I may have not been alive to witness the first wave of the bell bottom’s popularity, but I do remember when the fad came back in a big way. I was in sixth grade, and my “Super Flare” Gap jeans were just about the only cool thing about my awkward preteen self.
Let’s just say my confidence has come a long way since then, and despite the fact that the bell bottom trend is practically beating me over the head with reminders that it’s back again in time for spring, I’m not quite sure I’m ready to relive those unfortunate early days of my fashion sense. I mean, I feel like I’ve finally really rounded out my collection of skinny jeans — and ultra-slim to loose and flared is quite a jump to make.
Don’t get me wrong — I do understand their appeal, for those who have the guts and the bod to pull them off effortlessly. They add the illusion of more curves, help balance fuller thighs or wider hips, and plus, it’s hard to say no to the option of adding more variety to your denim collection. Despite the fact that all our favorite denim brands seem to have no problem ushering in this resurfaced trend, I have yet to see someone rock one of these modernized pairs in public. What do you think — do you think the fashion world is really ready to welcome back the “super flare”?
From left to right: AG Adriano Goldschmied The Farrah 70’s Bell Bottom Jeans, J Brand Love Story Jeans, and 7 For All Mankind Bell Bottom Jeans.
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