Flares make a comeback: will you be wearing them?

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For a long time now we’ve been bemoaning the status of the skinny jean as the ONLY choice in denim at the moment (even those of us who love them can see that a little bit of variety wouldn’t hurt every now and then), so when we heard that flares were destined to be one of the big looks of this winter, we knew right away that some of you would be ripping your skinnies off and dancing in the streets with gay abandon. Which is actually a kind of weird mental image, so moving on…

The return of the flare is, of course, part of the 70s revival that’s currently hitting the fashion world, and it doesn’t apply only to denim: we’ve spotted flared pants in almost all fabrics out there in the retail world over the past couple of weeks, and now we’re wondering what you all think of them?

On the plus side, flares make your thighs look slimmer (let’s face it, anything would look slim next to a giant bellbottom), are one of the least offensive of the 70s trends, and can look pretty cute with a tailored jacket and one of those big floppy hats. On the minus side, though, they can also make you a perfect target for the Foot Snatcher, and all that material flapping around the ankles could feel kinda weird after years of skinnies.

What’s the verdict, then? Do you say YAY or NAY to the return of flares? You’ll find some celebrity flare-wearers under the jump to help you decide…

Nicole Richie

 

Katie Holmes

 

Kate Moss

37 Comments

  • October 13, 2010

    maddy

    i like flare jeans and i have them in my wardrobe. it`s true that i mostly wear skinny jeans but when i want to wear a sports shoe i wear flares or boot-cut jeans because skinny+sport shoes look weird.

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  • October 13, 2010

    Rebecca

    I have never ever worn skinny jeans, because they have never suited me- it’s always been bootcut jeans. Even now that I’ve lost a lot of weight, I still wear a levis slim bootcut. So I am pretty okay about the flared jeans- if we’re going to have an extreme in either direction I prefer flares to super-skinnies.

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  • October 13, 2010

    Emily

    NO NO NO! These are suited only for tall, skinny women. But mostly, they are kind of awful.

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  • October 13, 2010

    b.

    Yay. I hate skinnies.

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  • October 13, 2010

    Katie

    No. Dear God, no. I despise flares. They hide my shoes, they look awful on short little me, and they remind me of elementary school. I’ll be stocking up on skinnies, thank you very much.

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  • October 13, 2010

    Emily

    I don’t like them at all. I’ll stick to bootcut.

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  • October 13, 2010

    Serinde

    i still have my flares from the 2003 revival. actually i wore them today, they’re blue/purple shot and are light enough for a warm spring day, or even summer evenings

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  • October 13, 2010

    Moni

    I don’t like them either. Maybe it’s because I am a child of the 70s and have seen them in living colour (and those colours were garish, let me tell you!) the first time around…
    Anyway I would not wear them. Ever. Regardless of the colour or fabric.
    Bootcut is okay, though.

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  • October 13, 2010

    drea

    I started to wear skinnies about 5 years ago and chucked out my horrible boot-cut jeans, (mainly because I was 12 and my mum started being a bit more relaxed on clothes)
    I don’t care about fashion trends and I don’t care about whether they suit me, skinnies are comfortable and I just have a thing for tight clothes. I had flare type school trousers and I hate them with a passion, with their stupidly big bottoms and drafty-ness.

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    • October 26, 2010

      Leigh

      Your comment brings back memories of being in the exact opposite position when I was that age, which was…well, a few more years ago than that, lol. The thing to do was to cut the sides of your (in my case, hand-me-down and tragically tapered) jeans and sew in a triangle of fabric to make them into flares. I still have never bought a pair of skinny jeans because my inner middle-schooler screams “Nooooo!” at the thought.

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  • October 13, 2010

    Rouquine

    I stopeed wearing skinnies for several months, already, because my calves couldn’t bear it anymore, they suffocated in them. So yeah, I’m glad flares are back, even though I barely wear jeans anymore, I’m a fan of the tunic+leggings combo.

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  • October 13, 2010

    soe_the_arts

    i rarely wore skinny jeans, cos it makes my bum looks 3 times bigger than its actual size! So, bootcut would always works well. Flare is too much for me….

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  • October 13, 2010

    ScientistLizzy

    I love my shoes, so why would I want to hide them under so much denim? I much prefer my skinnies, so I can show off my shoes to their best advantage :).

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  • October 13, 2010

    Jaynie

    Skinny jeans always gave me the impression I was a very short person walking on stilts (IOW: They make my legs look ridiculous). I have, in the past, worn superflares that definitely hid my shoes, but I don’t think normal flares of a proper cut have to (although the ones in the pictures mostly do. I prefer them, anyway, but then I’m always been a bit of a 70s fangirl.

    I just don’t understand why they can’t all be in fashion at once? They’re just jeans! Surely it would be better to have something to suit everybody?

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    • October 13, 2010

      Cristina

      >> I just don’t understand why they can’t all be in fashion at once? They’re just jeans! Surely it would be better to have something to suit everybody?>>

      Took the words right out of my mouth!

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    • October 14, 2010

      Roxy

      I AGREE! i own several pairs of skinny jeans, and a very nice pair of bootcut jeans, because they look good on my body shape.
      Different people have different styles!

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  • October 13, 2010

    Kate

    I think I’d sooner wear flares than skinnies (I don’t own a single pair of skinnies, still). But my forever allegiance is to simple straight-leg boot-cuts. Nice ‘n easy. No fuss. 🙂

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  • October 13, 2010

    Mara Lima

    Yes!!! Yeeeeeeeeeeeessssss!!!
    I’m really tall, and my tighs are huge – so I simply cant wear skinnies! Its great to know that I’ll finally get jeans that look good on me!

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  • October 13, 2010

    annet

    i don’t really care for flares, but i have been wearing wide high-waisted pants (tight in the waist and start to flare at the widest part of the hips) and i wouldn’t go back to skinnies anymore. they are super comfortable and flattering, and they make me look a lot taller! (my brother asked if i was wearing very high heels and got surprised when he saw i was on flats)

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  • October 13, 2010

    Kate

    I definitely prefer bootcut or trouser cut jeans to full-on flares or bell-bottoms. I don’t find wide flares or super-skinnies to be very flattering.

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  • October 13, 2010

    Rebecca

    I much prefer skinnies — I started wearing them last year and realized they look a good deal better on me than flares do. I wear bootcut jeans sometimes, but I like to show off my shoes 🙂

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  • October 14, 2010

    kookakicha

    I like straight leg cuts, so that includes skinnies to anything larger. Flares, I find weird and unfitting with my personal style. So no, not for me.

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  • October 14, 2010

    Rebecca

    I only ever wear bootcut and flares, but i dont usually wear what’s “in”, so this doesnt really change anything for me.

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  • October 14, 2010

    May

    Um, nay.

    Flares make me look clumsy for some reason. I prefer to wear relaxed skinnies, straight cut and boot cut jeans.

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  • October 14, 2010

    Cookie

    Well, I for one am glad that there will be more choices now. And while I agree that bootcut is my favourite of the given choices, I like both skinny and flare jeans. I do, however, wish that they would finally start raising the waist lines on them. Not only is it rather inappropriate to see underwear and more every time a girl bends, it also gets quite cold around that area now that summer is gone. And they still all insist on making the shirts and jackets short 🙁

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  • October 14, 2010

    LS

    YES! Something other than skinny jeans, I was getting sick of walking into a store only to find the only style of jeans they stock are skinnies, which look awful on me as I have a tummy and my calves are kinda big.

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  • October 14, 2010

    Karen

    I don’t mind a little flare, but a full bell bottom just makes you look stupid.

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  • October 14, 2010

    Theresa

    YAY! Skinny jeans are only truly flattering on like, 10-20% of the population, and for those of us who feel extremely uncomfortable in them its nice to see a more comfy version making a comeback.Besides, foot-snatching is only a problem if you buy pants that don’t fit right or wear the wrong shoes.

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  • October 14, 2010

    Sammy

    Thank you! Thank you! I find skinny jeans so uncomfortable and have had trouble finding anything BUT them.

    And I love flared jeans so even better.

    *dances around*

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  • October 18, 2010

    Rock Hyrax

    Seems I’m with a lot of people on this one: tired of having trouble finding anything but skinny jeans. I tend to wear bootcut (or maybe straight) unless the jeans are being tucked into boots, which for me is the sole purpose of skinnies.

    Flares though? Like Serinde I’m fond of the earlu 2000’s version, and hope it’s that which comes back, rather than the scarily coloured “swing your pants” original…

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  • October 19, 2010

    Michelle

    I own 2 flares and I love them. They’re comfortable, make you look thiner and I can wear my comfy skechers with them without looking like a clown!

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  • October 21, 2010

    Brie

    I already have been…since 2007.

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  • October 22, 2010

    karen

    I have been hunting for a pair of super tight legged, wide flare jeans, just because I fancied some now I’ve not the the baby weight, now they’re in fashion, I may find some! Yay!

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    • October 22, 2010

      karen

      ‘not GOT the baby weight’

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  • December 9, 2010

    haripotter12

    I am pretty okay about the flared jeans- if we’re going to have an extreme in either direction I prefer flares to super-skinnies.

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  • December 13, 2010

    abercrombie polos

    I wear them; and I think they look really good on me. I am not super bulky, either. I mean, I suppose I am toned; but I am definitely far from bulky and huge, haha. I am sure it will be fine.

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  • February 16, 2012

    sue

    Yes, yes, yes. i love 70s fashion. bring on the flares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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