favor-“ette”: flared jeans (and how to wear them)

March 31st, 2015

Some interesting conversations took place after my recent “Crushed/Crushing” post – specifically regarding the flared jeans.

Opinions ranged from “SO glad they’re back!”, to “I never got rid of my flares and never will!”, to “How does a woman with normal-length legs wear these jeans without looking like a clown?”.

I’m here to help.

As I mentioned, I have seen several reincarnations of the flared leg. And while my wardrobe certainly has its share of straight leg – and even skinny – jeans, there are always a good 2-3 pairs of flares in rotation. And being a “normal” sized woman I can tell you that they are THE most flattering cut you can wear. The trick is in the proportions – you want to balance things out so that you don’t look overwhelmed by your clothing.

Here are some tips for “wearing your flares” – and some pictures that illustrate their versatility (and overall grooviness):

  • If you’re a “beginner”, go with a modified cut – that is, a slim or straight thigh that flares out below the knee. It is easier to style jeans like this as the top half is closer to the jeans you already own. Here’s a great example of a jean that’s fitted through the thigh, flaring below.
  • The length of your top should hit no lower than your hips. A hip-length tee or sweater, boho style peasant blouse or popover style work  best.
  • That said, a looser or longer style can work too – if you tuck it in (either a half-tuck or all the way).
  • While there’s no question that flared jeans worn with heels will make your legs look miles-long, this is just not a practical option for many of us. Fear not – you CAN wear flats with your flares! Just be sure to get your jeans tailored so that they’re not dragging on the floor – and then feel free to break out your sneakers, Birks or sandals!

And here are a dozen looks to inspire you!

With the top tucked-in:

how to wear flared jeans

image credit: Kendi Every Day

how to wear flared jeans

image credit: Glam Radar

how to wear flared jeans

image credit: Who What Wear

Or worn out:

how to wear flared jeans

image credit: Pinterest

how to wear flared jeans

image credit: People and Styles

how to wear flared jeans

image credit: What I Wore

With a long or loose top:

how to wear flared jeans

image credit: Who What Wear

how to wear flared jeans

image credit: Anthropologie

how to wear flared jeans

image credit: Madewell

With flats or sneakers:

how to wear flared jeans

image credit: Harper’s Bazaar

how to wear flared jeans

image credit: Coastal Style

how to wear flared jeans

image credit: Zara

So what do you think? Do you wear flares? If not, would you consider? Which is your favorite look (I LOVE the denim on denim)?

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