I can’t really trace where my aversion to flared jeans began. And it’s not jean-specific, really, so much as pant-specific, though, come to think of it, I don’t own a lot of flared-hem-anythings. Straight and sleek and long, that’s me! (Or straight and sleek and very, very short, if I’m honest, but that’s another story.) Flares are back from the seventies with a vengeance, though, trouncing down the runways and on the streets on the legs of editors, bloggers, and god knows who else. Men don’t seem to like them, particularly, though they’re hard-pressed to explain exactly why. “I like to see a woman’s leg,” says my long-suffering boyfriend, when pushed. (My leg, of course, is what he means by that, right?) And to that end, all that extra fabric, rippling about the ankle, taunting my young golden retriever, who so, so desperately loves to catch a hem in his teeth and pull. Why bother?
Well, because they’re in, my friends, and also, the chances are that you haven’t actually given them a fair shake. I see you out there, rolling your eyes. Costumey, you’re thinking. Dumb. Leave me and my worn-out skinnies alone. Well, I won’t. Because if I do nothing but convince you, at this exact moment, to try a pair of flared jeans this season, I will have done my job. Because look here a second, skinny jeans are swell! We all know that. But they’re also kind of . . . boring. I mean, they’re very versatile—any look! Any shoe! Any top!—and thanks to modern fabrics, quite comfortable, and really very easy. Easy to the point of invisibility, really. It’s the legging of the denim world. Which is fine, I swear. But would you really be here, reading this, if you wanted to spend your whole life in leggings? I didn’t think so.
So how did I go from flared-averse to evangelist? Because, um, I actually tried them. At the behest of Vogue.com’s beloved Market Editor and denim expert Kelly Connor, I slid into a few pairs, and suddenly my legs were longer, my waist was slimmer, and I actually looked dressed. And like that, I got it. Chloe Lonsdale, founder and chief creative officer of MiH Jeans (whose Marrakesh flare jean predates this current trend and will long outlast it, for its utterly flattering and perennially Jane Birkin–perfect silhouette), was not exactly surprised. “When you have the cut of a flare right—even if you don’t like flares and you think you will never ever wear a pair—you cannot deny that you look great,” said Lonsdale. “It makes your legs look like they come from under your arms, it’s super slimming, super leg-lengthening, and you just feel great in them. It gives you a sense of something that you don’t get from a skinny jean.” There’s something intentional to it, in other words, a look that you’re after. Think of it this way: If your skinnies are made to blend in, flares are made to stand out. Sure, some styling tricks are required: You have to be aware of your waist (no overly long tops), and a heel really takes the leg-lengthening aspect to exponential heights (though Lonsdale prefers to wear hers with Converse for an ineffably cool, overtly confident effect). But when it comes down to it, spring 2015’s denim trend is not about laziness, or slumping around in your jegging alternatives: It’s about dressing like you mean it. And I’m starting to think that means a flare. So do yourself a favor and try it. The smart money’s on you never looking back.
Here, five great pairs to start the revolution.
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