Let’s talk about flares. Perhaps one of the hottest trends this year, flares are set to continue stealing the spotlight into 2018. Flares have been a quintessential trend through the decades. Whether it be flared pants, reminiscent of the 70s, or dramatic additions to denim and accessories in the 80s and 90s, this decade is all about dramatising the sleeves.

Vogue Australia has highlighted key designer flare sleeve tops that are worth adding to any wardrobe.

Like women, tops come in a plethora of styles and sizes. So how do you know what your flare is?

This is my handy guide to all things flare, so you seize a trend that is here to stay:

The most important aspects to consider when wearing a flared sleeve top are shoulder width and bust size. The most suitable neckline for you is dependant on these two factors.


The necklines below are the most popular choices for designers creating flared sleeve tops.

neckline 1NECKLINE 2

Choosing the right neckline for you:

The flow charts below are a handy little guide I’ve created, to help you choose the most flattering neckline for a flared sleeve top:


Another key consideration is top length. This depends on your body shape. I’ve chosen the five main body types for women:

Inverted triangle: Balance broad shoulders with a longer top length, that cuts at the hip and below.

Rectangular: To give a stronger illusion of curves, wear a longer top, that cuts at the hip and below.

Pear: To ensure your curves are not hidden, wear a shorter top, or tuck your top in. Consider wearing a top that is not too baggy.

Hourglass: To ensure your curves are not hidden, wear a shorter top, or tuck your top in.

Apple: To give a stronger illusion of curves, wear a longer top, that cuts at the hip and below. The top should not be tight at the waist.

For inspiration, I’ve provided a selection of tops that fit each neckline category:

ROUND NECK: http://www.emmacloth.com/White-Round-Neck-Bell-Sleeve-T-shirt-p-327995-cat-1738.html

V NECK CHOKER: https://www.missguidedau.com/flared-sleeve-v-neck-cross-choker-neck-blouse-black

BOAT NECK: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Stripe-Zip-Shoulder-Blouses-Women-Blue-Boat-Neck-Slit-Bell-Sleeve-Tops-2017-Fashion-New-Spring/2335029_32804645204.html

PLUNGE NECK: https://www.glassons.com/clothing/tops/shirts-blouses/deep-v-blouse-BL36843RAY?c=BLACK

SABRINA NECKLINE: http://www.neimanmarcus.com/en-au/templates/www.neimanmarcus.com/Chiara-Boni-La-Petite-Robe-Nelia-Bateau-Neck-Bell-Sleeve-Top/prod202750128/p.prod

COURT NECK: https://www.amazon.com/Calvin-Klein-Womens-Texture-Flutter/dp/B0731NMPR1

MOCK NECK: https://www.dillards.com/p/sugarlips-mock-neck-split-bell-sleeve-blouse/507571117?di=05212895_zi_red&categoryId=-10005&facetCache=pageSize%3D96%26beginIndex%3D0%26orderBy%3D1%26facet%3D-10028311710397114108105112115

OFF SHOULDER: https://www.dreamslane.com/products/summer-women-striped-sexy-slash-neck-long-flare-sleeve-boardwalk-off-shoulder-crop-tops-plus-size-womens-t-shirts

QUEEN ANNE NECK: https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/hinge-bell-sleeve-top/4537481

V NECK: http://misstruth.co.uk/floral-v-neck-wrap-top-with-bell-sleeve.html

SWEETHEART: https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/304696731024323184/

KEYHOLE: https://www.zulily.com/p/black-keyhole-cutout-bell-sleeve-mock-neck-top-269504-43753764.html

I hope my tips assist you in making the most of a trend piece in your wardrobe. I would love to hear from you!

stylishly yours,



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