10 Ways to Wear Flared Jeans That Feel Modern and Fresh

They're nostalgic and undeniably trendy.

Woman wearing flare jeans

Byrdie / Hollywood To You

It’s hard to avoid the ongoing debate between skinny versus wide-leg jeans. And yet, we see no reason to choose sides when a denim collection can be well rounded with various silhouette and fit options. That is why it may be worth considering a trend that falls somewhere in the middle by way of retro flare jeans.

While flares do come packed with '60s and '70s references—some will have fond memories of the trend’s ‘90s return as well— today, the wide-legged jean shape doesn’t necessarily give off an overtly flower-child or disco aesthetic. Instead, their slight bell shape provides a unique and playful detail to your favorite outfits, including something as classic as jeans and a T-shirt. There’s also the option of the cropped mini flare for a more modern approach that complements everything from sneakers to your most strappy party heels. Ahead, peruse 10 flare outfits that have a hint of nostalgia but are undeniably trendy now.

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Cleanse The Palette

If you’re hesitant to try bolder color trends, begin with a neutral color palette. We like this minimal cropped-pant-and-bodysuit look, complete with a pair of plush slides. 

Le Serge Crop Flare Jeans
Frame Le Serge Crop Flare Jeans $228
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Vacay Bodysuit
Wilfred Vacay Bodysuit $46
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Quilted Leather Slides
Porte & Paire Quilted Leather Slides $225
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Daytime Outfit with a Boyfriend Coat

Give a subtle wink to the flare jean’s past with a sweet daisy-printed top and some chunky, wooden-heel sandals.

Sava High Rise Flare Jeans
Universal Standard Sava High Rise Flare Jeans $98
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Hilltop Shirt in Daisy Groove
Madewell Hilltop Shirt in Daisy Groove $75
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Hasbeens Ann Low Clogs
Swedish Hasbeens Ann Low Clogs $270
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03 of 10

Reference The Greats

The image of Farah Fawcett skateboarding in flare jeans and a red sweatshirt will forever be iconic. Copying it head-to-toe may seem a bit costumey, but we’re all for creating an inspired version with a cardigan and coordinating low-top sneakers.

The Amethyst Jean 7year
Tu Es Mon Tresor The Amethyst Jean 7year $349
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Carie Cardi
With Jean Carie Cardi $189
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Oca Low
Cariuma Oca Low $79
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04 of 10

Balance The Bold

Should you choose an extra-wide version of flare jeans, let them shine with more pared-back styling, including a sleek tank and simple, gold accessories.

High-Rise Flared-Leg Jeans
Icon Denim Oca Low $131
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Asymmetric Design Top
Mango Oca Low $40
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Orbs Hoops
Bagatiba Oca Low $160
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05 of 10

Keep It Polished

The addition of a cream blazer and strappy heel make this flares ensemble extremely versatile. Pair it with a button-down for a professional meeting, or layer over a cropped top for an after-hours event.

High-Rise Flared Jeans
Totême Oca Low $300
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Drapey Double Breasted Blazer
Vince Oca Low $545
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Tanya
Pêche Oca Low $86
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06 of 10

Go West

Tuck a Western-style boot right under your flared leg and pair it with a sweet white lace top. The outfit is classic and versatile for nearly any occasion.

Warp + Weft
Warp + Weft Oca Low $98
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Pilcro Lace Blouse
Anthropologie Oca Low $78
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Dewina Western Boot
Isabel Marant Oca Low $700
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07 of 10

Embrace The Disco

We couldn’t leave out an ensemble with shimmery details and statement sunnies. They’re practically made for wide-flare jeans, after all.

Mid-Rise Flared Jeans
Stella McCartney Oca Low $406
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Malva Top
Amlul Oca Low $192
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Antonio
Lexxola Oca Low $228
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08 of 10

Double Up

The shape of the denim perfectly mirrors the slight peplum of this lovely gathered top. Pull it all together with bright heels for your next night out.

Flared Cropped Jeans
Khaite Vivian Oca Low $377
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Thea Organic Cotton Gathered Sleeveless Top Black
Tove Oca Low $319
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Nayla Pistachio Grained Leather
By Far Oca Low $460
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09 of 10

Keep It Beachy

Choose a wide-leg pair of jeans for your next beach or pool-side gathering. The relaxed fit keeps things breezy and comfortable, as opposed to anything too skin-tight.

Brighton High Waist Wide Leg Jeans
ASKK NY Oca Low $230
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Zadie Nile Bikini
Hunza G Oca Low $190
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Taja Mini Top Handle Bag
Cult Gaia Oca Low $228
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10 of 10

Add Some Height

No matter your height, you may want to add a tiny lift if you’re wearing flares so that they don’t drag on the floor and overpower the entire line of your leg. We prefer to do so by way of these thin-strapped, flatform sandals reminiscent of '90s footwear.

Bootcut Denim Jeans
See by Chloé Oca Low $267
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Silk Front-Tie Wrap Top
Alysi Oca Low $327
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Page Black Nappa
La Bucq Oca Low $350
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