Flared trousers feature in the Fall 2015 collection by Michael Kors during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York earlier this year. The 70s favourites are cropping up in high fashion collections and on the purveyors of street-style . Photo: EPA/PETER FOLEY
Flared trousers feature in the Fall 2015 collection by Michael Kors during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York earlier this year. The 70s favourites are cropping up in high fashion collections and on the purveyors of street-style . Photo: EPA/PETER FOLEY

Stylewise: Dressing with flare

FLARES, bell bottoms, wide-leg trousers, call them what you will, but this 70s mainstay is making a definite comeback. From the runways of Paris and Sydney to street style blogs, the flare is back and more wearable than ever.

Floaty florals in light fabrics such as silk and soft cottons are absolutely divine but as the temperature drops, denim is definitely the way to go.

If you're a hoarder of sorts I bet you've got a pair of flares lurking around in the depths of your wardrobe somewhere. And I don't just mean a pair that your crazy Aunt has held onto since the 1970s (although how rad would that be!).

Fashion is cyclic and as such you may have a pair from no more than a decade ago. There is a pair of flares in my past that I wish, oh how I wish, I could be reunited with. The perfect light washed denim with colourful daisies embroidered up the legs. They are so bang on trend right now it hurts.

My 16-year-old self adored them and wore them absolutely everywhere with a fluffy pink jumper. (A questionable choice in hindsight but one I don't regret.)

This time around I've opted for a classic denim, high waisted pair, a super easy style to integrate into my wardrobe and great for the cooler days which are just around the corner. On a whim I also went for a stunning pair in cream lace… not such an easy style to integrate into my wardrobe and as such they've been relegated to some deep, dark place in the depths of my closet. My advice? Go for the denim. You'll get way more wear out of them and you won't end up looking like a doily. Win, win!

My top tips for embracing this trend:

 High-waisted flares are the way to go. A higher waist will make your legs longer and will be super flattering.

 Classic denim or darker shades will look great with a crisp white shirt and a sweater thrown over the top.

 Ankle length is best. This isn't a style you can casually roll up so make sure your flares sit at a comfortable length and if they don't, have them tailored.

 Make sure you can walk in them. This may sound silly but trust me. There's nothing stylish about being tripped over by your own trousers. I've been there.

 Oh and finally the key is to not look like you're on your way to an ABBA tribute concert. Avoid shiny metallic at all costs.

Till next time,

Gemma x



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