How I adapt the new sleeve trend

How I adapt the new sleeve trend

How I adapt the new Bell sleeve trend. Never say never where fashion is concerned. At first I was not at all sure about the ever increasing trend for tops with elaborate sleeve detail. However I was ordering my new pair of exercise pants as I promised I would in my recent post Getting fit after a long break. Whilst I was on the MarksandSpencer site I thought I would have a “browse” as one does. This internet shopping can be very addictive. I find it helps to be disciplined and know what you are looking for before you start otherwise time can just disappear and nothing else gets done. On this occasion I got lucky and discovered two tie sleeve tops. I thought why not at least give them a try.

DETAIL IN IMAGE: Stripe Bell sleeve top MarksandSpencer (UK & US) // Navy wide leg trousers MeandEm last season similar. (small size only reduced from £165 to £82).

I definitely expected to find that they did not suit me and I would have to return them. But no!

Navy sweater worn with Bell sleeve shirt

I was agreeably surprised. They fitted very well, where made of cotton not synthetic fabric.I really loved them. I decided to keep both. Here I am wearing the stripe blue style. I will show you the lighter blue spotted one in another post. It will go very well with white linen trousers for the summer.

Above I have added a chunky knit navy sweater from MeandEm. I bought mine in their recent sale. The navy is sold out. They still have the cream left (reduced from £165 to £82). They have a wide selection of similar styles.

Bell sleeve stripe top

The sporty stripe trousers I am wearing are by MeandEm (reduced from £135 to £94). The stripe V-neck tie sleeve top  by MarksandSpencer

I acknowledge that this look may not work for everybody especially if you are petite. However I think it is sometimes good to experiment and get out of ones comfort zone.

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The stunning photos were taken at Kew Botanical Gardens. Definitely a place to visit, especially in the Spring when the azaleas are in bloom. My photographer was the talented Laura Hines. You must follow her on Instagram. Here photos are outstanding.

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17 Comments

  1. 13th February 2017 / 2:03 pm

    I haven’t tried this trend yet either, but seeing it on you makes me want to reconsider!!
    I especially like it under the sweater—what a great look!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  2. 13th February 2017 / 2:51 pm

    I love the sleeves poking out at the bottom of the sweater! I’m always hesitant with these as I think the extra fabric will just get in the way, generally. But you make it look perfect! The “top” trend I see and just love, but at our age cannot ever wear, is the off the shoulder, elastic band blouse. My daughter just tried one at J Crew and it was adorable. But only for the young!!!

    • 14th February 2017 / 9:27 am

      Hi Libby

      Thanks for your comment. I don’t find that the sleeves get in the way although as I have said I probably would not do the housework wearing it.
      I did wear the off a shoulder top last year and like it in France. I find that the trick is only to pull the elastic to the edge of the shoulders definitely not too far down.

  3. Sue
    13th February 2017 / 3:15 pm

    I have been looking for a top like that. You wear it so well! When I followed the link I was pleased to find it was affordable, but I would not have purchased it based on the picture. It looks much better on you.

  4. Margo
    13th February 2017 / 4:36 pm

    My goodness. I have bought that top from Marks and ME and EM track pants. Great minds think alike! I was really surprised how well the top looked and fitted and look forward to seeing your second one
    Best wishes
    Margo

    • 14th February 2017 / 9:23 am

      Hi Margo

      Coincidence. Hope you are enjoying wearing both.

  5. Lucretia Roletta
    13th February 2017 / 10:57 pm

    Looks good with your sweater. The sleeves would drive me crazy!! Get in my way except when standing still.

    • 14th February 2017 / 9:19 am

      Hi Lucretia

      I must admit that I have not done a lot of cooking in my new tops. For most other tasks I find that the sleeves are fine. They can turn back if necessary.

  6. Sharon Daly
    14th February 2017 / 6:13 pm

    The photo of you in the navy sweater shows off your beauty and personality. That photographer is terrific, and so are you. I follow yur styling tips here in the US, even though we don’t have the UK retailers. Thanks!

    • 14th February 2017 / 7:39 pm

      Thank you Sharon. I do try and add some US retailers into the mix. Marks & Spencer do have a dedicated US site.

  7. Ann
    14th February 2017 / 7:16 pm

    Uh, worn while … washing dishes? Wiping down the kitchen sink? Wiping down the bathroom sink? Washing my hands? Cooking? At table reaching across a plate of food other than a cheese sandwich?

    Not to mention … using the facilities!

  8. 14th February 2017 / 8:09 pm

    I just bought myself a top with that kind of sleevs, but I haven’t used it yet. It has been too cold in Norway the last days and wool is the right thing just now. Even so it feels a bit like spring in the sunshine. You look very smart in your outfit and I agree, no housework with those sleeves.

  9. Duchesse
    14th February 2017 / 9:34 pm

    My neighbour ignited one of those sleeves on her gas stove and suffered second and a few areas of third degree burns requiring skin grafts. Pretty blouse but- take care.

    • 15th February 2017 / 5:29 pm

      What with all the comments I thought that I would test drive the top today while I looked after my 18 month old grandson. I have been wearing exactly the same outfit as in the photo except I swapped the trousers for an old pair so that I could crawl around the floor. The top + sleeves has performed fine. I just turned the flutted sleeves back and pushed them up to do the cooking and washing up. No problems. I would say that I have quite long arms so the sleeves end just above my wrist. If they were longer I think they would be a nuisance.
      It is ages since I have heard of perilous attire. I remember back in the 50s nightwear was flammable until they changed the law. Anybody else wearing hazardous vestments? Too long trouser hems could cause tripping!

  10. 15th February 2017 / 3:55 pm

    Beautiful photos Josephine… you look absolutely wonderful 🙂 xx

  11. Ariss
    16th February 2017 / 5:42 am

    I am amused by all the comments about cooking, housecleaning, etc. Who would actually wear nice clothes to do those things?

    You look great!

    • 16th February 2017 / 4:52 pm

      I am with you on this one Ariss. I think I will take my tops to France where I have a more leisurely lifestyle. I will be wearing my old jeans and T shirt to clean my house this Saturday morning!

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