There’s no fashion to be had minus a pinch of drama. And what makes achieving said drama easy?

Bell Sleeves. A top trend {pun intended} that is so hot right now.

The name gives one a fair idea, bell sleeves are a dramatic makeover for a regular sleeve, flared to resemble a bell. The flares start anywhere- at the elbow, closer to the cuff or all the way up from the shoulder itself.

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I remain a minimalist at heart, and this voluminous sheer-sleeved Pr!yanka Khanna number { its cuff detailing is bae!} is a hot-fave recent buy. It’s a powdery blue striped number, which the designer pairs with slit flared pants. Together, they make for an anti-fit pairing, something Priyanka celebrates. However, the act of experimentation failed me this time. The pants remain reserved for another day, another #OOTD.

I chose, instead, to pair this top with plain black leggings, which let the top remain central focus. The pastel pink mules are a muted colourblock relief.

Back to bell sleeves. 2016 did see attempts to inroads into our wardrobes yet the year chose to pay obeisance to cold shoulders and off shoulders. However, these popular styles didn’t translate well to wear-it-to-work wardrobe edits, a place we spend an average of *all-our-life*. Which is where bell sleeves moved in for a win.

Q: How to take the bell sleeve to work?
A: Opt for subtle flares, which might make for lesser drama but don’t negate style. Like this fuss-free cotton Vero Moda top that’s also perfect for summer afternoon commutes. Game, set, match!
(Psst: Pictures clicked in the husbands cabin!)

You know what-to-wear when. Some tips-to-take on styling ’em…

  • When wearing bell sleeves, making wrist accessories the focus is a good idea. Think statement bangles, layered bracelets or a ring on each finger.
  • Have an bell sleeved crop top? Translate it into a blouse for that cotton or linen sari and wear it with a lazy drape.
  • If the sleeves are too sizeable for your liking, tie ribbons into a knot wherever your sartorial sense pleases!

(Clockwise from top left: An Anavila Misra linen sari paired with a pleated bell sleeve blouse; house Alexander McQueen with a lesson on accessory styling; slim black bows to accentuate a bell sleeve)

TBH, I’m crushing on the trend primarily because it creates an airy effect perfect for this *lovely* weather. It is also a nod to the stylish expression of the carefree hippies of the 60s-70s. Having missed being born in the decade, fashion moved in to save the day!

The best part? It’s hot right now and thus easy to cart at those brick-and-mortar stores and the world wide web. Bell sleeves are everywhere. Flaunt it!

Go out in the sun and #WerkItGirl.

xoxo, Ridzeepop