STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Southern Bell

Last month I sat down and looked through some old photo albums of my mom when she was my age. If I hadn’t known they were old pictures (and the photo quality wasn’t as bad), it would’ve been like looking at photographs of my friends and me. The high-waisted skirts and jeans with buttons, middle parts, fringe, suede, lace-up tops—It all looked too familiar.

One major trend that has recently popped back into the minds of trendy teenagers and young adults is bell sleeves. Bell sleeves were among the most popular fashion trends during medieval times, the ’70s and even the early 2000s. It’s strange to think about how so many trends go in and out of style throughout hundreds and thousands of years. This time, I think bell sleeves are here to stay. Not only are they versatile in color and style (coat, dress, shirt), but you can also get bell sleeved sweaters, making them an all-year-round item.

Now I know what you’re thinking: yes they are great, but how do I “rock” the bell sleeve? Well, take a look at this Fashionista’s outfit for some more inspiration. She decided to pair her bell sleeved sweater with suede pants, black booties and a fringe purse; perfect for a shopping day or going out to lunch with friends. Her bohemian-style choker layered with a gold pendant really completes the vintage-chic look.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “I think bell sleeves add a fun, vintage look to any outfit and can be worn with a variety of bottoms. They are definitely a necessity in your closet this upcoming spring.”