The style of pants originated in the 1950s, with popular stars such as Roy Rogers, Lone Ranger, Cisco Kid, Zorro and Gene Autry, Marilyn Monroe, andSandra Dee wearing their pants very slim to the ankle. Tapered jeans became most notable with country music stars and with the birth of rock and roll in the 1950s, when Elvis Presley donned slim-fitting jeans and shocked the country. Drainpipe jeans and rock ‘n’ roll were inextricably linked to create the “bad boy” image that remains today.
By the end of the decade the fashion began to replace the baggy gangster jeans of the 1990s and early 2000s . Among women, skinny jeans are most often worn tucked into boots or scrunched up over the wearer’s footwear, and are also often paired with ballerina flats. The fashion spread to teens, children and young men in 2004. The explosive trend for colourful skinny jeans dominated Asia and eventually made a statement throughout the world from early 2009 thanks to the concept of South Korean girl group Girls’ Generation‘s hugely popular song and EP Gee, which ultimately made use of colourful slim-fit jeans. Popular South Korean boyband SHINee also put heavy use of colourful slim-fit jeans since their debut in 2008 in what is known as the “SHINee Trend”, spreading the skinny jean trend throughout Asia’s fashion capitals and fashion capitals across the world, as well as helping popularize high-top sneakers and brightly coloured sweaters and hoodies.
Bell bottom jeans origens
Bell-bottoms‘ precise origins are uncertain. In the early 19th century, very wide pants ending in a bell began to be worn in the U.S. Navy. Clothing varied between ships, however, in the early days of the U.S. In one of the first recorded descriptions of sailors‘ uniforms, Commodore Stephen Decatur wrote in 1813 that the men on the frigates United States and Macedonia were wearing “glazed canvas hats with stiff brims, decked with streamers of ribbon, blue jackets buttoned loosely over waistcoatsand blue trousers with bell bottoms.” Though the British Royal Navy usually was the leader in nautical fashion, bell-bottoms did not become regulation wear for the Royal Navy until the mid-19th century. These “bell-bottoms” were often just very wide-legged trousers, unlike modern versions cut with a distinct bell. While many reasons to explain sailors’ wearing of this style have been cited over the years, most theories have little credibility because reliable documentation is lacking.
bell bottom jeans
In the late 1980s, during the rise of acid house and the Second Summer of Love, bell bottoms became popular again in women’s and men’s fashion in Europe spreading to the Americas, South Africa, Japan and Australia. They were initially reintroduced as boot-cut (also spelled “boot cut” or “bootcut”), tapering to the knee and loosening around the ankle to accommodate a boot. Over time, the width of the hem grew wider and the term “flare-leg” was favored in marketing over the term “bell-bottom”. As with boot-cut hems, the trend began in Europe and spread rapidly around the world. Today both boot-cut and flare-leg pants remain popular both in denim and higher quality office wear. In menswear straight-leg also gave way to boot-cut looks, again initially in Europe, and has made its leap into flare-leg for officewear, the same as what has happened in womenswear. In most cases men’s boot-cut and women’s boot-cuts differ. Women’s jeans are tight to the knee and then flare out slightly to the hem while men’s styles are usually flared/loose all the way from crotch to hem. The bell-bottoms of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s can generally be distinguished from the flare or boot-cut pants of the ’90s by the tightness of the knee.