Trying a trend

LogoThough I like to be aware of what the latest fashion trends are, I’m not one who jumps onto every new boat that passes by. For the most part, I want my wardrobe to be made up of timeless pieces that I can wear for many seasons. When I do decide to try something trendy, I’m often a bit late to the party.

Bell sleeves have been on trend for about a year now and I’ve been studiously avoiding them for a couple of reasons. First of all, I wore them back in the early 1970s. I distinctly remember sewing myself a bubble gum pink mini dress with voluminous bell sleeves. Somehow I couldn’t quite picture my 65-year-old self in a style that I wore when I was 20!

My second reason for avoiding them was practicality. I have nothing against the look, but unless the sleeves are short or three-quarter length, those bells get in the way. I simply don’t want my sleeves dragging in my dinner!

Bell sleeves aren’t going anywhere in a hurry though. They’re definitely sticking around for spring and summer 2018, so when I found this top on a Northern Reflections sales rack for 75% off its regular price, I couldn’t resist.

I love the colour, the fit is perfect, and at less than $20, what did I have to lose? The bells are smaller than many and if I get tired of them or the trend passes quickly, I can simply cut them off. I think this top would look equally good with three-quarter length sleeves.


9 thoughts on “Trying a trend

  1. I had to laugh Elaine, I thought the very same thing about the sleeves dragging thru everything. A chef on a talk show was wearing a top with bell sleeves and she struggled not to light the sleeves on fire!

  2. Elaine, Thanks for trying a Trend Before it’s gone! Trends are just that, they come and go and indeed the Bell Sleeve is a Trend. It’s Part of a Larger Trend that shows Any Feminine Sleeve Detail. There’s nothing Cuter than a simple Blouse with a Fun Sleeve that’s simple, elegant and on Trend. AND … if you’re clever and purchase a Bell Sleeve that’s 3/4 length or a full length Sleeve that has some elastic Before the Bell that can be Juuzzed up when needed, like cabi’s Trumpet CARDI or a 3/4 Bell Sleeve as shown in cabi’s Bell Jacket, You’ll Love this Feminine Trend.

    Happy Trending Ladies!
    Linda Kreamer
    Independent Fashion Stylist for cabi 👠

    • The bells on this one are separate pieces of fabric, so it would probably be easiest to simply remove them and make them three-quarter sleeves which is my favourite length anyway.

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