Feb 24, 2009

Bell Bottom Trendy Again?

Looking at Katie Holmes, I have suddenly realized perhaps bell bottoms are trendy again. Great, after I donated every last pair thinking I would never wear bell bottoms again. I like how she layered a short jacket over a longer top. But, the top is asymmetrical, shorter in the front and longer in the back. This way, her outfit will not look long and loose on top, and wide and loose on the bottom. A gal can appear wider allover as result.She is wearing a pair bell bottom jeans by Seven for all mankind. Of course, as Seven is one of my stable brands, I have no problem finding 3 pairs to my liking.
left to right:
California $244 --- I like the dirty vintage look
Ombre $198 --- SG's pick
Cozumel $225 --- I like the side slit detail on the bottom

How to wear bell bottom with style and zest? As this style is wide at the bottom, I will pick more form fitting tops and jackets along with chunkier shoes such as wedges and platform heels to create a balance look. Since bell bottoms are wide, it's important to have more fitted tops to avoid the wide look allover. Basically we are looking for a relax but tailor look when wearing bell bottoms.-Beige Elizabeth and James rib blazer $395
-Alexander Wang silk baseball jacket $575
-Nanette Lepore $425
-BCBG crop leather jacket $598 (all images via Saks5Ave)

I pick out tops that are more form fitting. I don't think we need to wear skin tight tops, but we need to pick tops to cinch in around the hip areas (showing some definition) to avoid the wide look on top and bottom since bell bottoms are quite wide.
-Splendid purple stripe $76
-Ella Moss orange top $101
- Juicy Couture black/white stripe top $128 (all top images via Shopbop)
-Patent leather Jimmy Choo Wedge $375
-Black platform peep toe Christian Louboutin heels $865 (both shoes via Saks5Ave)

How will you wear bell bottoms? For me, I will pick pieces like Ella Moss orange top with ombre bell bottom and beige Jimmy Choo wedge for the casual look.

26 comments:

  1. bell bottom jeans are gorgeous is you have long legs! i don't think i could pull if off!

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  2. GAP GAP GAP:)

    I wear my bell bottoms with more form fitting tees. Gap has a lovely selection of v-necks and scoop neck tees right now that are very flattering. Good thing I work there:)

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  3. Hmm, I think I'm too short for bell-bottoms, I would actually look like a bell!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog ;-)

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  4. I like Ombre piece!

    xoxo: Janet

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  5. I like bell bottom jeans! Thanks for the tips.
    xoxo

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  6. I love how bell-bottoms look on other people, but I feel I have yet to find a pair that looks good on me -- judging from pictures from a few years ago!

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  7. I love bell bottoms, I must get a new pair!

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  8. I love them....glad that they are back!

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  9. I'm not really feeling the bell bottoms, myself.

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  10. I just threw out bell bottom jeans that I got two summers ago.I am not going to buy more. I think I am better off with a denim trouser than with any other cut.

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  11. I love bell bottom jeans! I got an amazing pair in a vintage store, I'm sooo wearing them :)

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  12. I absolutely adore my bellbottoms and have kept a couple of them for years, no matter what the style of the moment might be. I think the bigger the bellbottom, the better!

    I love 7 FAMK jeans but their inseams are waaaay too long for me as I'm short. :o( I really wish they came with shorter inseams.

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  13. I am glad they are coming back! I never bought into the skinny jean trend and stuck with bootcuts and trouser jeans. I could use something new to mix it up...as long as they aren't TOO bell-like. I am a subtle bell bottom kind of gal. :)

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  14. Bell bottoms are not a good look on me. I do love the Juicy black & white top and Jimmy Choo wedges.

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  15. I just gave you an award on my blog:)

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  16. Hopefully the majority of women wont follow this trend.

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  17. that first pic of holmes is rad. i have to say her outfit looks GREAT! super proportions, and they make her look slim, attractive, etc. now if only i could look that way!!!! a hahhahahaha ha h

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  18. Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!! Does that answer your question! That is one of my fashion nightmares!

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  19. I like bell bottoms, I've a not exagerated pair from gap that I like very much.

    xoxo

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  20. I'm afraid my days of bell bottoms are over--i'll stick with my bootcuts, wide legs and skinnies! I wish i could pull them off though!

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  21. thanks for the heads up - i just cleaned my closet as well and about to give up my flare bottom jeans. i guess i'll hold on to them a season or so some more =)

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  22. I like the dirty vintage look, too.

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  23. I've never like bell bottoms.They look better on other than on me. Im so tall so I like my straight legs or skinnies.

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  24. I don't care how trendy they are, I will not wear bell bottoms.

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  25. Bellbottoms are my absolute favorite :-)))

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  26. I am a true lover of bell bottoms, they have a slimming effect to boot!

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