Here we have some retro bell-bottoms inspo from the decades that started it all. You might not even believe this fashion era really happened if it weren’t for the photo receipts!
Have a scroll through these photos of some of the wildest pants of all time.
1973: The height of fashion still is pants.
Make sure when you try on pants to get them long enough. The tips of your pants should meet your shoes, and your ankles shouldn’t show at all.
The newest way to update pants is to wear any jacket that focuses on the waistline. Battle jackets, longer safari jackets with elasticized or drawstring waistlines, and updated blazers with inset waistlines are some of the styles to note. These jackets are perfect to wear for grocery shopping.
Other looks to remember include the shirt jacket, which doubles as a shirt or jacket; the short smock slicker, which will be perfect for April showers; and the short-sleeved shirt with the rolled-top sleeves — a new look.
Top focus also is on the head. It’s shorter hair and super slouch hats for the total pants look. Pants look either totally feminine, when accessorized with a white gardenia and floppy brim hat; or, strictly tailored, when accessorized with a natural straw hat with a small structured brim.
– Adapted from an article published in The Chicago Tribune (Illinois) – March 11, 1973
Flash back to see these 70s women’s pants from the 1973 JC Penney catalog
Red, white and blue polyester knits – vests, flared knit pants, zip-front tops
Vintage polyester knits mix and match for outfits – tops, blazers, pants, skirts
Vintage polyester pantsets with flare-leg styling and elastic waists – plus tunic-length tops
Vintage 70s Dacron polyester women’s pants and long skirts
Chalk white blazer in textured embossed cotton & a red & white star-print halter top
Retro 70s 3-piece suit outfits in white with red and black
Pastel plaid pantsuit ensembles from the seventies – plus halter tops, flares and cardigans
Classic navy & white palazzo pants & halter tops
Look great in 1973: Wide-legged polyester double-knit pants
Wide-cuffed trousers, seersucker plaid blazer and corduroy flares from 1973
70s tailored looks: Casually classic knit tops and woven pants
Turtleneck tops worn with striped or solid tank tops – paired with flare-leg pants
Denim flares – perfectly paired with a red and white checked shirt and a short-sleeved cardigan sweater
Butter yellow flares with cuffs, plus above-the-knee skirts
Retro textured nubby knit coordinates – tops, tunics, shells, shorts and pants
Turquoise ensembles with striped crew-neck tops, tunic tops, floral-print shells and straight-leg solid color pants with stitched front creases. Add a leather clutch bag in white or navy blue
Big bell-bottom pants for ladies with garden-like long-sleeve floral shirts