So, the flare is back. Typically, I sent my favourite flares off to the recycling clothes bank last year after having a ruthless clear out of my wardrobe. Those, along with some flared black trousers, are the only things I miss – especially now that the 70s are in again…. Gah!
Anyway, Oasis kindly came to the rescue with these Eva slim bootcut jeans. Now, I adore a flare but a bootcut is a much easier way to wear the trend – just make sure the thigh is slim cut so that the bootcut is prominent.
Lots of women think that flares are not for them – one follower on Instagram said she couldn’t wear them because she thinks she is too short – but you just have to find the right ones for your frame. Like I said, a bootcut is easier to wear than a really wide flare and generally speaking, suits everyone. If you’re short, make sure the flare doesn’t start too near to the knee, whereas tall women can get away with a really wide flare. The key is to keep the upper part of the jean narrow, which slims and elongates the leg. A high waist works well with flares (again, elongating the leg), and try to choose rear pockets that are placed higher up the bum to give the illusion of lift and longer legs. Frankly, don’t wear flares with flats – always choose a heel, however small, and a wedge, platform or stacked heel is best. Choose neutral tones or bright colours with open toes, or even a pointed toe for a more modern look (try to avoid round toe).
I’ve demonstrated four ways to wear the flare above. From left to right: nautical, 70s, weekend, and classic. I’ll be sharing each look individually on the blog this week to give my thoughts on how to get each look. Which one’s your favourite? Will you swap your skinnies for flares this summer?
Image: Kris Miller