jeans: Old Navy // tank: Madewell // shoes: Old Navy // purse: Pieceology Vintage // hat: Brixton c/o Shopbop // necklace c/o francesca's (similar)
photos by Chelsea Laine Francis
I explicitly remember telling my mom a couple of years ago that I would absolutely never, ever wear flare jeans again. High-water, light-wash memories of middle and high school have haunted me for years, reminding me of a much less stylish past.
For at least three years now, I've seen magazines declare that flare jeans are making a comeback that will send our skinny jeans packing. Still, the majority of women I know and see are rocking fitted, tapered jeans, not even giving these magazine predictions a second thought. Sure, most companies that sell jeans carry a flare option, but only in a wash or two and in limited quantities. It was when I started seeing flare jeans pop up on my favorite bloggers and more varieties were available in my most-shopped stores that I decided to give them my attention.
I went with a high-rise pair from Old Navy, since their high-rise Rockstar jeans are in constant rotation in my closet. It turns out, I kind of love them. I was so worried about my embarrassing outfits of middle school past that I wasn't considering how hindsight and an actual sense of style would make flares a fun and fabulous addition to my wardrobe. I've got lots of styling ideas (next up: stripes! because, duh) and I'm incredibly comfortable wearing them, so expect to see them quite a bit this fall! I'm also considering buying a second pair, this time in a tall length, because the pair pictured aren't quite long enough for me to wear with heeled booties without triggering a vision of my too-short flares and platform sneakers circa 2002. *Shudder* That was a dark time -- am I alone in that?
Are you ready to let flares back into your life? My recommendations: keep the rise high, the hem long, and the wash dark!