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Wednesday, December 22nd 2010

Ask a Stylist: How to Wear Flare Jeans

When it comes to jeans, my comfort zone ranges from J Brand skinnies to, well, J Brand skinnies. Needless to say, I was surprised to find myself attracted to the flare jeans that dominated the fall runways. Inspired to expand my denim horizons, I turned to Shopbop stylist Pa for some tips on how to sport bells without compromising the sleek look I’ve come to love.

Rebecca: I tend to think of flares as more casual than skinny jeans. How can I dress them up?
Pa: Simple! Choose a clean dark wash and keep the rest of your look minimal by tucking in a blouse and adding a skinny leather belt. Bonus: flares are super flattering to most body types, and they’re leg-lengthening when paired with heels.

R: It’s officially winter, and I go nowhere without a heavy coat. How can I pair parkas and flares without looking too bulky?
P: Again, keep things minimal and linear. Try a longer jacket with clean lines, hitting at the mid-thigh or knee. A wool trench coat is great, especially belted!

R: What’s your favorite way to wear the flare?
P: I have two favorites! I love them with a classic blazer, an easy layering tank or cashmere tee, and my tallest pointy-toed pumps, but they’re also great with a cropped sweater and oxfords or ’70s-inspired wedges.

R: I feel a shopping itch coming on. Which is your favorite pair from our collection, to get me started in my quest?
P: The High Rise Bell Jeans by Current/Elliott, in Patriot Blue. Amazing wash and perfect rise!

--Rebecca

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