Unsure of just how to style this game-changing shape now that skinny jeans’ 15-year reign has come to an end? (Yes, they’ve been around that long.) Fear not, flares are almost “universally flattering” no matter your shape or your age, and their elongating powers are unrivalled. Let them skim the ground and you’ll have legs that look like they go on for days. Or opt for something a little more cropped to show off a great pair of boots or sneakers. Also, make sure to leave the retro, pubis-grazing cuts for those generations that are discovering flares for the first time – the rest of us should stick to high-waisted styles which ups the illusion of length even further.
For a dressed-up look, pair your flares with a more feminine top tucked in, plus a heeled sandal. Try your favourite scarf looped through the belt hoops for a bohemian feel. Keep the rest of your accessories to a minimum: a clutch and a piece of statement jewellery, such as a pair of gold hoops, will take it up a notch.
Alternatively, pair your flares with a simple tank top and suede jacket for an urban take on prairie dressing and, on off-duty days, wear with a denim shirt in a different shade or a white cotton T-shirt. Switch it up for a fitted turtleneck and blazer when the temperature starts to drop; a leather belt cinched around the high waistline will add an air of polish.