Flare Pants Are Officially a Thing - Here's How to Wear Them

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If you were a little skeptical of the flared pants trend this season, we don't blame you - we were, too, at first! After all, flares haven't been shown much love since the early 2000s or so (remember those low-rise, bootcut, Abercrombie jeans you just had to have?). The flares of 2015? Totally different story. We're talking '70s-inspired, high-waisted jeans and floaty bohemian printed pants that would look right at home at Coachella. Sound good? Read on for how to make 'em work - no matter what your personal style is!

1. Fun and Free-Spirited

If you love the chic hippie, fashion-meets-free-spirit look, you're in luck. This season's printed, flowy flares ($18.99, Choies) are right up your alley! To make them work, try a cropped eyelet blouse ($70, Topshop) on top - a solid white or black looks best to allow your statement pants to shine. A fringed bucket bag ($44.97, Nelly) and strappy sandals ($24.99, Necessary Clothing) in black are an unexpected update from the typical tan or suede boho accessories. Don't forget your oversized, round shades ($9.99, Zero UV)!

2. Keep It Casual

For a chilled-out weekend look, flared jeans are your new go-to - think a high-waisted, leg-lengthening pair in a bright pop of blue ($60, H&M). A light kimono-esque top ($40, Zara) is super pretty, but also easy to throw on for the perfect off-duty look. Flat espadrille loafers ($20.99, Cici Hot) are the perfect casual summer shoe switch-up for when you're just not feeling sandals. Top it off with a floppy summer hat ($25, Dorothy Perkins) and a luxe burgundy tote ($68, Warehouse).

3. Lady-like

If you're looking to go for the girly, polished look, opt for a pair of soft floral flares in an unexpected color - we're head over heels for this pretty yellow and black pair ($57, Miss Selfridge)! To keep the girly vibes throughout the rest of the outfit, a white ruffled top ($58, Pixie Market) and a pearl ear cuff ($28, Bauble Bar) will do the trick. Adding structured accessories like a classic crossbody ($36, Lulu's) and nude heels ($89.95, Nordstrom) contrasts the flowy-ness of the rest of your outfit.

4. Edgy Rocker

Lace pants ($27.84, Abercrombie & Fitch) for an edgy look? It totally works. They add the perfect, subtle, feminine touch to heavier pieces - not to mention the way sheer lace shows off your favorite pair of pointy ankle booties ($88, Nasty Gal)! On top, keep the look grey and black with a simple, high-neck tee ($12, Miss Selfridge) and summer's leather jacket, the moto vest ($49.99, H&M). Add tough accessories like a bag with black hardware ($22.90, Forever 21) and a gunmetal statement necklace ($40, Bauble Bar).

With the right tricks and accessories, you can totally make flare pants work, no matter what your personal style is - no fear of looking like a walking #TBT necessary.

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