Ring a Bell – with “THE BELL BOTTOMS” :
Bell Bottoms or the flared pants are the coolest depiction of a personality with distinctive views and someone who is a lethal combination of being firm, strong and liberated at the same time.
Bell bottoms are worn by “history makers”. There is something inspiring about the the flared styled bottoms that only a personality loaded with passion can do justice to this creation. I know skinny jeans and pants look amazing as well but the spell of “bell bottoms” is UNMATCHED.
Bell bottoms have been my best mate from High School. Just like one has an “X Factor ” and the other “does not” – the same way one either likes the “bell bottoms” or does not. “Bells” are worn by the Go – getters and dream weavers.
My dress code on a casual day is an absolute well fitted flared denims / pants with a statement belt, combined with a T- Shirt / Shirt. I am simply a cowgirl in my heart and soul. I not only love horses, but I love the euphoria of breaking the norm that bell bottoms can create. The “cowgirl” in me instantly awakens as I brace myself in the magical flared pants. And yes, when I add a “hat” and “boots” to the look, I ain’t stopping for anyone!!
The “flared legs” were originally made in the 17th century for men working on the boat, as they could be easily rolled up while washing the decks. It became the uniform of the U.S Navy in the 1950’s. And if the sailors fell overboard the pants could be easily pulled off over boots or shoes. They could also be filled with air and used as a floatation device. So bell bottoms emerged from the functionality and the ease it created. In the 1960’s and 70’s “Bell Bottoms” became extremely popular as they were simply unconventional and cool. The youth began to love the flared pants for the same reason, rebuking the old fashion and expressing their love for freedom.
During the 1960’s, those among the youth who did not conform to the conservative styles of dressing, fell in love with the then inexpensive “Bell Bottoms”. Young people at that time shopped for the flared bottoms at the Military surplus stores. Wearing a part of the old military uniform added much appeal to their personality reflecting change and strength. The “Bell Bottoms” became a symbol of the rebellious one’s in the 60’s.
The youth painted the pants with colourful peace symbols and embroidered flowers, to promote the Anti War message to the world, showing how much they were against the Vietnam War that took place from (1954 – 75).
Flared pants became so much of a rage, but those who could not find them, often made their own flared pants by cutting the sides and attaching an extra triangle cloth to be fashionable.
By the 1970’s, the designers had started manufacturing the bell bottoms in different fabrics like denims, satin, cotton, polyester. Both men and women started wearing them with zest and liberation. My favourite singer Cher, James Brown wore “bells” with absolute style. Some of the flared pants were so wide at the bottom that they were also called the “Elephant Bells “.
They became popular among the pop stars and became an outlandish symbol of glamour. From printed to shimmery all sorts of bell pants were seen worn in the 70’s. The trend successfully continued in the 80’s as well. But also straight pants and denims had taken over the fashion scenario again. But none the less the style picked up momentum in the 90’s and since then it has been repeatedly on the runways across the world.
The bell styles today are inspired by the funky designs of the past and now bell pants can also be seen on the lace fabric. Infact, I recently picked up a lace suit with lace bell pants being an attractive element of the outfit. It is seldom that I will miss out on a well fitted bell bottoms ever, as one does not find them easily and even when the new styles are produced by brands, they are the first one’s to be grabbed from the shelf.
In the 70’s the “bells” were more high waited one’s. But now the ” bells ” are modified to the mid waist and low waist huggers. I love the fact we go back to where we started when it comes to fashion and the evolution today matches the basics of yesterday.
Some of my favourite designers for the bell bottoms are Celine, Elisabetta Franchi, True Religion, Balmain, Zara, TOPSHOP, J Brand, For All Mankind, Frame, D&G, YSL, DONDUP, Stella McCartney, Sonia Rykiel, Liu JO etc. These brands have the most fabulous fits that sits like a glove on your bottom.
Adorning “bell bottoms” gives you a BOHO vibe. When you wear your bell bottoms with a shirt just like mine, it takes you to an era. My “red polka” shirt is completely retro and takes one back to the 80’s style. I love to wear linen flare pants in the summer season. They are simply chic and breathable.
My satin bell pants are sultry and fun as well but these can be worn to formal occasions. Whatever the fabric may be ” bells ” are a statement in it self. So grab the best hugging bell bottoms this season and team it up with a funky top or a shirt. Spice up your look with accessories and perfect stilettos and go on and flaunt your FLARES with all your Flair!!
Denims : J Brand , Shirt : Haws & Curtis , Satin Shirt : ZARA , Pants : ZARA