How to Wear It: Flare Jeans

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How to Wear Flares: Outfit Ideas

Street style flare jeans
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Flare jeans are an attention-getting woman's denim style that can work for every body type. If you're curvy, this jean's signature bell-shape hems offer balance for wider hips, while making your legs look longer. Meanwhile, those of us with boyish shapes can wear flare jeans to create the illusion of curves. We’re also fond of the way that 70s-inspired flare jeans add instant style to outfits, whether you're wearing them for casual weekends, layering them to play up their bohemian-chic vibe for concerts and parties, styling them with polished pieces for the office, or dressing up your flare jeans for a date night out. Take a look at some of our favorite ways to style flare jeans now, in this go-to guide to flare jean fashion. (Be sure to read through to the end, for shoppable links to our favorite brands of flare jeans).

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Daytime Outfit with a Boyfriend Coat

Jeans with a boyfriend coat
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Want to create a flattering silhouette that's easy to pull together in a snap? Pair wide-hemmed, dark wash flare jeans with a slim fitting top, then layer on a boyfriend-fit coat. A longer, roomier jacket is great for camouflaging your hips and butt when you feel like covering up. Meanwhile, wider hemmed bottoms help to minimize your thighs, making you look leaner. Sticking to dark shades for all your layers, as pictured here, has an overall slenderizing effect, too. For a clean, modern look, keep accessories classic. A structured leather handbag and basic black loafers are all you need.

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Fall or Winter Outfit with Layered Separates

Fall outfit with layered separates
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When the weather cools, make a head-turning fashion statement by creating a layered look over flare jeans. Lighter wash flare jeans take on the look of a stylish trouser when you wear them with multiple tops. The trick to making this look stylish -- not sloppy – is to choose top layers in different weights and textures, such as this cool lingerie-inspired look with a lacy camisole, long-sleeved tee, and nubby faux fur jacket. 

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Date Night Outfit with a Sexy Top

Sexy top with flare jeans
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Are you a stylish trendsetter? We've got your go-to ​date night outfit right here. You'll look fashionably pretty in a sexy lace tank top layered over slim-fitting, dark wash flare jeans. Accessorize your look with a pretty handbag and dangling earrings, and leave your hair loose for an undone look he’ll love. A chic tweed jacket is a handy carry-along to keep you covered up for the subway ride downtown and can be pulled on when the temperatures cool late at night.  Finish your outfit with strappy sandals that have a chunky heel, which will look right under wide hems.

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Chic Office Outfit With a Leather Jacket

Flare jeans and a leather jacket
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Here’s the flip side of wearing flare jeans with a leather jacket that shows you how these pieces can work together in a more feminine way. Start with slim-fitting, dark wash flare jeans that hug your curves. Then, add a pretty floral blouse. Top with a softer, quilted leather jacket and carry a ladylike chain-strap bag, for an effortlessly polished look that works for the office, or going out for cocktails.

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Office Outfit with a Work Shirt

Flare jeans with a crisp blouse for work
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We love this pretty denim outfit for every day, year-round fashion. Pair vintage-inspired flare jeans with an unstructured blouse, for an easy look you can wear to the office on denim days, or to look pulled-together for running errands. To accessorize, keep things simple with brown, menswear-inspired leather loafers and a matching handbag, as pictured here.

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Weekend Outfit with a Sweater

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Pull on a big sweater over flare jeans for weekends. Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/Getty Images

Channel easy, breezy 70s cool in a laid-back outfit of vintage-wash flare jeans and a colorful knit sweater. Matched with wearable loafers and a pretty purse, you can wear this outfit everywhere from running errands to picking up the kids. 

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Daytime Look with a Striped Tee Shirt

All-American classic style in flare jeans
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Laid back, classic American style doesn't get easier than this. A soft t-shirt looks just right tucked into perfect-fitting, dark wash flare jeans. Want to add instant fashion cred, without complicating things? Simply add a designer (or designer-look) shoulder chain bag for an effortlessly chic outfit you can wear to class or shopping with friends.

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Tomboy Outfit with a Leather Jacket

Tomboy chic in flare jeans and a leather jacket
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Think flare jeans always have to look feminine? While it’s true that this denim style is great for highlighting womanly curves, you can always play against type in vintage-inspired, lighter blue flare jeans, by matching them with masculine-inspired separates. Take a look at this cool outfit with a leather biker jacket and black top. You could wear this easy combination with motorcycle-style ankle boots and no accessories, for a total tomboy vibe. Or, add a statement tote and high heel shoes, to play the femme.

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Fall or Winter Outfit With Faux Fur

Flare jeans and faux fur
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Colder fall and winter days call for heavier layers -- but you don't have to sacrifice style to stay warm. You'll look fashionable for chilly days in chic, dark wash flare jeans matched with a leather jacket (or long-sleeved sweater) and topped with a cozy, trendy faux fur vest. A beautiful shoulder bag and wearable flat ankle boots are the perfect complements to this stylish ensemble that’s a great choice to wear when shopping, going ice skating, or for long winter walks with someone special.

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Weekend Outfit in Double Denim

Double denim weekend style with flare jeans
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Want a fashionable idea for adding polish to your weekend jeans looks? Put together a street style-inspired, double denim outfit in casual medium-blue denim flares, with this easy fashion trick. Pair flare jeans with a denim jacket in a similar shade of blue, worn over a soft, flannel shirt. Then, pull your outfit together by accessorizing it with a beautiful, silk scarf, as pictured here. Loosely knot your favorite printed scarf so it sits on top of your jacket collar.