Way back in 2002, I loved me some flares. I was 16, had just started college and Avril Lavigne was my style icon. My outfit of choice was a pair of gigantic, baggy skater jeans paired with a pink Paul Frank t-shirt, striped sweatbands on each wrist and a pair of DMs on my feet. Sure, here in 2013 that outfit sounds god-awful, but honestly – back in 2002, I looked pretty fly.
Alas, the skinny jean soon took its rightly place as my denim choice du jour, and flares were banished to the back of my wardrobe and later given away to charity, never to be worn again.
As part of my ‘Jeans of the Week’ project with Jeanography, I was sent these Hudson bootcuts… which I’m renaming flares for the purpose of this post. When I first pulled them from the box, I was stumped. Flares? In 2013? Really?! But after trying them on (sooooo much more comfortable than skinnies) and prancing about a bit, I had an outfit in mind.
I went for a vintage 60s vibe, pairing my wide-bottoms (that’s the jeans, not my figure thank you) with a simple wool crew neck, a Studio 54 faux fur coat, a felt fedora and some layered gold chains. Trés Diane Keaton, I think you’ll agree.
I really love this look – it’s something a little different without straying too far from my comfort zone, and it feels good.
How would you style a pair of flares? 60s vintage? 70s disco? Or full on 90s urban? Let me know, please.