Flared trousers and jeans like bootcuts and wider flares made a comeback this year. And judging by what I see coming down the runways for Spring 2015, they’ll gain momentum next year. I bet this makes Team Bootcuts very happy.
I’ve put together three looks, each with a pair of bootcut bottoms, a wrap front blouse, a topper, and booties. The rendition on the left is business casual, while the others are smart casual. I’ve used neutrals but by all means throw in some colour.
Here are the components:
Bootcuts: You’re after a pair of trousers or jeans that are tailored on the thighs and flared at the hems. The width of the hem will vary depending on your style preferences. My clients have found black, grey and denim flares the most versatile.
Wrap Blouse: The modern wrap front blouse wraps in front like the classic version, but is a lot straighter at the side seams, thereby creating a boxy fit. Choose one in a knit or woven to work with the flared bottoms. Wear it untucked and fluid. Tapered sleeves and a fairly close fit on the hips provide subtle structure, as does the tailored fit on the thighs of the flares. Versions with high-low hemlines are fun too.
Topper: Choose between a checked blazer, a moto jacket or faux fur vest. You could also add a moto vest, denim jacket or current cardigan. If wearing a topper indoors is not your thing, pop on a trench coat for outside and simply wear the blouse on its own with the flares.
Booties: Almond or pointy toe heeled booties work best with flared hems because the longer toe shape peeks out from under the hems to create outfit interest. Wear pointy toe pumps if booties aren’t your thing. Finish off the look with a bag of your choice, jewellery as desired, eyewear, a watch and a big smile.
I’ve used solid wrap blouses in these ensembles, but patterns are just as fab. Combine a pattered wrap blouse with a solid topper to change things up. Check out my pinboard for extra inspiration on how to refresh flared bottoms for Fall.