I’ll be honest…I don’t think I have worn jeans with a bootcut or flare in years.  {In fact, when I shot this outfit in my college town of Athens, GA a few weeks back, I commented to my photog that this was the first time I had worn flared jeans since I was actually walking those same streets as a student at the University of Georgia!} Skinny jeans have been my main-stay for endless seasons and I am very excited for the welcome change of a different jean-style trending this season.
Why bring back the flares and bell-bottoms? Flared jeans are incredibly flattering on most every body type, especially curvy gals like myself. They balance out the hips and thighs, and the newer mid-to-high rise styles {like I am wearing in this post} are actually great at flattering the mid-section.  {Side note :: The pair I am pictured wearing here are by Paige and they are heavenly in fit, comfort and flattery. You’ll be seeing them a lot in the coming months, because they are my new “go”-to jeans!}

The only “down-side” to flared pants is the shoe limitations. Wide-bottomed jeans and pants need to be worn with a heel or wedged pump or ankle bootie for Fall. Flats don’t add enough “balance” to the flare and tall boots are a “no-no” with this style pant.

Another thing to keep in mind when styling flared jeans is to balance out the wider leg with a more fitted top or by tucking a blouse into the pants. Long, blousy tunic-styled tops and flared jeans don’t usually mix.

Here’s how I styled my new favorite flares ::

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photography by Amanda Pulley.

outfit details :: paige high-raise bell bottom jeans // foxcroft plaid shirt via nordstrom // rebecca minkoff handbag // kendra scott earrings // sole society pumps // ray-ban wayfarer sunglasses // {gifted} jewlr monogram necklace // michael kors watch 

Flares to shop ::

Stylishly yours,

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