Fashion Fact #45 – Bell Bottoms

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Fashion Fact #45 – Bell Bottoms

Bell Bottoms: Bell-bottoms are believed to have originated during the 19th century when the U.S. Navy wore them. During the 1960s and 1970s bell-bottoms became very popular among both men and women in the U.S. During the 1960s they were considered high-fashion but towards the end of the 60s and beginning of the 70s bell bottoms became part of hippie culture.