Bell Sleeves Through The Decades!
There's something up her sleeve – quite literally. Oh yes! Those flared sleeves, sometimes fitted around the arm, tapering right down to the wrist, have now made it possible. Nowadays, these beautiful sleeves are found all around the city. From celebs posing in bell sleeved outfits, to the girl sitting next to you in a cafe, you can spot them everywhere. But did you know that these sleeves were first worn by Japanese women in the 1100s? Originally, a Japanese fashion trend, bell sleeves, have become a part of the fashion lexicon in different regions of the world through the decades. Let's take a look at how bell sleeves evolved over the decades…
1) Japanese Kimono Sleeves (749-1190)
The bell sleeves, also known as the Kimono Sleeves, were the artwork of Japanese fashion designers of the Heian Period (749-1190) and were most popular amongst the Japanese women during that era. They have since, inspired fashion designers belonging to different eras from all over the world.
2) Medieval Billowing Bell Sleeves (1400s and 1500s)
Bell sleeves made its way to the west during the Medieval era when fashion trends across Europe were imported from the Far East. Only the wealthy had the privilege to flaunt the wide layered style back then. The commoners were banned from wearing the latest fashion trends. Anne of Brittany (to the left), the queen of France during the 1400s, wore a robe with large bell sleeves embellished with embroidered fur near the wrists. The iconic style was also embraced by the London fashionista of the time, Queen Elizabeth 1 (to the right) who ruled England from 1533 to 1603. She wore bell sleeves with frills, lace, pleats, etc. which was layered over the sleeves.
3) Engageantes (1800s to 1900s)
The Engageantes were "false sleeves" worn by women during the 18th and the 19th centuries. They were attached to elbow-length sleeves fitted around the arm, in the form of ruffles or flounces of linen or lace. In the 1970s, Stevie Nicks wore long, flowing sleeves. The bell sleeves look showcased by the American singer became a uniform for her fans and is referenced by fashion designers till this day.
4) Bell Sleeves and Bell Bottoms (2000s)
The bell sleeves and the wide bell bottoms reigned the fashion world in the early 2000s. Fitted tops would feature sleeves with a flare at the bottom towards the wrist. They made a fashion statement with the hit bell bottoms worn with high heels.
Bell sleeves were not worn for a few years but are back with a bang. Today, bell sleeves are more tailored and have a modern touch to them. The designer's favorite, the trend has become a classic and might be popular again in the near future.
So girls, wouldn't you try the most talked-about trend, the bell sleeves, and be modern royalty right away?