The 70s trend undergoes a modern makeover.
Remember when stovepipes and skinny jeans returned to the fray in the early noughties and, with them, the struggle we faced ditching our super-flares for the more masculine straight-legged silhouette? The trend stuck around like chewing gum on a leather sole and we were convinced we’d be fans for life. But, as fashion would have it, we’ve come full circle once again – this season the flare is back and more fabulous than ever, with this wonderfully feminine style gracing international runways from New York to Sydney and everywhere in between.
At Karen Walker’s New York Fashion Week show ‘Time Machine’, the 70s vibe was undeniable. There were rich burnt-rust tones, bright sunny mustards and kaleidoscopic stripes – but, most importantly, the flare had a presence, both in smart suiting for the office and wide-legged denim jumpsuits for the weekend. Across the ditch, Aje paired dark flared denim with peplum and an embellished open-toe shoe at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia, while Ellery showcased both the classic full-length style alongside the more attention-grabbing cropped flares in a luxe black. After introducing us to the uber-flare last season, Ellery is certainly an authority.
So how to do we put thoughts of Janis Joplin circa 1969 out of our minds and step into this new zone of sophisticated style? For starters, flares are worn with chunky heels and an attitude to boot. Fitting at the thigh and wide at the calves, a heel helps to further elongate legs for a flattering fit. The modern approach sways more in the direction of minimalism, so keep your accessories simple by opting for fine jewellery over statement pieces and, when in doubt, a plain white tee is your new best friend. For women of a shorter stature, a hemline just above the bottom of your heel is key. Or take a leaf out of fashion blogger Margaret Zhang’s book and wear them cropped at the ankles or shins, thanks to our very own Georgia Alice and her coveted Chloe Flare.
Denim offerings such as Stolen Girlfriends Club’s Betty the Bandit jean or the bootleg-leaning Lucy Flare from Twenty-Seven Names are essential weekend-wear, while Kate Sylvester’s Octavia Flares instantly update your work wardrobe – stepping your style into the present.
– Elongate your legs by opting for a high-rise waist and tucking in your T-shirt.
– Heels add even more attitude to cropped flares while flats offer a chic ensemble.
Words: Lucy Slight
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