3 Ways to Style Flare Denim

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By Benjamin Stange, Buffalo Exchange Chelsea

Flare denim has been making resurgence in fashion on and off over the past couple years. However, these new flares are not your mother’s hip-hugging bell bottoms. The modern flare has a higher waist and a slimmer leg that make it easy to fit into most wardrobes. It’s quickly becoming a staple piece in many closets and seems to be equally at home with a variety of styles.

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70s Chic

The 70s are back, baby! And they’re coming at us with full force. An obvious choice when trying out flares for the first time is to take them back to their roots. This look is about striking a balance between the new and the old. Try pairing some distressed flares with a flowy silk blouse and some bold jewelry. Add some platform heels and a tooled leather bag, and then top it off with a chunky knit duster—all in bold autumn colors. Finish it off with a true vintage full-length faux fur and red leather school boy cap, and watch the heads turn as you strut down 6th Ave.

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90s Raver Girl

Another era we’re seeing making a comeback in a big way is the 90s. This girl leans toward something a little more eye catching and colorful. She’s not afraid to be noticed as she bops from place to place, and is always ready to take a quick selfie to post on her Tumblr fashion page. Start with a basic pair of light wash denim flares and pick out a cool graphic tee in a bright color. Don’t forget about the accessories! Chokers are a great start, but also add a few strands of something sparkly or iridescent. Top it off with a quirky printed bucket hat, a bold bag (like faux pink python), and a statement belt to tie everything

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Clean & Modern

A lot of modern fashion is about clean lines and simple layers. A basic pair of black flares is a great base to build this day-to-night look. A simple long tee or sweater is a great layering piece. Try it in a neutral color or opt for a subtle print. A light wool jacket with contrast leather sleeves is an excellent piece that is equally at home in the office or at a swanky restaurant. Keep the color palette minimal so all of the layers don’t look too cluttered. Keep accessories clean and chic. Black booties and a leather bucket bag are the staples of this look, but add a twist with a bold piece of silver jewelry and a cool leather baseball cap. You could also throw on a modern striped faux fur vest to help keep you warm in the February chill and you’ll be looking just as good on your lunch break as you do at dinner with bae!