Interesting facts about flared pants

Flared trousers were originally part of the uniform of American sailors. Then the flare was "from the hip", the trousers were sewn with a pipe so that the sailors were comfortable in them, and there was no fly on them: the fastener was on the side, so that, falling overboard, the sailor could quickly throw off the things that hinder him. Coming ashore, the sailors made themselves a "storm flare" by sewing pieces of lead into the bottom of the leg. Then, when walking, the trousers swayed strongly, as in very windy weather during a storm. However, the bosses of such "mods" tried to punish for damage to the uniform.

Such trousers, after all, did not finally become fashionable, having won very few fans. Much later, long-haired hippies preaching free love remembered about flares. These trousers were unisex clothing for them, and both boys and girls could wear them, looking almost the same in bell-bottomed trousers, bright shirts and with long hair. In the days of hippies, the flare underwent bright changes, now the legs from the knee were "flared", while the width of the flare was regulated: if the width of the trousers under the maple was 21 centimeters, then at the bottom, at the ankle - 23. Later, more fashionable models appeared: "format" 23 by 25, and some extreme people wore flared trousers 27 by 32 centimeters, but such trousers were not sewn in the atelier, justifying this with only one phrase: it is not allowed!

From hippies flared trousers actively passed to all young people and then (in our opinion) various "perversions" began - everyone came up with what he could. First of all, bell-bottoms were sewn from a wide variety of fabrics: one could find both cotton models and canvas trousers. Then they began to insert additional wedges into the bell itself, expanding the "bell". Due to the fact that the trousers were constantly frayed, a fringe was made from below or a metal zipper was sewn on, which not only protected the trousers from rubbing off, but was also a fashion accessory.

A clear difference between the flares and the rest of the trousers was the location of the pockets: in ordinary trousers they were located on the side, and in flared trousers - on the outside of the thigh, which allowed the ardent fashionistas to greatly change their gait. Hands thrust into such pockets, back bent with a question mark, small steps and light swinging to the right and left betrayed an ardent dandy. Later, valves were sewn over such pockets. Another detail of the socks of flares of that time was an "accessory" that many took with them: a metal spoon for shoes bent with a ladle was hung on a pocket. Some criminal figures also sharpened it, turning it into a real legal weapon. In addition to the pockets, an interesting detail was a belt 6-8 centimeters wide. The wider the pincer and the belt were, the cooler its owner was considered. Sometimes the claws, who did not know the measures, looked rather caricatured.