My Mom called me last week to ask me what she should look for while shopping, any specific styles or colors. I find this funny because I know she reads all the magazines and stays up on what’s “in” at any given moment. After we got off the phone, I came across a few really inspiring pics on Pinterest of stylish women wearing flares. I say inspiring because as much as I love skinny jeans, I felt like my eye was looking for something else. And flared jeans certainly have a very different silhouette. They reminded me of my Mom, who seriously loves 70s inspired style. It was like someone took my Mom’s love of flares and mixed it with my love of fitted blazers and leather jackets. Sure, you can pick up some light colored flare jeans and rock that 70s style, and that’s great for summer, but these flares were more appropriate for winter – darker rinse jeans, metallics, jewel tones, even prints.
If you have really long legs you should definitely sport flares, for the petite girls it’s not as easy. Unless you already have long legs or a frame that creates that long line, I would put on the highest platforms you have if you want to rock some flares. They look best when they are hemmed so that they graze the floor, none of this scrunching business, get these things hemmed. The flare style is not for everyone. I tried on jeans that fit my ass perfectly, but the flare looked like I stepped right out of Woodstock. The jeans fit so well that I spent the rest of the day trying to find a pair that fit my bum just as wonderfully. Should I have just embraced my inner hippie and modernized them like the women below? Maybe. But I think the key is to look natural. You’re not wearing flares, you’re wearing a hot outfit. That’s what I love about the shots below, all of these women have a complete, covetable look, so it’s less about the pants and more about the style.
I love the simple, dark rinse flares with the structured blazer and feminine ruffle of a tucked in blouse.
It takes some balls to wear these, and yet pairing them with classic pieces – black blazer, black overcoat – makes it easy.
Leather and flares = easiest, sexiest combination. It’s important to find pants that start to flare at the knee but are fitted in the bum and thighs.
Burgundy cords paired with an aubergine cable sweater is monochromatic, romantic perfection.