Monday, 27 January 2014

Styling Bell Sleeves


Bell sleeves, you either hate them or you don't. We've never owned anything with bell sleeves before, so when we saw this knitted top on Oasap, we were excited to step out of our comfort zone. We didn't hesitate, ok maybe just a little, to add it to our cart. Unfortunately it's one of those things that look stunning on the model/mannequin, and just plain silly on. The sleeves are a bit too belly for our liking. Don't get us wrong, the quality of the top itself is fantastic, but we looked like ostriches wearing it. However, we did try our best to style it, pinning the sleeves back slightly for a more subtle bell sleeve.
 
We have to warn you though that unlike other pieces we've ordered from the site before, this particular top had an odd smell when we took it out of the packaging!
 
Outfit #1
The length of the top makes it perfect for bottom that sits slightly higher on the waist. The bright florals on the flip skirt do a perfect job of breaking up the black and injecting a much needed pop of colour to this outfit!
 
 
We love that this necklace is quite simple, but still packs a punch. One thing this necklace does not get cudos for is it's sturdiness. The wire on which all of the individual pieces hang off is quite soft and flexible, so you have to be careful when handling it, otherwise you'll end up with something looking more like a pile of scrap metal than a necklace. 
 
 

Hello Big Bird! This is what the sleeves look like unpinned.
 


*Top: Oasap
*Necklace: Oasap
Skirt: Supre
Shoes: Target
 
Outfit #2
Nothing goes with a high neck top more than a steament necklace.We love the look of worn gold jewellery against black, with the layered necklace bringing a little of complexity and boho to this outfit.






*Top: Oasap
*Necklace: Sammy Dress
Skirt: Cotton On
*Ring: Oasap
Shoes: Ipanema
 
Hopefully this was a one off. It definitely hasn't turned us off experimenting with bell sleeves again in the future. Let us know if you are a fan of bell sleeves in the comments below.
 
©  M + K

DISCLAIMER: the items marked with a * were sent to us for consideration, but as always our reviews and opinions are honest ones.

49 comments:

  1. cute skirt, nice look :)

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    1. We love our florals and we love our skater skirts, so it is perfect for us!

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  2. I really like the last shot!
    Great black skirt.
    Kiri
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    1. Thanks Kiri. We like to take interesting shots so that you guys to get too bored!

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  3. Great looks! I do like the top very much, I think it looks great on you in fact :-) You have a very nice blog, following you now with Bloglovin :-)

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    1. Thank you! We would have loved it if the sleeves where slightly less puffy though

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  4. i love the floral skirt so cute! :)

    xoxo,
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    1. We absolutely love our florals, so this skirt is definitely one of our favourites

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  5. I love the way you've styled this outfit! I am in love!!!!

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    1. Thanks Selina! We're glad you like it

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  6. Beautiful outfit! I love the skirt!

    XOXO!

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    1. This was a hard one to put together, but we're glad it turned out in the end :)

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  7. You've got to pin the bell sleeves is my learning from this post...You hv pared up the top so beautifully ladies :) <3

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    1. If you have a bell sleeve top with the right amount of 'bell', then pinning the sleeves is not necessary. We just picked the wrong one!

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  8. Haven't seen any of these style jumpers around yet, but they look lovely! Your outfits are gorgeous too :)

    Do you have a favourite nail varnish brand? Would love to know all about it on my new post!

    x

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    1. Thanks Hannah! We've seen these around for sometime and loved the way it looked on those we've seen rocking them, so we were excited to try it out. Unfortunately it was as flattering on us :(

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  9. LOVE THAT LOOK (:
    I'm following you now x

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    1. Thank you Coreena! We're glad you like this post

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  10. Bell sleeves are dramatic and gorgeous on you! The first look is definitely fresh with the florals, and second one chic. Both styled beautifully dear :)


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    xo Jess

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    1. Thanks Jess! Unpinned, the sleeves were way too dramatic for us, but we thought it looked quite nice slightly pinned back.

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  11. Gorgeous look, great blog!

    Kylie
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    1. Thank you for dropping by Kylie :)

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  12. Thanks for sharing! Didn't even think of pinning sleeves could make a huge difference!
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    1. It sure does! Pinning the sleeves back turned this look from Big Bird to wearable chic :)

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  13. what a bummer! I've been a little afraid to try bell sleeves, but i must say you did an exvellent job and styling the top.

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    1. Thank you! This was a tough one to style, but we're happy with the end product :)

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  14. I love the top and both skirts! I'm following you :)


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    1. As you can tell, we love our skater skirts!

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  15. this is super cute! not sure if I could pull it off haha xx

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    1. Anyone can pull off anything with a little bit of smart styling

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  16. Those necklaces are so pretty!!

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    1. Aren't they?! We've been re discovering some of our favourite statement necklaces. We think gold pieces always look good against black

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  17. Great post! Super cute outfit! :) I love the graphic on your photo, how did you do that?!
    xo T
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    1. Thanks Tori! We had to fiddle around with photoshop to do that!

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  18. This is a very late reply but thanks for visiting my blog back in 2013! I'm finally catching up on comments today. Love your post and I have a similar sweater so you're post is perfect for some inspiration!

    Cheers!
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    Grace

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    1. Better late then never! It's great to see you're back from the your new year break! We're glad that this post provided you with a little inspiration.

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  19. the sweater really looks good on you, anyway i have the same ring with you hihi<3


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    1. Really?! It's so cute isn't it?

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  20. I really like the outfits! They look incredible ! I love all the accessories they look fantastic!
    I will definetly follow and check everyday for updates because so far I love your blog :)
    I actually just started blogging, and I would appreciate any support you could give! If you have the time, please check it out, share it, or comment! It would mean a lot :)
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    1. Thank you for the sweet comment Mirali! Comments like these really make our day. We will definitely check out your blog :)

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  21. I am not sure how those sleeves will look on me but they look really nice on your body. You got the right shape for them!! Nice outfit!!

    I am running a giveaway over on my blog, be sure to check it out and enter!
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  22. Lovely sweater. Looks really warm and comfy.

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    1. It definitely is warm and cosy, but the sleeves could be a little less big and 'belly'

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  23. I agree that the sleeves are slightly too big!! I like how you styled them in the end though :) great job

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