Ankle length flares: all kinds of wrong


We talked about the current trend for ankle length trousers last month and your reactions were mixed, with some of you loving them and some of you expressing the opinion that they just make you look like you’ve outgrown your pants. We ourselves actually quite like the look, but having just discovered the picture above on the Acne Jeans website, we feel we must qualify that statement with one small, but vitally important point: the jeans/pants in question must be straight cut. Absolutely no exceptions. Because ankle-length flares? Are just wrong. SO wrong. So very, very wrong.

Even being generous and assuming that these jeans are actually supposed to hit below the ankle, and the model who turned up for the shoot just happened to be a giantess, this is still a worrying development in the world of fashion, and one that The Fashion Police take very seriously indeed.

"The flare should lay on the shoe," states the Acne website. Acne? We think it’s time to sack the stylist…


  • October 28, 2008


    Oh god, that looks like something a soccer mom would wear with trainers…

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  • October 28, 2008

    Agent Elle

    Those are atrocious. I remember in high school when people would make fun of too-short trousers and name them ‘ankle-danglers’ (or ‘danglies’). Thankfully all my trousers fit me, but there was some air of shame involved with wearing said ankle-danglers. I’m pretty sure none of us want to relive those days. Unless they’re somewhat deranged.

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  • October 28, 2008


    I LOVE THEM. [/sarcasm]
    God, EW!

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  • November 29, 2008


    Too tight in the crotch area, & the hem is too high.

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  • December 3, 2008


    Um…these are bell bottoms…seriously. I’m not sure who started the “trend” of calling bell bottoms “flares”, but really, you’re not fooling anybody, they’re bell bottoms…horrible, horrible looking BELL BOTTOMS. o_O

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  • February 7, 2009


    I second that EWWW! It looks like some lady tried to squeeze into her 7 year old’s Mary Kate and Ashley brand bell bottoms. Not a good look

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  • July 11, 2009


    I love flares, but these are too short. Flares are meant to be long

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