With Flare...

Angie is right...look where things are headed...

And below, technically from 1968. But looks pretty fresh to me. 

ETA: Also, when trying on my new coat I happened to be wearing my bootcut/flares. I loved the way the coat played with the shape of the pants. I like it much better with these pants than with my skinnies. Though Danier showed it with skinnies. 

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  • Day Vies replied 5 years ago

    I've always preferred a little flare :-)

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    DV, you ROCK the flares. The only thing for me is practicality. That may be the reason they look so fresh and fun. There are precious few days appropriate to wear them around these parts....

  • torontogirl replied 5 years ago

    I love a flare with a heel!

  • Sveta replied 5 years ago

    Now we only need the right weather for those flares... :-)

  • Inge replied 5 years ago

    Loving all three looks, Suz, (and you're right that your bootcuts/flares look amazing with your Danier coat).

    I second Sveta's comment: we need the weather to go along with those flares:-)

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Yup. And that weather is a LONG way away, where I live! Still snowing like crazy here...

    And thank you, Inge. :)

  • replied 5 years ago

    Really looking forward to wearing them too. Hoping to find a great pair of flared jeans to add to the collection...

  • Mona replied 5 years ago

    These look so fresh and fun!

  • SW Ann replied 5 years ago

    I've been sporting the flares while hiding my head when talking of the skinny trend......finally adopted a couple skinny black pant looks but find them to have  very limited use in my life.  Would  like one pair of skinny jeans for bad weather days, and tunics;  but have struggled finding the right ones.  I  am thrilled to see this look inching its way back......for an hourglass figure, I just find it more elegant and I feel most attractive with this look...... And really, isn't fashion all about how we FEEL??!  When I "think"  I look good, the confidence it conveys always outweighed my need to fit in with a trend that wasn't really me at the time.

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    Suz, I think that you are onto something. Your cost and glares look great together. Do you try to wear heels of some sort with flares?

  • replied 5 years ago

    3 great images...of course yours is the best! The coat does look good with your flares :)

  • Transcona Shannon replied 5 years ago

    Fab look on you Suz :)

  • Olivegreen replied 5 years ago

    Very sharp and elegant.

  • Caro in Oz replied 5 years ago

    I love this on you Suz. Great look.

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Ha! Diane, you sure know how to win a girl's heart! :) 

    Thanks to all for the nice compliments. And won't it be fun to wear flares again! I can't wait for our weather to change. You know it's coming when EA is onto it. 

    Joy, I think those heels on the booties are about 2.75 inches. That's my ideal heel height. The pants were hemmed for 3 inches but were probably a bit looser on me back then; I have gained a few pounds which probably makes them shorter than they were. Ahem. 

  • AM replied 5 years ago

    I want to be a sailor... Based on the history of flares and Caro's post. Thanks Suz for shedding some light. And you look great.

  • merwoman replied 5 years ago

    Much better on you than the model - fantastic look! Bring on snowless/slushless days, and damn the torpedos!

  • jackiec replied 5 years ago

    Outstanding :)

  • sarah replied 5 years ago

    The pointed toes that bookend the sleeve work especially well with this, Suz. Nicely done. As you say, it's going to be some time before flares will be practical in these northern climes! 

  • Day Vies replied 5 years ago

    Suz - I hear you on appropriate days for flares. Rain, slush, muck make it very difficult to wear flares during a good part of the year. However, I have been known to wear them in the rain with a heeled boot. I can't feel the cold wet hem when my feet are encased in a toasty boot. Also the dark color disguises the soaked hems. I will say I do not wear my lighter colored flares as much as I would like for the exact same reason.

  • Beth Ann replied 5 years ago

    I tried on a pair of flares just yesterday ---getting them to fit "just so" in the thigh is a bit of a challenge for me.  I do love having a variety of silhouettes to play with, so I won't be giving up!

  • Vicki replied 5 years ago

    Loving all three, as well, and I agree with you on your Danier version and much prefer it with your flares, because it looks much more modern.  Angie knows best!

  • K.M. replied 5 years ago

    I love all of these flared looks here, Suz. Is it just my eyes, or is the pant hem in the 60s photo shorter than we would wear today? I feel like this idea of the leg-lengthening floor-skimming pant hem began in the late 90s (at least that's when I heard about it), but that before, common wisdom had hems on the shorter side, and sweet/poison eyes were adjusted accordingly. Am I wrong to think this?

    Not that it matters either way, as I am a big fan of the longer hems, but I like to mull over the history of fashion!

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    K.M., Faye Dunaway's hems are definitely on the short side. Way too short for PPL. But as I understand it, the floor sweeping style came in with the 70s. I remember wearing my pants literally dragging on the ground. And ever since, I've been a stickler for an almost floor-sweeping length, wet hems be darned. 

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    You look fantastic in those flares!

  • Dee replied 5 years ago

    The flares look absolutely gorgeous with that coat. I hope it stops snowing someday so you can wear them more often!

  • Gaylene replied 5 years ago

    You make a great 60s girl, Suz!

    And what is this about being practical? There is practical and then there is Fashion (with a capital F!). Do you really think our own Fashion (capital F) maven on YLF, Anna, actually puts practicality before fun?

    Wear those flares, channel Faye Dunaway/Bonnie Parker, and add that dose of dramatic to your personal style. Soggy hems are a small price to pay for Fashion.

  • replied 5 years ago

    To weave in another thread, Faye Dunaway's outfit here comes pretty close to being timeless. Except for the short flares, I guess. Even in the 60s, it was considered a great faux-pas (not to mention gauche) to wear your bell-bottoms too high. But the rest of her cream/white outfit still works, doesn't it? 

  • deb replied 5 years ago

    I want so sooooooooo bad but have not found any that fit yet and the pair that fit were too long.  These are on the Anthro site and I may go in this week en to check them out.

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Great looks! I love your flares with your coat, Suz. You look dynamite.

  • Dimity replied 5 years ago

    You wear your flares with flair! Love that coat, too.

  • Astrid replied 5 years ago

    Love it. I want a new pair too, even more than skinnies which would be more practical.

  • celia replied 5 years ago

    With that coat and you want me to look at the flares???
    I agree that right now the silhouette you are wearing looks much fresher than skinnies. I have been wearing a lot of flares during winter because I find that my winter boots fit better under it but also don't have to do long walks trough the snow and slush.

  • Lisa replied 5 years ago

    That coat is lovely paired with flares!  It's funny how everything really does come back around in fashion.

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