Focus on the bells

There’s plenty to look at in Barcelona, even in the middle of winter. The urban landscape offers row upon row of buildings that hint at the city’s former wealth while the natural landscape offers up views of hillsides, beaches and the Mediterranean. Street fashion isn’t as frequently as engaging however. As in so many other parts of the Med, Barcelona has a relaxed culture that feeds through into its fashion sensibilities. That’s not to say that Barcelona is at a sartorial disadvantage – its just like most parts of the world: normal.

Thus it’s a pleasure to encounter the looks that truly catch your eye. The old lady in her fur and pearls standing out in a sea of puffer jackets. The tourists smartly dressed and basking in a winter’s sun that is, for them, akin to a summer’s afternoon. The white bell sleeves and candy-print skirt worn by holidaying blogger Doina Ciobanu.

doina ciobanu pnk casual bell sleeves

Bell sleeves have an attraction far stronger than that of their peplum cousins. They provide an unmissable point on which to focus. Peplums can do the same, but it’s obvious which of the two fashion accents is the easier option (not to mention the safer option) to style. Wear bell sleeves in soft white and contrast them with both a candy-print skirt and red-capped heels and you have this unmissable look.

It’s not the first time we’ve snapped the Miu Miu print skirt on Doina. Previously we’d photographed the look as a suit during Paris Fashion Week. In Barcelona, however, the two-piece had become one, the jacket giving way to a bell sleeve top from Romania’s PNK Casual with the heels this time from Yves Saint Laurent.

You can see the rest of the photos I snapped of Doina in Barcelona at her blog, TheGoldenDiamonds.

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