bell Sleeved Top Peach // Stripe Knit Bell Sleeve Top // Contemporary Strappy-Front Top // Floral Print Bell Sleeve Blouse // Embroidered Bell Sleeve Top // Embroidered Off-the-Shoulder Crop Top // Bell Sleeve Cotton Top // Bell Sleeve Off the Shoulder Blouse

Grey Crisscross Keyhole Neck Bell Sleeve Top // Washed Cotton Bell Sleeve Top // Peplum Top // Peekaboo Pompom Top // Compania Fantastica Gingham Top // Beckett Tiered Bell Sleeve Top // Contemporary Striped Top // Striped Off-the-Shoulder Top


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    April 12, 2017 at 2:22 AM

    This top is so cute! I love those sleeves!

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    sarah lindner
    April 12, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Im obsessed with those sleeves! I need this shirt!
    Sarah Lindner

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    April 12, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    “The bellbottoms of the arms.” I’m sorry, I find that absolutely hilarious. It really is such a bizarre, but beautiful trend. Adds such an effortless look to your silhouette and you’re totally right! It looks good on everyone! Love how you incorporated a bunch of different options with their prices, as well.

    xoxo Bryanna | Coming in Clutch

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    Lee Anne
    April 12, 2017 at 11:13 AM

    I love your selection of bell sleeve tops! Especially the one you’re wearing, so pretty with the pink stripes.

    Lee Anne

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    Jenna Colgrove
    April 12, 2017 at 7:17 PM

    Those stripes on you!

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    April 12, 2017 at 8:15 PM

    There is something really fun and carefree about wearing them, I agree. Plus I tend to recommend them for women who don’t feel as comfortable in a figure hugging top, because they tend to emphasise other areas. I love some of your selections above. Just added you on bloglovin so I can keep up.
    xx Jenelle

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    April 12, 2017 at 8:57 PM

    Bell sleeves are so freakin’ fun! Love this outfit for spring!

    Rachel /

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    April 12, 2017 at 9:43 PM

    Love this striped top and all of your picks- I have the floral one and LOVE it! Give me all the bell sleeves 🙂

    xo, Kristina

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    Anna English
    April 12, 2017 at 10:52 PM

    So glad the bell sleeve is still around! This stripe version is too cute!

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    April 13, 2017 at 12:11 AM

    This shirt is all of my favorite things in one! You look so cute!

    Stephanie |

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    Samantha Mariko
    April 13, 2017 at 12:17 AM

    I’m loving the stripes x bell sleeves! I feel like a lot of bell sleeve tops shouldn’t be worn too casually, but this one I could see you wearing for any occasion. Casual yet elegant 🙂

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    April 13, 2017 at 12:43 AM

    Bell sleeves are all the rage! They’re on every blogger I follow and you have pulled it off perfectly!

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    April 13, 2017 at 12:56 AM

    This is for sure my favorite casual look from you! It’s something I would totally wear. The bell sleeve is simple but cute. Now those jeans look amazing on you, I need them!

    Iliana |

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    rachel vogt
    April 13, 2017 at 1:19 AM

    I’m so in love with the new bell sleeves trend right now.

    xoxo, Rachel

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    Mariann Yip
    April 13, 2017 at 7:54 AM

    That top is so cute and simple, it’s definitely my style! I swear we can share closets 🙂

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    Lacey-The Glitter Gospel
    April 13, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Saw that floral top and about died! OBSESSED!



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    Mindy Thompson
    April 13, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    I LOVE this top! Bell sleeves are so cute!
    Xo Mindy I

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    Shelby Back
    April 13, 2017 at 11:23 AM

    this top is so fun! I love the color!


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    April 13, 2017 at 11:26 AM

    I just love bell sleeve tops for summer and spring! you’ve rounded up the best picks, too!


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    Jordan Chapman
    April 13, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    Just bought a bell sleeve top and I’m itching to buy another!! I love how they look especially if they’re off the shoulder!
    Jordan xx

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    Janelle Reeves
    April 13, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    I’m definitely digging the bell sleeve trend, the one your wearing is so cute!

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    April 13, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    I’ve been LOVING this top on Instagram, you look amazing girl!

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    April 13, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    I’m such a sucker for stripes! Love the bell sleeve trend too. Bell bottoms for the arms – that’s hilarious! I’m not sure where they came from, but I’m glad that they’re trending now. Such a fun addition to any top or dress.

    xx Yasmin

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    April 13, 2017 at 6:14 PM

    I am a big fan of bell sleeves. This pink stripe one looks great with your jeans. Great choice.


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    Thomas Falkenstedt
    April 13, 2017 at 7:03 PM

    In some weird way I wish bell sleeves would make it to our (guys) wardrobe as well as they’re really flattering and especially those that won’t even drop into your bowl of ramen, haha. And they do come in all shapes, colors and fits so it’s really a versatile piece!

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    Erin @ Her Heartland Soul
    April 13, 2017 at 7:10 PM

    That top is so so pretty!

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    Sharon Wu
    April 13, 2017 at 9:04 PM

    can never go wrong with bell sleeves! love the color palette of this outfit — it’s just so perfect for spring!



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    April 14, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Love your top on you so much! Your photography is so perfect and I love your picks!! Fun collages my dear! XO

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    April 14, 2017 at 1:47 PM

    I’m really loving this trend too!! And you’re so right about the long sleeve ones falling in food…I may have had that happen a lot the last few months, haha! They’re so pretty tho! I think I need to get more shorter or 3/4 ones though with how clumsy I am! Love your picks and the one you’re wearing!

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    Jenn Hanft
    April 14, 2017 at 1:50 PM

    Bell sleeves are definitely the cutest trend to exist and it DOES flatter everyone! It’s so funny because bell bottoms was a huge thing of the past and my mom always tells me “I used to wear that”! I’ve actually STILL have not hopped on this trend and I’m kicking myself everytime I see it but I love your picks!! I’m making it a point to get at least 1 for the Spring!!

    With love, Jenn

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    Brittany Boone
    April 14, 2017 at 2:01 PM

    I completely agree that bell sleeves look so good on everyone! Great picks

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    April 14, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    How fun! I just love the bell sleeves, they are so cute!

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    April 14, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    you look beautiful Steph!! this top is too cute and I’m loving the sleeves. these colors also look awesome on you!

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    April 14, 2017 at 3:34 PM

    bell bottoms of the arms lol!

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    April 14, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    This top is so cute – I love how the color accentuates your gorgeous hair too!

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    Sarah Tripp
    April 15, 2017 at 12:15 PM

    I am SO in love with this trend right now! Love that your top is striped, too!

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    April 16, 2017 at 12:03 AM

    I agree, bell sleeves have definitely come a long way and I am a huge fan of the more recent styles. The options you shared in your collages are all to die for. I just want them all!

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    April 16, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    Everything about your top is so cute – the bell sleeves, the stripes, and the color! I love bell sleeves! They truly are flattering for everybody and how can you resist those fun sleeves 🙂

    xo, Jo

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    April 16, 2017 at 11:46 PM

    Love your point that bell sleeves are flattering on everyone– so true!! I love this striped combo on you 🙂


    Lauren //

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    April 17, 2017 at 7:14 PM

    darling you look absolutely gorgeous as usual! I am bell sleeve lover too! I mean … who does not?! Love the one you’re wearing and those denim too. Love the colour!

    Bisous, Josie

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    Claudia Di Capua
    April 18, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    I’m so with you girl! Bell sleeves are the best and so perfect for spring. I love all of your picks!

    ~Claudia Di Capua

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    Christina | Oh So Glam
    April 19, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Totally love this trend!

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    April 20, 2017 at 12:59 PM

    Such a great outift!

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    April 21, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    Another trend I truly love and wouldn’t mind to keep wear in it for the next seasons hehehe
    They are so feminine and playful. Your stripe top with this sleeves is absolutely stunning.


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