If you’ve been wanting a new way to wear denim, look no further than a silhouette we’ve been seeing everywhere: extreme flared jeans. And we mean extreme. This new style is nothing like those ’70s bell-bottoms you’ve probably tried before. Instead, the jeans are fitted to the knee but then they fountain out below. Much like the bell-sleeve top that swept the fashion scene in recent years, this new denim style adds a little bit of drama to any outfit and commanded the clicks of street style photographers all throughout fashion month.
Even though tricky pieces like this one might typically be reserved for an editorial shoot and the pages of a magazine, fashion girls like Patricia Manfield, Aimee Song, and Lainy Hedaya have been quick to adopt the trend. Follow their lead, and stick to a simple T-shirt and tailored jacket to keep the focus on the über-flares. Or, pair a structural top with the jeans to make a big statement. What we love most about this new style is that they’re dramatic, fashion-forward, and most importantly, they’re just fun.
Keep reading to see how street style stars are wearing the daring trend, and shop our 14 favorite pieces.
Tap into a vintage look like Patricia Manfield with a ’70s-inspired turtleneck.
Aimee Song keeps things simple with a T-shirt and tailored jacket, but she also adds statement accessories like her drop earrings and fringe bag.
More is more. Pair extreme flares with a bell-sleeve top to accentuate the trend.
Lainy Hedaya sticks to a monochrome look to keep the focus on the cool, structural pieces.
Rachael Wang makes a statement with a voluminous top.
This fringed version is a more casual approach to the trend.
Pay attention to the footwear. You can’t go wrong by pairing a classic mule with extreme flares.
Ellery Alejandro Cropped High-Rise Flared Jeans ($745)
Ellery’s extreme flares have maximal impact.
Storets Jimena Wide Flare Jean ($85)
We love this affordable version from Storets.
Maggie Marilyn Firm In Her Beliefs Frayed High Rise Jeans ($350)
The über-flares are enhanced by the ties at the knees.
J Brand Maria Flared Jeans ( $289 ) ($173)
This high-rise pair is extremely flattering.
Geon.J Ruffled Cropped Jeans ($421)
Wear yours with mules.
Christina Economou Ruffled Denim Pants ($217)
The striped pattern has a slimming effect.
Marques’Almeida Ruffled Frayed Low Rise Flared Jeans ($575)
Style these with a sculptural top.
M.i.h Jeans Cropped Flared Jeans ($258)
Pair these with a T-shirt and tailored jacket.
Frame Le Crop Bell ($270)
Try this cropped version with a bell-sleeve top.
Missguided Extreme Flare Skinny Jeans ($77)
Snag this affordable pair.
Faith Connexion Flared Jeans ( $970 ) ($485)
We love the solid indigo denim.
SJYP Frayed Mid-Rise Flared Jeans ($310)
Pair these with a leather jacket.
Free People Denim Super Flare ($78)
Finished with frayed hems.
Style Mafia Jenny Pants ( $142 ) ($71)
Balance the proportions with heels.
Next, read about the 10 fresh trends we’ll all try next month.