Well guys, I’ve officially returned to flares and I couldn’t be happier.
Flares remind me of middle school + high school. Besides my classic cargo pocket flare jeans from Gap (may they rest in peace in denim heaven), I have vague memories of sporting a pair of green corduroy flares too.
Ah, the early 00’s and it’s caution-to-the-wind fashion.
I’ve been feeling extra nostalgic about what we wore in the early 00’s. Yes, it all seems so bad … and yet SO GOOD. Everything was colorful and crazy and didn’t take itself seriously. Remember the days when we’d layer a dress over flare jeans? With platform flip flops, a newsboy hat, and a macrame anklet of course.
Anyway. I promise I won’t go off the rails and turn Unfancy into a tribute to early 00’s fashion. But I am really excited about having a pair of flare jeans again.
Denim is my staple, my signature. To me, shopping for a new pair of jeans is kind of like shopping for a couch. It’s a big, permanent purchase and I’m in no rush because I want to get it right.
At first, I started my quest at Madewell. I am fiercely loyal to my Madewell skinny jeans. I absolutely love ’em, and it turns out they have great flares too.
But … I ended up passing on them because I wanted to see if I could find a great pair that was made in the USA.
It took a while, but I found ’em! And guess what? They’re actually softer and comfier (especially around the waist) than Madewell’s flares. Yay for high waisted jeans that don’t dig into your stomach!
With this being my first adult attempt at styling flare jeans, I decided to go with the classic 70’s look: Tucked in button up and a big ol’ tote. Always works.
01 | Jeans by Seven (made in USA) | Fit note: I’m 5’5″ and I got the regular inseam length. I thought I might need the shorter inseam, but the regular inseam ended up being the perfect length to pair with 2 or 3 inch heels — no tailoring needed | same jeans in lighter wash (made in USA) | similar in a dark wash on sale
02 | Shirt by Madewell
03 | Bag c/o ONA
05 | Necklace by Madewell
So, let’s talk: What’s your favorite way to style your flares? And/or let’s please reminisce + laugh over what we wore in the early 00’s. :)