After years of skinny jeans leading the way with the fashion pack, flares and bell bottoms are making a comeback

First hitting the scene in the mid 1960s, wide leg trousers, usually made of denim, became popular with men and women alike. Hippies then adopted the style in the early 1970s, but the plain denim was often replaced with psychedelic and floral patterns. It was in this decade that the bell bottom trend took off. Everyone was wearing them, perhaps most famously the rock stars, from Marc Bolan to David Bowie to tamer acts such as The Osmonds. Derek and the Dominoes even dedicated a song to the trend entitled the ‘Bell Bottom Blues’.

The wide leg trouser trend has now returned with a vengeance on the British high street. With vintage becoming more and more popular, it was only a matter of time before the flare hit the big time.

This season the high street has reinvented the style with less fluorescent prints and shiny materials, and with more modern floral and paisley prints. The main style seems to be the Palazzo pant, which flares from the top of the leg. Kate Moss for Topshop hit the nail on the head with her blue paisley flare, styled with a black leather sleeveless jacket for a more modern take on the hippy style.

The bell bottom has a more high-end option with Roberto Cavalli channelling them in his Autumn 2014 collection. These bell bottoms are tight at the top of the leg and then dramatically flare out from the knee. Perhaps a more challenging style to pull off to avoid looking like a hippy throwback, it looks great with an oversized logo tee or chiffon shirt.

The patterned Palazzo pant is a very versatile and flattering style for the summer, dress up for work with a classic white shirt and flat-form heels, or dress down for the beach with flip flops and a crop top.


Hannah Seaton, Correspondent (Fashion)

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