*> TOBI Off-the-Shoulder Bell Sleeved Bodysuit (now 50 percent off)
*> hello ruby Distressed Jeans (sold out), another distressed pair here
*> Express Flower Stud Earrings
*> hello ruby Everything Cat-Eye Sunnies
*> hello ruby clear heels
I've wanted to find another fun bell-sleeved garment after wearing this number to Omaha Fashion Week last winter. Any sleeve that fits closely from the shoulder to the mid-forearm and then flares out to the wrist is considered a bell sleeve.
The babe billowing sleeves feel very now as with other '70s trends seeing a resurgence. The modern take is adding bell sleeves to little black dresses, bodysuits and off-the-shoulder tops. Sleeve lengths are also shorter than traditional.
If your style leans toward minimalist, these sleeves add the unique detail that breaks up clean lines and monochromatic looks. Play around with bell sleeves in vibrant colors and patterns, or mix the two, if your style is whimsical.
And if you want to go boldly where so many have gone before, opt for a bell-sleeved garment in a paisley or floral print to look like you stepped right out of the '70s.
Now if you're more of the romantic style type like me, look for blush-toned garments or ones made of lace. I found this bell-sleeved bodysuit on Tobi.com. The off-the-shoulder neckline brings it to modern day while the pale pink color adds a feminine touch. However, the best part of the bodysuit is its versatility.
A bodysuit does everything a top does plus it keeps your shirt from coming untucked, and the constant tension prevents bunching. I don't know about you, but I focus better when I'm not concerned about how my outfits looks and having to adjust it every five minutes.
Jeans, skirts, shorts and especially anything formfitting pairs well with a bodysuit. One of my favorite pairings is with a pencil skirt.
For this look, I choose jeans with the fringe at the bottom. The fringe adds an unexpected detail to the clear rose gold heels where they meet at the ankle.
This look wouldn't be complete without the cat-eye sunnies. The shape is bolder than all the sunglasses I own. As it turns out they're great and kind of funky. I don't know why I didn't embrace these unconventional sunnies sooner.