While New York girls undoubtedly pride themselves for having their own unique sense of style, there’s no denying that when there’s a good trend that suits the NYC aesthetic, they all embrace it. A couple of years ago, the bell-sleeve top trend was so wildly popular among NYC fashion insiders that we were starting to think it would never fizzle. But lo and behold, fizzle it did. Since bell-sleeve tops reached their peak some time ago, NYC girls are turning to other top styles to pair with their jeans, trousers, skirts, and shorts. While we’ll be ready when the flattering trend inevitably returns, we must admit that we won’t miss the hassle of dealing with the wide sleeves when, say, eating. (The struggle was very real.)
To prove our point, we’ve gathered a number of examples from the fashion-insider crowd at the most recent NYFW wearing anything but bell sleeves. Check out the five top styles they’re wearing instead, and shop our favorite ones on the market for yourself.