Three Ways to Wear Flares Without Looking Like a Hippie

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When it comes to denim, there is no doubt that skinny jeans have been dominating the scene for the past few years. Skinny jeans can serve as the perfect supporting actor to any outfit—but what if you want your jeans to play the lead role?

In any clothing store, on every pedestrian-filled street . . . flared jeans are making a statement. Rather than serving as a backdrop for whatever top and shoes you choose, flares make an outfit—they steal the show (in a good way). But after wearing skinny jeans for so long, many of us are wondering how we can wear flares without looking like a hippie on her way to Woodstock. Fear not. First, find flares that flatter your body shape. We asked stylist and blogger Brynn Elliott Watkins to show us modern ways to style flares to suit every taste.

Urban //

As we all know, leather and denim make a good-lookin’ couple. Brynn’s urban outfit is perfect for anyone who wants a little edge. Dark denim, a black leather jacket, black boots, and a colorful button-up make this look modern but classically cool. Her wide-brim hat and drawstring bag are some of the season’s best accessories for a street-style vibe.

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how to style your flared jeans style fall 2015 fashion outfit inspiration urban feminine preppy

Preppy //

Now this is a classy 1970s throwback. Who said flared jeans have to be casual? This look is perfect for those who want to step up their denim game and experiment with silhouettes. Brynn’s bright-blue wide-leg flares are complemented by an equally structured and dramatic statement coat in camel. Stay on trend with a crisp button-up closed all the way to the top and tucked in. A bag that’s tonal like Brynn’s clutch will pull the whole look together.

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how to style your flared jeans style fall 2015 fashion outfit inspiration urban feminine preppy

Feminine //

For all the girlie girls out there, this is the style for you. If flares feel a bit too laid-back or boyish, Brynn proves that the right amount of delicate detail can be added to any denim getup. We love her addition of a scarf and a vintage-inspired purse, but a statement necklace or a structured bag would be just as on point. You’ll be comfy and classy all day long.

how to style your flared jeans style fall 2015 fashion outfit inspiration urban feminine preppy
how to style your flared jeans style fall 2015 fashion outfit inspiration urban feminine preppy