Ditch the Skinnies: Flare Jeans are Back and Here to Stay

Flare jeans are making a big comeback this fall.
Flare jeans are making a big comeback this fall.

Say goodbye to your skinny jeans! That’s right, ever since flare jeans swept the spring runways earlier this year, slim cuts are taking a break.

This 70s style is about the retro vibe, but also gives off a more “dressier” look too. Whatever it may be, just know that the big opening is here to stay.

It can be difficult to incorporate this look into your wardrobe after so many years of rocking the skinny trend, so here are some tips on how to do so.

Heels:

Ladies, heels and/or wedges are a must-have for this trend. The flare already gives the illusion of mile-long legs, the heel will only help that. Also, wearing a heel will eliminate stepping on the extra fabric.

Length:

This can be tricky – you do not want them to be too long, but also not too short. Keep in mind you should be wearing heels with them and they should hit right in the middle of the heel. The length should not be dragging on the ground but it also shouldn’t be so short that you can see the entire shoe itself.

Length does matter when it comes to flare jeans.
Length does matter when it comes to flare jeans.

High-waisted:

Mixing trends like high-waisted and flare jeans, it’s impossible to get this one wrong. Wearing high-waisted pants can be intimidating sometimes, but it will flatter your body like no other. High-waisted looks make your mid-section appear smaller, while the flare makes your legs look longer and slimmer. Why wouldn’t you want to look five pounds lighter?

Flare jeans are universally flattering for all body shapes.
Flare jeans are universally flattering for all body shapes.

Belt It:

Adding a belt to flare jeans makes the outfit have more structure to the flowing bottom half. It is simple yet gives a staple, streamlined appearance. Tuck in or half tuck an oversized shirt to get that vintage 70s style.

Fitted Tops:

When wearing flare jeans, it is important to keep in mind that your top choice should be more fitted. Wearing tops that are loose and baggy will only give off an appearance you do not want: big and bulky.

I love this trend, and I think it is going to be here to stay. Being only 5’ tall myself, I think that flare jeans flatter absolutely everyone. Whether you want to make your legs look leaner and slimmer, add height, or even make yourself look thinner, flare jeans will do the trick.

Alyssa Blankenship, '18

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