Though the trend started to make a comeback in spring 2014, bell bottoms are finally picking up steam as one of the "cool" denim styles to have in your wardrobe. Which, of course, means we have to figure out which shoes to wear with bell bottoms all over again. It doesn't matter what finally inspired you to give flares another chance: Maybe it was seeing Kendal Jenner wearing a flared pair for her new solo Vogue spread? Or, perhaps, Tom Ford’s racy new Spring 2015 campaign gave you some inspiration? In any case, these aren’t your mom’s disco hot pants. The bell bottoms of today are skinny on top and flare out at the knee (unless you’re Jennifer Lopez, in which case anything goes). The pants give your legs length, especially when matched with a great pair of heels.
I'm a big fan of going full-'70s with a flowy top and a fringed bag (speaking of fringe, bangs are so '70s, too). Bonus points if you can raid your moms closet and find some authentic goodies. Be careful of going overboard, though — it’s surprisingly easy to end up looking like a character out of Goldmember. Whether you’re going for a casual boho walk-in-the-park type look or embodying Carly Simon, pick a pair of denim and channel your favorite '70s icon — then check out this guide to find the perfect shoes to match.
First off, let me just say that this look is probably my favorite on the list. If you have one of these nifty onesies in your closet, try these on for size
Want to be extra bold this season? Pick up a pair of patchwork bell bottoms and, while you're at it, a pair of jeweled thongs.
Purple crushed velvet bell bottoms? Don't mind if I do. Add some simple black platforms to balance the look.
Nope, these aren't your mother's clogs. Chunky wooden heels are getting an upgrade this season. Pair these with your favorite pair of flared denim.
Victoria Justice makes her booties look amazing with her black leather bell bottoms. Get your own pair at Urban.
Dress up your new favorite jeans trend this spring with these glam stunners.
A playful pop of print shows off your confident, cheeky side. I choose cheetah (it doesn't hurt that these are on sale, too).
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