Rad Or Bad: Extreme Bell-Bottoms

Remember when you finally made the switch from flares to skinny jeans? No more dirty hems, no more tucking your pants into boots, no more feeling like a hobo when wearing something bigger on top. But the fashion wheels keep on turning, and it seems that bell-bottoms are making a comeback once again. But these aren't necessarily those leg-slimming wide-legged jeans that make everyone's backend look like Jane Birken's. In these past few seasons, bell-bottoms have turned up in stretch jersey, patterned with plaids and tie-dyes, and are so voluminous they could act as de facto tents. Are you ready to look back fondly on the early '00s trend, or should we hope that this piece of flare remains exclusively in our old photo albums?
Above, from left: Ellergy 2010/11, image via Knight Cat; Oak "Vanitas" Editorial by Wilfredo Alexander, via Oak.
Above, from left: Erin Wasson at her RVCA fall 10 show, image via Style.com; Free People Genetic Kelly Patched Flare, available at Free People.

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