Charlie Byrne | Fashion Editor | Saturday, 6 December 2014

Let These Super Stylish Girls Convince You To Wear Flares For The First Time Since The Noughties

The Debrief: BYE BYE SKINNY JEANS? THIS SEASON'S FASHION HAS PLENTY OF FLARE

It's official, flares are the coolest trouser to be seen in right now - we're crushing on model Freja Beha Erichsen's January Vogue cover, where she is sporting a Gucci denim pair. How much do we wish we had her laid back hippie-come-boho vibe? Quite a lot. The AW14 catwalks kicked off the trend, where seventies styles were rife, with the odd nod to the next decade here and there, but it was the SS15 runways that cemented the trend - next spring it's going to be all about folding up your skinnies and cracking out a pair of big bottomed beauties. 

Not sure they're for you? Let our roundup of Instagram and fashion blogger babes show you how to wear the flare without any scare. 

Choose A Skinny Woolen Flare 

 

These marled grey flares don't scream volume thanks to their skinny cut and low flare just at the ankle. If you're addicted to your skinnies, this shape would be a good place to start. Paired with a slouchy minimalist knit, they also avoid the fancy dress trap of looking like you're an extra from That Seventies Show. Want these? Zara have some very similar. 

Keep Them Pure And Simple, But Don't Immitate SClub In Your Look In Any Other Way

 

Yes, we still rememeber Rachel from S Club's boot cuts, and yes it still makes us cringe. But make like Leandra and we promise you can pull off denim flares. The simplicity of this outfit is what makes it so striking. We love the mid blue denim with light bleaching - such a seventies vibe. The oversized coat detracts from the flare of the trousers, almost playing them down. If an androgynous wool coat is too masculine for your style, try a loose trench coat instead, and tie the belt behind your back to keep a lean silhouette.

Rock Flares To Heat Up A Night Out

 

We're obsessed with this look - it's a bit Christina Aguilera crossed with Alexa Chung crossed Jerry Hall. With that combo you can't fail. For evening outfits, we recommend keeping to darker shades like this indigo denim and off the shoulder tops are bang on trend for AW14. Ps. A fire estinguisher is handy incase you look too smoking! 

Just Cause It's Hidden, Don't Forget Your Footwear

 

These white pointed boots add a whole other level of cool to the denim flares - if you're going to wear eye catching trousers then you want to make sure whatever is sitting just below them is just as stylish. Avoid colourful platforms unless you know exactly what you're doing - it can be easy to turn into a Scooby Doo character without realising. And don't let your denim drag - fraying isn't cool unless it's Marques Almeida

Tailor You Look To Suit You

 

This neat sleeveless blazer looks awesome when worn with some seriously kicked out flares. Beware if you're not long of leg, as the mid length gilet and voluminous cuffs generally require a bit of height to keep the look sleek. If you are shorter, try a cropped leather jacket instead. 

Dare To Flare And Go All Out With Prints

 

Now, if you're not one to do anything by halves, then find yourself a printed pair of flares - you're probably best scouring your local charity and vintage shops for authentic looking patterns. Wear them with modern pieces up top to balance out the retro vibe, such as a sports-luxe sweatshirt, and metallic accessories. 

Good Flares To Buy Now: 

Printed flares, £28, ASOS, black cropped flares, £65, Urban Outfitters, light blue flares, £128, Paige, mid rise pale flares, £250, J Brand, black flares, £165, MIH

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