Trend Time Machine: ’70s Bell Sleeves

October 31st, 20179:00 am @

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This article is part of  The Volume Issue, The WALK’s Fall 2017 theme, which seeks to explore every aspect of the concept of “volume,” one of which is the return of ~voluminous~ silhouettes.  

letter B reak out your roller-skates, because this fall one of the most versatile trends is the bell sleeve. This ’70s classic that conjures up memories of bell bottoms and Woodstock is coming back, and in a big way. This style can be dressed up or down, even verging on athleisure. With so many different style options, many brands and designers are embracing this trend. What used to be a hippy staple is now getting a modern twist with clean fabrics and sophisticated colors.

Another reason we love the bell sleeve is because it is flattering on so many body types. The volume of the fabric is not overpowering, and it creates a feminine and flattering silhouette.

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One of our favorite ways to wear this trend is a bell sleeved blouse with denim. This pairing stays true to the ’70s staples, but is updated with new silhouettes and fabrics. Some blouses have buttons and create a more structured and polished look, while others are silk, which softens the look and gives off more romantic vibes.

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Another great way to wear this trend is in a dress or romper. There are so many different styles and options when it comes to bell sleeved dresses: one shoulder, body con, preppy, boho–you name it and there is a bell sleeved dress in your perfect style. The versatility of the bell sleeve allows this trend to be wearable because of the multitude of looks that can be created.

Check out some of our favorite styles below:

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Clockwise, from top left: Nasty Gal ($50); Clu ($109.80); Kendall + Kylie ($175); Autumn Cashmere ($264); Revolve ($85); alice + olivia ($440); WAYF ($26.70)

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