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In 1813, one of the first recorded descriptions of sailors' uniforms, written by Commodore Stephen Decatur, noted that the men on the frigates United States and Macedonia were wearing "glazed canvas hats with stiff brims, decked with streamers of ribbon, blue jackets buttoned loosely over waistcoats, and blue trousers with bell bottoms."
Recently, not one but two models have been spotted out in extreme flares, similar to the ruffled bell bottoms Lily James wears as Donna (aka Meryl Streep's character) in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. First, Kendall Jenner was seen in a leather pair, styled with a cropped Chrome Hearts tank top and layered cross necklaces. Then, a few days later, Kaia Gerber wore a satin version from Galvan, making the look complete with a paper clip top. (Source: www.instyle.com)
Although the trousers of the present-day uniform of the United States Navy are still referred to as "bell-bottomed", they simply have large straight legs. The wearer's thigh fills the upper trouser leg, making the bottom of the pants leg appear flared. This style has been popular for many years, perhaps originally because the trouser leg can be rolled up easily, allowing the wearer to work in bare feet, but there is no reliable documentation that confirms a specific timeline or reason for the popularity of bell-bottomed trousers in naval apparel. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
Some modern naval uniforms continue to use bell-bottomed trousers as a potential life-saving device. The trouser material is made of cotton fibers that swell when wet and can hold air. In the event of a sailor falling overboard or having to abandon ship without a life vest, the bell-bottomed trousers can be quickly removed in the water without having to remove footwear. As part of their survival training, sailors are taught to remove the trousers while floating, tie the leg bottoms in a knot, and then use one of several methods to inflate the trousers with air. The inflated trousers can provide extra flotation while awaiting rescue. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
For spring, designers like Gabriela Hearst, Givenchy, and Gucci delivered us sleek yet fun iterations in colorful wool twill and technical compact-knit fabrications of wide-leg and bell-bottom pants that look nothing like their disco-fever ancestors. These recent styles are really the perfect trousers for reemergence. They’re pants, a very practical garment that fits our current comfort-first mindsets, but they also have more flare, if you will, than your average straight-leg jean. And did we mention they’re cut to flatter? (Source: www.vogue.com)