You guessed it…more non-skinny jean favorites! Three styles from conservative-to-daring to give your skinny jeans a well-deserved break. And so flattering, they’re further proof that you can have your cake and eat it too!
Slim Boot-Cut: The flare jean’s more subtle cousin, the slim boot-cut barely skims over your shoe. This may be a good reintroduction into a wider-leg jean. Just remember that the length of the pant, should nearly skim the ground.
Flare: With a wider bottom than the slim-boot but not as exagerated as the bell bottoms below, this is an easy middle-ground to try out this trend. As stated in my previous posts, just be sure to highlight your waist and pair with a chunky, elevated shoe.
Bell Bottom: The quintessential ’70’s look; very fitted to the knee with a wide flare falling to the floor. Not for the faint of heart, these jeans are a statement…an awesome one.
Many of these jeans can be found at Bloomingdales – they are currently hosting “Denim Days.” 1 pair is 15% off and 2 or more are 25% off now thru Sunday, March 15th. Time to get your shop on!
Thanks for reading and enjoy a terrific weekend! ~Jenn
As previously posted, flare jeans are back in a major way this spring. However, if you’ve been living in your skinnies for the past several years, you may require a refresher on styling their fabulously-freeing, wider-leg denim cousin. First, remember porportions. Just as you may wear a more slouchy top to contrast a skinny pant, pair a fuller leg with a fitted, tucked, and/or cropped top instead. Highlighting your waist will ensure you get the maximum amount of leg-lengthening benefits from the flare style and will avoid looking sloppy or generally oversized.
Pair a chunky, elevated shoe with a flared pant – this will give you added height (think long legs) and balance the wider proportion of the pant. A dainty shoe may be swallowed but the extra material and a flat would negate the lengthing benefits of the pant. Also, the flare may begin anywhere from the knee down. Therefore, if you hem a flare jean for flats, you may lose much of the flare. And finally, the hem of the jean should nearly graze the ground – almost covering your entire shoe.
Motivated to flare a pair? Please leave a comment and let me know how you are styling your flare jeans.
Thanks for reading! ~Jenn
They’re baaaack… Skinny haters rejoice, the flare jean is HUGE for Spring. As with any trend revival, you may need a reminder (or crash course) on flare jean dressing. I’ve included several tried and true rules to remember when styling this flattering denim style:
1) Dainty shoes be damned. Unlike the skinny jean, flared legs beg for a chunky shoe and the more height, the better. A small shoe can get lost beneath the wider leg opening (and the contrast just doesn’t look right). Likewise, a flat undermines the leg-lenghtening attributes of the flared style. Instead, unearth those wedges or, better-yet, invest in Spring’s hottest shoe trend – the flatform. The height continues the line of the leg and the chunky heel compliments the volume of the pant.
Platforms & Wedges
2) Nip and tuck it. Beware of too much volume on top – it can either be too costume-y (think poncho circa 1970’s) and/or create the illusion of extra bulk. Instead, opt for a more cropped top (this looks especially flattering with a high-waisted pair of jeans) or tuck. Again, the flared leg and higher waist elongates the leg and highlights a small waist.
3) Think length (and fit). The hem of flare jeans should skim the floor – show too much shoe and it can look silly (not-to-mention defeat the leg-lengthing benefits of the cut).
Are you ready for the fresh take on flare jeans? How are you wearing your flares?
Thanks for reading! ~Jenn
Photo credits: The Fashion Tag