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It's Time To Add Some Flare To Your Closet

Because skinny jeans are so over.

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To flare or not to flare: in fashion, that has always been the question. In the '60s, bell bottoms were the grooviest jeans ever, but were considered grody just a generation later as the '80s brought on skin-tight leggings and an unfortunate onslaught of MC Hammer pants. Later, we brought back a subtly fanned-out silhouette in the early '00s, re-baptizing the flare as "boot-cut," before throwing all of them out in the same decade in favor of the "more sophisticated" skinny jean. These tapered jeans – and later, jeggings – have reigned supreme for quite some time now. But at long last, the tide is turning, and we're pleased to say that fashion is moving away from the suffocating skinnies and back towards the roomy flare.

If you cringe at how tacky everyone looked in their wide-leg Juicy track suits, don't worry, that's not the kind of trouser we're talking about. This season, it's all about reworking the shape and flaring it your way: whether you're more of a printed pant kind of person or you want to go all-out with a throwback denim bell bottom. If you couldn't get enough of the ruffle trend, there's an extra extravagant pant for you, but if you'd prefer a more subtle bell, boot-cut is back – and after a decade, they could almost pass for vintage.

Old habits may die hard – but it's not 2010 anymore. If you feel like it's time to shelf your skinnies, but don't know which one of this season's statement flares to try, check out our guide to the best of-the-moment takes on the look: 

OG Flared Jeans


This classic denim look has stuck to its roots with bell-bottoms and subtle boot-cut styles, but has also re-invented itself with contemporary details such as frayed hems and two-toned coloring. Rock this style with a button-down shirt tied at the waist or over a bodysuit and finish with a statement shoe to really draw all eyes south. 
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Show Me Your MuMu Berkley Flare Jeans - $146
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Torrid Light Wash Flared Jeans - $54.50
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&Other Stories Bootcut Jeans - $29
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Eloquii Wide Leg High Rise Jeans - $90
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Zara Skinny Fit Flared Jeans - $50
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Nasty Gal By Flare Means or Foul Distressed Jeans - $50
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Sacred Hawk High Waisted Denim Flares With Frayed Hem - $60
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flamenco feels


If you want to have all the fun of a dressing like a flamenco dancer without the fuss of wearing a dress, then ruffled flares are for you. You can go one of two routes when styling these: either go all out and rock them with an equally jazzy top for a head-to-toe look that says "clear the dance floor," or balance out the OTT bottom half of your outfit with a simple graphic tee
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Missguided yellow asymmetric draped ruffle side cigarette pants - $35
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Pretty Little Thing RED ASYMMETRIC FLARE HEM TROUSERS - $26
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Eloquii Studio Cascading Ruffle Pant - $111
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Topshop Mermaid Frill Flare Trousers - $48
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Nasty Gal Play The Game Ruffle Pants - $50
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Boohoo Edie Ruffle Side + Hem Crepe Trousers - $44
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Printed pants


Not only do these subtly fluted pants (some as so loosey-goosey that they err on a palazzo) manage to be chic and comfortable at the same time, they're also ridiculously easy to style for this transitional period. For summer, pair them with a cute smocked crop top, and for fall, switch in a flirty blouse – make sure your top has bell sleeves for a hippie-inspired finish that would make Alessandro Michele proud. 
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Free People Dreamers Pant - $148
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Elvi Floral Print Trousers - $39
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&Other Stories Wide Leg Trousers - $65
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Eloquii Wide Leg Wrap Pant - $90
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&Other Stories Meadow Flare Trousers - $95
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Zara Flared Printed Trousers - $70
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Kick Flares


If you're in the mood for a fun cut that you can still get away with on formal occasions, look no further: kick flares are this season's stylish take on capri pants. For a breezy summer look, wear them with a pair of mules and a Bardot top, but when you're transitioning them into a sleek model-off-duty style for Fashion Week, pull on a pair of Vetements-style sock boots with a deconstructed banker shirt. 
Image: via @nabilahkariem on Instagram 
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Topshop Tassel Hem Kick Flare Trousers - $75
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Zara Cropped Flared Jeans - $50
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Eloquii Ruffle Hem Jeans - $90
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Zara Cropped Trousers With Seam Detail - $50
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ASOS EVIDNT High Waist Two Tone Kick Flares - $95
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Eloquii Ruffle Cropped Pant - $90
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