Flares In The City


Embrace it, ladies, 70s style is upon us now and for the rest of the year, and after not fully facing up – put it down to general flare fear – as of yesterday, I. AM. IN….

I’ve been eyeing up the super stylish ladies of instagram rocking their flare this last month, digesting the style advice to not go full retro, but update the look with strong minimal pieces. Then, when a surprise pair of stretchy seamed flares arrived from Free People (shot some photos for a special feature with them yesterday), I realised I could do this…

How? Being such a shorty is part of the fear of flares. Basically they’re always way too long and how do you deal with putting up such swathes of material as presented by bell-bottoms? These are bell-bottoms, let’s not beat around the bush! So, first of all, I thought, I’d just cut and hem them. Then I thought, why not do it properly and figure out how to reattach the hem, as I hate the ‘put-up’ look.

So I dug out my sewing machine, got all threaded up, found the You Tube tutorial… and then clutching my little sewing scissors (can’t for the life of me find my lovely big fabric shears, sob) decided to just cut off the ends and be done with it. I’ve been cutting and ripping for fray all my skinnies, so why not these? And, actually, let’s be honest, I wasn’t that accurate and went back a couple of times to amend, so I could get them to skim the tops of my boots just right. I think you need to be able to see a little bit of heel and boot, or else it just looks strange. But don’t go too short, or else you lose the overall impact…

So, shoes? With this outfit, I’m wearing pretty high chunky boots (my most comfortable by Chie Mihara) which I can still charge about in and I must say, I’m quite enjoying the elongated look. I’d forgotten how damn flattering flares are on the female form. This was really driven home last weekend at a dinner party where I met a dangerously beautiful sexpot of an Italian photographer all flared up with tight polo and Brigette Bardot locks and bangs. Smoking.

This outfit saw me through a morning press day and lunch with my pal Erica from MMM who shot these pics for me as well as helping me with my Free People photos – thank you lovely! All on my Olympus Pen E-P5, as ever. These shots with the gorgeous 75mm lens, dreamy stuff! In other news, getting ready for a chilled weekend and embracing my latest style update – flares aside (worn today with beiges) – a little ear party in silver with some lovely pieces from Reo Jewels and planning a new piercing next week – eek!

ps. Apologies for all the hand to face shots, it was very windy and used to having my hair in a top-knot I’m not very good with it billowing around my face…



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  1. Oh I am so glad to see some more photos of you in them and what you did with the hems – I have a pair of baby kick flares in my possession and was debating whether to try and reattach the original hem – so much more difficult with flares than with skinny jeans, or just do a cut and fray. And then … I found today they do them in petite – so these have now been ordered and the original pair will be returned. I’m going to take that as a blessing from the flare jeans God!

    By the way – they look fab on you!
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    1. Ah brilliant, that’s good to hear. Must have a look for some petite flares too! 🙂

    1. Yes, I’ve just started wearing mine out again! Usually just wear them at home – surprisingly they go with more than I think 🙂 x

  2. Absolutely love this look! The whole 70’s vibe is incredibly out of my comfort zone, but I’ve tried to ease myself in with a pair of black simple smart highwaisted flares. However, being a shorty too they drown me! Love the ragged edges on this pair, please please link the youtube tutorial because I am dying to try it out on mine. Oh and the Bridgette Bardot sexpot sounds gorgeous! Never thought about pairing a turtleneck and flares before..

    Just found your blog through Girlinmenswear and adore your aesthetic.

    1. Ah, thanks so much! Yes, def fun try out a pair of flares this season I think! Ah, the You Tube vid was about reattaching hems – for the frayed look I literally just cut off a few inches with a pair of scissors haha. They seem to fray themselves as you wear them in. But using a seam picker to pull threads and a tumble in the dryer will help them along! Ah yes, love Sophia, she’s a good friend and her blog is amaze! 🙂 x

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