I remember when I was in middle school I would always wear bell bottom jeans… until I noticed all my friends were wearing skinny jeans. Immediately after that I refused to wear my bell bottoms and got all new skinny jeans. I was almost embarrassed that I ever even wore them. They were totally not “cool” anymore. (Anyone else have a teenage fashion crisis? ;)
The past few seasons bell bottoms have definitely made their comeback… and I am so excited about it! If you have been wanting to hop on the bandwagon and get some bell bottoms, but aren’t sure how to style them, you have come to the right place. I’m going to give you a few tips that will have you rockin’ those bells!
#1: LENGTH IS KEY
When picking out your bell bottoms, I would definitely recommend taking the shoes you intend on wearing them with to try them on. You want to be really careful with the length of these. You want them to touch the floor, but you don’t want them completely dragging on the floor. On the other hand, you don’t want them to be too short. Yes, you don’t want them dragging on the floor, but you also don’t want them to be high waters… which is why I would recommend bringing shoes. If you want to wear them with flats and high heels it is best to get two pairs so that you have options. You really don’t want to have just that one pair that you wear with all your shoes because the shape won’t flow how it is supposed to.
#2: ADD SOME HEIGHT
Personally, I think bell bottoms are intended to be worn with wedges, heels, or platforms. Just anything with some height. Bell bottoms are meant to be flowy, and if you don’t wear the right shoes the shape will just look off. By wearing wedges or heels, you are leaving room for your bells to flow and keep the correct shape.
#3 HIGH RISE vs. LOW RISE
High rise and low rise bell bottoms should be styled differently! If you are getting high rise jeans EMBRACE IT and show the world. High rise bells look great with a form fitted shirt tucked in, so that the high rise can be seen. If it is a simple shirt you can always top it off with a belt and hat. Low rise bells (like mine) can be styled with flowy shirts, oversized sweaters, and also look good with long coats.
Bonus tip: For a more laid back look, try finding some destructed bell bottoms!
So, where are your favorite bell bottoms from? I would love to hear in the comments below!
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