Fashion Raiding My Sister's Closet

Raiding My Sister’s Closet: Flares

April 12, 2016

 

Wondering what to wear now that flares are coming back in style? Try this easy and classic combo

 

Wondering what to wear now that flares are coming back in style? Try this easy and classic combo

 

Wondering what to wear now that flares are coming back in style? Try this easy and classic combo

 

Wondering what to wear now that flares are coming back in style? Try this easy and classic combo

Flares are the first clothing trend I remember caring about.

I was probably around 12 (one of the big disadvantages of being homeschooled is that you don’t have a classroom and teacher to anchor your memories and tell one year from another, so I honestly can’t remember exactly when this was), and all I wanted for Christmas was a pair of flares.

And, happily, my parents came through on Christmas morning. I still remember that first pair of black flared pants and then many pairs after that through high school and college.

But for the last nearly four years, I’ve exclusively worn skinny jeans, and my girls have no memory of me wearing other kinds of pants.

I ordered about a dozen pairs of flares in various brands from ThredUp and when the girls were watching me try them on, they kept saying, “They’re too big! Those don’t fit you at all!”

I had to explain to them that sometimes pants are meant to have a wider leg opening than four inches, although I’m not sure they really grasped the concept.

Ani, especially, seemed incredibly wary of these pants and kept suggesting I just put back on my “regular pants.”

I knew that changing styles could be hard on your closet and your wallet, but I didn’t realize they could also be hard on your toddler’s psyche.

Wondering what to wear now that flares are coming back in style? Try this easy and classic combo

 

Wondering what to wear now that flares are coming back in style? Try this easy and classic combo

 

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15 Comments

  • Reply Stephanie Hartley April 12, 2016 at 11:54 am

    I love these flares – they're not 'in your face' at all like some flares can be, but rather just add a little extra detail to your outfit. I can't believe your toddler is upset about it – children can be so funny!

    Steph – http://www.nourishmeblog.co.uk

  • Reply Vanessa Buttino April 12, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    I'm in pretty much the same boat as you – the last time I wore flares, I was in high school (I graduated in 2001). For the past four years all I've worn are skinny jeans and leggings. I recently just bought myself two pairs of flared pants for work and I'm loving being back in them. They're a lot more comfortable and forgiving than skinny jeans are, aren't they?

  • Reply diana April 12, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    This is just the look I've always hoped to achieve with flares but have never quite gotten. Maybe try again but so hard to think about adding more jeans to my closet as I've transitioned all to skinny!

  • Reply Katherine Rose April 12, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Flares were the first fashion trend I remember too. My mom told me she used to wear them back in high school and at the time it was hard for me to believe. Then an issue of American Girl magazine arrived in the mail with an article about fashion trends from the 70's and sure enough, there were the flares! You look great in the pair you have on, especially with your cute shoes!

  • Reply Paige Flamm April 12, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    I remember being in second grade and begging my mom for "bell bottoms" (did they call them that in Vegas? Or was that just NY? And then I remember getting them and being basically the happeiest human being on the planet. As much as I love skinny jeans I've always kept a pair of the American Eagle Boyfriend flare jeans in my closet, and a pair of their straight leg pants because they're basically my favorite everyday mom pants, but I really want to get a pair that's more stylish like this to wear on date nights!

  • Reply Lisa!! April 12, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Love them on you! I clicked on the jeans link and it took me to "Ralph Lauren Boot Cut" jeans and they don't look like your pair at all. I know you got them through Thred Up but highly likely I won't be that lucky. Do you mind sharing the brand and cut? Thanks!

    • Reply Janssen April 12, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      Mine are the Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply Slim Bootcut jeans, so that pair on Amazon is the same as what my labels say in both brand and cut (if it helps, mine are a 24×32). I'm guessing mine just aren't quite as dark anymore because they're second hand and have been washed multiple times, but I'm pretty sure it's the same pair! Good luck 🙂

  • Reply call me Laura April 12, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    I would consider these boot cut and not flare, but if you had been wearing skinnies it would be a good way to ease into flares. They look great on you!

  • Reply Feisty Harriet April 12, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Oh, I do LOVE me some boot cut jeans. I mean, skinnies are fine, and all, but my runner's (and gymnastics) calves are much happier in a boot cut.

    xox

  • Reply KreaMino April 12, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    I'm so happy that flares are back 🙂
    Your flares look great!

  • Reply Jodi April 14, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    That's funny. I like flares. And I think they're good to keep in style, not everyone looks great in skinny jeans.

  • Reply Jodi April 14, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    That's funny. I like flares. And I think they're good to keep in style, not everyone looks great in skinny jeans.

  • Reply kelsey April 14, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Is that shirt see through? I hate having to wear a shirt underneath and am always looking for a good white shirt. Thanks!

    • Reply Janssen April 14, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      It's thin, but as long as I wear a nude bra, I don't feel like I have to wear anything underneath it. Hallelujah!

  • Reply Monica Packer April 17, 2016 at 2:57 am

    Your girls crack me up! Whenever I try anything on around Clara and ask her if she likes it, she says, "Ummmmmm, not very well. Because it's not purple." Every single time.

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