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Hip Huggers and Bell Bottoms Versus Low Rise and Flare

VeryHappyVeryHappy Registered User Posts: 16,755 Senior Member
edited January 2010 in Parent Cafe
What's the difference?? The first is the terminology used in the '60s and '70s. The second is what the same style is called today.
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Replies to: Hip Huggers and Bell Bottoms Versus Low Rise and Flare

  • momlovemomlove Registered User Posts: 498 Member
    Do you remember elephant pants? I was in my early teens and very skinny but I'm sure they still looked hideous on me. I quit wearing them after I ran across a parking lot, tripped on my pants and wiped out, scraping up one of my arms so bad it was a bloody mess!
  • younghossyounghoss Registered User Posts: 3,014 Senior Member
    I think low rise and hip-huggers are basically the same. But there is a distinct difference between flares and bells. It is how big the lower pant leg expands, but I can't give a measurement. A "flare" is slightly bigger than "boot cut".
    There is also "fishtail" from the old days if anybody remembers that.
    Like the quote about porn- I can't define it, but I know it when I see it.
  • KajonKajon Registered User Posts: 4,367 Senior Member
    I had a pair of hip hugger/elephant pants and I wore them with a "body suit" (ribbed turtle neck that snapped in the crotch area). I think this was in the same era as "hot pants".
  • tsdadtsdad Registered User Posts: 4,035 Senior Member
  • sryrstresssryrstress Registered User Posts: 2,354 Senior Member
    Except...back in the day I don't remember all those muffin tops. HS girls (maybe boys too) seem so much heavier than they were 25-35 years ago. I worry about their future health.
  • VeryHappyVeryHappy Registered User Posts: 16,755 Senior Member
    Kajon, I remember the body suit. I had one in the '70s -- lavender with a turtleneck, very stretchy. I'm sure if I wore it today, I'd be "muffin-topping" all over the pants I wore it with. It sure made going to the bathroom a royal pain in the @$$.
  • JustAMomOf4JustAMomOf4 Registered User Posts: 4,563 Senior Member
    I had elephant pants too. They were demin and my first pair of jeans. I can still remember the day my mom bought them for me at JC Penney. early 70's. They looked good on me. I thought they looked good on me.... maybe those are photos I don't want to see!
    body suits too. I can't believe we thought wearing a shirt that snapped in the crotch was comfortable :eek:

    sryrstress - I don't recall muffin tops either. I am pretty sure our pants were as low as they are today.
  • momonthehillmomonthehill Registered User Posts: 1,307 Senior Member
    I had a pair of hip hugger/elephant pants and I wore them with a "body suit" (ribbed turtle neck that snapped in the crotch area). I think this was in the same era as "hot pants".

    Same here! And, back then, I was able to pull off that look.:D And, yes, the body suit was really awkward, to say the least, when needing to use the restroom.

    I also assumed that "low rise" jeans are just a reincarnation of hip huggers. And I don't remember seeing as many "muffin tops" back in the early 70s either. For all of the current jokes about "mom jeans" (and I'm talking mainly about people who are older than teenagers)there are people for whom maybe a higher waisted pair of pants is more flattering.
  • ChedvaChedva Super Moderator Posts: 28,508 Super Moderator
    Bell-bottoms, if I recall correctly, flared out from just below the knee, and created really big bells. Flares today seem to increase in size much more gradually, and only start flaring at about mid-shin.

    Elephant bells are now called "wide leg."
  • momof3sonsmomof3sons Registered User Posts: 5,116 Senior Member
    Elephant bells, I was just about to say, but Chedva beat me to it!
  • VeryHappyVeryHappy Registered User Posts: 16,755 Senior Member
    There were no muffin tops in the '70s because moms didn't wear jeans, and we were all so young we didn't have muffin tops yet.

    Now, everyone wears jeans -- those with muffin tops, too.

    How come men whose bellies sprawl over their waistbands aren't called muffin tops? What are they -- macho tops? Beer tops? Bottle tops?
  • mom60mom60 Registered User Posts: 7,238 Senior Member
    I remember buying a pair of elephant bells from the lemon frog shop at Sears. I think that was what it was called, the department where you had outgrown girls styles but not yet ready for the juniors.
    VeryHappy is right. Mom's did not wear jeans. My Mom wore polyester pants. For work she had a huge collection of polyester pantsuits in a huge rainbow of colors.
  • atomomatomom Registered User Posts: 4,349 Senior Member
    tsdad: you dirty dawg! ;)

    The elephant pants came and went when I was in elementary school. Huge transition in early 70s--2nd grade, girls HAD to wear dresses to public school. By 4th grade--anything goes--including teachers in elephant pants.

    When I was in HS, it was the boy jeans (Levis), white painter's pants, then came the (high waist) designer jeans. . .

    My mom has never worn jeans. Even the thought of that seems weird!

    Low rise ought to be outlawed--they look bad on everyone.
  • sistersunniesistersunnie Registered User Posts: 689 Member
    The Lemon Frog Shop! It was also where I got a purple/yellow and pink plaid mini skirt, a mutton sleeve purple blouse, fish net stockings and white (wet look vinyl) boots. And the hip hugger brushed blue jeans with orange peace signs on them and the matching orange turtleneck body suit........

  • mom60mom60 Registered User Posts: 7,238 Senior Member
    I think the elephant pants were when I was in early jr high. We later went to boys levi 501's and boys Levi Cords. I can't recall what year we went with these pants that were called Dittos. They had a couple of different styles. 1 style was higher waisted with a saddle back. They came in a rainbow of colors. At the time it was special to be able to buy a pair since they were considered expensive.
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