For Whom the Bell Tolls

When you are a woman of a certain age…it’s not always a good idea to jump on every style trend. For instance, not too many of us fifty-somethings could pull off a romper–if you can, more power to ya and you should go for it.

One trend that works well for young and old, curvy and not so curvy alike is the bell sleeve. Anyone can wear it and wear it well. And actually, at this point, the bell sleeve has become something of a classic. Sophisticated and statement-making, it’s been hanging around for the last couple of seasons and shows no signs of disappearing.

Right now, you can find bell sleeves on everything from blouses to t-shirts to dresses, jackets, and coats. The great news is that not only do options abound, they abound in every price point. So no matter how tight your budget, you too can get some beautiful bells.

Check out my curated collection below.

The bell of the ball. No one does bell sleeves better than Roksanda. This lovely number retails for $1295 on


Sheath Dress with Bow Sleeves | Roksanda


Check out the one below from Bagley Mischka. It’s $495 at Neiman Marcus.


Funnel-Collar Bell-Sleeve Sheath Crepe Cocktail Dress


I adore this gossamer belled blouse from Alice and Olivia. Find it at Bloomingdales for $440.



Here’s an incredibly versatile and affordable bell-sleeved blazer from Zara. $49.


What’s not to like about this wedgewood blue number by Aqua. $228 at Bloomingdales.





Need a little color. Look no further than this sweet dress from Milly. $425 at Bloomingdales. Milly also makes blouses with bells.




How fetching is this yellow dress from Solace London. $675 at Neiman Marcus.

Ami Mock-Neck Bell-Sleeve Fitted Midi Dress

Ami Mock-Neck Bell-Sleeve Fitted Midi Dress

Black Halo’s version. $325 at Neiman Marcus.

Lorie 3/4 Bell-Sleeve Minidress, Agave Green

Even Herve Leger has got in on the act…$1490 Neiman Marcus.

Cold-Shoulder Bell-Sleeve Dress


Bell top from Milly. $375 at Bloomingdales. Love the white lining.



If money is no object…this cowl neck from Brandon Maxwell is divine. $1995.00 at Neiman Marcus.

Cowl-Neck Bell-Sleeve Sweater, Plum


Why you can even get it in fur…from Adrienne Landau. $1895 at Neiman Marcus.


Knit Fur Bell-Sleeve Poncho, Brown

Another uber-affordable bell option from Zara. $35.90.


Image 1 of TOP WITH BOW DETAIL from Zara

It’s not hard to find something belled to love. I think that blazer from Zara is a no brainer. And if the money gods are kind to me one of these months, I may also go for that splendid red blouse from Alice and Olivia.


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