Mark My Words: This Anti–Skinny Jean Trend Is Coming Back in 2021

If I opened your denim drawer right now, I bet I could guess some of the key silhouettes stored inside—straight-leg jeans, skinnies and perhaps even an of-the-moment outlier like the “grandpa” cut. But what's one style that probably hasn't surfaced to the top of the pile as much lately? Flares. Sure, cropped flares have been, well, cropping up over the last few years, but the more polarising bootcut and bell-bottom styles (aka anti–skinny jeans) haven't been as popular... until recently.

Designers from Alberta Ferretti to Dior reintroduced fresh flare jeans in their autumn/winter 2021 collections as the next It denim pick for the forward set. And celebrities like Gigi Hadid, Margot Robbie and Harry Styles have already been following suit in '70s-inspired flares. And it's a look that isn't about to slow down. 

To highlight the look further, we broke down how the flare trend is taking over the runway, celeb and fashion worlds right now. We also shopped out the coolest cuts of the moment in case you feel ready to try the trend again this season. Keep scrolling for everything you need to know about flare jeans. 

CELEBRITY

Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie Fashion with Flare Jeans and Chanel

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Light-wash flares pop even more with black separates like this cropped black knit.

Harry Styles
Harry Styles Style With Flare Jeans and Boots

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A tangerine-coloured jumper half-tucked into wide-leg bell-bottom jeans feels so on trend right now.

Alexa Chung
Alexa Chung wears flare jeans and a Mulberry bag

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You needn't stick to blue tones. In fact, fresh white pairs like Alexa Chung's can feel more modern, especially when paired with Mulberry arm candy and an on-trend waistcoat. 

Bella Hadid
Bella Hadid wears flare jeans with a black biker jacket

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Bella Hadid gives her flares a '90s spin with an oversized leather jacket, chunky ankle boots and miniature sunglasses. 

Gigi Hadid
Gigi Hadid Fashion in Flare Jean Trend

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The split-seam opening at the bottom of the flare makes these jeans especially modern.

RUNWAY

Celine Runway Flare Jean Trend

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Celine sent a slew of models down the runway. This denim-on-denim vibe with the slouchy white blazer is where it's at.

Alberta Ferretti showcases loose-fitting flares on the autumn/winter 2021 runway

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Flares don't have to fit tightly on the thigh. Alberta Ferretti kept its flare jeans on the loose side all the way up. 

Dior also opted to show flare jeans for autumn/winter 2021

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That jeans-and-a-nice-top combination you always rely on? Dior showcased a new pairing to try: a lace top worn with classic blue flares (shearling trapper hat optional). 

Alberta Ferretti presents flare jeans on the autumn/winter 2021 runway

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Look for details like front seams and super-high waistlines to elevate your flare-jean look. 

Alberta Ferretti Runway Flare jean trend

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While the longer bell-bottom silhouettes generally reigned supreme on the runway, this Alberta Ferretti ensemble proves that cropped flares still have a home in your wardrobe. 

STREET STYLE

How to wear flare jeans and boots

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Elevate dark flares with a modern blazer and classic white ankle boots.

How to wear flare jeans during winter

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A long duster coat works flawlessly with longer flares for an of-the-moment silhouette.

How to wear flare jeans during winter

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Light-wash flares fit the minimalist-style mold when paired with a simple asymmetric vest and a leather jacket. 

How to wear flare jeans for work

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Slightly cropped, tailored flare jeans paired with a tucked-in top and blazer make a polished look for work or a night out.

How to wear flare jeans for a night out

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Adding a multi-patterned turtleneck to your denim ensemble is a simple way to make a serious impact.

Next up, the biggest autumn/winter 2021 fashion trends to know.

This piece originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S. 

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