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.
SUNGLASSES • BRACELETS • NECKLACE • EARRINGS • NAIL POLISH