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.
Light-wash flares pop even more with black separates like this cropped black knit.
A tangerine-coloured jumper half-tucked into wide-leg bell-bottom jeans feels so on trend right now.
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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.
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Bella Hadid gives her flares a '90s spin with an oversized leather jacket, chunky ankle boots and miniature sunglasses.
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The split-seam opening at the bottom of the flare makes these jeans especially modern.