It is amazing how much of our fashion is inspired by the uniforms from the Navy, Army and Marines. Where did bell-bottoms come from, where are they now, and where are they going in the world of fashion?
Bell-bottom pants were first used in the Navy before there was even an official uniform. To this day, the uniform pants worn by the Navy are referred to as bell-bottomed.
Although the bell-bottoms are mostly known as a fashion statement from the 70’s, they were actually worn by both men and women in the 60’s. The hem of the pants were slightly curved, which caused the pants to flare at the top of the knee. During this time the bell bottoms would be paired with a clog, also a popular shoe at the time.
Many go-go girls wore the pant during the mid 60,s. In the late 60’s, the pants turned from popular fashion into what we know as the hippy movement.
Bell-bottoms are different from the boot cut and the skinny jeans. Bell-bottoms are only shown in women’s fashion.
From what I have observed, today bell-bottoms have a classier, mainstream fashion look. However, pair the pants with a tie-dye top or a baby doll blouse and you have the vintage 60’s look. Both are very popular.
My two words for this outfit are: “Overboard Vintage”
Photo Credits: Adam Pflederer @apfleds
Fashion Theory, Volume 1, Issue 3