If you follow me on social media, then you know that I was recently in New York. I was invited out by Lane Bryant for a blogger discussion. More on that to come later. But, during this meeting I had a chance to sit at a table with LB President and CEO Linda Heasley. We talked about a lot of things, including a discussion about styling flare jeans. Funny thing was, I actually had a post drafted before I left for this trip. This was just a sign that I had to follow through and write about the latest denim trend.
So, it seems that some people are either loving and embracing this trend (like me) or totally not sure if it’s one for them. In my previous post, I rocked some really cute flare jeans with a crocheted top from Simply Be. And I’m not going to lie, I wore the hell out of them in the 90’s. They are definitely a favorite of mine and I feel like it’s a silhouette that anyone can wear if they want.
What are flare jeans?
I do want to differentiate between a flare, wide leg, and bootcut jeans. In my opinion, a flare silhouette is more fitted from the top of the thigh and opening up drastically from the calf towards the ankle. A wide leg will be wide from the thigh all the way to the ankle. And a bootcut is a relaxed fit throughout the leg with a wider opening at the ankle (initially to accommodate a pair of your favorite boots).
As you see, I found three pairs of flare jeans that really caught my eye. I also found some pieces that I’d use to style with them. I’m definitely going for more of a boho theme here if you can’t tell. Just so you know, flare jeans come in a range of washes and prices. I’d suggest shopping for them at your favorite denim brands first. Especially, if you swear by the fit of that brand.
What top should I wear?
When choosing a top for flare jeans, there are three I’m going to lean towards. The first is a vintage-inspired t-shirt, like this Varsity Vixen Colorblock Ragalan Tee from Living Doll. I can already see me wearing my favorite pair of Converse with this look. Or maybe a fitted top like this ASOS CURVE Body with Deep Plunge and Lace Up is more your thing—just add a belt. But, more than likely, I’m going to go for a flowy top like this City Chic Arizona Faux Wrap Top . I’d also consider a crop top or a tank top paired with a vest or a duster. Remember, this is how I’d style these jeans. Always lean towards your own personal style when picking out what to wear.
How do I accessorize?
Oh how I love my accessories! Seriously…this is how I pull together my favorite looks. And of course, since I’m in a total boho mood right now, this is the route I’m going.
When finding a shoe to wear with flare jeans, I’m always going straight to an ankle boot. High heels, flats, and sandals are totally OK too. Just keep in mind the length of the jean and the look you’re trying to achieve. I like to keep the bottom of the jean barely sweeping the floor. So, I go for something without much of a heel. And we know that shoes aren’t the only accessories to consider. Check out a wool fedora hat, a fringe bag or even boho-centric jewelry to round out your look.