Bell Bottoms in the 1960s

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Yeah, peace to you too, man.


I just need to talk to Amy for a second, so if you wouldn't mind telling her to stop playing the guitar so she can communicate with me that would be great.

Excuse me? Just who am I? 

Well, if you must know, I'm a writer who happens to be the purveyor of a time machine.

Don't believe me, huh? How about I show you both what you're going to look like in 2018, and then you tell Amy to get her butt over here right now.

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I just need a minute to recalibrate the fluxator axiom against the system override zanpendant thingy and we'll be good to go ...

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... and here you are in 2018!


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Oh, hey Amy. That was fast.

What did I say to the hippie couple? They're freaking out?

Uh, nothing they'll believe, so don't worry about it. 


Just checking in to see how it's going in 1960-something - looks like you forgot to communicate with me ... again.

You're loving all the vintage bell bottoms? Uh, yeah, they're not vintage in 1960-something. They're a modern fashion statement for the counterculture youth.

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Wide-legged trousers were originally created for sailors in the 19th century.

Comfortable and easy to roll up when swabbing decks in bare feet or pulling off for an unexpected swim, they're still a part of various uniforms of the navy, although designed now with a straighter leg.



In the 1960s, bell bottoms are becoming a sought after fashion statement in Canada, the U.S. and Europe as the antiwar sentiment spreads..

Youth are rejecting uncomfortable and more formal attire ... and they're landing on the doorsteps of surplus military stores in search of leftover and unused navy bell bottoms.



For the nonconformists who aren't able to get to an army surplus store, fabric is being sown into straight-leg jeans with a "triangle" piece to widen the pants from the knee down.

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This is only the beginning for bell bottoms as they become a symbol of the culture of hippies and those into the trend.


Clothing firms are realizing an opportunity when they see one, and will soon be designing and manufacturing bell bottoms of their own.