Bell Sleeves in Paris

Do you remember my Milan Fashion Week AW16 post about Marni earlier this year, and my crush on their bell sleeves tops with bold colour blocking and geometrical cuts that creates a very modern feminine silhouette?  Well, Winter has finally arrived, so it is time to experiment with these amazing Victorian inspired balloon shaped sleeves…  I have been looking forwards to play around with this since the beginning of the year.  I even found a perfect place to wear this outfit to, which of course, is none other than the beautiful Paris!

During my previous trip, I found this amazing old Parisienne hotel in the heart of Place Vendome called Hotel Westminster.  I was so impressed with their yellow and white damask traditional suite that I just thought it would be the perfect setting for my outfit with bell sleeves blouse the next time I stay here. [For the story about Hotel Westminster, see my Paris Journal 1 post]

To achieve a casual and modern silhouette, I decided to stick to a neutral colour palette such as Black and White.  This bell sleeve blouse from Alexander McQueen can also be worn as an off-shoulder top, which is very versatile because it will also look good when worn in the summer months with a pair of denim jeans. 

For now though, I keep it slightly more feminine by wearing it with a black tailored dungaree, while enjoying a nice cup of tea in my favourite Parisienne home…  There is no better remedy for soothing winter’s blue than a good old cup of tea by a cosy fireplace, don’t you agree?

PHOTOGRAPHER: Julia Jevzikova


Blouse: Alexander McQueen

Dress: Alexander McQueen

Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent



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