It’s hard to believe that a mere fortnight ago I could have made it through the day without having to encounter any evidence that flares were thing. Today they are everywhere; from catwalks to red carpets.
I should have known really. A wise woman once said “In Fashion on day flares are in- the next you are out.”
So it seems that the day has come when flares are officially ‘In’ and I am officially ‘Out’.
Don’t get me wrong- I have nothing against flares per se. I actually have owed flares before; they were all the rage in sixth grade, especially if the bottoms of the flares were bejewelled or embroidered in some way.
However, I do think that flares are definitely not for everyone, nor should they be regarded as a ‘wardrobe staple’, ‘season must-have’, or ‘absolutely essential’, as some fashion publications and celebrity endorsers would have us believe.
So I have put together a checklist of things to think about if you are feeling the Call of the Flare:
( ) Are you super tall and slim? If yes- Go ahead and flare. If no- be ready to Spanx and Heel if indeed yo decide the flare is for you.
( ) Are your flares of any material other than denim? If yes, PUT THEM BACK. I know Jennifer Aniston occasionally steps some tailored flares, but they are a terrible investment for a normal person. How much mileage can you actually get from burgundy flares? Seriously??
( ) Do you own other serviceable trousers that will play the same role in your wardrobe? If flares are going to be your go-to dress trousers I urge you to reconsider. They will date very fast, I PROMISE YOU, and then you ill always end up looking like you took a wrong turn out of 1973.
( ) Are your flares SUPER flared? If so, put them back. Just put them right back- no one will ever know.
DISCLAIMER: If you left even one of those boxes unchecked- step away. Soz.