As a teenager, I was obsessed with elephant bell bottoms: pants with wide legs. Especially the one that the skaters used to wear. Not that I was a skater; I wasn’t cool enough to pull that off. Still, I thought the wide legs looked nice and though. Unfortunately, I never owed real wide legs pants. Although I tried, somehow I would always ended up with pants that just weren’t what I had in mind.
For this fair fashion look, I’ve put together a fair fashion outfit that would make my 14-year-old me completely jealous. In this outfit, I wear elephant bell bottoms with the largest legs that I’ve ever seen! Because I’m still not a skater, I combine the pants with stylish basics and nice accessories to create the classic look you’re used to.
The Elephant Bell Bottoms
I absolutely love these pants! It is from the brand Nobody Has To Know or NHTK. This label is based in Amsterdam. NHTK contributes to fair fashion in its own way. The entire collection is designed and produced in Amsterdam. They collaborate with social workshops, to contribute to a better future for Dutch garment workers.
The pants have two straps, which makes it look a bit like a dungaree. Because my belly is not complexly covered, it is quite stylish and edgy.
And of course, I have to mention the width of the legs. These are so incredibly wide that a child can play hide and seek under them! I think the pants are very beautiful and stylish, and they make me seem sooooo long! Love it!
In this outfit, I am wearing the Rosa de Tagua necklace from the fair trade jewelry brand Picaflor. Picaflor is a Colombian brand that helps women in remote areas of Colombia to become independent and build a future. She does this by training the women in producing jewelry from sustainable materials.
Picaflor shows the women how they can create a sustainable income while dealing with nature and their environment in a respectful manner. Also, Picaflor teaches them how to preserve wildlife instead of destroying it. They do this by teaching the women what the consequences are of, for example, deforestation and poaching. And they offer them sustainable and lucrative alternatives.
The Picaflor collections are made from natural seeds such as azai, coconut, and bombona. They use seeds that were found on the ground because this way nature is effected in the least as possible way.
The necklace that I am wearing here is made from Tagua. This is a seed of the ivory palm or the Hyphaene Phytelephas. It looks like ivory and is often used as a substitute for animal ivory. Before I met Picaflor, I did not know that there was such a thing like ivory palm. So incredibly cool that this exists and that you can make such beautiful things with it!
I find Picaflor a very beautiful and inspiring brand. So cool that they make beautiful jewelry from unique materials in an environmentally friendly way.
The top that I am wearing in this outfit is from H&M. I have had it for more than ten years. When I had just bought it, I wore it a lot. After a while, I had forgotten about it and it ended up in the back of my closet. Fortunately, I rediscovered it when I was cleaning out my closet this summer. We have been inseparable ever since. I especially love the puffy sleeves. They make it just a tad more sophisticated. Love!
A summary of the outfit
Broek – NHTN
Ketting – Picaflor
Top – H&M
What do you think of this fair fashion outfit? Let me know!
Photos: By José Chan