Are Flare Pants and Jeans Back in Style?

Are flare pants back in style? Absolutely!  Skinny jeans and pants that hugged our ankles ruled for a long time, but now the fashion pendulum has swung the opposite way. Flare pants and jeans with wide hems are all the rage. How wide am I talking, and what is the difference between flare jeans and bootcut jeans? Think of it this way.

Bootcut are in between a straight leg and a flare. They are fitted around the thighs ( hug your thighs) and start to widen out just a bit at the knees and down just enough to accommodate a boot. I like to think of them as a mini flare.

Flares (bell bottoms) are much wider. They are tight-fitting through the thighs and flare out at the knee into a wide base. The Flare can be a little or a lot wider than a bootcut flare. They are often greatly exaggerated, like a giant bell.

The bottom line is flares pants are basically what we wore in the 70s. The only difference is today, flares are a little more snug through the thighs, and now they are called flares, not bell bottoms. So remember, Flares/Bell bottoms- same thing!

Here are some of the latest types of trendy flares and some fresh ideas for how to style them.

Flare Leg Pants - Black

Corduroy Flares

Flares aren’t the only thing from the 70s that is back. Corduroy is also having a moment, and everyone seems to be loving corduroy pants because of their earthy texture and laid-back vibe. The most popular corduroy flares have a high waist.

The best way to style flare cords now is to pair them with a cute, chunky, cropped cardigan. Wear this charming ribbed cardigan with the sleeves pushed up for a sporty look or over a white shirt with the shirttails hanging out.

A soft black bag with a bit of fringe plays up the boho feel of flares. Finish this outfit with classic leather booties and some statement-making hoop earrings.

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Flare Leg Pants - eggplant

Suede Flare Pants

Texture is trending this fall. In addition to corduroy, suede and faux suede are other go-to fabrics. These rich merlot faux suede flare pants have a velvety appearance and feel. They look classy paired with something silky, like this flutter sleeve blouse. Taupe suede booties, gold earrings, and this fabulous fall bag give this outfit a feminine, modern look. (See my suede flare pants here)

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Flare Leg Pants - Black Cropped

Cropped Flare Pants

Cropped Flares are a fashion-forward way to wear flare pants. These are going strong despite being a little tricky to wear. These ones may look like leather, but they are glossy-coated jeans. Coated jeans are trending, as well as this cool teal shade. For an elegant and slimming look, pair this teal wrap top with these L’agence jeans for a slimming, leg-lengthening look. Dark mules add a sexy touch and help continue that long, lean line.


What do you think of Flare (bell bottom) pants? Have you bought any yet?

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  1. Thanks for the great post. I almost always wear flare jeans, even when they aren’t in style. It’s what looks best on my hourglass shape. If I wear skinny jeans, I always tuck them into boots. Otherwise, I look like I’m going to topple over!

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