Nothing evokes 60s and 70s retro like a pair of flare pants. Their easy style and flattering shape make them a fashion staple that keeps coming back. Find your new favorite flares for up to 90% off at thredUP.
The History of the Flare
When you look at a pair of women's flare pants, you probably do not think about sailors in the 1700s, but that is where their origins lie. The flared design served a functional purpose. They were easy to roll up for messy work on deck and could even hold air to help with flotation if a sailor fell overboard.
Fast-forward to modern times, when kids in the counterculture were looking for affordable, unconventional clothes. They found flare pants in surplus stores, and the look caught on. Flares were not yet available in mainstream clothing shops, so women started cutting the seams on their jeans and sewing in triangles of extra fabric to create a flare. Before that time, flare pants had only been worn by working men. Once women got a hold of them, they transitioned from functional to fashionable. Before long, clothing designers embraced the rebellious new style and bell bottoms were born. The rest is history.
Bell bottoms are not the only option when it comes to flares. Put skinny pants on one end of the spectrum and ultra-wide boho flare pants on the other, and there is a flare somewhere in the middle that is right for you. You probably have a pair of boot-cut jeans or casual pants in your closet, which is a subtler spin on the flare, and those comfy yoga pants we all love to slip on at the end of a long day often have a little flare in them as well. So, the question is to flare or not to flare; it is just a matter of how much.
Flare pants are a great way to add flexibility to your wardrobe. Take the tops you might wear with skinny jeans or cropped pants in a whole new direction as part of fun flare pants outfits. Make a bold statement with a textured fabric like corduroy or a pair of printed flare pants in plaid or paisley. Add flares to your work wardrobe with wool styles in neutral colors from retailers like The Limited. Go in a more relaxed, everyday direction with cotton and denim Gap flares.
Fashion follows familiar patterns. Trends in skirt hemlines rise and fall, and the width of a flare goes in and out with every season. At thredUP, you can buy flattering flares from the brands you love at amazing prices, so you can afford to roll with whatever width is in this year. Take a chance on a variety of flare styles and widths knowing thredUP offers quick shipping and easy returns. Find a great pair of flares today, and you will be on-trend tomorrow when flares inevitably grace the runway once again for the latest round of retro style.