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Here at Dia and Co we love jeans of all kinds and plus-size flare jeans in particular have a special place in our hearts. When flare jeans became a thing, it was the 1960s and part of the rebellion against straight-laced norms in fashion. Their billowy bottoms became iconic and synonymous with the free-spirited hippy, but flare jeans eventually became attractive to people of all walks of life. Alongside the popular flared denim of the day, the disco era saw flared bottoms that were see-through, knitted, covered in sequins, made of satin and, yup, especially polyester. In the ’80s the traditional flare became more tapered and converged with straight-leg looks, though the flare looked incredibly chic with heels at the time as a part of a 9-to-5 look. Throughout the ’90s, ’00s, and ’10s, flare jeans have continued to thrive as a unique statement-making bottom. Today they’re making a comeback for their lengthening inseams and daring flares. If you’re interested in working them into your wardrobe and want to know how, read on!
How do you find the right flare leg jeans for your body type? That’s easy.
For petite plus-size flare jeans, the biggest rule is to wear them with comfy platforms with plenty of height to keep them from pooling on the floor. Of course, getting your flared jeans tailored is always a great idea if you’re of the shorter persuasion. If you’ve got an hourglass or pear-shaped figure, flare jeans were made for you as their wide bottoms look great with your hips. Play with low, mid and high rise cuts and see which one you feel the most comfortable in. If you don’t have wide hips and are broader in the shoulders or have more of a rectangle shape, go for mid or high-rise flare jeans and play with cropped tops for a play on proportions. For apple shapes, stick with mid-rise flared jeans and match with a great heel or wedge to keep that height. Of course not all bodies fit into the above body types, so we invite you to get styled by one of our experts or play around with rises and proportions in all your flared jeans outfits.
As with any jean color or wash, keep it light in the warmer months and dark in the cooler months. Plus size black flare jeans should really be worn in fall and winter, unless you’re an all-black-always type. Then far be it from us to tell you when to wear your black flare jeans! You do you. Plus size white flare jeans aren’t that easy, though, and definitely look better in warmer months, paired with peasant blouses, linen tops and off-the-shoulder numbers.
One of the biggest questions we often get is how do you style flared jeans? After taking into account your body type and personal style, then you can begin to figure out how you want to style them yourself. If you know, for example, that you want to look a bit edgy, get some inspiration from glam rockers of the ‘70s and rock your flared jeans with band tees, cropped moto jackets and platforms. If you’re more of a hippy or into bohemian trends, peasant blouses and chunky platform sandals will look perfect as an outfit with light wash flare jeans. And then, if you’re looking to keep it sophisticated, opt for white flare jeans and pair them with heels and a voluminous top to turn heads all season long.
Wondering what shoes to wear with flared jeans? All you need to do is keep the proportion of the flared bottom in mind and style to counteract their bottom-heavy look. We will always recommend a high heel or platform with flare jeans, but you can keep your flare jeans shorter and wear them with crisp tennis shoes and low sandals, too. How long should flare jeans be? As long as they’re not dragging on the floor (like when we were in grade school), you’re golden.
Want us to send you some flare jeans? Schedule a Dia box and we’ll send you exactly the right types of flared jeans for you so you can mix and max to your heart’s content. We’ve also got great styles from plus size brands you love, right here. So go ahead and have fun styling your new flare jeans from Dia & Co.
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