It’s no secret I love denim. All things denim. So it’s no surprise I’m also a big fan of bell bottoms. Deep down, I think I was meant to live in the 70s. That decade had the best style if you ask me. Concert tees, bell bottoms and platform heels. YES. I have a handful of high waisted bell bottoms that I just love. A light wash pair perfect for spring and summer or more casual looks. And then a supersaturated dark wash pair that almost work as a trouser if you do it right. I also picked up some white ones last year that are great for summer.
I love a high waisted bell bottom for a few reasons. And I think they feel fancier than plain old skinny jeans. I also think they can be very flattering! They balance out your hips and elongate your legs. Can’t go wrong there. Bell bottoms are a super flared jean that was made popular in the 70s. But they’ve had their big comeback moments every so often. It’s one of those things that are always in style, but they definitely have those seasons that they’re more coveted. Either way, I’m a fan and plan on wearing them forever. So here’s a few tips on how to wear bell bottoms.
How To Style Bell Bottoms
My biggest tip to styling this silhouette is to look for a few things. First, high waisted. I just think they’re more flattering and allow a longer line on your body. Second, get them tailored to work with your preferred shoes. You want them to just kiss the ground. No higher, but can definitely go longer and have them puddle a bit. And lastly, balance. If your leg is super wide, keep things more tailored and fitted up top. It’ll be less overwhelming on your body and be much more flattering.
Best Shoes To Wear With Bell Bottoms
Shoes seem to always be a popular question I get about bell bottoms. I actually did a WHOLE post on it here. The takeaways, go chunky and tall. Tailor your jeans for your shoes so they aren’t a mess or too short. I personally love a platform peep toe with a wide leg jean. In the summer I go for a big wedge espadrille, and in the fall and winter, a chunky bootie or mule. Really, you just want to keep the length of your jeans in mind. Always touching the ground!
How To Dress Bell Bottoms Up
Dressing up bell bottoms is my go-to. Whenever I need to feel put together for a business casual meeting, I usually grab my dark wash bell bottoms. They’re almost like a trouser in my book. Just add a pretty blouse and blazer and you’re good to go. A pretty sweater is also nice tucked in.
How To Accessorize Bell Bottoms
Just like your favorite skinny jeans, you can accessorize bell bottoms just the same. Add a great belt to polish off your look. A pretty bag or clutch, and voila, a complete outfit!
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5 Outfit Ideas With Bell Bottoms
To inspire you to try the bell bottom trend, here are a few of my favorite personal outfits and ones I’m admiring! You can also swap the bell-bottoms for a cropped flare or regular flared jean too.
A cropped cozy sweater and mules is a more casual and boho-inspired way to style bell bottoms. Since these are high waisted, I prefer the crop sweater so it’s more balanced.
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When going business casual with your wide-leg jeans, go dark and add a third piece. Darker wash jeans almost feel like a trouser when done right. Adding a third piece like a blazer or jacket of some sort completes the look and makes it feel more polished.
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White Bell Bottoms
White bell-bottoms feel SO fun and 70s inspired to me. Pair them with a graphic tee or a blousy tank. Add a denim jacket for color or a long thin cardigan.
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Whenever I’m styling something for spring I reach for lightweight utility jackets and open-toed shoes. Love this combination for dresses, shorts or jeans. And it obviously works perfect with wide leg jeans too.
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Layers can be tough with wide-leg jeans as you want to make sure you aren’t adding too much volume. Keeping things long and lean is smart! Loving this long vest paired with a simple turtleneck.
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