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.
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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.