Swept Up in Grey Florals

The bells of my sweater.

Starting 2016 with some fresh styles makes for a better year, especially a new sweater. I'm currently in love with bell sleeves and the color grey, so this sweater from Free People is perfect (thank you Threadsence for your mystery packages).  I want to live in this sweater, sit next to a fireplace, and drink hot chocolate (spiked with coffee).  Though, the price says otherwise. One dilemma that I run into with bell sleeves is finding the perfect way to wear them without looking frumpy. I styled this grey floral one a little differently and it seems to work well with my petite frame.

When it comes to loose styles, fitted counterparts like skinny jeans are my go to. This sweater is super loose and comfy enough for a whimsy skater skirt made for the perfect twirl ready outfit.** Both are a bit flared out, but work well together for a cozy look. I believe you're able to get away with this more with thicker fabrics than something like chiffon. The added knee highs give the illusion of longer legs and an edgier vibe. I even had one friend say I looked taller.  

The bell sleeves also give more of a boho look, but the dark contrasts play it off well.  I've started to get away from floral patterns, but these have a softer look to them without taking away from the dark grey contrasts.   I'll definitely be adding more bell sleeve sweaters in the remainders of winter. 

I'm hoping I don't fall off the wagon and hide behind my over-sized sweatshirts, leggings, and beanies again.  As a senior, I think giving up is fine, but you don't really have the time to be that lazy. Who knows, where you'll bump into your future employers. *cough* coffee shops *cough* Though if I was to wear this outfit to the office, I would switch the knee highs for some tights. 

**I have somehow lost this skirt.  I don't know how, but RIP wherever you are. 

Free People Gray Floral Sweater (Similar) // F21 Black Skater Skirt // Black Knee High Socks // Silver Brow-Bar Sunglasses // Dorothy Perkins Black Chelsea Boots