For all of us that worship at the altar of the ever flattering, ever versatile skinny jean (myself included), what I am about to tell you may come as a bit of a shock. The fashion forecast for 2015 has a markedly retro look, a 70’s inspired revival of sorts. And with that in mind, fashions newest ‘IT’ jean has a distinctly retro feel as well. Witness the rebirth of that Partridge Family favorite: the FLARE!
Ok, deep breath, now that you have overcome the initial shock, let’s talk about styling. When styled incorrectly, flares can have a tendency to look costume-y. Proportion is everything, and the key here is balance. So to keep your look updated, I recommend pairing your flares with some of springs other big fashion trends:
Cropped Tops: Wait! Don’t tune out just yet. You can wear a cropped top with flares without the aid of a personal trainer. This season’s flared denim has a much higher rise, so that ideally, your top should hit just at the waistband of your flares, meaning you don’t need six-pack abs to rock a cropped silhouette. Both fitted and boxier shapes work well, just be sure that your top doesn’t hit too far below the waist to avoid looking sloppy or adding too much volume.
Wedges: Flared jeans look best when styled with high-soled shoes, they just don’t hold the same fashion-girl appeal when paired with flats, and this is where platform shoes or wedges come into play. When pairing your flares with a chunky wedge shoe, make sure that the hem of your flares ends a bit above the soles of your shoes to avoid looks sloppy, or worse, footless! Ideally, your shoes should be peeking out just a smidge from the hem of your flares. An added bonus of this trend is that the combination of higher-waist pants and chunky heels will give the illusion of legs that go on for miles, which is something that this short-legged girl can definitely get on board with!
So go ahead, and give your skinnies a well-deserved break. And if you need some more inspiration before you make the leap into flares, look no further than the supermarket check-out line. Celebs like Victoria Beckham, Eva Longoria, and Katie Holmes are all are seen regularly rocking some flared denim. So dare to flare, you won’t be sorry you did! This is definitely a fashion trend that has legs.
There is an old saying that goes “everything old becomes new again,” and in the case of one of this summer’s biggest trends, truer words may never have been spoken.
Birkenstocks. Yep, fashion’s comeback kid is back and bigger than ever. Birkenstocks were sent down the runways of some of high-fashion heavy hitters (i.e. Celine, Marc Jacobs) and now fashionistas and celebrities alike are jumping on the German comfort bandwagon. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love the idea of a shoe trend conceived out of comfort and with built-in arch support?
However, let’s not get carried away completely by the word comfort. After all, these are not your mother’s Birkenstocks. To make this look work for the here and now, you need to pay serious attention to styling. Forget their hippie roots, the way to style these sandals now is anything but dowdy! Simply put, you shouldn’t throw on your Birks with your bootcut jeans and your peasant blouses without fear of looking like an extra from the set of ‘Dazed and Confused’. When styled correctly the Birkenstock sandals clean design and simple lines add an element of casual elegance and sophistication to your wardrobe.
This time around, fashionistas in the know are pairing their casual sandals with more structured ensembles, such as a sheath dress or a fitted button down and slacks. Try pairing your Birks with a pencil skirt and tee, or perhaps cigarette pants and a blazer, for a look that is easy and yet still pulled together. This season, opposites attract with the sporty Birkenstock sandal and dressier clothing options. Basically, sub your Birkenstock into any situation for which you might normally wear wedges or heels, and ta-da, a look that is totally cool and modern.
Another styling option is to pair your Birkenstocks with more casual pieces that you wish to elevate. Distressed denim and a tee suddenly looks much more modern when paired with Birkenstocks and statement jewels, as opposed to sneakers or flip-flops. A pair of metallic Birks with boyfriend jeans, a chunky necklace, and a slinky tank are all you need for a night out on the town this season! When pairing your Birkenstocks with denim be sure to keep all of the other elements of the look tailored and neat, balance is the key to keeping this trend current
All this being said, fashion is all about rocking your own personal taste and making a look your own. Use these words as inspiration to experiment and try new things. Whether pairing your Birkenstocks with jeans or a dress, a sporty look or more preppy pieces; anything goes! Mix and match, blend high and low, and above all: HAVE FUN!