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Trend To Try: The Flare Affair

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If you are a ’90s baby whose fashion sense sort of developed during the Y2K era, then you will totally relate to what’s coming next. Other than your average medieval renaissance characters, Sabrina The Teenage Witch and possibly that flower-powered hippie that still thinks it’s the ’70s, the flared bell sleeve trend has now been spotted on your favourite celebrities too. The glory of this style of sleeves lies in the fact that the upper-arm is uber tight, gradually flowing into a flare bell. Think of it as Elvis’ bell-bottoms, but in this case it’s on your arms. Admit it though, back in the day, that flare butterfly effect is what totally caught your eye. And as we are aware that history repeats itself in fashion, but hits us with a bigger bang, the flared bell sleeve totally follows that rule.



It’s been all about the sleeve lately in B-town, whether it’s going sheer or flare. The resurgence of the flared sleeve has branched out into mini-bells, kimono sleeves, and even frilled fits. The flowy nature of this style allows it to sit elegantly on any body-type and will also share awesome chemistry with half of the things in your wardrobe. And the clean cuts and silhouettes work really well with the minimalistic look, if you’re looking to try something new. See how it works in the form of a knit jumper, as with Amy Jackson, or a sheer frilled sleeve like what Shraddha is wearing, or even as wide a circumference like the bubble blouse Yami Gautam is sporting. Just spotted this week was Kangana Ranaut wearing a mini-dress with that perfect retro flared sleeve.

If this is a trend you’d like to try out, whether you want to blow it big or play safe with small, we’ve picked an array of bells just for you.



Mango Flared Sleeve Sweater (Rs 3,990)



RIDRESS Flared Sleeve Yarn Dyed Stripe Top (Rs 495)



AJIO Peplum Top With Flared Sleeves (Rs 999)



Closet London Geometric Print Tie-Back Dress (Rs 2,999)



Zara Pleated Sleeve Top (Rs 3,990)



Zara Dress With Frill Sleeve (Rs 799)



Mango Flared Sleeve Polka-Dot Dress (Rs 3,590)



Mango Flared Sleeve Blouse (Rs 1,990)


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