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Saturday, April 4, 2015

A Flare Up





 
Anna Sui SS15
 
 
Louis Vuitton SS15


Antonio Berardi SS15 RTW; Source


Antonio Berardi SS15 RTW; Source
Bell bottom jeans and pants are really chic but for the longest time I refused to wear them. Have you heard the saying, All styles are not meant for everyone? That refrain just played over and over again in my head whenever I even began to think about purchasing a pair of bell bottom pants. All I had to do was try on a pair and look at myself in the mirror. That was all I needed to stop the madness.  Anyway, if I had long legs like a gazelle I am sure I would have liked them so much better. Note to self: Just because I don't have legs a mile long doesn't mean I can't look as hip as other fashionistas do in 70s style denim but more on that later. Right now, I am so inspired by those that carry off this look with more than a dash of fab.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
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All I ever seemed to do whenever I wore a pair of bell bottom pants during my girlhood years was kick up dust along the way to wherever I was headed. Before you start, don’t blame me for putting on a type of jeans that didn’t work for my body type. I certainly don’t. What was a girl to do after all when she was at the age when her mother still picked out her clothes? It was the 70s, after all. I was a young thing and bell bottoms were where it was at.

Bell bottom jeans, in particular, remind me of everything that was great about the 1970s; a decade I love for disco music, soul jams, television shows such as Charlie’s Angels, Starsky and Hutch and a dance called the hustle. If you didn’t guess it already you probably are on your way now to understanding just how much I love the 70s. Bell bottom jeans won’t ever be my favorite type of jeans to wear but I have a genuine fondness for them. I won't be adding them to my wardrobe this season but I am very tempted to invest in a pair of flare-leg jeans. After all, they really are like a cousin once removed from bell bottom jeans. 

I have been sucker-punched by the likes of the looks below. Tempting, no? What's not to love about a rocker chick or glam-slam look?
 
Tommy Hilfiger SS15 RTW; Source
 

Balmain SS15 RTW; Source
 
 
Balmain SS15 RTW; Source
 
 
Balmain SS15 RTW; Source


Tom Ford SS15 RTW

There are so many good memories I associate with 70s denim. As a consequence, I do quite enjoy seeing the retro-denim styles on fashionistas whom have the type of stature required to look glam in them. I don’t happen to be one of those fashionistas but I came to the realization some time ago that I can actually look quite satisfactory in them with just a few style tricks I have up my sleeve. What are they? I am so glad you asked.

The best way to balance out the wide hemline of flare-leg or bell bottom jeans and pants is to invest in a pair that have a high-waist. Your legs will look supermodel long; particularly, if you are petite and tend to wear heels like I do. I will be wearing mine with a pair of platform heels. If you don’t know anything else about me by now I hope you know how much I love platform heels. Did you read my post about flatforms versus platforms? Why, of course you did, my darlings. But if you didn’t please pretty please do. I would love for you to weigh in on the great debate since both are on the hot list for spring. By the way, platforms are perfection with flare leg jeans.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • Bell bottom jeans can also look great with sneakers. If you choose to pair them with sporty footwear, however, make sure the back of the hemline hits just at the top of the shoe to prevent any fraying at the hemline. Unless, of course, that is your thing.

  • Don’t be afraid to incorporate layers into your look. A buttoned-up shirt, sweater and scarf for instance look fantastic with bell bottom-jeans. Just make sure the shirt is fitted and the sweater tucked in just a tad at the front to show off that wonderful waist of yours.

  • Pair them with an easy-breezy tunic top, some heels and a large pair of danglers if you want to go for a bohemian look. After all, large earrings are going to be quite the hit for spring based on what I’ve seen on the runways.

  • Bell bottom jeans also look quite fabulous with a tailored blazer, a camisole or a graphic t-shirt. You see, now that I have figured out that short girls can wear bell bottom jeans with ease. There is no limit to the styling possibilities. I hope you think so too; whether you are short or tall you too can rock this 1970s style.


The only question is, “How much flare do you want? There are so many choices this season ranging from flare leg denim and pants to bell-bottoms.

Anyway, I really must run, my dear friends. Remember to leave a comment. You know how much I love chatting with you.

DVF SS15; Source
 

DVF SS15; Source
Before I go I wish you peace and love. I could not resist. I just had a 1970s flashback, you see. It is all because of those darned flare leg jeans. Now, I can’t get them out of my mind.  Maybe, they will still remain with the rest of the fashionable thoughts in my head until fall arrives.

 
 


Valentino PF15



Veronica Beard PF15


Zimmerman FW15 RTW

All images not noted are credited to Pinterest.

86 comments:

  1. I did a post on flares a little while ago. I am loving this trend so much. The Antonio Berardi flares are so chic, I'm just drooling over them. Happy Easter Sharon. http://fashionablyidu.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hag happy Easter, Idu. It is great to hear from you. I am happy you enjoyed this post.

      Sharon

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  2. I am in love with the flared and wide leg pants, for a pear shaped female like me itsone style that helps balance the silhouette . Lovely pictures here. Happy Easter Holidays!

    www.stylenbeautylounge.com

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    1. They really do work well for pear shapes which I can relate to as my hips are just a bit wider than my shoulders. It just as you have stated. It is all bout the proper proportions. I hope you have a great week. Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment.

      Sharon

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  3. I absolutely LOVE flare jeans! Always have!
    roseylittleme.blogspot.com

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    1. You must be so thrilled they are on the style radar right now. Thanks for visiting, Makayla.

      Sharon

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  4. I love flares and I'm so glad to see this 70's trend make a come back. Because I'm pear shaped, wearing flares really balance out my hips, And I also like to sport on a pair platforms or wedges with them.
    Fab post Sharon!

    Keisha xo
    www.chrysalisgals.blogspot.com

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    1. I am pear shaped too. I like my denim with just a slight flare at the leg and since I adore platforms it works out really well. Great to hear from you, Keisha.

      Sharon

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  5. Love the flare trend this summer, it's the ideal '70s vibe that is making a great fashion statement!! The denim on denim trend is also spot on! :) xo~ Lena
    www.felinecreatures.com

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    1. The flare trend really is everywhere this season. Since I have a pear shaped figure I have learned how to style a slight flare leg perfectly with platform heels. Thanks for visiting, Lena.

      Sharon

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  6. I think a little flare is okay but I too don't feel good in a bell bottoms. I guess talk people carry them off better. lovely post btw.
    www.rumelatheshopaholic.blogspot.com

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    1. Bell bottoms are too much for me too but I do like a bit of a flare leg. They balance out my pear shape. Tall individuals definitely look so great in bell bottoms. I just don't have the stature to wear pants with that wide of a hemline. Thanks for visiting my blog, Rumela.

      Sharon

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  7. I'am inlove with the flared jeans! Love those outfit! Great post! :)

    April of: https://beybiapril.wordpress.com
    IG: @beybiapril

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    1. Thanks, April. I feel a little like the 70s are back with the clothing styles that are hot right now.

      Sharon

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  8. In love with flared jeans so amanzing and fashion.

    Kisses
    http://pimentasdeacucar.blogspot.com.br/

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    1. I was really inspired by so many stylish images. It made me really appreciate how fashionable flare leg pants can be. Thanks for visiting, Juliana.

      Sharon

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  9. These bell bottom jeans are beautiful! I wish I wore flares more often, but haven't been able to in the murky city weather. Definitely will be bringing them back in the spring!

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    1. I am happy spring has sprung. I expect to see lots of flare leg pants being worn this spring and summer. Thanks for your comment, Erin.

      Sharon

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  10. I still have to give the flared jeans a try! But love these looks, definitely an inspiration!


    http://jeansandroses.blogspot.com

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    1. Sabina, it really is about finding the right type of flare leg pants. I can't wear bell bottoms because they just overwhelm me since I am petite but a slight flare leg works great for my pear shape. I am so glad you took the time to visit and comment.

      Sharon

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  11. I'm not a flare leg pants fan but I really love how looks like others on it. No matter what these pants are so classy and elegant more than skinny ones.
    Great post Sharon is always a pleasure to read your posts.
    Have a nice evening dear! ♥

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    1. I always welcome your input, Rosa. Flare leg pants are one of those garments that people seem to love or hate. I like a flare leg more in line with a bootcut leg. I am not a fan of bell bottoms but taller women really look great in them.

      Sharon

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  12. Hi sweetie,
    this falre selection is so cool.
    Beautiful inspiration.
    Kisses
    Maggie Dallospedale Fashion diary - Fashion blog

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    1. Thanks, Maggie. I am pleased that you like the selections. Have a great weekend.

      Sharon

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  13. I love flared pants and your selection is amazing. I also appreciated the tips you gave. I am looking for a perfect pair of flare pants, I own a pair but they are too flared and I need something less dramatic. Kisses


    Fashion and Cookies - fashion blog

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    1. I know exactly what you mean about the width of the flare. It really has to be just right. I can't go too wide with the hemline of the pants because they would overwhelm my petite stature. A slight fare is just right. Have a wonderful weekend.

      Sharon

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  14. Great post! Flare pants really made a big come back this time! I'm still trying to find a pair that suits me, since I'm kind of tiny! nice picks!

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    1. I am tiny too, Tiffany. Only a slight flare leg works for my size. Bell bottoms are too much but they looks so great on taller women.

      Sharon

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  15. Hola, preciosa mía!! Espero que hayas disdrutado de las vacaciones!!!!!! ¿Qué decir? Que el post es genial, he tomado nota de todo!!!! ¿Te pasas por mi último post, http://blancaancosta.blogs.elle.es/2015/04/08/pongamos-que-hablo-de-madrid/¿ En él hablo de mi viaje de fin de curso a Madrid y hacemos un extenso y bonito tour! Te espero! Besos!

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    1. Thanks so much. I am so glad you enjoyed reading this post and browsing the images. I hope you return for another visit. Have a great week.

      Sharon

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  16. I am not a fan of this trend. It was very popular when I was little and I was very fond of bell bottom jeans. Now however, I cannot picture myself wearing them. In my opinion, the smaller the flare the better.
    Great post as usual :)

    Olive Needs Popeye

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    1. I completely understand. Bell bottoms don't look great on me, in my opinion. I am petite and even though I am curvy and they would balance my proportions the flare of a bell bottom is just too overwhelming. I like slight flares that are more like a bootcut. Thanks for commenting. Have a great week.

      Sharon

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  17. Great post!!!i follow you on bloglovin,i hope you follow me back!!kiss

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    1. Thanks, Carolina. I appreciate that. I will follow you back.

      Sharon

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  18. love this trend, great inspiration =D

    gdlstreets.com

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    1. I am happy you found inspiration in this post. Thanks so much for your comment.

      Sharon

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  19. Great flare pants selection, love them all! Have a great weekend :)
    www.fashionphases.com

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    1. Flare pants can look so great on some women. I am so glad you enjoyed this post. I hope you have a fantastic week.

      Sharon

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Euge. I am glad you enjoyed this post. I hope you have a great week.

      Sharon

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  21. I love flared jeans for Spring myself. On the search for a pair! But so not great for Winters in Canada, with all the slush & snow, yuck!

    Wish me luck on my flared denim search. Great post :)

    xo Cristina
    http://www.shoe-tease.com

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    1. Cristina:

      You are so right about the hemline of flared jeans. It is not so great on snow days. I hope you find the perfect pair to wear this spring and summer.

      Sharon

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  22. Lovely inspiration post! But like you said, it seems so much easier to love flared jeans if you have legs like a giraffe ^^ Either way, I'm pretty sure it 'll look great on you ;)

    x Aurélie

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    1. Thanks, Aurelie. I would never go near the bell bottoms. They just don't work for my height but a slight flare leg actually works well for me. I am so glad you visited. I appreciate your comment.

      Sharon

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  23. I have few pairs of flare jeans and I love them! So glad they are in style again. But I can only wear them with high heels, otherwise I feel they make me look short :)
    www.StylebyOlia.com

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    1. I am too short to wear a flare leg pant without heels too, Olga. I do like the retro look. I am just not tall enough to wear bell bottoms so a slight flare leg will have to do. I am so glad you left a comment.

      Sharon

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  24. Great post. Thank you for sharing. It's weird how fashion comes and goes. I have learnt something though. I shall never throw away my old clothes. I might wear them again after 10 years lol
    xoxo
    All the best
    Cassie
    http://cassie2fashion.blogspot.com/

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    1. You are so right. Retro clothing and accessories somehow always come back into style. I am so glad you enjoyed this post. Thanks for your comment.

      Sharon

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  25. I am loving the bell bottom look though I am not sure if I can pull it off myself.
    ALSO really loving that last Zimmerman look. Great picks!

    -Andréa

    A.Viza Style

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    1. I can't wear bell bottoms. They are overwhelming with my petite frame but I make a slight flare leg work by wearing my heels of which I have many. Thanks for your comment, Andrea.

      Sharon

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  26. Flare style is so trendy at the moment. Bringing 70s back!

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Gail.

      Sharon

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  27. thanks for stopping for my blog!!!kiss

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    1. You are very welcome. I enjoyed reading your post, Carolina.

      Sharon

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  28. I Love the Inspirations

    FOLLOW my Blog!!! Maybe we can follow each other!!!
    http://rimanerenellamemoria.blogspot.de

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    1. I am happy you enjoyed the post. I have followed you and would love if you could follow back.

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  29. Antonio Berardi is the best
    Great post!
    I would really love for you to check out my latest post:
    Kaiyo Aino Blog

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    1. Thanks so much, Kaiyo, Your recent post was so interesting. as well. It made me want to add lace shorts to my wardrobe.

      Sharon

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  30. Valentino is the best...
    http://www.francescagori.com/en_US/the-dream-journey-of-antonio-grimaldi/

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    1. Glad you found inspiring looks here, Francesca. Thanks for your comment.

      Sharon

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  31. Amazing pictures!

    FOLLOW my Blog!!! Maybe we can follow each other!!!
    http://betrendylbeyourself.blogspot.de/

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    1. Thanks so much. I will, of course, follow you, I hope you follow back on Google and Bloglovin. Let's stay in touch.

      Sharon

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  32. I agree on the flares, they look amazing but not on all body types. Anna Sui does amazing shapes but they are great to admire and makes one look long and lean.

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  33. Great selection, I just love Anna Sui clothes so much! What do you think of following each other via gfc etc, maybe inspire each other? Please let me know! Kisses and have a great week :)

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    1. Thanks so much. I just followed you on GFC and would love to support each other. I hope you have a great week too.

      Sharon

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  34. Great post! Love flares x

    http://www.britishmermaid.blogspot.co.uk

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  35. nice post as always :)

    http://www.itsmetijana.blogspot.com/

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    1. I appreciate your comment so much, Tijana. Thank You

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  36. Really digging the 70s look at the moment, it's everywhere! Great post!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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    1. Thanks so much, Erin and Katherine. I am so happy you enjoyed the post.

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  37. So many gorgeous looks of flare pants, thanks for sharing!

    Prudence
    www.prudencepetitestyle.com

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  38. very nice post and fabolous selection of pics.
    gloria

    Gloriadressup

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    1. Thanks so much for your visit and comment, Effe. I hope you have a terrific weekend.

      Sharon

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  40. Great looks, Love flared pants!! X

    www.carlaginola.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Carla. You have the right height to look flawless in flared pants.

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    1. So glad you like the post, Emma. Thanks for visiting. I hope you are having a great week.

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  42. Love It so much , I loved the pics too......So Chic !

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    1. Thanks so much, I am so glad you like the post. I appreciate your visit.

      Sharon

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