If you follow fashion week street style – truly a sight, if you haven’t, then be sure to check it out! – you might remember that during last season’s fashion week, loads of fashionistas wore sleeves that extended past their fingertips. While on the way to catch a show at NYFW this year, an Uber driver said to me, “You know, there’s only so much you can do with fashion.” I don’t exactly agree, but those sleeves DID kind of seem like a desperate attempt. Haha! (I actually like them.)

Well, a sleeve trend which still seems to be strong this season is the bell sleeve. I’m thinking that the look will be on point for a while. I have to admit, however, that I’m thinking I might wear this bell-sleeved dress past it’s “hot” period.

Janea's bell-sleeved #ootn
In front of Mark’s and my favorite restaurant. I left my clutch at home, but this bag’s color works.

After attending another amazing fashion show of Emily Payne’s designs in San Francisco last weekend – stay tuned for more on it, because it was even better than the last! – I picked up Mark from the San Jose airport. The next night we had to hit our favorite restaurant Pintxo Pote, a (Spanish) family-owned tapas and wine bar in Los Gatos. Since there was practically a heat wave going on, I happily wore this short pink silk shift dress.

Bell-sleeved #ootn

I love a shift dress, because it so nicely flows over my hips, especially when I wear light-control Spanx underneath. And I don’t need to worry about alterations for a great fit. If you are a little self-conscious of a tummy, this style of dress drapes forgivingly over that area too.

Bell sleeves are also ideal for a pear-shaped body like mine. I love how they add volume to my forearms and compete with my hips for attention. They are also helpful, by the way, for balancing out a larger upper body.

The only drawback of these sleeves is that they can sometimes look a little too flower-child or Renaissance to me. But the fact that this dress is monotone and made of silk keeps it tasteful, in my opinion. The slits in these sleeves are another modern touch.

Interior of the bell sleeves
A sparkly interior makes the look more cocktail-ish.

Where did I find this gem? I spotted it in a window of On Que Style, a luxury consignment shop near Laguna Beach, and it was…well, you know that lust-at-first-sight feeling?

On Que Style
See it to the very left?

I never dreamed of owning a bright pink dress, by the way – as Liliya has suggested, it can look gaudy on a blonde. But for some reason, I think this works.

Bell-sleeved outfit of the night
Elizabeth and James silk shift dress – similar/ Stuart Weitzman Nearly Nude sandals / Versace tote (in top photo)

I’m now thinking that I’d like a bell-sleeved top for fun layering this fall – maybe to go under a slip dress. What do you think of bell sleeves?

XO, Janea

 

Psst! Here is a similar dress in black and another with a mock turtleneck (for fall/winter)!



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16 Comments on #OOTN – Pink Shift Dress with Bell Sleeves

  1. Chelsea
    September 28, 2016 at 6:46 pm (7 months ago)

    I love the bell sleeve trend; it’s so glam and fun! This dress is super cute, thanks to those sleeves and the color!

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA
    Instagram

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    • Janea
      September 28, 2016 at 8:25 pm (7 months ago)

      Thank you, Chelsea!

      Reply
  2. Kyna Gem
    September 29, 2016 at 12:20 am (7 months ago)

    I LOVE YOUR DRESS!!!!!!!!! IT IS DROP DEAD GORGEOUS! AND I’M SO JEALOUS YOU GOT TO ATTEND THE FASHION SHOW!!! <3

    http://www.kynagem.com

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    • Janea
      September 29, 2016 at 6:02 am (7 months ago)

      Thanks, Kyna! <3

      Reply
  3. Jalisa
    September 29, 2016 at 8:16 am (7 months ago)

    This pink shade looks so beautiful on you, Janea! It really flatters your skin tone perfectly and I love the sleeves. Not only do I love the bell shape, but I love the slits on the sides, it looks as though you’re wearing a cape dress in that last shot, so lovely! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you’re having a great week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    http://www.thestylecontour.com

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    • Janea
      September 29, 2016 at 8:40 am (7 months ago)

      Thank you, Jalisa! I never thought of it looking like a cape dress, but you’re right. 🙂 My week is going really well so far, especially since the first part was spent in sunny California. Hope yours is going really well, too! XO

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    • Janea
      September 29, 2016 at 10:01 am (7 months ago)

      Thank you, Rosie! <3

      Reply
  4. Ashley
    September 29, 2016 at 10:20 am (7 months ago)

    I’m really loving that bell sleeves + statement sleeves are back! This dress is super fun, lady.

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    • Janea
      September 30, 2016 at 8:59 am (7 months ago)

      You and me both, Dominique! 😉 XO

      Reply
  5. Kelsey
    September 30, 2016 at 8:51 am (7 months ago)

    Love this dress so pretty and those sleeves are amazing!
    Xo, Kelsey
    petiteinherpearls.blogspot.com

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    • Janea
      September 30, 2016 at 8:58 am (7 months ago)

      Thanks, Kelsey! XO

      Reply
  6. Tamara
    September 30, 2016 at 10:40 am (7 months ago)

    This dress is so much fun! The colors and the sleeves are just perfect!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

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    • Janea
      September 30, 2016 at 11:36 am (7 months ago)

      Thanks, Tamara! XO

      Reply

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