It feels like a century ago, somewhere around 2003, but I vividly remember during a conversation of fashion analysis with my other fashion bestie, Nick, that I vehemently denounced the rise of the skinny jean and vowed to hold true to flared jeans 4ever. Fast forward approximately 10 years in the future and I am now slightly frightened of the resurgence of the flared pant and clinging tightly to my skinnies and peg leg trousers. But maybe Miriam and I will have to institute a new fashion resolution for 2015, so that we RF girls will give flares a chance. Fortunately, there are many variations on the trend and the flowing wide-leg trousers actually seem very enticing -- it's just the curvy flared bootcut jeans that have been giving me nightmares. But maybe we can channel chibi-Siobhan and chibi-Miriam circa the early 2000's and remember why we loved them so! Let's peruse some fashion inspiration and see what this trend can do.
Derek Lam SS15
Now we know everyone has been pushing the 70s trend down our gullets for SS15, but Derek Lam's take on the voluminous trouser is a good mix of minimalism and the 70s spirit that we can take with a without a spoonful of sugar.
Saint Laurent SS15
We can definitely handle flared trousers when it's the form of playful power suiting. However, we are still utterly reeling from the realities of cyclical nature of fashion. If "we used to wear that when I was teenager" is a fashion badge of honor then we have totally earned it. Right down to the damn tightly tied scarf!
Olivia Palermo, the unofficial flares ambassador, gently brings us closer to the dark side. When it comes to flared jeans, it will be darker washes that will be at the fore front.
Okay, maybe we can handle the looseness at our ankles and the air gliding around our calves as long as we remember that style icon, Jane Birkin, rocked the hell out of flared trousers. Yes, let Birkin be your spirit guide as we foray into SS15 -- we will make through everyone just put your skinnies in a box to the left for now.
In our part two, we will be showing some potential ways to wear the flare! Stay tuned.