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How to Wear Flare Jeans, a Street-Style Guide

Skinny jeans and leggings have dominated the fashion and music scenes for over a decade. But just as the pendulum swings, so does the pant leg. Volume was bound to bounce back on denim hems. Flare jeans at Fashion WeekIn recent seasons, we’ve been noticing an abundance of flare jeans on the streets of the world’s most fashionable cities. Here are some of our favorite looks, along with shopping and styling tips.

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Wear flares with a boxy, cropped jacket.

Box cropped jacket with flares A dark rinse can help elongate through the thighs. Wider pant hems, too, play with proportion below while a boxier jacket cut at the hip draws attention to a tapered midsection. A sweet kitten heel can finish your look with a sleek line.

Wear flares with a colorful tunic.

flares_tunic_201601It may seem counterintuitive, but flowing length in a wide-leg paired with volume can create the illusion of height, as shown on these petite style stars. Something feminine, though not necessarily floral, gives the appearance of a dress but with all the perks of pants. Finish the look with a platform pump to make those long lines really go the distance.

Wear flares that match your top.
Flares with matching topsA monotone outfit needn’t be boring if you accessorize with a bit of flair. A pop of color at the neckline or on a funky clutch is all the oomph required for these neat-as-a-pin getups. Keep your matching top tailored to give your shape some chic definition. A chunky boot creates a streamlined foundation for this solid look.

Wear flares with a hip-length shirt or jacket to create a casual look. 

Flares worn casually

A jaunty shirt or jacket with a pair of flares is the perfect weekend outfit—says us. But you’ll agree once you slip into a soft pair of jeans and a colorful tee. Keep it playful with color and some graphic elements to highlight the pant’s ’60s-inspired silhouette.

Wear flares with a belted jacket. 
Flares with a belted jacketCinch your waist with a belt. This trench vest creates an elegant shape that accentuates your curves while remaining appropriate for any occasion. Similarly colored pieces on top lengthen your silhouette, creating a balance to the flare down below. Even hip-hitting jackets can be belted to provide shape to an otherwise bulky overcoat.

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—Britt Olson