How to style the bell sleeved shirt…in Macau

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Mr D and I cheekily hatched a plan to escape the city mid-week. Winning + grinning!  So, on Wednesday evening we set sail for the bright lights, Portuguese chicken and ringing pokie machines of Macau! Fun, indeed.

I'm wearing: H&M trend shirt / Zara trousers / The Daily Edited pouch / Karen Walker sunglasses / vintage pumps
I’m wearing: H&M trend shirt / Zara trousers / The Daily Edited pouch / Karen Walker sunglasses / vintage pumps

Of course I couldn’t fathom leaving behind my newest summer companion: the elegant, minimalist and on-trend H&M baby blue bell-sleeved shirt (BBBSS).

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Such a delightful character this guy: so crisp and light. AND he has flared sleeves and over-sized cuffs, to boot. This man has his *&%# sorted.

H&M bell sleeved shirt zara trousers leopard print heels Macau Old Town China
BBBSS is happiest when paired with wide-leg navy cotton trousers and leopard print heels. There is a certain je ne sais quoi about him, don’t you think?

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Upon arrival, we made a beeline for Macau’s old town (Centro Histórico/澳門歷史城區), a Unesco World Heritage site – it was pretty and charming with its European style buildings and famous Portuguese egg tarts. BBBSS was having a ball. Look at him jump!

H&M bell sleeved shirt zara trousers leopard print heels Macau Old Town China

BBBSS was an expert at protecting my arms from the hot Macanese sun. Such a gentleman. *swoon*

H&M bell sleeved shirt zara trousers leopard print heels Macau Old Town China

After tip-toeing in heels along cobbled streets, BBBSS was pretty keen for a rest and found the perfect seat against the large, green door of St Dominic’s Church.

H&M bell sleeved shirt zara navy wide leg trousers leopard print heels Macau the old town China

Negotiating the crowds and narrow streets, BBBSS and I really worked up an appetite for the Portuguese chicken we devoured at Restaurante Espaco for lunch. Finger-lickin’ good.

H&M bell-sleeved shirt for Iris Lillian Macau China

A jaunty wave from BBBSS.

H&M bell-sleeved shirt for Iris Lillian Macau China

We skipped up the stairs to the Ruins of St Paul’s Church. Such flair. I’m smitten.

Side note: at the top of the stairs there is a fort to climb which offers views of the Macau peninsula. Keen beans be prepared to sweat like you’ve never sweat before. BBBSS is too gentile to participate in what quickly becomes a wet t’shirt competition. Shame.

H&M bell-sleeved shirt for Iris Lillian Macau China

…but, wow! Those crowds did test our patience. So we dashed off down a little road in search of air-con and a cerveja.

Although he likes to glam up most of the time, BBBSS occasionally likes to dress things down. In Macau he, appropriately, tends towards the platform espadrille – on this occasion, a nice brown leather version from H&M with braided jute trim. So effortlessly chic and functional. A+.

H&M bell sleeved shirt zara navy wide leg trousers leopard print heels Macau the old town China

BBBSS was pretty excited to be heading home after a long, sweltering, wonderful day in Macau. Unfortunately, he was too tired to join us for dinner at A Lorcha. He would have loved the fresh clams in garlic and parsley broth – I did! This quaint Portuguese restaurant is an institution and certainly worth a visit if you’re ever in Macau. 

How do you style your bell sleeved shirt? Do you prefer espadrilles or pumps with this outfit?

H&M bell-sleeved shirt for Iris Lillian Macau China

H&M trend shirt / Zara trousers / The Daily Edited pouch / Karen Walker sunglasses / vintage pumps

10 Comments
  1. Carol Wichwan says

    Need to get me a BBBSS stat! ❤️

    1. Elissa says

      It’s a really versatile shirt Carol, I bought two!

  2. Bonnie G says

    Girl, that blouse! Those nails! The shoes! You are too many things ?

    1. Elissa says

      You’re so kind Bonnie G 🙂 do you have a favourite look or piece of clothing that you can’t stop wearing right now?

  3. Tash says

    Team espadrilles all the way!

    1. Elissa says

      They were pretty functional on the cobblestones too (and comfy). Have you got a pair of espadrilles this summer? Leather or canvas???

  4. AJ says

    I loved this post – it really brought the BBBSS to life!! Love your work IL!

    1. Elissa says

      Thanks AJ 🙂 I’ll be sure to bring more pieces of clothing to life in future! Maybe next week I’ll try it out on a hat or a beach bag. Send me a photo of your favourite piece of the season and I’ll see what I can do!

  5. Sapna says

    On my way to H & M now!

    1. Elissa says

      Good on you Sapna! There are some great pieces in this season’s collection – as well as the shirt and espadrilles, I also loved these culottes: http://www.hm.com/us/product/43311?article=43311-A Pair with a camisole and slides = the perfect outfit for a relaxed cocktail hour 🙂

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