Everyone remembers the bell-bottoms of the sixties, the flared pants of the seventies, and most recently the ultra-low rise belly baring jeans of the late nineties (thanks Britney). And whether you loved them or hated them, based on the latest denim to hit the stores this spring, flares are back in a big way.
While it is unfortunately easy to look like a refugee from decades past in flares, the fact remains that they are quite flattering. The extra volume at the bottom should balance out your figure nicely, and wearing them with wedges or platforms can give shorties some much-needed extra height in a way that appears natural.
Choosing the right pair of flares is what helps to keep the look modern. Avoid tons of distressing, patches and anything extremely low-rise. Something like the MiH Marrakesh Kick Flare Jean fits the bill â€” the sleek dark wash, higher waist line, and simple detailing could go from day to evening with ease. A less expensive alternative is these See Thru Soul stretch denim trouser-styled flare jeans from Nordstrom.
White jeans are also another popular trend for spring 2011, and combining them with the flared look can be chic, depending on what you pair them with. A pair like these Seven For All Mankind slim trouser jeans combined with a flowy top like this Dex blue striped number and nude wedges like the Ralph Lauren Nailah sandal is crisp and chic. In fact, wedges in general work well with flared jeans; these Steve Maddens could provide a bit of subtle seventies style, or go contemporary appeal with these DKNY nubuck wedges.
At the end of the day, however you show your flare, just make sure you avoid the baby tee and low riders look â€” but of course, our readers are far too fashionable for that to ever happen!
1. MiH Jeans Marrakesh Kick Flare Jeans $259.99
2. See Thru Soul Flare Leg Denim Trousers (Dark Wash) (Juniors) $48
3. 7 For All Mankind Slim Trouser Jeans $158
4. Dex Striped Top $70
5. Lauren Ralph Lauren Women’s Nailah Wedge Sandal $68.60
6. Steve Madden Women’s Turnpyke Wedge Sandal $89.95
7. DKNY Margaret Nubuck Wedge Sandals $140
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