The tricky denim trend update for your sartorial refresh. How to find the right pair of crop flared jeans and how to wear them.
While I recently explored the wide leg pant, today I thought I would talk about one of those trends that came up last year and are going strong in the pants department. Flared jeans have been embraced for a while now, and inevitably, their lengths have come to be cropped.
HOW TO WEAR CROP FLARED JEANS
If you are looking to add a new pair of jeans to your rotation, the crop flared jeans come highly recommended. They are all about sharing a statement shoe, be it flats, a heel or a boot. So if you, like me, have a thing for shoes, (find evidence of this HERE!), crop flares are the perfect excuse to show off your favourite pair.
A LONG BLAZER: A long line blazer, or boyfriend style relaxed blazer creates the perfect balance in the cropped flare silhouette.
FLATS: Pair with white sneakers, brogues or slides. The choice is yours!
BOOTS: Heeled fitted ankle boots are an elegant option worn under the crop flared jean. It also gives you an opportunity to wear them peeking out from under the hem, in a different way.
HEELS: Any heel height, from low to mid or high work with the cropped flare jean. Strappy sandals and classic pumps both work wonders.
TOPS: Pictured I have a midriff baring button down, which is arguably not for everyone, but I love that I can tie the bow up or leave it long, exaggerating the silhouette. Besides this, pair it with a tucked in tee-shirt, or button down shirt or turtleneck.
ACCESSORIES: The fun part about this style is that you can let not only your shoes, but bag, sunglasses, earrings, scarf… etc do the talking. The crop flare acts as a bit of a blank canvas to showcase your other items.
FRAYED: Finally, to keep it on trend and a little more relaxed, find a frayed hem or cut your own.
I will completely admit that there have been times that I’ve looked at the crop flared jean and thought, the silhouette was just SO unflattering. Long flares elongate the legs (I am on the petite size so I need all the length I can get!), where cropped flares will naturally cut them off in what could be an unflattering way.
The key is to try on pairs until you find the right style for you.
The pair I am wearing are not high waisted, so could potentially leave me looking a little on the shorter side. Personally I think they are flattering, very comfortable and in just the right shade of black to show off just about anything else. (Even a motorbike!) I highly recommend them, the denim quality is excellent.
HOW CROP FLARED JEANS FIT IN YOUR CAPSULE WARDROBE
Personally, while I could argue the case for a jean style that will work across the seasons, I really feel that the crop flared jeans are more of a trend purchase. As such, I feel I will get wear out of them for another couple of years at least before I am over them, but I wouldn’t say they were a capsule item.
Sure, in a classic denim, dark denim, white or black, they will work with a LOT of your capsule wardrobe items. But I would suggest that they were viewed as an item to update your look if you are wanting to feel more on trend for a number of seasons. As such, I would not really pay a premium for them, but buy a good quality pair at an affordable cost, expecting to get a couple of years of regular wear.
What do you think? Have you been wearing them? Do you want to give them a go? Let me know below.
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