It’s hard to avoid the ongoing debate between skinny versus wide-leg jeans. And yet, we see no reason to choose sides when a denim collection can be well rounded with various silhouette and fit options. That is why it may be worth considering a trend that falls somewhere in the middle by way of retro flare jeans.
While flares do come packed with ’60s and ’70s references—some will have fond memories of the trend’s ‘90s return as well— today, the wide-legged jean shape doesn’t necessarily give off an overtly flower-child or disco aesthetic. Instead, their slight bell shape provides a unique and playful detail to your favorite outfits, including something as classic as jeans and a T-shirt. There’s also the option of the cropped mini flare for a more modern approach that complements everything from sneakers to your most strappy party heels. Ahead, peruse 10 flare outfits that have a hint of nostalgia but are undeniably trendy now.
Cleanse The Palette
If you’re hesitant to try bolder color trends, begin with a neutral color palette. We like this minimal cropped-pant-and-bodysuit look, complete with a pair of plush slides.
Daytime Outfit with a Boyfriend Coat
Give a subtle wink to the flare jean’s past with a sweet daisy-printed top and some chunky, wooden-heel sandals.
Reference The Greats
The image of Farah Fawcett skateboarding in flare jeans and a red sweatshirt will forever be iconic. Copying it head-to-toe may seem a bit costumey, but we’re all for creating an inspired version with a cardigan and coordinating low-top sneakers.
Balance The Bold
Should you choose an extra-wide version of flare jeans, let them shine with more pared-back styling, including a sleek tank and simple, gold accessories.
Keep It Polished
The addition of a cream blazer and strappy heel make this flares ensemble extremely versatile. Pair it with a button-down for a professional meeting, or layer over a cropped top for an after-hours event.
Tuck a Western-style boot right under your flared leg and pair it with a sweet white lace top. The outfit is classic and versatile for nearly any occasion.
Embrace The Disco
We couldn’t leave out an ensemble with shimmery details and statement sunnies. They’re practically made for wide-flare jeans, after all.
The shape of the denim perfectly mirrors the slight peplum of this lovely gathered top. Pull it all together with bright heels for your next night out.
Keep It Beachy
Choose a wide-leg pair of jeans for your next beach or pool-side gathering. The relaxed fit keeps things breezy and comfortable, as opposed to anything too skin-tight.
Add Some Height
No matter your height, you may want to add a tiny lift if you’re wearing flares so that they don’t drag on the floor and overpower the entire line of your leg. We prefer to do so by way of these thin-strapped, flatform sandals reminiscent of ’90s footwear.