Bell Bottom Girls Are Back!

Sometimes fashion trends take a boomerang back into the past. Jus a few months ago bloggers everywhere were channeling a grungy 1990's vibe with dark lipstick and plaid flannels. Now we're digging deeper into an era further back in the book of style: the 1960's to 1970's bell bottom age. When I look through my mom's old photos from high school I can see her brothers wearing some seriously rad bell bottom suits while the ladies rocked their natural hair like it was nobody's business. Now, almost 50 years later those trends from the groovy days are coming back in a big way. 

The belled or flared legs on bell-bottom pants were originally a functional design, worn by those who worked on boats since the seventeenth century. The large legs allowed the pants to be easily rolled up out of the way for such messy jobs as washing the decks. In addition, if a sailor fell overboard, bell-bottom pants could be pulled off over boots or shoes and the wide legs inflated with air for use as a life preserver.
— Encyclopedia.com || http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Bell-Bottoms.aspx

Although these flared beauties have undergone a lot of changes since the original fisherman's uniform, this time around they're coming back in a mostly exaggerated shape, with a tight kneww and super loose ankle. Thus the name "flares." Below you can see some bell bottom styles I love, featuring a fellow blogger whom you might remember from a few posts back, Chelsea K. Ray of Everyday Fashion On A Budget blog. 

Bell bottoms by Chelsea K. Ray / www.MarinaSays.com
Denim bell bottoms worn by Chelsea K. Ray on www.MarinaSays.com

More about Chelsea K. Ray:  I'm a Fashion Consultant and Blogger in the U.S., with Degrees from USC in Fashion & Journalism. My blog is a perfect channel for trends that are affordable and accessible to everyone. I'm a wife, a mother and a lover of fashion, so my looks have to transition easily from day to night and be within my budget. 

Chelsea's floral headband is from Forever21 (about $5). If you like it, try this white one, and this this coral one, or this blue one.
Her off the shoulder top is from Target for $20.

The bell bottom jeans are Express, but you can also browse more budget friendly denim flare styles here
Sling back wedges are Franco Sarto from DSW.

If you're not that into denim (like me), here are some fun options for a kick of color. 

I'm not as tall as Chelsea, so I have to be a bit more choosy with my flares. Before I head out to the store to pick up a pair I like to browse online to see what other style choices are out there. These are my favorites so far, all conveniently found on Asos.com 
But how to wear them? I get my inspiration here.

  • Curvy girls: try pairing a mid waist flare pants with a loose tee or even a crop top of the same color. Monochromatic, baby, and don't forget to pair it with a fabulous pair of wedges.
  • Skinny girls: high waist denim flares + white button up shirt, sleeves rolled up are a great way to start rockin' this trend with chic subtlety.
  • Short girls: Go for an ultra skinny flare with a print top and chunky scarf. Don't forget the pumps!
  • Girls without the "hourglass" (like me): Don't be afraid to show off your flat belly with a low waisted flare pant of your choice and a flirty crop top or oversized boyfriend tee.
I love that these are low-rise! Great for casual days with flats or platform shoes + my body type.  Rat & Boa Bell Bottom Flared Pants With Tye Dye Cloud Print / $63.00 on Asos.com

I love that these are low-rise! Great for casual days with flats or platform shoes + my body type. 
Rat & Boa Bell Bottom Flared Pants With Tye Dye Cloud Print / $63.00 on Asos.com

An amazing choice for rocking out at this summer's hottest festivals! Must wear with heels! Milk It High Rise Skinny Bell Bottom Flares In Festival Paisley Print / $50.00 on Asos.com

An amazing choice for rocking out at this summer's hottest festivals! Must wear with heels!
Milk It High Rise Skinny Bell Bottom Flares In Festival Paisley Print / $50.00 on Asos.com

A great choice for ladies with more curve.  Tiger Mist Petite Tapestry Print Flare / $63.00 on Asos.com

A great choice for ladies with more curve. 
Tiger Mist Petite Tapestry Print Flare / $63.00 on Asos.com

The ultimate hippie pant - great for skinny body types. Rokoko Skinny Flare Pants In 70s Festival Crochet Print Co-ord / $51.00 at Asos.com

The ultimate hippie pant - great for skinny body types.
Rokoko Skinny Flare Pants In 70s Festival Crochet Print Co-ord / $51.00 at Asos.com

More awesome #bellbottom styles I <3 from Instagram 

What do you think of this new trend? Are you into it or do you just wish it would go away? Let us know in the comments :)