Bell bottoms, or, flare leg jeans and pants, are back!
Since flares re-entered the style spotlight during the Spring/Summer 2011 fashion season, there've been no end of writers and bloggers who've cringed, complained, and predicted it's demise. "Ugh," they'd write. "They're baaack?". "It won't last". Instead, here we are in Winter 2012, and flares are still with us.
Some say we should just leave flares and bell bottoms in annals of questionable proportions past. That the trend has long outlived its trendiness. That we should all just bow to the skinny jean. Vintage-lovers and bohemian chic devotees will never be able to understand this kind of talk. Flares are a staple in my closet, for instance, no matter what is happening in the shops.
It isn't just the fact that what's trendy may not be what looks best on everyone. Certainly there are those who simply look better in flares than skinnys, and no amount of ink spilled by the fashion press is going to change that. It's also about having a variety of looks to pull from in your closet. Who wants to wear the same cut day after day?
Flares and bells may have come from the us from the mid-19th century (Yes! They're THAT old!), but find the right cut for your body (I've found low rise to be best for me, as I have a shorter torso and long legs: find what works for you), and flares are an invaluable addition to any wardrobe, no matter what year it is.
Alas, it is 2012. Officially, the future. Flares and bells do not have to look hippie. Indeed, they should not look hippie! Pair your flares with luxe, modern separates to achieve the look of NOW.
Celebrities have been on board for months. In How To Wear Flares, everyone from Salma Hayek to Miley Cyrus shows us the Do's and Don't's of this distinctly vintage-inspired, hit-or-miss trend.