Our pick of the best flares and how to wear them


Fashion is currently experiencing a 70s revival. Which means, like it or not, flares are in.

They're not the easiest item of clothing to style, so we've put together some top guidelines below and rounded up our favourite flares – click on the photo for the full gallery.



1. Shoes?

Footwear is a tricky territory to navigate when flares are involved. We suggest wearing your flares with heels to create the illusion of long legs – wedged or platformed sandals complete the 70s look – but sneakers will also work if you're looking for more of a relaxed vibe.

2. Leg length

Length is of the utmost importance with flares. If they're too short, it can be unflattering and cuts short legs off in the wrong place. If they're too long, however, you end up stepping on them and ending up with a frayed hem. To avoid the wrong length, make sure that when shopping for a pair, you take your chosen heel with you so you can try both on together.

3. Waist length

Hip-hugging flares are best left in the 90s – 2015 is all about the high-waisted, and therefore leg-lengthening, flare.

4. Crop

Try to keep your proportions cropped up top when wearing flares. Anything long or even three-quarter length can look heavy and boxy.

5. Fit

Always opt for a slim fit on the waist and hips and for a super-flattering take on the trend, choose a slim fit on the thighs, too, letting the denim flare out from the knee.

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