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Zahra’s Bell Sleeve Top Gives A Modern Spin To A Retro Trend

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It’s (almost) warm and sunny again, and I’ve got a spring in my step shopping for my new season wardrobe! And one of the biggest Spring/Summer 2017 trends I’m going to be indulging in right now is tops with statement sleeves. From oversized poufs and ruffles to extra-long lengths and trims, statement sleeves are stealing all the spotlight so there’s no way you can escape them. But of all their various iterations, the most wearable — in my humble opinion — are bell sleeves.

Fitted at the shoulders and flaring out wide around the wrists, bell sleeves are a classic ’70s trend that has been given a rather modern spin for 2017. Gone are the bohemian vibes and hippie references. Instead, what you have are sleek, sharp lines that are both modern and utterly chic. What’s more, they can add a whole new dimension to the most basic tops or dresses, making them equal parts fashionable and flamboyant.


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H&M Bell Sleeves Blouse*


And considering my unending love for crisp white shirts, it was love at first sight when I spotted this new H&M blouse in my inbox earlier this week. Part of the Swedish high street brand’s Valentine’s Day promotions, this white number features the silhouette du jour (i.e. bell sleeves) and floral motifs along the front that add just the right amount of interest to the blouse. It’s pretty, chic, and versatile, all at once.

Now, there’s the question of how to style it. The thing to remember when working with a voluminous silhouette is to keep the rest of your look minimal. So if you’re going for voluminous bell sleeves, balance out the oversized proportions by pairing the blouse with a pair of skinny jeans or cigarette trousers. You could also work in tailored skirts if you’re wearing this number to office. But, on the flipside, if you’re all about amping up the volume, forget that thing I said earlier about keeping things minimal and go full-on volume by wearing this top with a ruffled skirt or culottes.

Either way, this trend is an oldie, but a goldie!

SHOP NOW: H&M Bell Sleeves Blouse (Rs 1,999)*
*Available in-store.


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