Flared jeans are officially back on the high street and I’m ecstatic because in my mind they never really left. I’ll admit that some of the styles filling the racks make me cringe a little with flashbacks to my college years where we all strutted about in our uber-low hipster Sass & Bides with the hems tattered from dragging along the ground around our Vans – but mostly this season the brands I love are producing far more sophisticated versions that are more reminiscent of 70s chic… and there’s no bum-crack in sight!
If you’re like me, and was a ‘super-flare’ devotee the last time they were in all the stores, you might be freaking out a little at how you can adopt them without feeling or looking like you’re wardrobe is actually just 10-15 years out of date. Hence the reason why, despite flares having been around for a few seasons now, I’m only just ready to fall back in love – the cuts and styling being used this season have at last convinced me (if not the boyfriend…)
Here’s my take on how to buy and style your new babies…
1. Get Waisted
The best styles at the moment have a flattering high waist and are cut slim all the way down the thigh to balance out the bell-bottom.
2. Take it easy
Keep it relaxed with an airy printed blouse. Keep it longer at the back with a loose tuck at the front.
3. Double Up
Double your denim with a shirt in a lighter shade. Keep it fresh with tan leather accessories.
4. Go to the Dark Side
Dark shades of blue will keep the look streamlined and sophisticated if you’re not wanting to look like you live in a yurt (which somedays, I do…). They’re also more easily dressed up or down.
5. Loosen Up
Just because they’re high-waisted doesn’t mean you need to tuck yourself in. In winter wear a loose cosy knit, or in summer channel your inner artist with a long, batwing blouse.
6. Be a shoe-in
My absolute deal breaker or maker when it comes to buying flares is the length, and too long is always better than too short. Your flare should glide smoothly to the ground and cover most of your shoe – experiment with heel heights and toes to make it work. If your hem bunches around your shoes, get a higher heel; if it sits more than a centimetre or two above your shoe heel, find something flatter. If it sits more than a centimetre above your actual heel – burn them.
Here are a few of my favourite flare styles this season (I’ve worn them all and these are the ones I’ve found tick all the boxes)!