There is perhaps no pant silhouette that calls to mind a specific era as surely as bell bottoms do. Originally a part of nautical uniforms, bell bottoms became a part of mainstream fashion in the 1960s, when they were worn by men and women alike, often in the form of jeans or corduroy pants. Their popularity grew into the '70s, where they were commonly made in bright, colorful prints or embroidered denim and paired with long strands of beads and platform shoes.
Lately, bell bottoms have been experiencing a bit of a comeback, with brands like Rosie Assoulin and Chloé leaning into the moment with dramatic shapes and groovy prints. Bell bottoms these days provide a simple way to upgrade your classic jeans for something a little more statement-making, but they also come in a range of other fabrics appropriate for the office or a party. Whether you're looking for new everyday denim, floral fun or an upgraded work outfit, this silhouette is the perfect way to add a little funk to your wardrobe. Shop some of our favorites — from subtle to super dramatic — in the gallery below.
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