So, today i’ve arrived in my showroom and i decided to take some photos with the new collection of freshly baked #bakerboyhats.
And for that i’ve put on some bellbottoms from my collection. I had no clue that there is a day when people are celebrating this fashion hit and it was pure coincidence that i stumbled upon this article on internet that was saying: 5th of April Happy National Bellbottoms day!
So i decided that you should know more about this fashion trend that we’ve inherited from the sailors and then have turned it into a hit in the 70’s.
Basically, April 5 is Bell Bottoms Day, an annual event that celebrates a very famous fashion trend of days gone by.
Flared or belled below the knees, bell bottoms were the go-to pants for many in the 60s and 70s – and the bigger the bell, the better. Once worn by sailors, the Sonny and Cher television show helped popularize the wide-legged trousers. Typically made of denim, cotton or polyester, men and women often donned platform shoes to keep the casual pants from dragging on the floor.
In the early 19th century, when a standardized uniform did not yet exist in the U.S. Navy, some sailors adopted a style of wide trousers ending in bell-shaped cuffs. In 1813, one of the first recorded descriptions of sailors‘ uniforms, written by Commodore Stephen Decatur, noted that the men on the frigates United States and Macedonia were wearing “glazed canvas hats with stiff brims, decked with streamers of ribbon, blue jackets buttoned loosely over waistcoats, and blue trousers with bell bottoms.
1960s, 1970s and 1980s
In the 1960s, bell-bottoms became fashionable for both men and women in Europe and North America. Often made of denim, they flared out from the bottom of the calf, and had slightly curved hems and a circumference of 18 inches (46 cm) at the bottom of each leg opening. They were usually worn with Cuban-heeled shoes, clogs, or Chelsea boots. Toni Basil, who was a go-go dancerwhen the 1964 concert film the T.A.M.I. Show was released, appeared in the film wearing bell-bottoms with a baby doll blouse.
After the rise of punk rock in the late 1970s, bell-bottoms began to become less-fashionable as the decade drew to a close. By 1979, skin-tight trousers were much more in vogue, with bell-bottoms been seen as having had their day, remaining in fashion circa 1968-78.
Today, original bell-bottoms from the 1960s and 70s are collectible vintage clothing.
1990s and 2000s
In 1996, women’s bell-bottoms were reintroduced to the mainstream public, under the name “boot-cut” (“boot-fit”) trousers as the flare was slimmer. By 1999, flare jeans had come into vogue among women, which had a wider, more exaggerated flare than boot-cuts (boot-fits). The boot-cut (boot-fit) style ended up dominating the fashion world for 10 years.
By around 2006, the bell-shaped silhouette started to fade as the skinny jean rose in popularity.
In my page of history, i remember that i loved this pants since i was a child. I was very skinny so i really dreamt of that low waist jeans that could fit me perfectly. Britney Spears, Shakira, Christina Aguilera…i remember they had a lot of bellbottoms in their videoclips and i was very happy when i’ve finally found my xxxxxs size when i was 10 years old. MY FIRST Pair of BELLBOTTOMS JEANS with LOW WAIST!
Last summer i have discovered a nylon stock of fabrics, that were actually made in the 70s. The prints were crazy and i decided to reinvent and recycle those fabrics and give them back their stardom. So i have created a collection of flare pants with crazy prints that were giving you the impression that you have infinite legs. Today i am celebrating them with a new printgalore pair. This suit can be ordered online starting from today. You should know that i am creating them only on your personal measurements…so they can fit you perfectly.
Photo: @Iuliana Cristina Popescu
Bag: Luvers Bags