At 61, I have been around the block (fashion wise), a few times. My style is mainly non-obvious looks, and pared down easy to wear pieces.
A big favourite of mine is still jeans which I wear a lot. I have amassed quite a few pairs over the years. These range from straight to wide. My other go-to’s, over the years, have been flares. I have never stopped wearing them.
I find the most flattering style for me is the subtle bootcut. I’m not a lover of the dramatic ankle flapping look – a little too draughty at this time of year!
Jokes aside, I know height can be a factor for not liking the flared style. I like to wear a wedge or a boot with a heel to give me a little bit of height, underneath, as it elongates my not so long legs. I’m five foot six, and this works well for me. They can also look so cool with a pair of trainers or flat pumps.
With my Leopard print cami and Tux!
I’ve found the best way to wear my flares is to balance the wider leg shape with a neatly proportioned top half. Flares work so well with a jacket, a great shirt tucked in, or a t-shirt – such an effortless winning combination.
With my Chanel (copy) blue Tweed jacket
I own two pairs of flared jeans. The first I bought, last year, (Other Stories). They are a more relaxed style and a softer lighter blue denim – you can check them,here, and, here. And…. lately, as I am a lifelong denim lover, I’ve been searching for a darker indigo blue pair to wear in the colder months. I usually pay quite a bit for my jeans so when New Look was suggested as a possibility, I was a little dubious about the quality. Plus, I always thought it catered to the younger demographic.
However, I have heard from a few reliable sources to check – because their jeans have a good reputation.
So, off I trotted, not expecting much. I had only been in the store a few minutes when I spotted their “High Waist Flared Brooke Jeans”. I especially loved the dark indigo colour and the denim felt good quality.
They are from their “New Look Kind” range: styles that are responsibly sourced and friendlier to the planet. They are a “fit and flare design, but, as you can see, the flare is subtle.
They also have a stretch in the denim giving them a comfortable edge. I loved that they had size choices for the inside leg – short, regular, and long.
I have been looking for a pair of sequinned flares for Christmas and saw a lovely pair on the Zara website. But, they had no leg length information or choice and, as they don’t have reviews, there was no way of finding the true leg length. So, I emailed them, and they came back to me saying they are 46cm, which is far too long for my height. I find it to be such a pain when trousers need to be altered. And, it can change the whole look and style of the trousers. In this post, I have styled my flares in various ways. I hope you get some ideas from it.
Michael Kors Red Handbag
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