History and known facts about the bell foot pants or as it is more popular known as Bell Bottoms

American sailors wore them as uniforms during the War of 1812 according to history records.

If a sailor is swept overboard, bell bottoms can be easily slipped off in the water, and by filling the legs with air, they can even act as a flotation device in an emergency.

Bell-bottoms were part of the U.S. Navy uniform until 1998 and women happily embraced bell-bottoms when they re-emerged in fashion in the mid-1960s, and no bell-bottom look was complete without a pair of platform shoes.

The British Royal Navy  adopted the bell bottoms as part of their uniform in the 19th century.

After a decade hiatus, bell-bottoms were reinvented as boot cut pants in the 1990s. Boot cuts mirrored the flared style of their predecessor, but with a smaller flare and a tighter fit from the knees up.

Bell-bottoms are mentioned in the popular 1971 music single “Bell Bottom Blues” by blues-rock group Derek and the Dominos.

They were a very popular item to wear at the disco.

Today, original bell-bottoms from the 1960s and 70s are collectible vintage clothing

Sonny and Cher made them popular in the 1970s among fashion hipster and white americans.

Elvis Presley favourite type of trousers.

And also king of pop Michael Jackson

Elephant bells, popular in the mid-to-late 1970s, and were similar to loon pants, but were typically made of denim.

Elephant bells had a marked flare below the knee, often covering the wearer’s shoes. The preferred shoes were platform shoes with soles at least 2 inches (5.1 cm) thick and heels 4 to 5 inches (10 to 13 cm) to keep the pants’ hems off the ground.

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