Lesson 12: how to wear flares

It’s official. They’re back. Whether you love them or hate them, flares are a big trend for SS15. I love the laidback, effortlessly cool style of the 70s, but it isn’t the easiest look to put together. Trousers of the wide-leg variety aren’t the usual go-to piece for the majority of us, but they’re actually pretty flattering and make a refreshing change to ripped skinny jeans. The weather is still a bit on the nippy side, so I’ve gone for a covered-up tailored look. I’ll save all the hippie stuff for Summer.


The key to pulling off flares is balance. Trousers with a print or finish on them need a clean, minimal top. Show off your waist to complement the excess fabric and keep accessories fairly bold. Anything with fiddly little details will just be lost. I’ve combined heavy wool trousers with a light silky shirt and kept the look fairly casual by choosing leather brogues rather than heels. Heels can look great with flares, just be sure that the trousers are long enough. There is nothing worse than a swingy flare. Also, opt for a jacket that’s slightly cropped. My mum bought this faux fur jacket from Miss Selfridge about 15 years ago and it’s still going strong! Asos have a beautiful one from Unreal Fur at the moment.







I’ve gone for quite a strong makeup look to keep the outfit feeling modern and youthful. Lady Danger by MAC is my absolute favourite lipstick. I tend to wear Russian Red in the Winter as it’s darker and more intense, but Lady Danger has a lovely vibrant coral undertone that’s perfect for a seasonal update.

So, there you go. My own little take on the 70s with contemporary twist. I hope this inspires you to try something different this week – Spring equals new beginnings, and all that jazz.

Wide-leg trousers – Miss Selfridge

Shirt – Mango

Brogues – Office

Watch – Michael Kors

Faux fur jacket – vintage

Leather satchel – vintage