STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Peace, Love and Bell-bottom Jeans

Have you ever looked through one of your parent’s old photo albums? Besides bad hair and outdated glasses, you may see some fashion trends that have made a comeback throughout the years, specifically those from the ‘70s. Most of ‘70s fashion was influenced by the hippie movement; setting a “peace and love” vibe for the decade. This era in fashion was most notably known for tie-dye shirts, fringe, suede texture, platforms and bell-bottom jeans.

Today, bell-bottom jeans are back and don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. They are a must-have item for the summertime and can easily be dressed up or down. Whether they are paired with a flowy tunic or a form-fitting turtleneck, bell-bottom jeans make a bold, fun statement.

This Fashionista not only looks effortlessly cool in her bell-bottoms, but they also make her stand out in a crowd. She chose to rock her pristine, powdered blue denim bells with a tucked in graphic T-shirt. Chunky, white platform shoes add a chic flare to the look and accentuate the effect of the bell-bottoms. I love how she paired this look with a statement ring and sparkly cat-eye sunglasses. Her fringed Sam Edelman cross-body purse completes the look. She looks like a mix of Penny Lane from Almost Famous and a student from Dazed and Confused; it’s vintage-cool meets young and fun.

When bringing back a look from the past, there’s a difference between looking fresh and trendy versus looking outdated. Sometimes less is more when it comes to ‘70s style. Vintage is ultra cool nowadays, but don’t forget to incorporate contemporary fabrics and trends to bring the look into the 21st century. There are so many different ways to revamp older pieces to make them modern and fun.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “I like the idea of taking a classic staple, like jeans, and turning it into a statement piece and that’s what bell-bottoms do. They make denim exciting. Style is about taking risks and embracing the fashion from all decades and eras instead of limiting yourself.”