Blue Bell Sleeve Dress // Two Ways

An item you probably didn’t know you needed in your closet, a blue bell sleeve dress. Sharing two ways to style the must have item for summer!

Blue Bell Sleeve Dress | Louella Reese | Life & Style Blog

c/o dress {here too} // jacket // blue satchel // cuff // heels // sunglasses 

New favorite dress alert. Seriously, I’m obsessed with this little blue number. Like 100% serious, is it okay if I wear it once a week {okay what I really mean is every other day}? I’ve now decided that this aqua color is my favorite shade of blue. So if you see anything in this color, send it my way. I’ll probably buy it immediately {sorry hubs}. 

Anyways, similar to last Tuesday’s post, I wanted to share two different ways to style this dress. I feel like many people may see it as an occasion dress or work only dress. That is just NOT true! While the dress is definitely great for special occasions {weddings, engagement parties, date nights, etc..} and work {work parties too}, it’s also appropriate for so many additional occasions. 

The bell sleeves and bright color make the dress playful and summery! While the style and shape allow the dress to be worn for more sophisticated occasions/events. For me, I’m taking this dress from the office to drinks with the gals and more. 

Blue Bell Sleeve Dress | Louella Reese | Life & Style Blog

Blue Bell Sleeve Dress | Louella Reese | Life & Style Blog

Blue Bell Sleeve Dress | Louella Reese | Life & Style Blog

Blue Satchel | Louella Reese | Life & Style Blog

Blue Bell Sleeve Dress | Louella Reese | Life & Style Blog

Blue Bell Sleeve Dress | Louella Reese | Life & Style Blog

Blue Bell Sleeve Dress | Louella Reese | Life & Style Blog

c/o dress {here too} // jacket // blue satchel // cuff // heels // sunglasses 

For the dressed up look, I added an extra dose of blue with my forever favorite satchel. Which is currently 50% off, just FYI. Then, for footwear, I wanted to allow the dress + handbag to take center stage. Therefore, I chose nude sandals. This pair is very comfortable {aka I can wear for hours and hours} and they’re under $60. 

To make the dress a little more casual, I just added two things. A utility jacket and leather band watch. By adding these two items and keeping everything else the same, I was able to easily take this dress from office to cocktails. Something I think a lot of us would like to do! Bringing a change of clothes to work is never fun, do you change at work and have everyone see you? Go into the restaurant, change, and take your work outfit back to the car? Or do the oh so fun changing in the car? Skip all of that and go for a dress that allows you to easily add a couple of accessories {or additional clothing item} that will make the transition a breeze. 

P.S. Don’t forget the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is currently going on! Everyone that is a card holder currently has early access. Thursday I shared my favorite picks from the sale {view here} and Friday I shared a fitting room try on session at Nordstrom {view here}. 

Shop My Favorite Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Dresses

33 Comments

  1. Anna English
    July 17, 2017 / 10:06 am

    What a great color on you!

  2. Nina
    July 17, 2017 / 10:59 am

    Such a pretty color on you and I love the bell sleeves!

    Xo, Nina
    Law of Fashion Blog

  3. July 17, 2017 / 3:43 pm

    You already know I LOVE this bag but I’ll say it again .. it’s perfection! And so pretty with the royal blue

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

  4. July 17, 2017 / 5:09 pm

    This is such a beautiful dress – especially on you! Blue is one of my favorite colors so of course I already love it, but those amazing sleeves make it ten times better! Also loving how you paired it with that utility jacket to switch it up a bit!

    Lauren
    http://oliverstwistblog.com

    • July 18, 2017 / 9:47 am

      Aw you’re so sweet! Thank you Lauren. Don’t the sleeves really take it up a notch (or five)?

      xo Laura Leigh

    • July 18, 2017 / 9:47 am

      Yay! Glad you like the jacket with the dress. I was a little hesitant to pair the two together but decided to give it a go.

      xo Laura Leigh

    • July 18, 2017 / 9:46 am

      Ah so glad you are a fan of the dress Rach! It is definitely a fun one to wear.

      xo Laura Leigh

  5. July 18, 2017 / 12:44 am

    Such a lovely blue dress!! You look absolutely amazing babe!!!

    • July 18, 2017 / 9:45 am

      Aren’t they the best? I am obsessed with them. They add so much to the dress.

      xo Laura Leigh

  6. July 18, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    Such a gorgeous blue and I love the sleeves! xo

  7. July 20, 2017 / 12:28 pm

    That is such a pretty dress, I think that blue looks amazing on you!!

  8. July 20, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    Love this dress on you! The blue is such a flattering color!

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