We’ve gone through some major denim moments these last few seasons. Skinny jeans were pronounced dead while the roomy boyfriend cut rose to the top of our bottoms wish lists. Marks of distress like patches, raw edges and shredded spots became everyday wearable, and hemlines hiked up way past your ankles (whether you rolled them or not). What’s next? Flares are back — the same kind your mom wore and that you probably rocked in the ‘90s — and not just for festival season. We’ve made a resolution to get the most out of our wardrobes in 2015, so below we’re showing you three ways to make flared denim ($70) feel completely modern. Scroll through to see how we’d wear the retro bells the anti-Coachella way to the office, on a night out and on a lazy weekend.
Your Casual Friday just got a lot more fun. Take your basic white tee to the next level with a tiered version that will compliment the silhouette of your denim in a relaxed, yet refined way. A light wash jean is one of the best ways to make spring’s prettiest hues pop, so go for that bright statement jacket — and while you’re at it, kick up something unexpected under those bells with a colorful sock + heeled sandal combo. Toss in accessories you’d wear Mon-Thur to keep the #Girlboss vibe alive with modern pearls, pretty stones and a classic satchel.
Mango Flared Flare Jeans ($70) + H&M Suede Jacket ($299), Zara Layered Sleeve Top ($50), BaubleBar Gemini Pearl Necklace ($36), Luv AJ Marble Stud Earrings ($99), ASOS Slot Through Satchel Bag ($54), & Other Stories Block Heel Sandal ($135), Stance Afterglow Ankle Sock ($12)
Save the crop tops and platforms for Halloween — you won’t find a disco queen around these parties. Make your flares feel undeniably chic by indulging in some of spring’s most luxe trends, from silky kimono-inspired tops (plunging neckline a must) to flowy duster jackets. Add some playful texture with suede fringe booties that you’ll be living in now through fall. A simple leather belt will up the sophistication just like that, along with expensive-feeling accessories like a marbled clutch, gem ear crawlers and a flirty cutout ring that says it all.
Mango Flared Flare Jeans ($70) + Zara Kimono Collar Shirt ($70), Cause & Effect Flat Back 1” Leather Belt ($130), Mango Long Trench ($129), Topshop Muskat Fringe Ankle Boots ($150), Baublebar Drogon Ear Cuffs ($34), Keepsake Molten Fold Clutch ($120), Need Supply Babe Ring ($45)
Your favorite boxy tee just met its denim PIC — paired with flares, there might not be a cooler way to look casual. Add some weekend-level polish to the look with a denim vest (a jean jacket or open chambray shirt would work too!) and a floppy clutch you can carry without much fuss. Let your jewelry punch up your casual canvas with shapes, color and texture and keep those feet happy as you run from place to place with block-heeled mules (always pick the metallic version, because sparkle).
Mango Flared Flare Jeans ($70) + GAP Fluid Relaxed Tee ($25), Pichulik Brass Braid Necklace ($88), Madewell The Jean Vest in Cora Wash ($99), Jeffrey Campbell X UO Darnley Mule ($130), Chloe Foldover Wristlet ($215), Honey My Heart Brass Triangle Ring ($32)
What pieces in your closet deserve more attention, but stump your style game? Tell us about your trickiest wear-again garments in the comments below and we might feature them in our next Style Resolutions post!