Ring My Bells, Ring My Bells

4.8.10

I don't know about you, but when i see a pair of bell bottoms, I immediately think of hipsters and the late 60s/early 70s counterculture movement. Throughout this period, trousers began gently flared and reached wide bell bottom proportions by 1975. I only recently found out that bell bottoms go as far back as the early 1800s where they were used as the traditional sailor's clothing. Apparently, the flared legs were wide enough to accommodate heavy boots, and easier to take off when wet. Whatever the case may be, they became a staple throughout the 70s, and again re-emerged in the 1990s. You either love them or you don't. 
jeans: boutique jacob; blouse/hat: vintage

I happen to love them, so I bought this pair from Jacob. I was looking for something a little fitted down to the knees but had to settle for these instead. I paired them with a sheer ruffled vintage blouse, and was ready to be on my way.

So...have you found your cut? Or will you EVEN be looking for your cut? For me, the search continues.

PS: I've been meaning to play around with my template  for a while now. The little technical spirit in me was able to muster this up. Hope it's still easy for you to navigate, and not too heavy on the eyes.

Talk soon!
Bisous,
Abs

91 Contributions:

E m m a said...

Hey Hun,
I love flared trousers, they are so flattering. They do make me think of the 70's too :P

much love,
www.vintage-and-vampires.blogspot.com

My Republic of Fashion said...

Love those bell bottom jeans. I am still on the lookout, but the type you are wearing suit me. SarahD:)

ilsteviewonder said...

so pretty!! love your hat :)

Spence. said...

Great photos - you look lovely!
The first ever pair of jeans I bought were flared style, which I ended up customising after seeing the movie 'sisterhood of the travelling pants' ...oh how I wish for a magical pair of jeans like them, hehe.

x

Signe said...

Very nice outfit and I love your hat :)

Sharon said...

Very nice blog! :) I love the blouse (and all of the other oufitts you have!)
Following you on bloglovin!

D&D said...

that hat is a DARLING vintage find!

elatsyrk said...

Love this! I don't really have a preference when it comes to pants. I like them in all shapes.

The Serial Dresser said...

this is such a great pair! this flare looks good on anyone. and that hat is gorrrgeous.
thanks for the comment on my blog! so you're a LaChapelle fan as well?

Lady Vanished said...

the hat it's beatiful!
Thanks for your commentb :)
xoxo

Joe's blog said...

Simply fantastic! I love the trousers! I have similar ones :-)))

Nadine2point0 said...

great hat!

Fashion Queen said...

I love your hat.

Chloe said...

Thank you. =]
Great photos and i like your hat.

Booga said...

I found my cut back in the '90s... my friend gave me this rad pair- front pockets, faux butter leather piping on dark denim... and they were sooo flattering. Why oh why did I ever get rid of them?

Now I can't find the right pair.

No matter- adorable outfit!

Closet Fashionista said...

Love the bell bottoms!! :D I've been neglecting all mine lately since I love skinny jeans so much XD
http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com

Alice said...

thanks for comment
I love your jeans

europevintage.blogspot.com

BuduarKamizu said...

sweet blouse

...Iww... said...

I love your jeans their great :D

Ddays Of Our Lives said...

Love your hat !

Karoline Kalvø said...

Wow. Fantastic job on your blog. You are such a beautiful girl and with great style.

Lots of love
http://karoline-secondhandnews.blogspot.com

Milda said...

I dont even wear jeans anymore, but these look great on you :)

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

I love flares but the cut has to be perfect. I had a great pair from Gap and nearly needed counseling when they died. The search is on again.

I should also say, because it is very important, that your hat is amazing and looks great on you.

and flowers pick themselves said...

i LOVE the style of the pants. great pockets!

xo Alison

this free bird said...

I totally think hippies and 70's when I see a flare. These look great on you! I'll be looking for a very exaggerated bell bottom if I jump on this train!

xoxo,
Carrie

Fashion Tidbits said...

they look nice! def a nice break from all those skinny pants out there

Celia said...

thanks for your comment!
the blouse is really lovely and the hat is amazing!
kisses darling!

Bianca said...

great shots!

http://crumpetsandt.blogspot.com

Britty said...

great picture love the blouse

Maria L. said...

Great photos of your last outfit! Lovely and sooo 70'2 =D

Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog!

See you around blogger!

Melanie said...

They look fantastic on you. I tend to pick a skinny boot cut over flare, though I do have a pair of trouser jeans that are AMAZING.

Melanie@UnravelledThreads

Tastes Eclectic Fashion said...

In the 90s I wanted a pair of bell bottoms that were fitted until after the knee. I still like them but I'm too short to wear them. They don't look very good on me.

Isquisofrenia said...

so awesome
they fit so good on you
and i just got a pair not really bell bottoms but kinda 70s pants and they are awesome i think
theyre only kinda burgandy and i hate that color hhahhah but yeah

Wynne Prasetyo said...

i love your blouse, you look pretty!

Ruta, Look Ugly in a Photograph said...

I totally prefer this layout. I love simple layouts.

Cute outfit. I absolutely love bell bottoms. THey are way too cute.

Lee Oliveira said...

OH WOW>. you look gorgeous..
great outfit.. and those denim fit you like a glove
LOx

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I love bell bottoms!! I used to have a pair in middle school that once belonged to my mom. Oh lordy I miss those jeans. :P

You look amazing in these photos and so incredibly cool. xo

Savvy Gal said...

cute top.

Diana said...

i usually opt for skinny leg pants but these look so chic on you i might need to venture over to the bell bottom world ;) lovely!!

http://dressedupallligators.blogspot.com/

Ashley said...

You are all sorts of gorgeous

xx
MILK TEETHS

Anything but Bland said...

wow! thanks so much for following and commenting! The 1800's!? I never knew that! :)

I am following you now :)
we should be friends!
love, polly

v a m p i r e said...

nice pair of boot cut trousers, lessons i learn is never throw away clothes that others claim are out out fashion

because Fashion is always recycling stuff

Kendr▲ said...

Great post!
Really love your images also, so much inspiration.
Will be back for more, your posts are so cool i even
went back to look at your older ones.

Hope you can check out mine, i think you'd like it :)

http://stoleninspiration.blogspot.com/

BaCreando said...

Beautiful pictures !!!
Great post !

http://ilovetheshoppingonline.blogspot.com/

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

These panst were made for you! ;)
xxx

http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com/

Maria said...

Those jeans are amazing, and they look o good on you, I really wish I could use those type of pants but I can´t :(
btw if you see The Virgin Suicedes tell me what you thought about it

The Fashion Moodboard said...

Those jeans look so good on you! You're really pretty. I prefer skinnyjeans though, but this cut looks great on you!
xoxo
http://www.thefashionmoodboard.blogspot.com

Katie said...

You look amazing!

FashionJazz said...

You are rocking this outfit hun! xx

jamie-lee said...

You look gorgeous!! I'm a fan of the mid-rise skinnies.. I find that flares don't suit me as much as I thought when I was younger!

http://pagesixxx.blogspot.com

jemina said...

LOVE them jeans!!! you ROCK babe, xoxo

agnes said...

super look, j'aime beaucoup

sallyannie☆ said...

Aww! You look like you should be wearing a flower headband :) so cute!

briannelee said...

Cute! I bought a pair of vintage 70s jeans and love them.

Chas said...

I love your flared pants, they look great! Cute hat!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

http://fromdenimtodessert.blogspot.com/

Becca said...

I was actually talking about my urge to get some flared jeans in one of my blog posts the other day. I'm normally such a clothing pack rat, but it seems I've gotten rid of all my flare jeans! Is there a particular brand you like or have found to fit well for bell bottoms?

Charles said...

I love bell bottoms! but they only look chic with the right shoes. Honestly, I like most kinds of pants, it's fun mixing it up every once in a while :) I really like your outfit, the hat and blouse really bring everything together! + thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving some love! xx

helena said...

Awesome outfit!

Helo Muller said...

Love this!!!

http://macheriefashion.blogspot.com/

KcomeKarolina said...

love your jeans!!!
thank you for passing by and leaving me your sweet comment! you made my day darling! hope you will come back soon...you can follow me with bloglovin.com
xoxo
K.
http://kcomekarolina.blogspot.com/

BenchesandChandeliers said...

love those wide leg denims! in search of another pair myself. lovely blog!

glad you stopped by :)

http://www.benchesandchandeliers.com

Ali said...

I gave up on jeans a long time ago. Skirts and dressies and high waisted shorts for me, haha. These are way too cute on you though and you don't make it look too hippy. ;D

Misnomer said...

I love these jeans! I would wear them everyday of my life if I could. And thanks for commenting on my blog.It was much appreciated. :)

Jessica said...

I love them! They are a staple in my wardrobe whether they are "in" style or not :)

There is a new denim brand called Vintage Revolution, premium denim, at a lower price. The founder owns the factory so they are able to make fabulous jeans at a good price. They have a style I think you will love! It's fitted through the knee (like a skinny jean) and then flares out to a 20" leg opening. They are currently on my wishlist.

Check them out here:

http://www.chickdowntown.com/shop/Bell-Flare-in-Vintage-Worn

Let me know what you think!

Jenni Jehanne said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your wonderful comments... its still a work in progress... LOVE your blog and those jeans are Tres Chic... Je l'aime bien :)

dont be a stranger

comme-coco.blogspot.com @comme_coco

Grace said...

Yeah for flared trousers!

Love Grace.

Miss*Kimmy said...

Love that hat on you! What a doll you truly are.

Abi said...

Great to see a general consensus! I'm not the only one hung up on the 70s ;)

@Spence: that's funny. I would love to own trousers like in the movie too. If you come across any, do let me know ;)

@Sharon: Thank you! I appreciate that you're now following me. I'll be sure to stop by your blog soon!

@TheSerialDresser: Thanks love. I wouldn't really call myself a fan since the only work I know of his is the Rape of Africa. But I do love that very much so maybe I'll check out some of his other work

@Booga: Those sound like a fantastic pair of bell bottoms! Why did you get rid of them? Maybe we can find a similar pair somewhere>

@Closet Fashionista: skinny jeans are a go to staple for sure!

@Karoline Kalvo: Thanks you. I tried my hardest :)

@Emma: I can most definitely relate. Tragic when that fab piece of clothing goes kaput!

@this free bird: exaggerated bell bottoms are more fun. The "bellier" the better. Ha!

@Tastes Eclectic Fashion: i read somewhere that bell bottoms work on all because they elongate the legs and make you look leaner. I guess not?!

@ISquisofrenia: Ha! Yeah, burgundy is a bold colour. But hey, I'm sure you'll make it work with neutrals or make a statement with other bolds

@Ruta: thank you. I prefer simple layouts too. I'm glad you like

@Jennifer Fabulous: Thanks hun! I feel like the best jeans are vintage pieces. Nothing like "shopping" in mum's closet

@Diana: I think you might ;)

@Ashley: thank you :)

@Anything But Bland: 1800s indeed! Imagine that? Thanks so very much for following. Means a lot :)

@vampire: I most definitely agree! I feel like I hoard everything. Out of fashion? Pfft....no such thing!

@Kendra: thank you. Means a lot! Hope you enjoyed the rest of the blog

Abi said...

@Maria" maybe well find the right fit for you?! I'll let you know about the film. It's on my neverending list of films to watch

@The Fashion Moodboard: Thanks doll! I do prefer skinnies as well. Sometimes though, I like to pretend I was alive 30 years ago

@jamie-lee: Oh yes. The fashion crimes we committed when we were younger! Maybe we just need to find the right fit?!

@sallyannie: Hahha! Thanks. Might have to do this look one more time and toss the hat!

@briannelee: I feel like the best jeans are vintage. Might have to go on a hunt soon

@Becca: Love that we're completely on the same wave length! The search is still on for me. I did hear good things about the Jbrand. They're on sale here http://www.shopstyle.com/browse?fts=bell+bottom+jeans

@Charles: I most definitely agree. Not being able to mix things up would be such a drab!

@Ali: I also went through a no jeans phase! But they're just so convenient I couldn't resist

@Jessica: I agree. Those boot cuts are lovely! Would go for those in a darker wash though. More versatile.

@Jenni Jehane: you're welcome hun. I love discovering new blogs! I'll definitely stop by soon

@Miss Kimmy: No, you're a doll!

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeyer said...

You always look so elegant...

http://rubyslipperjourneys.blogspot.com

pancakeSTACKER said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog :) Love those jeans!! Great blog. Hope you'll stop by again!

http://bit.ly/pancakestacker

Style Porn said...

Hahah! I see we share a similar love for wide legged denim. I actually love the fact that these are sort of wide from the hip down. I definitely like the tight to-the-knee look as well, but if you've got the legs for it (which you clearly do), wide all the way!

Fashion Butter said...

LOVE. You look adorable.

http://www.fashion-butter.com/

Phuong said...

its simple but looks great on you!

Christina said...

you look adorable && great fashion shoot :))

Audrey Allure said...

Love your hat!

mary_ronaldo said...

you look great!
i love those trousers.
but unfortunately i'm too short and don't look so god with them!
also thanks for ur sweet comment. would be great if you'd become our follower!

http://in7thheavenwithmarc.blogspot.com/

Zabrinah said...

Wow! How awesome. I haven't seen bell bottoms in so long. There was a time when I was obsessed with them!

Best wishes from one blogger to another,

~Zabrinah

tywo said...

I have a pair! I absolutely love the way they fit.
You look gorgeous!




LOVE!

Robyn said...

I love a good wide legged bell like yours. I can't stand the skinny on top, ultra flared on the bottom look.

La Société de Mode | The Fashion Society said...

Bellbottoms only look good on long-legged, thin people like you. AKA, most of the fashion industry. haha, but for more 'normal' people, it's not so flattering - sometimes the flare starts so high up on the leg that it just makes you like short and stumpy.

Love love the extra touch your hat ads. You look beautiful!

xoxo
TheFashSociety.com

redheaded guru said...

thanks for the comment :] and yes, i can't wait to finish the book so i can finally see the film! i always try and hold myself away from the film until i've read the book version if there is one.
- Lilly

Anya said...

i love ur style! im a new private follower of ur blog

http://theveiledbump.blogspot.com/

style-haus said...

i'm a fan of bell bottoms. think your outfit is super cute with the hat! thx also for the history on bell bottoms...very interesting!

http://style-haus.blogspot.com/

Morgan DeLapa said...

I like this a lot. I have a love-hate relationship with bell bottoms.
But your look is simply chic love it!
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog!
<3
Treasurextrove.blogspot.com

Nina said...

love this look, jeans are great and I love thw hat!! my search is still on, wish I didnt get rid off all the bells I used to wear in high school, learned my lesson never throw away anything!! lol

fashionableroad.blogspot.com

Sweet Confessions said...

great blouse, goes perfect with the bell bottoms =D

michelle_ said...

you pulled off the hard-to-pull bell bottom jeans really well ! i love the conductor hat too !

great look !
hope you're off to a great weekend :)

fashionfamous said...

The T-shirt it's so cool!


¡Besines!
http://stylefashionfamous.blogspot.com/

Abi said...

@Emily: thanks love!

@Style Porn: Thank you! I have a feeling we'll get along well!

@mary ronaldo & anya: thanks so much for following. I'll be sure to stop by your blog soon

@The Fashion Society: Thank you :) Is it too optimistic to believe there is a right fit for all?

@Nina: I agree. I think I'm a bit of a hoarder

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Mlle Rihazaza said...

georgous hat ^^

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