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Bell-bottoms & beyond: The fashionable ’70s pants for women that were hot in 1973

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1973 Catalog - Pants for women

The height of spring 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 Chicago Tribune (Illinois) – March 11, 1973

1973 Catalog - Pants for women

Flash back to see these ’70s women’s pants from the 1973 JC Penney catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Turtleneck tops worn with striped or solid tank tops - paired with flare-leg pants

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog
Retro pants – 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog
Vintage ’70s women’s pants – fashion for her from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog
Vintage ’70s women’s pants – fashion for her from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog
Retro pants – 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog
Retro pants – 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog
Vintage ’70s women’s pants and long skirts – fashion for her from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Vintage polyester pantsets with flare-leg styling and elastic waists - plus tunic-length tops

Vintage polyester knits mix and match for outfits - tops, blazers, pants, skirts

Red, white and blue polyester knits - vests, flared knit pants, zip-front tops

Pastel plaid pantsuit ensembles from the seventies - plus halter tops, flares and cardigans

Wide-cuffed trousers, seersucker plaid blazer and corduroy flares from 1973[/caption]

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Big bell-bottom pants for ladies with garden-like long-sleeve floral shirts

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro pants - 70s fashion for women from the 1973 JC Penney Catalog

Retro textured nubby knit coordinates - tops, tunics, shells, shorts and pants

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