This season, we expect to see everyone donning the color red, jazzing up their outfits with sparkly shoes and bringing florals into fall. While we are excited to try these trends, we are equally as excited to welcome back lasting looks from last season. A crowd favorite that continues its run is the bell sleeve. “Designers have taken a strong hold of the bell sleeve silhouette, and they are not letting go anytime soon,” says Renae Buising of Boutique Bella. “Adding volume to the arms is a fun way to create a dramatic look with minimal effort and total comfort. Since the sleeves are so wide and flowy, the body of the top will generally be more fitted. This balances the look and keeps it wearable for the everyday gal. The wide-sleeve trend brings back the flared style of the ’70s, but with modern updates that keep the current look fresh.” Make a fashion statement with this fun, dramatic style!
We spent some time at Boutique Bella scoping out our favorite tops that show off this fabulous fall trend. Here are some of the looks — both casual and sophisticated — that we love the most.
The everyday staple
Even casual tops have embraced the bell sleeve trend. So whether you are running errands, meeting the gals for lunch or simply heading to work, you can master this look during the day. “The dramatic flounced bell sleeves revitalize an everyday staple,” Ranae tells us.
Updated white tee
Even t-shirts can incorporate the trend! This short-sleeve shirt is feminine, and fun to wear — especially on warmer fall days. “This season’s favorite flourish makes an instant and easy update to a short-sleeve tee,” Renae says of the look. Pair the updated white tee with jeans and a Ceri Hoover clutch for a look that can take you from day to night.
Lightweight and layered
This look showcases how you can still make a statement, even with a casual look. “This soft and elegant knit top, with a tiered and lightly gathered statement sleeve, will keep you on trend,” Renae promises. The lightweight fabric makes it extremely wearable. “Sleeves trimmed with raw edge ruffles add the perfect dash of feminine flounce to a crewneck tee,” Renae tells us.
A cozy knit
We love nothing more than finding the perfect sweater for fall. This oatmeal turtleneck option fits the bill! The knit isn’t too chunky, so it won’t weigh you down, but it will keep you warm on cooler days and nights. Pair it with a FASHIONABLE bag and black jeans for a complete ensemble.
For a feminine look for the evening, pair this top with jeans or skinny pants. “From a hot dinner date to a night on the town, this outfit will be a show stopper,” Renae assures us.
Little red dress
While the statement sleeve is typically reserved for tops, this look proves that it can work on dresses, too! “Combining flared sleeves with a trendy, off-the-shoulder neckline is one popular way to keep the look up-t0-date and modern,” Renae shares. “The wide flowing sleeves and bared shoulder complement each other so well.”
Get out there and master the bell sleeves! Shop these looks (and more) at Boutique Bella.