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I Have a Flair for Flare

May 31, 2017

In a world of skinny jeans and jeggings, I have never stopped loving the flare.  Call me old fashioned (or hippie), but I think flare cut pants are flattering on all body types and they help elongate your legs.  Who wouldn’t want that?  At any rate, these wide legged jeans and pants have been rather hard to find until recently.  Flare is making a comeback and I couldn’t be happier about it!

I ordered several pairs from American Eagle, which has quickly become my new favorite place to shop.  I love my Tom Girl jeans that I picked up a couple of months ago, so I thought I would give them a shot at some flare jeans.  Here are my reviews on the pairs I ordered, along with a couple of real-life photos because I think it helps to see them on a real body instead of a 6′, size 0 model! 😉

A-line Flare:
These have a super wide flare at the bottom.  They are extremely stretchy and soft, which make them very comfortable, but you would definitely need to size down.  They fit snuggly around the thighs but then start to get loose above the  knee.  I think I would have liked them a little bit better if they were a little more snug around the knee and then started flaring under the knee.  At any rate, overall, they were :very cute.  The hem has cute detail with a fade line and a rough hem.  I don’t know that I’ll keep this pair simply because I think they look best with a wedge or a heel and at this stage in my life, those types of shoes are merely collecting dust in my closet.   Momin’ in heels is hard.

Kick Boot:
I liked these a lot.  They were also very stretchy, but fit true to size.  Even though they claimed to be mid rise, I thought they were a little lower on the back rise then the Artist A-Line, but not too terribly low.  However, the waist band seemed a little too large for my body and they didn’t stay in place when I bent over or sat down.  I tried down-sizing, but the smaller size was too snug on my thighs and rear.  I thought these were super comfy though, and I really wished the waist was just a tad more tapered.  They might be perfect for you, especially if you are looking for a wider leg jean, without going full on flare.

Skinny Kick:
These fit true to size but didn’t have as much stretch as the Kick Boot.  If you waiver between sizes, you may even have to size up.  They were pretty snug, but my regular size seemed to fit perfectly.  The leg opening was smaller then the Kick Boot, and I was wishing it was just a little bit wider.  I like this pair a lot, and I think these will be the ones I ultilmatly end up keeping, but they aren’t exactly the flare style I was originally looking for.  They would be a good every day jean for when you aren’t in the skinny leg mood.  I liked the wash, it was a little on the casual side.

Vintage Hi- Rise Flare:
Ok, these are freaking CUTE!  I didn’t order them to try because they are 100% cotton and this mama needs a little stretch in her jeans.  But, if you don’t mind that they aren’t stretchy, I love the look of them and the distressing is way cool!

And, I wish they had THESE in my size.  I’m keeping an eye on them because I think the skinnier upper leg, with a flare opening is the ticket to the perfect pair!

American Eagle also has some other flare/bootcut jeans available, that weren’t necessarily available in my size when I ordered.  Overall, I have been impressed with most everything I have purchased there recently!  Here are a few of my other faves:
Softest tee in the world
Lightweight cowl sweater
Ruffle tunic

So…I need to know…have you found any flare jeans that you love?  I’m still on the lookout for the perfect pair!

**Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I may make a small commission.  This does not affect the price you pay but it does help me maintain my blog!  So, thank you!

Niki French

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