Saturday, March 12, 2011

Spring Wardrobe: Flare Jeans

(Note on Frocking Fridays: I've been frocking but not taking time to get pics.  When I get unlazy, I'll post more outfits, I swear.)

Dust off those bell bottoms and flares, ladies.  Word on the street is that flares are in and skinnies are out for Spring. 

I'm not a huge fan of only sporting one type of jean at a time, and the reality is that unless you particularly love flares, these probably aren't a great investment for you. 

I AM a huge fan of trying styles you've never tried before.  So if you've been clinging to your straight legs and boot cuts for dear life, do yourself a favor and check these out before you dismiss them.

A few notes on wearing flares:

1. The wider the leg, the more substantial the shoe should be.  You need something to balance the volume of the leg.  This is why so many stores and sites are showing flares with heavy wooden platforms, wedges, and clogs.  I hate clogs, but a platform or wedge will work well.  A delicate, strappy sandal or flat will be overwhelmed by the pant leg.



2. The wider the leg, the more costume-y you risk looking.  This means you should avoid pairing them with your 70s-style peasant blouses and hippie bags. Keep volume in check by belting flowy tops or stick to tops with more structure.  Use a more modern bag shape, like a structured tote or clutch.

Nay, nay, nay:

3. Proper length is key.  These jeans cannot be too short (will look absolutely ridiculous) or too long (too much volume will look like your foot has been swallowed).

Are you freaking kidding me?!:

4. As usual, avoid too many trends at once.  White flares, or those with embellishment (rhinestones, distressing, whiskering, etc.), should be avoided at all costs. A dark rinse or mid-color rinse is perfect for flares.

A thousand times nay:

Some good options:

True Religion ($172): (the flare is subtle; this is not a bell bottom)

Bird By Juicy Couture ($228): (the wider leg overall helps balance the exaggerated flare at the bottom)


Habitual ($185): (a sleeker, dressier pair with trouser details)

CJ by Cookie Johnson ($177): (a "true blue" rinse perfect for weekends, and a higher rise)

Gap Jeans ($69.50): (a less expensive way to try the trend)

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