Images c/o The Sartorialist; "On the Street.....Everywhere Flare, NYC, Paris & Milan"
Whilst bell-bottoms, aka flares, or wide-leg trousers, which become wider from the knees downward, are known to have first made their appearance in the early 19th century, and have been noted in one of the first recorded descriptions of sailors' uniforms*. Bell-bottoms were first seen as a fashion statement as early as 1964*, but became a fashion staple in the late 1960's and 1970's. *Wikipedia
One only needs to do quick search online on topshop or asos to note that flares are hot to trot right now. But wait! Surely, the 60's and 70's has left us with a quantity of original bell-bottoms that must have escaped our landfill? Yes, but they do come at a cost..
Dark denim 1970's bell bottoms jeans
$120 from laurelinsailor
ViNtAgE 70's DITTO Blue High Waisted Bell Bottom Jeans
$108 from hellhoundvintage
As a little experiment, I popped into one of my local Salvos, and made a bee-line straight to the jeans rack. Sure enough, I could count five pairs of wide-leg jeans, the best being a pair of Grab denim jeans (photo below). Not original vintage, but a nice shape, and brand new with original shop bought tags.
DIY tutorial, with photographs, has been posted by super fashionable-crafty duo Erica and Lauren of honestlyWTF, to turn your skinny leg jeans into bell-bottoms with scrap denim or fabric.
Image c/o HonestlyWTF
Bell-bottoms can be flattering, but of course do not suit everyone, the key is not to buy, or DIY, a pair of flares for the sake of fashion, but instead find a style that suit's your shape. What do you think readers, would you wear the flare? Vote below.