Skinny jeans, along with other trends, have made their way back into the wardrobes of many individuals from time to time. Not far behind are the bell-bottoms that are known to have divided as well as united the fashion lovers over the years. The style was first adopted by the US Navy. The sailors at the start of the 19th century didn’t have proper uniforms to wear. And that is where the bell-bottoms stepped in.
The official adoption happened in the middle of the 19th century by the British Royal Navy. The hippie culture popularized the bell-bottoms in the 60s and the 70s decade of the 20th century. Now, you might wonder why they are named bell bottoms. The reason is their shape. At the thighs, they are quite close-fitting, while at the knees, they become wider. Bell bottoms are also called flare trousers. But are bell-bottoms coming back this summer?
What Happened to the Bell Bottoms in the Middle?
The bell bottoms gradually disappeared from the wardrobes in the 2000s and vanished in the 2010s. However, its comeback in recent times has been quite glorious. In the 2022 collections, fashion lovers have noticed a striped green and yellow version of the bell-bottoms at Moschino. The bell-bottoms at Bodgar had modern slits at the front. On the other hand, they were long enough to cover the shoes at 16Arlington.
Re-entry of the Flare
The flare style of bell-bottoms has re-entered the fashion scene. A host of designers have kind of re-interpreted the style over the last few seasons. The bell-bottoms were a rage in the 60s and the 70s decade. The trend that the designers have now popularized certainly will pose stiff competition to the previous style. Being retro-inspired is not the only factor why bell bottoms are being included in the wardrobes by so many fashion aficionados.
The advantages they offer also count as well. The flare-shaped-bell bottoms elongate the silhouette and give you a slender and sleek appearance. You can pair your blue denim with a white shirt, while a fitted blazer would go well with a black cotton version of bell bottoms. You have plenty of options and bell-bottoms can make anyone look good. An array of styles has been added to the flare style.
In 2022, Free People brought in an oversized denim style that is available in different vibrant colors. From neon orange to bubble pink, you can choose from an assortment of colors. A black version is available with Pull & Bear. Levi’s, on the other hand, has introduced a new style that is on its way to becoming a new classic. Remember the High Flare Jeans of the 70s? That was an iconic style back then. Gucci has reinterpreted the bell bottoms with a tailored shape. Here are some other ways you can accessorize bell-bottoms.
Bell-Bottom Styles for Men
A lot of men are pursuing vintage fashion wear. The modern version of bell-bottom jeans is in vogue now. However, they are not tight at the knees or around the thighs as they used to be previously. They come slightly loose with a slight flare at the bottom. If you are petite, refrain from wearing boot cuts. Taller men should go for bell-bottoms that come with a little flare. If you have an athletic physique, you can choose to team up with this style of jeans that offer wider space around the thighs and is comfortable at the knees.
Bell-Bottom Styles for Women
Women can opt for high-waisted bell bottoms. They look a lot fancier. Not only do they balance out the hip portion, but these can also elongate your legs as well. Get your jeans tailored in a way to make them work with the shoe you are wearing. They shouldn’t brush the ground, rather just kiss the ground. You can add a pretty blouse or a blazer to go with them if you are going for a business casual meeting. A nice sweater will also do the job.
The bell-bottoms have entered, vanished, and again entered the fashion scene. Various styles, from paired-back timeless styles to the over-the-top-embellished ones, have been available over the decades. But one thing can certainly be said that they are going to be a safe bet for fashion lovers in the upcoming season.