10 Ways to Wear Flared Jeans That Feel Modern and Fresh

They're nostalgic and undeniably trendy.

Woman wearing flare jeans

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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.

01 of 10

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
Vacay Bodysuit
Wilfred Vacay Bodysuit $46
Quilted Leather Slides
Porte & Paire Quilted Leather Slides $225
02 of 10

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
Hilltop Shirt in Daisy Groove
Madewell Hilltop Shirt in Daisy Groove $75
Hasbeens Ann Low Clogs
Swedish Hasbeens Ann Low Clogs $270
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
Carie Cardi
With Jean Carie Cardi $189
Oca Low
Cariuma Oca Low $79
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 High-Rise Flared-Leg Jeans $131
Asymmetric Design Top
Mango Asymmetric Design Top $40
Orbs Hoops
Bagatiba Orbs Hoops $160
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 High-Rise Flared Jeans $300
Drapey Double Breasted Blazer
Vince Drapey Double Breasted Blazer $545
Pêche Tanya $86
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 Split Flare 33" $98
Pilcro Lace Blouse
Anthropologie Pilcro Lace Blouse $78
Dewina Western Boot
Isabel Marant Dewina Western Boot $700
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 Mid-Rise Flared Jeans $406
Malva Top
Amlul Malva Top $192
Lexxola Antonio $228
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 Flared Cropped Jeans $377
Thea Organic Cotton Gathered Sleeveless Top Black
Tove Thea Organic Cotton Gathered Sleeveless Top Black $319
Nayla Pistachio Grained Leather
By Far Nayla Pistachio Grained Leather $460
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 Brighton High Waist Wide Leg Jeans $230
Zadie Nile Bikini
Hunza G Zadie Nile Bikini $190
Taja Mini Top Handle Bag
Cult Gaia Taja Mini Top Handle Bag $228
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 Bootcut Denim Jeans $267
Silk Front-Tie Wrap Top
Alysi Silk Front-Tie Wrap Top $327
Page Black Nappa
La Bucq Page Black Nappa $350

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