A Brief History Of Bell Bottoms
Bell Bottoms in the beginning of the 1970s were a radical identity label. They were associated with 'the workers' or 'the common man'. Only later did they present 'radical chic' or hip style worn by the trendy middle classes and even members of the elite. The belled or flared thighs on bell-bottom trousers were initially a style of trousers used by US Navy personnel, or sailors working on merchant ships in the seventeenth century. Trousers had to be quickly rolled-up for sloppy cleaning work on deck. Additionally, if your sailor fell overboard he would be readily identifiable from the floating fabric, and might be rescued or even float to safety when the life-saving fabric filled up with oxygen! Bell bottoms were practical for the man at sea and could be drawn over the sailor's boots.
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