Flare Do’s

Flare Do’s

Okay… I can ignore it no longer –

flares are EVERYWHERE this spring.













Published - 08 March 2011

Flare Do’s

Okay… I can ignore it no longer –

flares are EVERYWHERE this spring.

Thanks to the 70′s trend (more on that one later on) that’s well and truly upon us, flared denim is having a moment. For the likes of Kate Moss and Rachel Zoe, it never really stopped having a moment. I love watching La Zoe flap about on her show in her “Tranny shoes” as she calls them, flares and furs – she truly is queen of 70′s luxe chic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last time I remember wearing them, apart from ahem… the very first time, was when I was about thirty two. There was a bit of resurgence then and I had a dark denim pair from H&M that I wore with a top that bore a strong resemblance to a Missoni knit. Whilst it wasn’t the real deal I still thought it was fab. Well, at least until one of my best friends asked to borrow the entire outfit… for a fancy dress party!

I fully admit to being a little flare shy – you can possibly understand why given the aforementioned fancy dress incident, but I’m thinking about giving it a whirl again. There won’t be any overt 70′s styling for me – I think I’d have to dial it down a little in order to get away with it but I’m really attracted to the fact that they flatter pretty much every body shape.

 

 

Denim expert Donna Ida who I’m going up to London to meet with soon, says:

“The most flattering flares will sit very firmly around the waist and bottom and the very top of the thigh and then widen quite dramatically to the floor. The leg opening should be anywhere between 22” and 30”. If you have the height, flares can be worn with flats but they look best with chunky wedges or heels. Hems should always just clear the ground.”

 

 

These J Brand Kiki’s are my personal favourite. The blue is perfect and I really like the shading on the thighs. The key words for me here are High Rise – learn and commit to memory if you’re after a really flattering fit.

 

 

Take yourself right back to the 70′s with these fashion forward kick flares in a pale blue denim wash. I love MiH Jeans – I have a pair in a boyfriend cut that I bought last summer and wear them constantly.

 

 

Perfect for smart evening wear these Goldsign Sissi flares in a dark Creator wash are also high rise. A really wearable interpretation of a trend that at the beginning of this post, I admitted to being a little scared of and now think I’m coming around to.

Maybe I’ll try a pair on when I go and test out Donna’s legendary jean fitting service in store… I will of course, report back in full!

 

Image Credits: Zimbio, Denimology, Harpers Bazaar 


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