Trend Alert: Are Flare Jeans Coming Back?
Posted 3 years ago by Amanda Raye
Victoria Beckham was recently spotted wearing dark wash bootcut jeans. Believe it or not, she rocked them!
Flare and bootcut jeans have been taking a vacation in our bottom drawer for about five years now — that’s a long time! Since then, skinny jeans have really stepped up to the plate, becoming our our go-to pair. Not only do skinnies flatter most figures, they actually highlight the awesome shoes we wear, while flares have always hidden our rockin’ heels and adorable flats.
So is it okay for them to come back? I think this resurge is all on us! Are we going to follow in Victoria Beckham and Katie Holmes’s footsteps? Or are we going to keep that pair of flares under our beds for a few more seasons?
Does age have anything to do with it?
Flare and bootcut jeans have never permanently left the closets of Katie Holmes (33), Jennifer Aniston (43) or Victoria (37). In the fashion world, this suggests that the 30+ crowd can rock them, while the 15-30 crowd can’t. That said, Disney star Vanessa Hudgens hasn’t really stopped wearing flare jeans either.
What do you Like More?
Katie in flare jeans or skinny jeans?
Vanessa in flare jeans or skinny jeans?
A guy friend of mine, who recently turned 21, told his mom she was wearing “out dated” jeans. An e-mail session began:
They are not waaay flared, just medium. I just bought them from Banana Republic and love the way they fit. Am I wearing OUTDATED jeans?
My response? No! It can take years to find that perfect pair that fits you in all the right places. If you love how your jeans fit, wear them!
In NY, the fashion capital of the world, I’ve made an effort to pay more attention to what people were wearing these past few days. So far, I haven’t noticed anyone wearing jeans other than the skinny variety…except for tourists. But the thing is, they didn’t just wear a cute outfit that happened to include flares. It was awful. Picture flare jeans, running sneakers, an “I ♥ NY” t-shirt and an LL Bean backpack.
To flare or not to flare is a messy question, and really doesn’t have one solid answer; it just has rules. If you never really gave up your flare/bootcut jeans, then it’s time. Stop at your local Forever 21 or Old Navy and snag a pair of affordable skinnies. If you’ve been wearing skinnies, then don’t be afraid to play around with other types of jeans: bootcut, flares, boyfriend, wide leg, high waisted. Just have fun and mix it up like Katie and Vanessa! Keep in mind that fashion is always repeating itself.
1. Stick to the dark wash variety.
2. Wear bootcut jeans — avoid the flare’s for a little while longer.
3. Always wear some sort of heel with them. Flats and sneakers will give you a 1999 look.
4. Try and wear a dressier top. If you’re in a t-shirt mood just accessorize with a statement necklace and a blazer.
What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!Comment