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We typically like to pair our bell bottoms with a simple top to keep the focus where it should be. Something like a black crop or light-colored bodysuit (or most thing from our basics section!) will go great with your new pair of bell bottoms no matter the print! If you’re looking to branch out, however, check out one of our most popular blog posts: How to Wear Bell Bottoms the Modern Way. We rounded up some favorite looks from fashionistas on lookbook.nu who have definitely brought their bell bottom outfits to the next level. Click the link below to check it out!
Andrea Chavez gives us super ’70s vibe by wearing a very wide pair of velvet bell bottoms with a contrasting halter top featuring a super retro design. Add shades and heeled booties and you’re ready to boogie.
Sarah Loven plays up the classic boho chic nature of bell bottoms by pairing them with a flowing cardigan, low-slung belt, and big, floppy hat. Let the bells hang over your shoes to extend the ol’ legline!
Riona L. serves a eye-grabbing black and white outfit by wearing a subtly-printed pair of light colored bell bottoms with a tassel-hemmed tank top. The best part? Her hat with matching tassels *drool*.
So, who came up with bell bottoms anyway?
During the advent of the 1960s counterculture, many artists, political radicals, and nonconformists frequented Army and Navy surplus stores to shop for affordable clothing. There, they discovered the denim bell bottom. And so began the bell bottom’s odd transition from a functional piece of military clothing to a symbol of the peace-loving hippie community whose anti-war protests helped shape the ’60s. When the trend began, many wearers modified their own pants to make them even wider, or embroidered designs into the fabric. As the pants became more popular, clothing manufacturers got onboard and began producing new, fashion forward styles of flared pants.
The trend could not be contained to the counterculture, and by the 1970s bell bottoms had lost their political edge, becoming a mainstream piece of American fashion. Iconic denim brands like Levis embraced the trend, leading to the widespread adoption of the wide legged pants.
Back in 1940s, when bell bottoms were still exclusively worn by sailors, bandleader Moe Jaffe reworked the old English folk song Rosemary Lane into the ‘modern’ hit “Bell Bottom Trousers“. Have a listen: