Just like many others, flare pants are another retro classic, all the way from the 70’s, that are back in vogue with a style quotient higher than ever before.
They are ridiculously cool, feminine and chic; yet also look classy and elegant.
There’s nothing better than a pair of flare pants to accentuate your curves or give your legs that long and lean appearance. It’s no wonder how quickly these have become a hot favourite among most women – across all age groups and body types.
Ready to take on this modernized old school classic again but not sure which style will look best on you? Here are some tips on wearing flare pants and the styles that are perfect for your body type…
- Pear Shape
Pear shaped women usually carry their weight on their hips, thighs, and rear. For this body type, pants with wider flares or bell-bottoms are an ideal choice. If you have a pear shaped body type, look for styles that are form-fitting at the butt, thighs and all the way down to the middle of your knees. Try to stay away from styles that have pleats or gathers at the waist, as this will draw attention to your problem areas. What you need is a style that helps slim down the appearance of your hips. We recommend opting for longer flares that almost cover your shoes. This will help give you a leaner and elongated appearance.
- Apple Shape
Women with this frame tend be top-heavy and narrow from the waist down. If you have an apple shaped body type, you need to opt for fuller flares to balance out your narrow lower half. You should choose styles that are figure hugging at the waist to help accentuate those curves. We recommend going for wide-leg styles like bell-bottoms or palazzos to give your body a more proportional appearance and also complement those lovely long legs.
- Column or Rectangle Shape
Women with a rectangular or column shape tend to have similar measurements at the bust and hips. They tend to have long legs and can beautifully carry the volume of flare pants. Most designers prefer models of this body type because a rectangular bod is a great way to draw focus on the detailing in any outfit. If you have a rectangular body type, flare pants will look great on you…no matter what style you choose. So feel free to go crazy experimenting.
- Petite Frame
Petite women have a smaller frame and might find it a little challenging to pull off flare pants. If you have a small or petite frame, you need to choose well-fitted flare pants. Stay far away from cuffed pants or pants that are baggy from the top down as they will cut the length of your legs and make you look even smaller. We suggest going for pants with smaller flares because large flares or bell-bottoms tend to overwhelm smaller frames. Boot cuts usually work really well for this body type. Flared pants are always worn best with heels but for petite girls, this is an absolute necessity to give you a taller, leaner appearance.
- Round Shape
Women with this body type usually have more weight around the tummy and also tend to be on the bustier side. If you have a body like this, pants with a straight classic cut will suit you the most and help balance the upper and lower parts of your body. You need to find the perfect pants that allow a little flare but not too much. Also refrain from figure-hugging styles that might draw attention to the wrong places. Boot cuts and trousers work particularly well for this shape. We recommend opting for pants that are mid-rise to make your upper torso look longer, thereby giving you a slimmer appearance.
- Hourglass Shape
An hourglass shape is that dreamy bod that most women long for. Women with this body type have around the same measurements at the bust and hip area with a particularly narrow waist, thereby lending the shape of an hourglass. If you have an hourglass body type, flare pants were tailor made for you. You have the perfect curves on top to balance out the flares at the bottom…so you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a style. We particularly suggest going for a style that’s hugging at the waist to help accentuate those vivacious curves. You know what they say…if you have it, flaunt it!
Although the best way to know if a particular style suits you or not will always be trial and error in the dressing room, it's still quite helpful to have a general idea about the kind of styles that work better for your body type. So use this guide the next time you go shopping and we promise you’ll never go wrong with your choice of flare pants.
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