Class to Night Out: Bell Sleeve Mini Dress

You'll be "mod" about these dresses this fall!
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You'll be "mod" about these dresses this fall!

Do you struggle with transforming your outfits from day to night? Don’t worry, CF is here to help turn that daily annoyance into a fun challenge. Class to Night Out focuses on one piece per week, and aims to help you take your look from study sessions in the library to dancing the night away.

If you've ever watched Mad Men, you're aware that Megan Calvet/Draper is one of the most stylish characters on the show. She easily rocks bright colors and prints, mod-style dresses, and slightly-short hemlines while still looking like the classy lady she is.

Bell sleeve mini dresses are a fun throwback to the late 1960s/early 1970s, when A-line or shift dresses with short hemlines were all the rage. It's tempting to throw on some go-go boots with these dresses, but that's probably not so practical for class. 

If you want to know how to style a bell sleeve mini dress for class and a night out (no go-go boots unfortunately), keep reading! 

Bell Sleeve Mini Dress: Class 

Bell Sleeve Mini Dress class

Dress - Shoes - Bag - Earrings - Sunglasses - Necklaces - Ring

Since this dress is a solid navy blue, a lot of color options are available in terms of shoes, accessories, and bags. I chose comfortable red sneakers and a yellow flower statement ring. For the rest of the jewelry, pick long gold geometric necklaces and simple bow stud earrings. To give this outfit a little extra retro twist, carry your things around in a tan fringe tote and put on a pair of cat-eye sunglasses. 

If you aren't comfortable with a short hemline, try wearings these over a pair of tights. There are also plenty of these dresses with slightly longer hemlines available. In fact, you can even pick the length of this Alloy dress.

Bell Sleeve Mini Dress: Night Out 

Bell Sleeve Mini Dress night out

Dress - Tights - Shoes - Clutch - Necklace - Earrings

To transform your dress for a night out, wear it over a pair of black lace tights with matching pumps. I think yellow is a color that wrongfully gets ignored, and it stands out wonderfully against this navy blue dress. Accessorize with a yellow statement necklace and a yellow faux-croc clutch. These vintage-inspired tassel earring are the perfect finishing touch.

What do you think?

Do you like the bell sleeve trend? Or do you think it should stay in the past? How would you style a bell sleeve mini dress for class and a night out? Let me know in the comments!