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If you’re balking at the mere thought of wearing flare jeans – let me reassure you that I too was once sceptical. I have long loved the look of flare jeans on other people (gorgeous Lucy included) yet failed to find a pair or way of wearing them which worked for me.
And trust me, I put in the legwork and online returns to try.
Today I am sharing my 3 Step Guide To Wearing Flare Jeans. An easy set of rules to work with if you too are thinking of debuting a flare jean.
My 3 Step Guide To Wearing Flare Jeans
1 – Search until you find flare jeans you ADORE
Flare jeans have to be perfect.
Not ‘so so’, or ‘they’ll do’ . . . they need to be a freakishly perfect fit for you.
For me, a great pair of flare jeans has to be a high-rise waist, dark denim or black, tight through the thigh and kick out from the middle of the knee downwards. I’ve tried many a variety of flare jean, and this exact recipe works for me. In truth, I feel it would work for most people as the proportions are generally flattering.
I finally found THE pair of flare jeans which set my heart on fire, by Frame Denim in the Net-A-Porter sale. They are truly the best-fitting jeans I own in my wardrobe and well worth the splurge.
If you’re currently on the hunt, I’ve rounded up a few great styles below. If you’re not quite ready to commit to the Frame Denim price tag, I would snap up this Karen Millen pair in the sale pronto.
2 – A loosely-fitted top is your perfect partner
A loosely-fitted top is the ideal accompaniment to flare jeans. Perhaps it’s something to do with the 70s vibe that wearing flares inevitably elicits. A slightly loose top just works.
To keep things modern, try a silk or chambray shirt.
A camisole or cotton tee can work too when worn half tucked-in. I’m not always the most skilled person at the ‘half tuck’ so I have stuck to a silk shirt for the moment.
As Autumn/Winter approaches, I can’t wait to try an oversized jumper too. There’s something about the proportions of the flare trousers and a snuggly knit that just look so warm and autumnal.
3 – Wear heels
This is just a non-negotiable where flare jeans are concerned.
Due to the cut of the jeans, they are made to elongate the silhouette of your legs, which means there is almost always extra fabric at the bottom of your flares. And if there isn’t, they’re not going to be nearly as flattering.
Good news – your heels will be covered by your jeans so you can wear your very favourite comfy pair and no-one will know if they have an ugly wedge.
Some articles suggest wearing a block heel or wedge only with flares as it reduces the risk of piercing the fabric with your heel. Personally I wore my favourite comfortable heeled sandals and they worked fine.
As for the open-toe/closed-toe debate . . . right now it’s just too hot to wear boots. I’m wearing heeled sandals with my flares right now, and in the winter I’ll swap in a pointed boot.
Are you guys convinced on flare jeans just yet? If so, how have you handled the styling situation?
Love, Monica x