Figure-Flattering Flared Trousers Swing In for Spring

February 6, 2015 - fall Denim


SWING VOTE | Flared jeans and trousers can be utterly graceful to a operation of physique types, generally when ragged with high heels. Blouse, $790, Denim Trousers, $590, Derek Lam, 212-493-4454; Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane Sandals, $795, Saint Laurent, 212-980-2970


F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal, Styling by Paula Knight, Model: Ada Roth/Major Model Management

I’VE ALWAYS HAD a difficult attribute with pants. My set-back in carrying a physique with both curves and rather plumb challenged legs tends to pledge fitting-room angst when I’m perplexing to find trousers.

The skinny-jean frenzy was positively my misfortune nightmare; we collate wearing them to being strangled from ankle to stomach. The some-more forgiving beloved jeans make me feel stunted; and tailored cigarette pants give me what we call triangle legs. Trust me, it looks as bad as it sounds.

There is wish on a horizon, however, for my cryptic form. Hip-balancing flares, those jeans and pants that dilate to varying degrees from a knee down, seem staid for a bone-fide comeback. Granted, designers have flirted with wider breathe styles for a few seasons now and certain denim brands have offering them for many years. Flares have also been creeping onto a runway: Joseph Altuzarra enclosed them in his review collection in 2014, while Céline engineer Phoebe Philo showed ribbed-knit flares final fall. Both Ms. Philo and Louis Vuitton engineer Nicolas Ghesquière did them for their review collections, now in stores. And for a arriving spring, flares, bell-bottoms and boot-cut pants will be everywhere—from Giambattista Valli and Emilio Pucci to Derek Lam and Balmain.

While flares are symptomatic of fashion’s current 1970s obsession—as evidenced during Saint Laurent, Gucci and more—there is positively no need to wear them as if we were a Bubble Yum-chewing additional on “That ’70s Show.”

Jens Grede


Erik Torstensson,

founders of cult denim tag Frame, refurbish a demeanour by styling their “Le High Flare,” a high-waisted flared silhouette, with a elementary white T-shirt or a half-tucked, button-up shirt.

“For us it was instinctive,” they wrote in an email. “There was a spin toward a some-more independent mood, secure in ’70s sportswear, and a light is an essential conformation of that era, so we set out to refurbish it.” True to their word, a jeans are kept utterly clean. Let’s only say, you’ll find no festooned rainbows here.

For those who are feeling a bit shy about revisiting this newly regenerated silhouette, denim is an ideal, easy place to start. Along with Frame’s flared pair, there’s MiH’s extravagantly renouned Marrakesh jeans, with slimming front pockets, that are surprisingly graceful on many physique types. (I know since we have a pair.) “Flares change out a hips to emanate a coming of a slimmer silhouette, and a high arise streamlines a tummy,” pronounced MiH engineer

Chloe Lonsdale.

The Marrakesh was a focal indicate for a brand’s new ’70s-inspired partnership with Net-a-Porter.


Those wanting to make a higher-end engineer joining will be marred for choice. “[For spring], we bought flares literally everywhere we could,” pronounced

Justin O’Shea,

shopping executive for online tradesman MyTheresa. “From Saint Laurent, Acne Studios leather, Peter Pilotto…”

So many choices from so many brands competence infer helpful. As with all pants, anticipating great-looking flares is all about alighting on a right fit. Stylist Stevie Dance, a self-professed light fanatic, has all of her flared jeans tailored, not only in length though also in a waist. “I like selected denim, so we mostly repair a fit,” she said.

Ms. Dance also brought adult a pivotal preference when it comes to flares: that boots do we choose? “You also have to tailor flares to a shoe we are going to wear them with,” she explained. While she typically wears hers with Converse sneakers (“a shining combination”), she will change other pairs for high-heeled boots so that a hem falls mid-ankle.

MyTheresa’s Mr. O’Shea is also a proponent of wearing prosaic boots with flares. “I consider a really healthy and infrequent demeanour is a best,” he said. He suggested boots with a slight ’70s slant—gladiator sandals, espadrilles, platforms or sneakers.

But of course, partial of a allure of flares is their enchanting leg-lengthening properties when interconnected with really high height heels, that are vaporous by your breathe legs and can supplement several really graceful inches to your gams. It’s an illusion, yes, though one that leaves we looking utterly smashing.

The best recommendation competence be to buy during slightest dual pairs—one to wear with heels, another to wear with flats. The investment could good be value it: The some-more sincere ’70s-redux versions competence bake splendid and blur out in a few months, though a classical span of flares is expected to have, ahem, most longer legs.

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