Fashion Challenge: Flared Pants

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Flared Bottoms


Photo Credits: 1 - Heidi Klum, 2 - Behnaz Sarafpour, 3 - Style Scrapbook via Lookbook

The '70s are back in a big way, especially in the denim world. If you don't believe me, check out MK and Ashley's new denim collection TEXTILE Elizabeth and James (Victoria Beckham is also a flare fan). Skinnies have become the norm (and will probably stay that way), but if you are looking for an alternative to your favorite straight-legged bottoms, this Fashion Challenge is the one for you.

Tips and Tricks for Rocking Flared Pants

  • Just try it! The best part about this challenge? Flared bottoms are universally flattering: Anyone can pull off this trend and look amazing doing it.
  • Take advantage of length. Wear your bell-bottoms long with heels to extend your legs for miles, like Heidi Klum does above. (Although it doesn't hurt that her legs already extend for miles...)
  • Try a little flare beyond denim. Although it may be easier to find flared denim, the trend works for other bottoms as well. For examples, see the Behnaz Sarafpour slacks in Picture 2, or these gems (interestingly enough, both looks are neutral and styled with structured handbags):
Flared bottoms


Photo Credits: 1 - Gucci, 2 - Chloé

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Product Information: Flared jeans - The Outnet, Belt - Joy, Striped bodysui - Urban Outfitters, Bib Necklae - Charm & Chain, Blazer - Topshop, Wedges - Piperlime

This is my take on Andy's (from Style Scrapbook) look in Picture 3. I chose a striped bodysuit (on sale!) for a super sleek effect when worn with the high-waisted McQ jeans. Wedges keep things summery, but if it gets cool, a slouchy blazer pulls everything together. A chain-link bib necklace adds interest a la Ms. Palermo.

Just as a side note, I think dark, high-waisted flared denim would be the perfect foundation for a perfect casual Friday outfit (Sarah's Diary of a PR Intern posts have me thinking chic work attire. Are you guys following her adventure too? I feel like I'm getting the super-secret inside scoop!)

So, will you take the Fashion Challenge?

What are your thoughts on flared bottoms? Any thoughts on TEXTILE Elizabeth and James (it got a few poor reviews, but I really like the collection--so does Kristin Cavallari)? Already work this trend? Send us pictures of you in your flared pants and we’ll feature them here!* As always, we are open to suggestions for future fashion challenges and we’d love to hear from you!

* Send your outfit pictures to fashionchallenge AT collegefashion DOT net! – be sure to include your name and where you go to school, as well as a description of what you’re wearing in the photo! (See examples here and here!)