Styling Bell Sleeves & an Overall Dress + A Life Update

Overall Dress and Bell Sleeves

Overall Dress and Bell Sleeves

Overall Dress and Bell Sleeves

Overall Dress and Bell Sleeves

Overall Dress and Bell Sleeves

Overall Dress and Bell Sleeves

Overall Dress and Bell Sleeves

Overall Dress and Bell Sleeves

Overall Dress and Bell Sleeves

Overall Dress and Bell Sleeves

Overall Dress and Bell Sleeves

Overall Dress and Bell Sleeves

Overall Dress and Bell Sleeves

Overall Dress and Bell Sleeves

Overall Dress and Bell Sleeves

Overall Dress and Bell Sleeves

Overall Dress and Bell Sleeves

Hey gang! Welcome back… or if you’re new here, welcome! Today’s post is a good one, especially if this is your first time stopping by Poised Avenue because I am going to kind of reintroduce myself and give a bit of a life update. I love reading about other blogger’s personal lives/ stories (maybe I’m just a bit stalker-ish?) so, if you’re anything like me, you’ll enjoy this post, too! I love spilling my guts out to my readers. Not only because this is sort of my diary and I find writing to be therapeutic, but also because I want to connect with my readers on a personal level. Sit back, grab a glass of wine, read on… and then leave a comment below introducing yourself! XO

First thing’s first, let’s get into this styling of a bell sleeve top and denim dress. For the LONGEST time, I have wanted a denim dress. My sister has one that I absolutely loved and I knew I had to have one, too. I was on Poshmark (fav shopping app) and found this denim overall-type dress and fell in love. Instantly I bought it and haven’t regretted it since. Denim overalls are huge this season. If you don’t have a pair, you definitely need to get your hands on some very, very soon.

I think the overall dress pairs so well with bell sleeves! It’s a perfect mixture of tom-boy and girly. Bell sleeves are kind of an old(er) trend, but I think we will still be seeing them for a while. They can be a bit tricky to master, because they’re long, flappy, and can just be a tad, well, big. And let’s face it… trends like this can leave us feeling intimidated and uninspired by our styling options. I mean, you don’t want to end up looking like a bird about to take flight #AmIRight? Well, let me ease your beautiful minds. Styling a bell sleeve isn’t all that difficult but, it’s all about which sleeve you choose. WAIT, there are multiple bell sleeve types?! Yes. There’s definitely a scale of drama when it comes to this type of sleeve. From somewhat dramatic to BAM-in-your-face-dramatic. Bell sleeves can be structured or flimsy, too. For example, a large structured bell sleeve is definitely nearing the BAM side of the drama scale, while a smaller, more flimsy bell sleeve (similar to mine- although mine is not the smallest) is opposite. A smaller, less floppy bell sleeve can be a bit easier to style because it more closely resembles a traditional long sleeve. But, a more dramatic bell sleeve can really add a trendy punch to your look. Luckily, like with most trends, you’ll most likely see the tamer version in stores. When styling these bell sleeves, depending on the radius of the bell, pairing options vary. I’d say the bigger the sleeve, the less busy you want the rest of your outfit to be and vise-versa. Like with any bold trend, balance is key. Balance is really the key to nailing any look. EX: bell sleeves + bell bottoms can be a bit overboard. The same way bell sleeves and a ruffled bottom may be overkill. I love bell sleeves paired with skinny raw hem jeans or high wasted shorts/ skirts. They look great with platforms to really go 70’s and they are amazing on a dress! For more examples, check out this post. Bell sleeves are fun and super feminine… so have fun styling!

p.s. Unfortunately everything I am wearing is sold out so I can’t link any of it. But shop similar items below!

p.p.s. Yes, I know my buttons are not even on my dress. It drives me insane, too, okay?

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Now, onto the life update. If you’re new here, hi! *insert waving hand emoji* My name is Amanda and I am a 22 year old student, nanny, and blogger who loves fashion and dreams of creating an online identity/ brand to share my passions with you (my lovely readers and social media followers). If you’ve been around for a while, you know that I took this semester off and focused a lot on blogging and even took an online blogging class. I have learned a lot and have come a long way since the end of last semester and I really think it was the best choice for me. School was never really my thing. I love being creative and would always day dream about college throughout jr. high and high school because I thought college would be a place I would be able to study what I want and only what I want… forgetting the stuff I wasn’t so well versed in, like math and science (you know, left brain stuff 😉 ). Little did I know that focusing solely on creative learning in college is really not attainable and it isn’t always just what you want to learn that is placed in front of you. Not to mention, campus life has changed tremendously… even from the time I started school in 2013. I go to a Cal State and the rhetoric on campus can be overwhelming and plain exasperating sometimes… but we’ll leave that discussion for a different time. Anyway, I find that learn best when I am my own teacher. I learn well on my own and teaching myself keeps me more motivated. But hey, that doesn’t give me a degree. So, here I am, going back to school this summer to take some of the classes I need that would be compacted during fall. I am glad it’s summer school, though, and will only be two months long. And don’t get me wrong, I really do love learning, I just love it more in an unconventional way… most of the time. I’m hoping summer school won’t interfere much with my blogging, I don’t think it will, I’m keeping my fingers crossed!! Okay, are you ready? My second big update is …drum roll… my boyfriend signed on to the police force today!! TODAY! I can’t believe it. He has talked about wanting to be a police officer for as long as we have been dating (6.5 years) and I can’t believe the day has finally come that he has accomplished his #1 dream. I am so proud of him! But, it’s also definitely a nerve-wracking. If any of you are dating or are married to a cop… let me know! I’d love to chat 🙂 .

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6 Comments

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    Katie Sartz

    May 16, 2017

    I love how personal and relatable you are in your posts. This is the first one I’ve read but I’ll definitley be subscribing! When I first glanced at the the cover photo of this post, I thought it was me. We both have that same dirty blonde/blonde mid length hair. This is so random. But whatever. TBH super proud of you for taking a semester off. It’s hard to do something else when everyone else is bopping along in life following the typical four year experience but I seriously admire you for taking your own path.

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      Amanda

      May 16, 2017

      Thanks SO much Katie!! Your kind words mean so much to me! Thanks for stopping by 🙂 XOX

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    Emily Soto

    May 15, 2017

    I love this dress! Such a cute look!

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    Leah Lowe

    May 15, 2017

    Love the denim overall dress, bring back the 90’s! Love how you styled this look with those lace up shoes, so cute!

    x- Leah
    http://www.ellemaebloom.com

    • Reply

      Amanda

      May 15, 2017

      Yes, love the 90’s! This is totally 90’s and I hadn’t even realized it!! XO

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    Laura Mitbrodt

    May 15, 2017

    your dress is so cute, love the denim
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

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