Bell Sleeves: The breezy fashion trend your life needs ASAP
Who doesn’t love bell sleeves? They are airy, let your arms breathe and let your arm fat wiggle and jiggle without a worry in the world. What’s not to like?Also read: Celebs love big pants in summers and like any sensible person, you should tooThe bell sleeve was popularised by the chic parasol sporting, cake eating dainty ladies of France sometime in the 1500s. Obviously, the fashion soon made its way to the charming ladies of London, who realised that they could easily use bell sleeves to add more elements to their attire, like under-sleeves that came with frills and pleats.Elizabeth 1 rocking them sleeves. Picture courtesy: Pinterest/matahara82A trend that came and went throughout history, bell sleeves became big in the 1970s, when fashion for both commoners and stars took a liking to the style. In Bollywood, you had everyone from Saira Banu to Zeenat Aman sporting the style. Take your cues from Saira Banu and Zeenat Aman. Pictures courtesy: Pinterest/annieakhan; YouTube/@sugi007The trend made a comeback in the 2000s–from popstars Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson headlining the trend in the west to desi girls Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukherji, among others, warming up to it. While Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Akshay Kumar-starrer Action Replayy tried to walk us through the times bygone, it failed to give us any fashion goals.Kareena Kapoor and Kelly Clarkson tried the trend in 2000s. Picture courtesy: PinterestHowever, slowly and steadily, bell sleeves seem to have been inching their way up the fashion ladder, what with Sonam Kapoor and Mini Mathur both rocking their Anavila sarees with bell-sleeved blouses. A style we can easily get behind.advertisementAthiya and Sonam have already worn the bell sleeve. Pictures courtesy: Instagram/@sonamkapoor; Instagram/@athiyashettyUnlike before, when bell sleeves would make you feel like you were sporting the balcony of sleeves, now bell sleeves seemed to have taken a more structural turn and it’s all for the better. From crop tops and hump suits to sexy dresses, fashion’s working the vintage trend in a more sophisticated manner with some lines and ruffles thrown in.The different avatars of the bell sleeve. Pictures courtesy: Instagram/@dear_blackbird_boutique; Instagram/@nishasainanilabel; Instagram/@swfboutique That should be enough inspiration for you to try the trend right away!