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Floral Bell-Sleeve Blouse: 3 Ways

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Today’s look is all about the top. My flowery blouse has a type A personality and there’s no point trying to compete. And how can you compete with an $8 find? 

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My husband and I were on one of our rare date nights and we were waiting for our table at one of the tastiest sushi restaurants in our area (Sugar Fish). There’s a LOFT right next door and I decided to peek in since there was a “SALE” sign outside; I couldn’t resist the temptation. This blouse was just screaming at me from the final sale rack and the sale promised an additional 50% off sale items. It fit! I ran to the cash feeling like the woman in the IKEA commercial—even the cashier was surprised by the final price.

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The “bell sleeve” look is popular right now but it’s not a look everyone is comfortable pulling off even if it’s an easy one to wear. It’s light, breezy and hides any pre-existing “wings” you may have in the tricep area. It checks all the boxes. When wearing a top this bold, always pair with a solid colored bottom. In the first look, I chose a pair of cropped, Sloan fit Banana Republic black ankle-height pants in a slimming cut. Because the blouse is quite loose, I wanted to keep my lower half in form-fitting pants.

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For shoes, I played off the beautiful magenta/red colored roses of the top and wore deep red patent leather peep-toe heels. These Sofft pumps are the perfect heel height: enough height to give your calves a lift but not high enough to cause pain all day. I’ve been a loyal Sofft shoe lover for years but then they suddenly stopped carrying their heels in sizes larger than a 12. It’s too bad because their shoes were well-made and fit my feet perfectly (their European sizing was slightly wider than most brands and fit my wide feet).

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For my second look, I stayed with the solid black theme and wore a office appropriate Banana Republic pencil skirt. This piece hugs my curves without being “too” sexy. The fabric also has some give (thanks Lycra!) so it’s comfortable for all-day wear.

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And these shoes! They’re Via Spiga’s fabric and patent leather collection. I found these beauties online and paid way more than I normally would for a pair of shoes but they were just too good to pass up–especially given that it was the last pair in my size 12. They were calling me…and I responded with my credit card.

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For my last look, I decided to go casual with a pair of Calvin Klein skinny blue jeans. This is seriously the easiest look to pull off and still look dressy. If your office allows jeans (most do on Fridays at the very least) this outfit is so comfortable and fun. I love how the blue jeans pair with the magenta floral pattern.

 

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I wore this look as a casual Saturday afternoon outfit running errands (hence the comfy flats). The shoes are part of Hush Puppies line of ultra comfortable flats collection and they match this outfit perfectly because of their magenta hue. I’ve worn these shoes with jeans before and they always manage to liven up any outfit.

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There’s a close-up of the beautiful floral fabric. The pinkish tones give my skin a glowy, rosy flush and helps to bring out my eye color. I think this blouse would suit any skin tone and any eye color.

 

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