I think it’s been about seven years since I’ve rocked the flared jeans. Aside from their obvious popularity during the decade of the ’70s, they did make their mark in more contemporary times before the reign of the skinny jean. When I was shopping recently, I came across a pair of perfectly fitting black Jessica Simpson flared jeans and I fell in love with them. Furthermore, I purchased them and am anticipating wearing them with the perfect pair of pumps. Even though skinny jeans are my number one “go to” style of pants, I realized that the “bell bottoms” could very well sneak their way back into being a fashion trend. Maybe 2012 is the year of the flare. Now I’m not talking about boot cut or anything like that; I’m referring to the good old fashioned bell-shaped curvy flared jeans. Some people may associate the bell bottom with an age old trend or the type of jeans we wore before we mustered up the confidence to rock a skinnier and more fashion-forward silhouette. Regardless of the connotation that you attach to this particular shape of jeans, for some reason I can see them making a comeback, and in a big way. I think we all need a good balance of skinny and flare. However, I have a few key rules to wearing flared jeans. Take note:
1. If the flare is too big and wide, you’re going to literally be sweeping the ground as you walk. Avoid this.
2. If the length is too long, hem them. Otherwise, they’re going to look very cumbersome.
3. Flared jeans should be fitted at the top throughout the thigh and literally form into an A-line at the knee. If this isn’t the case, you have an ill-fitted look.
4. Wearing a long or body conscious shirt is going to impede the balance of the look. A longer, looser top is meant for skinny jeans or even leggings.
5. Flared jeans are not an ideal choice to wear tucked into boots or with ballerina flats. Your best bet is to pair them with some sort of heel or wedge.