Wide-legged jeans were pretty much everywhere this summer, and as much as I’m still a fan of the leg-lengthening style, I’m ready to graduate to fall’s newer, more elevated version: The super-flare.
Characterized by a tight, skinny fit through the leg and distinct volume at the hem, the style is clearly inspired by the 1970s trend that dominated Spring and Fall 2015 runways, but not quite as distinctly boho as super-wide denim.
The the dramatic floor-sweeping versions showcased by Australian brand Ellery (yep, the ones Zara swiftly knocked off, not that we’re complaining) feel especially fresh right now, and I’m looking forward to wearing them all season (and counterbalancing their inherent Woodstock vibe) with tailored, minimalist staples like a simple black flat-knit sweater, a white boxy tee, a classic workshirt, or a sleek turtleneck.
That said, I’m also partial to the cropped kick flares that ruled designers’ Resort 2016 presentations. Paired with a blazer and platforms a la Michael Kors, or worn with Alexander Wang‘s stretchy sleeveless mock turtleneck, the shorter length is a cooler, more structured replacement for the ubiquitous culotte.
Since fall’s right around the corner, here are 20 super-flared pants to shop now–at every length and every budget.
Characterized by a tight, skinny fit through the leg and distinct volume at the hem, super-flared pants are an elevated take on spring's wide-legged pants trend. Here are 20 to buy right now.
Photo: Brooke Testoni
Zara Wide Flared Studio Trousers, $129; at Zara
Ellery Wally Silk Wool Cropped Flared Pants, $1,550; at Moda Operandi
Alice McCall Wish You Were Here Pants, $220; at Alice McCall
Rosie Assoulin Flared Trousers, $1,895; at Farfetch
Hell or High Waters Flared Pants, $48; at Nasty Gal
Topshop Crop Flare Trousers, $39.99; at Nordstrom
Vintage Tori Woven Flare Pants, $228; at Nasty Gal
Rokoko Leather Look Skinny Flare Pants, $58; at ASOS
Twentieth Century Fox Ripped Bells, $90; at Miracle Eye
Mary Katrantzou Grey Felted Wool Clockwork Trousers, $1, 300; at Moda Operandi
Acne Studios Mello Patch Pocket Flare Pants, $300; at Shopbop
Falred Cropped Legging, $29.90; at Zara
ASOS Flare Pants in Crepe, $40; at ASOS