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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