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Reviving Retro Fashion: The Timeless Allure of 70s Style Flare Pants

CEO Tinh Phung
I used to be a hardcore skinny jeans girl. I wore them every day, I swore by them, and I turned up my nose at any other silhouette. My mom used to dress me up...

I used to be a hardcore skinny jeans girl. I wore them every day, I swore by them, and I turned up my nose at any other silhouette. My mom used to dress me up in bell-bottoms when I was in elementary school, and ever since then, the mention of anything resembling a flare brought back images of 9-year-old me awkwardly posing for my school photos.

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That mental image kept me far away from flare jeans until last fall when I jumped on the '70s style bandwagon. Taking a leap of faith, I tried on some trendy high-waisted flares that were very, very different from the bedazzled pants of my youth, and my opinion changed dramatically.

There are a ton of advantages to wearing flare jeans, but going over all of them would be time-consuming, and we’re busy gals. So I’ll just share three, with a little wardrobe inspiration too.

#1. They’re universally figure-flattering.

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The extra volume at the bottom of the leg makes your legs look longer and flatters any body shape. Tuck in a looser top to balance out your silhouette. Add fun accessories like wooden earrings and a geometric print scarf in complementary colors. (Psst, heeled sandals + flare jeans = mile-long legs.)

#2. The 70s’ are still going strong this Spring.

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The '70s trend isn't going away any time soon (thank goodness!). Flares are a serious part of the retro vibe, so you’re going to want a pair for the months ahead. Pair them with a flowy off-the-shoulder peasant top and a simple necklace to add interest. You really can't go wrong mixing wedges and flares, so strap on some suede-looking wedge sandals and find a matching fringe bag to tote your phone and keys.

#3. You’ll stand out in a sea of skinny jeans

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This would be a pretty standard early springtime outfit, but the substitution of flares for skinny jeans actually adds to the edge because of their unique shape. A crop top, combat boots, and stacked bracelets will give you a rocker-chic look, and the cardigan will tie it all together and add a little extra warmth until the weather heats up a touch.

Tips to Rock Your Retro Look: 70s Style Flare Pants

Check out these tips on how to style your flare pants for a vintage-inspired fashion statement to nail that 70s vibe:

  1. Choose high-waisted flare pants to elongate your legs and define your waistline.
  2. Opt for a slightly flared leg for a streamlined silhouette that avoids bulkiness.
  3. Balance the volume of your flare pants by keeping the rest of your outfit simple and well-fitted.
  4. Accentuate your waist with a statement belt that adds a personal touch to your ensemble.
  5. Pair your pants with heeled shoes or boots to further elongate your legs.
  6. Play around with different fabrics like denim, corduroy, or velvet to discover unique styles.
  7. Have fun experimenting with various prints and patterns to express your individuality.
  8. Amp up the glam factor by accessorizing with statement earrings or a chunky necklace.
  9. Feel free to mix and match different eras and styles for an eclectic fashion statement.

What do you think?

Are you a fan of flares? Have you tried a piece of clothing you used to steer clear of? Let us know in the comments below!

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