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My First Bell Sleeve Top

Happy Wednesday, friends! How are your weeks? Mine was going to be packed, but my original plans last night ended up getting postponed and while I initially quickly signed up for Orangetheory after work, I ended up canceling that and opted for a quiet night at home. It feels like those are few and far between these days, and being able to spend another couple hours hanging out with J, working on blog stuff, and watching TV (finally caught up on the last two episodes of This Is Us…!!) always end up being more refreshing than I remember.

On Monday, I headed to Whiskey Charlie, a rooftop restaurant + bar, on The Wharf for a Blog Societies happy hour. I’d been wanting to try Whiskey Charlie since I first visited The Wharf a few weeks ago, and it didn’t disappoint–if you caught my Insta Stories, you know those views were no joke. You can see everything from the Capitol to the Jefferson Memorial and Rosslyn, VA, and watch the planes land at Reagan. We also sampled misc. items from their menu, and the crab cake sliders were my favorite. The chef explained that they’re made with a much larger portion of crab than a traditional crab cake, which made them a lot more unique and flavorful. The vibe is also great–we split our time between the inside and by the fire pits (with blankets) on the patio.

Gigi New York clutch

About this outfit…I finally tried a bell sleeve top! While I typically resist most trends, this one appealed to me because it’s essentially an elevated basic. I wear a lot of simple tops and the sleeve detail takes that look to another level with minimal effort (read: no need to set up the shoes or accessories if you don’t feel like it.) Duffield Lane sent this one over and it’s perfect for the holidays and beyond…also, the sleeves aren’t really billowy enough to get in your food, a problem that definitely had a role in dissuading me from trying this style for awhile. Size wise, I’m wearing an XS but could have gone up to a small–so it runs a tad large. And see what I mean about minimal accessorizing? I’ll definitely be wearing this look to the office since it yields a more put together look than a basic white crewneck or v-neck but feels the same comfort wise.

How to wear a bell sleeve top

Also, a note about these flats…I wear them in pretty much every outfit post, and the truth is that I wear them multiple times a week. I got this particular pair at Tuckernuck last fall and have been obsessed ever since–so much so that I bought them in two other colors and ordered another pair in black last night since I wear these so much and am worried they’ll get discontinued given how few are still available for sale. If you’re in the market for black flats that won’t break the bank, I truly can’t recommend them enough…they’re currently marked down on Zappos and I’d recommend going down a half size as the leather stretches after a few wears. The actual break-in time is minimal and there’s padding in the footbed, which provides added comfort.

Duffield Lane bell sleeve top


Duffield Lane top (c/o)
J.Crew pants (old style but Factory has similar ones)
Corso Como flats (I went down a half size, they stretch)
Gigi New York clutch (similar size is only available in pythonslightly larger size in pebbled leather)
Happiness Boutique earrings (c/o; similar)

Photos by Katie

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  1. katie wrote:

    I absolutely love this bell sleeve top on you!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    Published 12.8.17