Mark My Words: This Non–Skinny Jean Trend Is Making a Big Comeback

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 wide-leg 90s 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 had their moment in recent years but the more polarising bootcut and bell-bottom styles (aka non–skinny jeans) haven't been as popular— until now.

Designers from Alberta Ferretti to Dior reintroduced fresh flare jeans in their autumn/winter 2021 collections and the silhouette was cemented as the next It denim pick in the spring/summer 2022 collections by the likes of Saint Laurent and Rejina Pyo. Even celebrities like Gigi Hadid, Margot Robbie, and Harry Styles have already been following suit in '70s-inspired flares.

To highlight the look further, below we've broken down how the flared trend is taking over the runway, celeb and fashion worlds right now, as well as linking out to some of the coolest cuts in case you feel ready to try the trend again this season. Keep scrolling for everything you need to know about flared 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 Y2K 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

Courtesy of Saint Laurent

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Opt for a darker, more structured style for a smarter look. 

Rejina Pyo SS22

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Flares are the best jeans to do the double denim look with. Just pair with a belted denim jacket a la Rejina Pyo. 

Courtesy of Coach ss22

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Coach proves flares can be relaxed too. 

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. 

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.

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Flares come French-girl approved. pair them with a turtleneck and layered knit for a chic 70s vibe.

Next Up: Check out what to wear with flared jeans here

This piece originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S. and has been updated. 

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