So How Do You Actually Wear Tops With Bell Sleeves IRL?

Bell sleeves seem like a daring trend at first glance. Practically speaking, what’s so effortless about a top where your limbs are floating in fabric and you’re in danger of stains with every meal that requires you to reach across a table? Thankfully, styling the statement-making silhouette is not nearly as tricky as trying to eat a burger in it.

The seven examples below are proof that wearing a bell-sleeve top doesn't require much more effort than others. Instead, they simply elevate an outfit by providing a bit more movement and a significant amount of drama. Take a look at the inspired ensembles ahead, and then start stocking your own closet with the powerful style.

Click in for seven chic ways to wear and show off a bell sleeve.


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Slip a more streamlined dress over a bell-sleeve shirt to balance proportions.


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DIY a flared sleeve by leaving your cuffs undone.


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If you especially want to make a statement, double down on flares and ruffles.


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Swap your go-to striped tee for one that's a bit more fashion forward in the sleeves.


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Add a cuff to emphasize a swinging sleeve.


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Don't forget to let your bell sleeves peek from your coat sleeve. Chose clashing colors or playful prints for extra points.


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Break up a coordinating set with a lightweight, bell-sleeve knit in between.

Gina Marinelli
Senior Editor

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