11/14/18: Bell Bottom Blues

A staple in 1970s – early 1980s fashion, bell bottoms of all sorts have become widely recognized and seen as somewhat iconic. Coming around only a short time after pants started to become more popular in women’s fashion, pant legs began to get wider below the knee around the 60’s and 70’s.

Casual and comfortable, bell bottoms can be a part of whatever outfit you want them to be. These pants come in a variety of designs, colors, and materials, ranging from denim to colorfully designed elastic fabrics. Whatever your preference is, you’re guaranteed to find a pair to fit. They usually come in the high waisted variety (to fit the 70s look), but if that’s not your thing, chances are you’ll be able to find some in a different style that better matches what you’re looking for. Whether you want your outfit to be loud or more conserved, you’ll come across a variety of bell bottoms in a fitting color.

Of course, as with anything, there are some things to keep in mind when shopping for these types of pants. Size, for one. High waisted pants can be difficult, since everyone’s body shape is different, and some peoples’ waists are smaller than others’. Depending on the brand of  pants and your size, you may find the waist or the hips too large or too small, and rarely the right size. The best way to go about solving this problem is to find the brand that fits you best. Worst case scenario, you’ll have to wear a belt. It seems like a pain until you remember how cute of an addition a belt can be to an outfit. In the end its just like shopping for any other pair of pants. If you already have a brand that you know fits you well, visit their store or website and see if they have a few different pairs you could shop from.

Bell bottoms, in a way, create their own style from basically any outfit, and can turn a simple shirt into something much more complicated depending on how you choose to wear and style them. They can be a more vintage/retro style, or they can be more current. It all just depends on what you wear them with and how you choose to incorporate them into your own personal style.

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