Originally Posted by Teacher
I quite agree. I was horrified to see bellbottoms -- excuse me, flairs
-- make a big comeback. Just wait until the updated liesure suit pops up...Lee Majors shall riiiiiiiise again!
I love bellbottoms. They are a classic that never completely goes away, and their history goes back to long before the 1970s. They are a sort of affluent revolution. They are a sign of liberty and, sorry, America. Oppressive regimes throughout the world have clamped down on bellbottoms as symbols of US imperialism and Western style excess. The mullahs outlawed them in Iran after the revolution. Bellbottoms were banned in China throughout the Cultural Revolution. As economic reforms came in with the early eighties, so did bell-bottoms. Throughout the period of economic opening, bellbottoms have represented freedom of self-expression and individualism. Whether you like these things are not, they are what bellbottoms (and western culture) represent.
Working in a professional environment, I certainly don't wear them, but the horror of them seems ever-so-slightly Mullahist or Maoist to me, since I have ties to both Iran and China. Bellbottoms are more than just a fashion disaster from the seventies. I know that they are overly flamboyant and tasteless, etc., but, as Americans, we should understand what they represent globally before pronouncing them evil.