Flare jeans are all the rage right now, and while it's a popular cut that tends to rotate in and out of style, it's usually the first thing I get asked about. Most women just aren't sure how to go about wearing them, and they feel they can't pull it off or it doesn't fit their regular style. The great thing is, with just a few tips & tricks you can easily work this current trend into your wardrobe without sacrificing your personal style.
Before we get to the outfit inspiration, here are a few things to keep in mind when wearing flare jeans.
1. Your hem should fall no shorter than 1/4' - 1/2" from the floor.I talked a lot about the proper inseam for jeans in an old Denim Dictionary post, and these rules still apply. Inseam is especially important for flare jeans, because the leg opening is so wide. (On average 20") Since the hem is so important, it may be necessary to have multiple pairs depending on the shoes you plan to wear, ie. flats, heels or platforms. Which brings me to the next rule, what shoes to wear.
2. Choose your shoes wisely.Flares look best with platform heels, wedges, or flats. If you want to wear a single sole shoe, stick to a strappy sandal. Because flare pants generally have a leg opening of 20", you should avoid pointy toe pumps unless they are a platform. This time around I've actually seen a lot of people wearing them this way, but I don't think it's the best look. Here is a round up of some great shoes to wear with flare jeans.
3. Short Girls Can Wear Flare Jeans TooIt's a common misconception that short women can't wear flare jeans, but this is simply not true! With just a few tips & tricks, us vertically challenged women can wear them also :) The great thing about flare jeans is, as long as you stick to the basics of, wearing the right shoes, having the inseam long enough, and making sure your top doesn't cover your crotch, flare jeans will lengthen your leg line & make you look taller!
Now that you know the basic rules, here is some outfit inspiration for you:
If you're feeling retro, you can't go wrong by pairing your flare jeans with a floral blouse and suede platform pumps. Accessorize with gold jewelry & oversize sunglasses and you'll be channeling the 70s in no time.
|1. Jbrand Flare Jeans ($250) 2. Diane Von Furstenberg Floral Blouse ($300) 3. Mulberry Bayswater Tote ($2500) 4. Steve Madden Jillyy ($100) 5. Bauble Bar Cosmos Tiered Necklace ($48) 6. Bauble Bar Scorpio Cuff ($) 7. Kensie Oversized Sunglasses ($68)|
If retro isn't really your thing, that's okay too. While I absolutely love the 70s and can appreciate that style on other people, these days I usually opt for a more modern look. Here I pulled a black & white printed top & added some edgy accessories. You can always keep it simple with a crisp white shirt, structured blazer & a killer pair of strappy sandals.
|1. Jbrand Flare Jeans ($250) 2. Rayban Wayfair Sunglasses ($155) 3. Day Birger et Mikkelsen Satin Trim Blouse ($300) 4. ASOS Helsinki Sandal ($75) 5. Rebecca Minkoff Moto Hobo Bag ($250) 6. Bauble Bar Courtney Bib Necklace ($68)|
One last note. While I've outlined some of the basic styling rules for wearing flare jeans, you'll see examples of breaking these rules all over. Ultimately, the great thing about fashion is - you can really do whatever you want! New trends are created by risk takers. Fashion & style is unique and personal & you should always wear what makes you feel confident & fabulous. If you want to wear short flares that show off your fabulous shoes, then do it! Love the way a pointy toe pumps looks peeking out of your jeans? Then do that! Style is a personal expression, and as long as you keep it polished and put together you'll be radiating that confidence to the world.
Check out some other great (and many less expensive) pieces you can style with your flare jeans: