The 70's Bell Bottom Trend

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Are Bell Bottoms Back In Style? How To Wear Bell Bottoms?


After nearly a decade of skinny jeans ruling the streets, wide-legged styles are finally back in rotation. It’s time to face the news skinny jeans lovers: Bell bottoms are back! I'm talking 70s bell-bottoms, not bootcut jeans or wide legs.

As versatile as they are trendy, these pants make a great addition to your wardrobe. Flares are a version of bell bottoms but not quite as big. Personally, I love bell-bottom jeans. Nothing makes a woman look as tall, skinny and leggy as a pair of proper bell bottoms.


What are Bell-Bottoms?


Bell-bottoms:  are a style of trousers that become wider from the knees downward, forming a bell-like shape of the trouser leg.  

A Brief History of the Bell Bottom.


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 jobs like washing the decks.  Also, 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.

During the 1960s those who did not wish to conform to the close-fitting and conservative clothing rules of the 1950s, developed a new style: a very inexpensive and extremely casual one. Young people at that time rejected items from expensive clothing stores and shopped at secondhand and military surplus stores. 

As Bell-bottoms, both wide and just slightly flared, got more and more popular, they became a symbol of the unusual and colourful style of the 70s. Some hoping the Bell-bottoms would just disappear for good, referring to this style as old-fashioned bad taste. However, the flared trousers returned in the 90s as part of a trend toward baggy clothing.

Bell-Bottoms Today.


And even now, in 2017, the flared and wide trousers, are still here.  

No matter what shoe you wear, the pant legs must skim the floor. Like, almost dragging. Too-short flared hems are never flattering and will visually shorten your figure. Wide hems that nearly touch the floor elongate and slim the body.  I personally love it when the bells are so wide that you cannot see the shoes at all.  For narrower styles, your toes should just peek out ever so slightly.

Don’t be afraid to play with volume by pairing your pants with a flowing silk shirt. Just make sure the detail on the shirt doesn’t draw attention away from the pants.  Try flares in other colours and even prints.

A simple top to enhance the waist and give complete focus to the jeans is all you need.  Look for high-waisted bell bottoms, since they're easier to pull off and are more flattering. This cut also instantly elongates your legs—and who doesn't want longer legs?!  A cropped t-shirt is perfect, especially if they are high-waisted.

Since bell bottoms are so tight toward your torso, you can get away with wearing a billowy top. However, if you want a more sophisticated look, try tucking your shirt or tank top in to accentuate the higher waist and add a belt to make your outfit look polished.

When wearing bell bottoms, pair them with a neutral wedge to nail that 70s look—plus, the bulkiness of a wedge will stretch out the bottom of the pant leg, showing off its fullness perfectly.  

Here are a few chic bell bottom pants that will ensure you are on trend this season.

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Asos - DL1961 Bridget Jean with fray hem
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Lisp Fever Bells Pants Velvet Black
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M.i.h Jeans Lou Cropped bell with raw edge
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Rokoko Skinny Velvet Flared trouser


For a little more inspiration, take a look at how these fashion bloggers are styling their bell bottom trousers this season.

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I hope these bell bottom style tips have given you some inspiration! Till' next time xo


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Trending: Tropical Prints Get a Serious Upgrade

I'm crazy about the island-print trend—it's just so fun! The bright patterns and colours let you take a journey without leaving your hometown. But remember, a little goes a long way, so choose one tropical piece and keep everything else simple.

Tropical prints are everywhere this season. Vibrant hues and lush blooms instantly transport you to a style paradise, and this easy, breezy trend works just as well in the boardroom as it does on the beach.

It's all in the pattern. Look for palm leaves, snakeskin, ikat, tie-dye, and tropical birds on everything from gauzy tunics to silk scarves.

In muted shades or rich tones, these are prints that deserve to stand out. Think deep emerald greens and cobalt blues, cherry reds and poppy corals, and splashes of yellow, aqua, and violet. Colour-shy? Pair with understated neutrals like olive green, khaki, black, and white. Throw in a metallic bag or sandal, and you're ready for a taste of island life.  

Try combining textures for a chic look. I often stack thin gold bracelets between wooden bangles and love mixing linen, silk, and chambray. Leather accents in a crossbody or gladiator sandal will take you from land to shore in an instant. 

You can dress like you're on vacation without even having to leave your house. Whether you opt for a palm tree printed pair of hot pants or a Hawaiian bandeau, you'll definitely look the part of tropical paradise.
Take these prints from day to night with some hip jewellery and hair accessories. Dress like the best day tripper by mixing prints and layering. Do not be afraid to throw a bunch of random prints together to make a crazy outfit... the crazier the better! 

Here are a few chic tropical print pieces that will ensure you are on trend this season.


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For a little more inspiration, take a look at how these fashion bloggers are styling their tropical prints this season.





 
















I hope these tropical print style tips have given you some inspiration! Till' next time xo



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Editors notes:  This post was originally posted in February 2014 and has been updated



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The Ditsy Floral trend



The upcoming warm seasons found the leading fashion designers all obsessed with floral canvas artwork, covering the models with tons of itty-bitty flowers. We've all seen the traditional "ditsy" floral print - dainty, feminine, and totally classic, a total contrast of exotic flowers such as lilies or orchids that we've been seeing.

Floral prints are a wonderful wardrobe addition, so why not minimise your blooms this season and opt for tiny ditsy florals. At first glance, it’s a throwback to the 1990s, but floral prints can be fierce. It's all in how you style them.

A ditsy print is a very small scale all-over pattern that adds character to a classic shirt, dress, skirt, trouser or jacket.  The design motifs are usually small and scattered or random rather than in rows or stripes. At a distance, a ditsy print looks almost like a solid colour, the scale is so small.
Floral accessories are never over-the-top, experiment with handbags, shoes, and jewellery. Floral accessories can easily find a place with any outfit and occasion. The best part is, you don't even have to worry about whether or not the colours match the outfit.

Here are a few chic Ditsy floral pieces that will ensure you are on trend this season.


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Lizzy Ina Dress Black Floral R639
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Utopia Ditsy Print Tunic Dress R299
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G Couture Ditsy Flower Print Maxi Multi
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Blu Spiral Boxy Tank Top Frill Pink Floral R340
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Mix Floral Playsuit Green Leaf R599
For a little more inspiration, take a look at how these fashion bloggers are styling their Ditsy floral prints this season.


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Altuzarra Pre-Fall 2017 Collection
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Victoria Beckham's take on blooming buds for the cooler months.
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Maud Le Fort by Zoltan Tombor for Stylist, Paris Fashion Week, floral 70s pantsuit
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I hope these Ditsy floral print style tips have given you some inspiration! Till' next time xo


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