Finally, we can put that tired, repetitive skinny silhouette to rest. And embrace something full of femininity, sensuality – and a generous serving of fun!
This season, the classic 70s staple of bell bottomed jeans made a major impact on the runway – and it’s a look we can’t wait to embrace. But if you’re thinking of clichéd disco queens and kitschy bohemian flares, then let us be the bearers of good news…
Because the new bell bottomed jean is about a far more sophisticated and contemporary look – one that works just as brilliantly for an impressive date night as it does for a laid back brunch.
So how do you swing this gorgeous new shape into your style repertoire?
To harness their instantly flattering effect, think about proportion. The wide skimming shape of flares is best balanced with a slimming high waist – perfect for accentuating feminine curves and creating a cinched-in look. But add a fresh and modern flavour by emphasising long, lean lines as well. A long cardigan or shawl is ideal to keep off the autumnal chill, and also draws an elegantly slender figure. Brunch with the girls just got a whole lot more stylish.
Steer away from overdone bohemian vibes, and add a dose of upscale glamour with well chosen accessories. Think statement: heels should tower and induce salacious envy, as serious stilettos or platforms peek from your hems. Arm candy should be lustrous – soft leather that feels decadent and tactile – and generously oversized.
But our favourite bell bottomed look has to be one of sultry yet understated simplicity – oozing with sensuality and needing little more than a sheer silk blouse artfully untucked over your waistband. Pair your flared jeans with towering heels for legs that go on forever, add sparingly delicate jewels – and of course, a hint of your favourite fragrance.
While our skinnies may only be taking a temporary break in our wardrobes this season, it’s certainly a welcome one. After what feels like aeons of minimalist blandness, the return of the bell bottom jean really heralds a resurgence of personality and swagger on the street – and who could say no to that?