Why Don't More Women Wear Bell Bottoms?

Skinny jeans are fantastic, but nothing makes a woman---any woman---look as tall, skinny and leggy as a pair of proper bell bottoms. This does not i
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Skinny jeans are fantastic, but nothing makes a woman---any woman---look as tall, skinny and leggy as a pair of proper bell bottoms. This does not i
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Skinny jeans are fantastic, but nothing makes a woman---any woman---look as tall, skinny and leggy as a pair of proper bell bottoms.

This does not include wide-leg jeans, or slightly flared jeans, but only the insanely flattering '70s silhouette in which denim hugs your thighs all the way down to your knees and then flares out so dramatically that it covers the whole of your foot, and then some.

I asked Emily Current and Meritt Elliot---the genius designers behind Current/Elliot---if they'd be making some of that kind of bell bottom for fall.

"Of course! We always make bell bottoms," they promised.

But those bell bottoms never make it into stores, at least not that I've seen, and they were kind enough to give me a sample. I wore them on Friday, with the requisite six inch wedge, and felt like a supermodel (or as close to a supermodel as I'll ever feel). Kate said she'd never even considered wearing bell bottoms, but now they'd moved to the top of her shopping list and Lauren, who says she doesn't have hips and only looks good in skinnies, wants a true bell bottom, too.

Have you found the perfect cut?

UPDATE: So they're for sale at Neiman's! (Now if only we could get a Neiman's in New York!)