One of the best fashion trends for the coming spring and summer is indeed the bell sleeves, a look that speaks retro and contemporary all at once. While some designers have pulled in a cute factor here, others have opted for sexy or positively way-too-pretty-for-you styles that automatically inspire all types of artistic imagery to mind. It is mental photography and invisible painting here, with how lovely bell-sleeved dresses really look. We have taken the liberty of checking out some of the top looks and have come up with a list of 7 trendy bell-sleeve dresses you simply must add to your spring closets.
#1: Angelic White Bell-Sleeve Mini Dress
The bell sleeves are a given, and the sexiness simply has no end. It is angelic temptress and devilish saint all at once. It features an A-line silhouette, a cutout slit in the center with a tie creating a bow right on the bust, a mandarin collar and a side zipper for a smooth back. It’s a darling piece and certainly one you petite ladies will be wanting for your next date. Buy this dress on NastyGal.com!
#2: Bohemian Bell-Sleeve Dress
A Free People special, this dress is super cute and super sexy, with a sheer mesh bodice full of floral embroidery, a plunging V neckline, and dramatic flares to the sleeves and the skirts, the latter a crinkly material that effortlessly swings about the legs, the added pleats giving it more of a country feel. Get it at Free People!
#3: Dramatic Black Lace Dress with Bell Sleeves
High necks and short hems indeed, with the added bonus of an open back and gorgeous black lace. It is an interesting play on charging up software, a look that can easily be turned into a nightgown but has instead been tailored as a party dress. It features a mandarin collar and a fringed hem, black fan sleeves, a flared bottom with black skirt lining and a beige tank lining on top to give it a vampy contrast that is even more seductive when paired with the right lipstick. Buy it at Nasty Gal!
#4: Simplistic A-Line Dress with Bell Sleeves
It is an ASOS piece and positively lovely, with woven fabric, a round neckline, wide bell sleeves coming down from the elbows, a self-tie fastening and relaxed fit. The dress is an easy wear on the spring days and we might even get away with it now if you layer it right. Buy it here!
#5: Floral Bell-Sleeve Dress
High neck, long sleeve and short hems… that is more than perfect for the spring season where sexy takes on a whole new meaning. Florals are worn all year long with this, the mustard blossoms looking lovely against the black background. We see mock bell neck, bell sleeves, an A-line silhouette, button closures at the nape for a keyhole opening and fully lined to give the gauzy material space to flutter about without showing off too much of what’s underneath. It’s Nasty Gal’s gift to us at only $68 USD. Buy it here!
#6: Bell-Sleeve Little Embroidered Dress
Sexy just doesn’t cut it with this one. It is not sexy in a slutty sense, but more so in a Geisha meets prairie girl style. It is a crinkly crepe fit and flare mini dress, with a rather deep V neckline, long bell sleeves and floral embroidery all over on the different colors. Our favorite is Papaya combo, but there is twilight, storm and almond as well, the last coming in as second on our favorites list. Get it from Free People!
#7: Everyday Little Dress with Bell Sleeves
This adorable little piece has a pretty short hem and a gorgeous gut to it, coming in chiffon material, with bell sleeves and swinging skirts, looking all the lovelier in burgundy. There is a camisole underneath to cover up the translucent effect of the material, which allows the arms thus to be of a lighter burgundy coloring and the deep V of the neckline to more aptly show off any hanging piece of jewelry. Add a hat on top and voila! Buy it at Missguided.com!
Photos courtesy of Collage Vintage, Nasty Gal, Free People