Smells Like 1977: Return of The Flare Leg

Leandra Medine | April 27, 2011

As promised, find here the continuation of yesterday’s teaser “Smells Like ’77.” As the above photo (and last week’s Sabbatical warning post) suggest, skinny jeans may be meeting the end of their day. And a wild relief it is. It’s been a nice run (ba da ba, chhh!) sausaging our legs into skinny and rigid pants through thick and thin temperatures, saying no to that extra brownie bite at dinner because of the Thakoon skinnies in transit from Shopbop. Just kidding, we live by Marie Antoinette’s mantra and eat cake ton of cake, right? In any case, now, other sweet tooth ridden Man Repellers unite! 

Wide legs in. I’ve been partial toward this silhouette for a while. They offer an additional–depending on the heel height but let’s hope for–six inches to a woman’s legs and distract from whatever thunder thigh situation she may be experiencing at the moment. I wore the aforeworn Textile Elizabeth and James jeans on a date with a man friend a couple months ago (at this point, the social interactions are entirely pending on whether or not I think I can obtain decent blog material,) he asked me to look at the right-hand corner on his phone screen. I did as he asked.

“What does it say?”
“February 30, 2011.” I responded. I hope you are reading attentively. See mentioned date.
“Exactly.” He said.

At first, I didn’t understand. And then I did. It was in fact, 2011 and not 1970 as my pant silhouette would suggest. Eureka! Dressing for the wrong era, the latest and greatest in Man Repelling fashion wins. So…I did what anyone would do.
And paired the flare with some feathers! 70s inspired vertebrae meets human flesh, I don’t see why that doesn’t work.
Especially when paired with wildly large Pucci frames. These were given to me by my great grandmother who, as you can guess, was rad as anything. Radder than Hourani even. Hehe.
Now people, in light of my epiphany, it’s important that you too get the look so I’ve drawn some of my favorite offerings from the Internets for you. 
They’re elegant, they’re casual, they’re mine.
It’s not fall, but this is a perfect palette for it, eh? Not trying to play favorites but the Raoul cuffed bottom wide legs give me butterflies in my pants.
shirt: Reformation, vest: Alice & Olivia, jeans: J Brand, belt: J Crew, sunglasses: Pucci
Okay. Your turn. Go on now, flare those legs.
  • Gorete Sousa

    Great Post and Pics!!!

  • Sharlxo

    beautiful pictures!
    I love flares, and i own an AMAZINGGG pair, however, they are about 4 years old and no longer fit me :'( but flares are wonderful creatures that make your legs look about 59054904595million times longer!! 😀

  • Lydia

    I love the red Tuckers! I eternally have a thunder thigh sitch, so I'm glad these are back.

  • Sofia

    i love those flares!!

  • Ashley

    ur man friend is an idiot. did he no see marc jacobs show for this season. and has he never heard of vintage. u need a man who will love u no matter what u wear hahaha.

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  • Nomadic D.

    My favorites are the by malene birger pants, those are gorgeous! And also the fact that you said 'butterflies in my pants'. Love that too.

  • Zoë Kate

    OK, third photo down, the dark ones on the right – those are PERFECT. What brand are they?!?!!? WANT.


  • Leah

    I've been waiting to wear my flared pants again, I love that they are back in style now. Woohoo.

    xo L.

  • Lena Antonacci

    Love flare jeans, always have!!! I actually have a giveaway on my blog and one of the prizes…a pair of flare's.

    Lena xoxo

  • Annie

    amazing pants, and you look gorgeous!

  • s

    Great post… I wrote the same post on my blog few days ago 😉

  • Absolutely Mrs. K

    I have a pair of those jeans, but as some would say: they are vintage because they are not from this season (S/S 2007). The jeans have a really high waist but I love to wear them because they are like floating around my body. Love the fact how you have made this post and how you describe the trend. For me it is such a hard trend because it is not easy to find the right pair of “flare legs”. Well everything comes back, it is like fashion reinvents itself over and over again (fabulous because you don’t have to throw everything away, keep it in your closet because it will come back).

  • Anonymous

    i love flares! but…there's one negative: they cover up beautiful & beloved SHOES (tear) what can we do about that?
    xo Michelle

  • Corina

    Hiii loved the outifit!!


    I love your sunglasses and this is one of my favorite outfits. It's simple but perfect for the weather and just enough accessories for the wide-leg pants.

    My mother would be so happy to know that the bell bottoms are back!

  • Eugenia Woods

    Love the flare pants!

  • HeatherHeartsFashion

    those pucci shades are stunning!! i am so jealous of your grandma.. and love the jeans

  • Sarah Dee

    I bought a pair of vintage hight waisted 70s flairs and I am so ready to whip them out and get my moneys worth!

    <3 Sarah

  • Flavinha

    Ainda bem que tenho as minhas ,mas estou confusa no 30 de fevereiro

  • Lesha

    Gorgeous, fabulous, and perfect for me as my husband is fashion blind ….viva la flares! (And yes, you're grandmother = seriously rad)

  • J’Anns Boutique

    Love the red high waisted flare 🙂

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  • Maria Cristina Acquaroni

    I like flares, specially high waisted ones but the prob is that they only look good if you're wearing heels. I'm tall and I have a latina figure which translates into hips and bootie and I have to admit I still like the skinny, I just decided to embrace my latinones. My favorite skinnys are Rag&Bone; jeggins, they're soft and comfortable and a high rise, perfect for my type of figure.

    I guess horray for both styles and let's hope they both stick for long.

  • Lesley

    I knew flairs were coming back in style. It's always been a matter of time… but it's a tragedy for for me. I'm 5'9" with a 34" inseam and it's near impossible to find pants long enough for me! High school was a nightmare cause that's what was in style.


  • Melissa

    Haha you make me laugh! Love those jeans you got on there and the glasses are the perfect touch. Wish my great grandma had cool stuff like that! The chicest thing she owned were sandal versions of her Dr. Scholl's orthopedic shoes 😉


  • Anonymous

    awesome post
    You look beautiful and stylish in all pics
    viva flare leg jeans and bless your great-grandma for being so "rad"

  • New York Don’t Leave Me

    Haha great post, I dress for myself, not for my boyfriend 😉 Love these looks.

  • Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie

    Great Photos!! Love the look on you!


  • Gabrielle

    lovely pictures and fabulous post as always!!!

  • Anonymous

    so "rad" as you say!

  • Andrea

    I adore wide-legged pants, but have to roll them up when I am inside. My townhouse has lots of stairs, and I have a tendency to trip over the extra fabric when going downstairs.

  • Anonymous

    But… February only ever has either 28 or 29 days. LIES!!!

  • amanda

    Feb 30 is the best day of the year, always.

  • Ale.

    It was such a funny post, as usual! The vest and sunnies are love!


  • Fashionate Girl

    I have a pair already, and I seriously can't stop wearing them, I love them! They instantly make everything more stylish, even a hanes tee! 🙂


  • Jessie

    i love the wide leg look on others, but don't feel i can rock it. they are pretty sick. i need to find a comfortable and not super extreme pair. great post!

  • Marianne

    Stop, stop, stop! I have absolutely sworn off buying any new jeans this year and you are killing me here.

  • Molliee

    The Garance Dore photo is gorge. I am so happy to see flares returning! yay!

  • Anonymous

    i totally think you put the date as feburary 30th to send us all into a tizzy because you are just too quick witted to make such a blunder! love the flares, adore you!

  • Mcmaris

    Love it. I need some flares in my life. Just wish they made em for shawties like me. but the time i customize them for my five foot stature most of the "flare" is gone.

  • The Fire Inside Me

    i like them! and they are always good for casual outfits!

  • Sabine from SAT

    you should have put a picture of one of those chics from the that 70's show!

  • Megan Younce

    I wore my flared jeans just two days ago, and I have to say it was rather refreshing!

  • Anonymous

    Wow, Man Repeller! I always knew you were a superhero, but what wormhole have you discovered? For us mere mortals, the day February 30 does not exist (28 days hath February). You must have then been time-warping or, perhaps, this "man friend" was pointing out an odd glitch on his phone…
    Regardless, repel away!

  • Bre

    Love this outfit, and I love your belt! I adore a 70's silhouette when it comes to jeans. Even though every man in my life dislikes wide legged and flared jeans, and calls me Shaggy from Scooby Doo, I happen to love them! They make your legs look thin and miles long-what's not to love?

  • The Fancy Teacup

    You look fabulous in those flares, hun. And let's not forget to mention those large Pucci frames. Those are super amazing.
    much love.

  • ♥Run With Fashion♥

    Fun post, I love the way you write. 🙂 I love your sense of humor. 😀 lol
    I love skinnies and the wide leg pants/jeans, but I don't think skinnys will ever go away.
    and I love your outfit, and LOOOVE THE PUCCI SUNNIES!!! SOOO AWESOME!!!

  • WhatWillErinWear

    I'm loving wide leg jeans as well! Whenever I wear mine my boyfriend says I look like a hippie… I must be man repelling!
    Oh well I bought another pair anyway 😉

  • kate

    Wow those look really nice actually.

  • Anonymous

    love your pics …you look amazing as always and much fun
    feb 30 is my favorite day of the year

  • emma basilone

    I just got my flare jeans back from the hemmer {not sure if that is the right term?!} Not so flared since I am a freakin shorty even with heels =( but I still love them!

  • The Styley

    I have always loved flares and am so glad they're back. They're awesome with your feather vest.

  • sheisimpeccable

    OK SERIOUSLY this shit is getting weird!!!!!!!!!! The other day you posted a piece about wrist stacking jewelry using the same images I did on my blog a couple days earlier and now you have a post about flared legs which I wrote about a month agoooo!!!! Now I know soul mates exist lol…if you are ever bored and decide to peep my version, here you are lady:

  • Adiel

    You are truly adorable! I'm diggin' being able to wear flares but I'm not quite ready to give up on skinnies altogether. 😉

  • LoveE ♥

    I stuff my face with macaroons more often, and I'm as excited as you about the flare leg replacing the most-hated-by-me skinny leg, macaroons here I come!

  • Vasilieva

    gorgeous selection, i cannot get enough of flares this season. practically living in mine

  • Anonymous

    ciao bellissima!
    Il tuo blog e veramente congeniale… ti seguo religiosamente , sono veramente aditta al tuo senso di moda e d'umore

    ciao da Roma

  • jhuynh

    my childhood has come back to haunt me

  • Man Repeller

    @zoekate Pretty sure those are J Brand Love Story jeans!

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  • Mollz

    um wow i just shat myself over this. the outfit would have already been awesome and then you throw on that feather vest and im having an awake wet dream. ohmygosling.


  • Anonymous

    beep; tweet; whatever. Hate to say it but from the knees up on these fabulous finds, it looks like there will still be no room for over-indulging, unless you plan on carrying that extra brownie-bite fudge pudge in some seriously sweet cankles, my darling! BTW itisautumnhereinoz 🙂

  • Shasie

    I love wideleg pants!

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  • alice heinz

    my itouch actually thinks it's 1970. i have reset the date so many times but it always goes back to 1970.. it loves flares just as much as the rest of us

  • Go Lightly in Fashion

    I love them… I don't like skinny jeans, I never did…

  • visualsalad

    When I saw this post, I immediately thought "Oh no..they're finally back.. And they're hot!"
    Too bad those flare pants never looked good on me. Im too short for them 5'0".A few years ago I didn't mind wearing them because I still had no idea of the existence of skinny jeans. Also, my friends really didn't care about fashion. We were kids (Im 18 now).

  • Kat

    Feet! Feet are important! Looking like you have them is, too.

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    I've always liked that silhouette as well…the skinny jeans are cute, I'll still wear mine, but I think that bell bottoms and flares and a nice change. That sweater the girl is wearing in the first pic is hot! I love it.

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