4 Aesthetic Reasons To Add Flared Jeans To Your Wardrobe

A '60s and '70s favorite, the flared jean, is creeping back into the fashion scene. Flared jeans are also known as "bell bottoms" due to their fit. The jeans are more fitted to the skin at the thighs and start flaring into a bell shape just below the knees. A few years after their first fashion emergence, the jeans slowly trickled out of style and were rarely seen again until the late '90s and early 2000s. Thanks to the resurgence of Y2K-inspired fashion, flared denim has made its way back into the fashion scene. Today, we are seeing flared denim available at some of our favorite retailers and being worn by countless celebrity style icons.


So, what's the hype all about? Flared jeans are easily one of the most universally flattering and versatile pieces of clothing. If you aren't yet convinced, we have curated four flattering reasons you need to add flared jeans to your wardrobe this season.

They truly look great on everyone

No matter your body type, there is a pair of flared jeans that will fit you perfectly. "What makes them a staple is their leg balancing shape, giving the illusion of longer legs no matter what your height," River Island denim buyer Jessica Oldfield tells Woman and Home.


Regardless of your height, flared jeans will trick the eyes due to their slim fit at the thighs and flare beginning below the knees. If you are worried that you are too petite to wear flared jeans, you can cut them yourself, leaving the edges raw and imperfect looking — the flare will make it impossible for onlookers to notice.

Another reason why flared jeans are so flattering is because of their fit around your curves. While the rise of flared denim can vary, high-rise flared denim will leave you with a snatched waist and make your booty pop.

Can fit a variety of aesthetics

Flared jeans are also versatile due to their ability to flow seamlessly into many fashion aesthetics. Lovers of the Western bohemian fashion aesthetic are particularly entranced by flared denim, as it provides the flowy details they love with a pair of practical bottoms. Another new and trending summer aesthetic that thrives on flared jeans is the "coastal cowgirl" look. Instagram influencer @breanneburnell shows us how her flare denim fits perfectly into the aesthetic as she styles them barefoot on the beach with a teal-colored bikini top.


Flared jeans don't have to be blue denim. While a pair of flared jeans in black and white will go with everything in your closet, colorful flared denim can be the key to a colorful aesthetic outfit. Grab a pair of checkerboard printed, patchwork, or neon flared jeans and showcase the perfect mix between '70s chic and modern muse.

Pairs well with any style of top

Flared jeans are versatile enough to go with every top in your wardrobe year-round. Never struggle to find the perfect top to match your jeans again. In the winter, longer tops and sweaters are perfect, because although the jeans flare out at the bottoms, they are still fitted around the hips. This provides the perfect base for seamless layering without all of the extra bulk.


During the summer, a crop top is one of the many perfect pieces to pair with your flared denim. Choose high-waisted denim to show less skin or low-waisted flare jeans if you're okay with showing off more skin. This look is also great for creating a retro look. If you are wanting a more casual outfit to run errands in, consider tucking a turtleneck or t-shirt into your favorite pair of high-waisted flared denim for a put-together look.

Can be dressed up or down to fit the occasion

Whether you are enjoying Sunday brunch with friends or running errands while sipping on iced coffee, flared jeans can fit any occasion. Many women choose to dress up their flared denim with a blouse, accessories, and heels. Instagram influencer @_narapereira_ shows us how to make flared denim anything but casual as she styles her light wash pair with a black crocodile top handle, heels, and a beige cropped blazer. This look is perfect for the city chic style.


A more casual top made of stretchy cotton, such as a baby tee or a tucked-in long-sleeve top, is a great option for your upper half. Rather than accessorizing with heels and a leather bag, swap them out with chunky platform sneakers and a nylon belt bag. This will keep you on trend, yet ready for whatever the day throws at you.