Stitch In Time: Fashion Flare
by Amy Newson
We just can’t get enough of the 70s!
The 70s is an era that has been revisited time and time again, as we just can’t seem to say goodbye to its bold and overstated garments. Perhaps the most notorious and reminiscent piece of clothing from the decade is the bell-bottom trousers (these flares are a style of trouser that became wider from the knee downwards, forming a trouser leg shaped like a bell). They became part of mainstream fashion in the 70s and were worn with Cuban-heeled shoes, clogs or Chelsea boots. Made from denim, bright cotton or satin polyester, they came to represent the outlandish and colourful style of the decade (think Studio 54, Farrah Fawcett and Fleetwood Mac).
Now this trouser shape has returned to the fashion scene in charming pastel colours or in the 70s favourite shades of orange and tobacco. However, the trousers differ from those of the past in that they come in a more relaxed fit. Looser on the knee, the leg flare is subtler and smaller, adding a touch of style to your (already chic) look. But forget about those Cuban heels – the biker boot or Chelsea boot is what to pair these trousers with for the ultimate modern twist on this delightfully retro style. These mini flares help give an elongated leggy appeal, so they look great on everyone – go on, give them a try!