Until now that is.
We need only look to some of our favourite famous faces, to know that flares are back in a big way.
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From catwalk queens like Claudia Schiffer and Elle Macpherson to Hollywood beauties Eva Mendes and Jessica Alba, stylish stars are all stepping out in bell-bottoms.
Click on our gallery to be inspired by the 2011-revival of a classic vintage look.