Look Of The Week – Flares
I see you. Rolling your eyes. “Flared jeans belong where they come from, the 70’s”, you are thinking. Or at least that’s what I figured until I got myself to try on a pair. I still remember my favourite flared denim when I was younger. I wouldn’t stop wearing it. It was a pair of turquoise and white tie-dye pants with silver buttons on each side going right up to my hip bones (as if I was to undo my pants sideways?). You see, my passion for fashion doubtlessly started at a young age. I’m afraid, however, that this ultimate fashion shock from the 90’s has haunted me ever since, and I never thought of picking up another pair of flared jeans.
Every time I write about fashion, I find myself typing things like “break the rules” or “wear whatever it is you feel like wearing”. Ultimately, that’s what makes fashion so fun, right? So, here I am, breaking the rules and loving it. Flared jeans, a vintage (collared!) jersey, a pair of retro sunglasses and some pink patent leather sandals somehow seem to work together seamlessly and leave me walking the streets (of Auckland, by the way) with a spring in my step.
Put aside your worn-out skinnies for a moment and embrace the retro-revival. While skinny jeans are the most versatile pair of denim you can own, they are also, well, boring. The chameleon of denim, as I like to call them, turns into whatever you team it up with, which is fantastic. But sometimes you just need a piece that stands out more than it blends in. This is where flares come in. Your legs seem longer; your waist seems slimmer, and – best of all – they don’t only complete any look in no time, they make the look.
I love taking fashion blasts from the past and putting a new spin on them. Instead of recreating, consider reinventing. Not just with fashion, but with everything else for that matter. Since this look is so heavily influenced by trends from the past, I’d like to leave you with this quote by George Orwell.
“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”
Here is to cherishing our past, living in the present, and creating the most amazing future for yourself and those around you.