Your Body Type Needs These Now

Pear, apple, round or square, you could do with a bit o’ flare

Chloe stretch-wool flared pants from Net-A-Porter
27 Oct 2015

Chloe stretch-wool flared pants from Net-A-Porter

Style tip: Sailor-inspired flares bridge the gap between femininity and androgyny. And did we mention that they’re evergreen too?

J Brand stretch-velvet flared Bella jeans from Net-A-Porter
27 Oct 2015

J Brand stretch-velvet flared Bella jeans from Net-A-Porter

Style tip: Plush fabrics and dark colours rid jeans of their casual associations. Pair these with the season’s au courant pussycat bow blouse.

Saint Laurent striped cotton and wool classic Marinière sweater
26 Oct 2015

Saint Laurent striped cotton and wool classic Marinière sweater

Style tip: This wardrobe must-have for every girl (and tomboy) pairs perfectly with flares - and just about anything else.

Stella McCartney Elyse Indium Star Oxford-inspired platform shoe with wooden wedge and rubber sole
26 Oct 2015

Stella McCartney Elyse Indium Star Oxford-inspired platform shoe with wooden wedge and rubber sole

Style tip: Platform shoes add height and lend your flares a better fall. Enough said.

Kate Spade belted tartan wool coat with leather trim
26 Oct 2015

Kate Spade belted tartan wool coat with leather trim

Style tip: Layer a coat over your flares to elongate your frame. Petite girls, nothing beyond the knee, please.

Louis Vuitton monogram canvas pochette with matching adjustable sling
26 Oct 2015

Louis Vuitton monogram canvas pochette with matching adjustable sling

Style tip: Pair this with your flares for effortless, hands-free chic.

There are still plenty of women who are afraid to wear flares. 

Perhaps it’s from the attention that flares create (swooshing around can only be so discreet), or the fact that flares are…too Seventies?

Seriously, there’s nothing wrong with being “too Seventies”. Just ask Rachel Zoe.  

There’s also a misconception that flares or bell-bottom trousers are strictly for tall people (cue the eye-rolling). How can this be true if there are bell-bottom jeans available in the children’s department with labels that read, “ages 5-7”?

As with most clothing, fit is everything and bell-bottom trousers are — believe it or not — one of the more flattering trouser silhouettes, fit for most body types. They streamline your pelvis and thighs and they add a stylish spring to your step.

It’s all about the optical illusion of fit versus flare and — of course — putting a very chic foot forward.

Click through the gallery above for fab flare options and what to pair them with.

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