3 Flared Looks That Will Make You Ditch Your Skinny Jeans

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So long, skinny jeans! After flared pants paraded down the spring runways, slim-cuts are taking a bit of a back seat. The '70s style is about tackling a retro trend, but it also creates more of a dressed-up vibe. If fancy is your style, skip the denim and opt for a solid cotton- or silk-blend pant. No matter what fabric you choose, the flared pant brings a dose of glamour to any look like no other in its category. However, incorporating the style into your wardrobe can be a bit intimidating—abide by these rules and you'll be good to go.

1. You must wear a heel.The exaggerated shape elongates your legs and a heel will take that illusion one step further. Also, a heel will minimize the risk of a bunched up hem.

2. Look for a high waisted silhouette. For the most flattering fit, you want to find a high-waist cut. A pant that sits higher on the hips will further the leg-lengthening affect and give you a curvy silhouette. To define your waist even more, add a belt.

3. Perfect the hem. It's all about the hem. Opt for a pair with a slightly longer length than the rest of the pants in your closet. Remember, you're wearing heels!

To show you that flares can work for every occasion, we created these looks to help you navigate the trend. Keep scrolling to shop the pieces.

The Occasion: Work


Professional meets playful with this look. Add a blazer to create a suit set and play with architectural shapes, like an asymmetrical top and d'Orsday pumps.

Shop it: Topshop blazer, $95, topshop.com; Whistles top, $160, whistles.com; Michael Michael Kors pants, $330, farfetch.com; Zara pump, $80, zara.com; Madewell pouch, $60, madewell.com; Jennifer Fisher earrings, $360, jenniferfisherjewerly.com.

The Occasion: Weekend


Here comes the '70s vibe. For an extra dose of retro, add a wide-brim hat and a marble-accented pendant necklace. To give it an offbeat edge, layer with a waistcoat, which is an incredibly modern piece.

Shop it: Witchery waistcoat, $250, witchery.com; Uniqlo turtleneck, $15, uniqlo.com; H&M necklace, $13, hm.com; Paige jeans, $374, mytheresa.com; Loeffler Randall, $395, loefflerrandall.com; Forever 21 hat, $15, forever21.com; Tory Burch shoes, $210, toryburch.com.

The Occasion: Evening


I know what you're thinking: a classic button down for evening? Wear it under a tailored crop top and leave the bottom buttons undone for a subtly sexy look. Plus, nothing is as cocktail hour-ready than this shoe.

Shop it: Joe Fresh shirt, $39, joefresh.com; Tibi crop top, $298, tibi.com; Diane von Furstrenberg pants, $330, net-a-porter.com; Ca & Lou ear jackets, $345, shopbop.com; Forever 21 crossbody bag, $23, forever21.com; Topshop shoes, $150, topshop.com.

For more flared denim styles, try a few of our favorites:• NYDJ's Farrah Flare, $110, nydj.com.• J Brand's 2387 Tailored High-Rise Flare, $198, jbrand.com.• AG Jeans The Belle, $175, agjeans.com.

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