Flares is the way to be

Fashion experts predict that 2007 might bring back the 1930s and ’40s trendy outfit.
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Published on Mar 05, 2007 01:59 PM IST
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None | ByPrema K (HT Cafe), Mumbai

Fashion experts predict that 2007 might bring back the 1930s and ’40s.

In keeping with the present day pop culture and the fascination for retro, this’ll be a blast from the ’70s, when flared pants, platform shoes and glittery getups were in.

Trendsmiths say people will either opt for straight fit skinny pants or flared full pants. Buttoned skirts and exaggerated silhouettes will return. Remember to offset the volume by wearing a fitted top. These pants also look great with sweaters, button-down shirts and basic t-shirts, for a more relaxed look.

The return of high-waist flares has been met with contempt by some. Unfortunately, it’s true: skinny jeans are over, consigned to the dustbin of fashion along with footless tights, ballet pumps and wrap dresses.

A flared silhouette, belted at the waist, with wide sleeves and generous lapels, harks back to a made-to-measure ’60s look. Shiny techno fabrics and knits give it a contemporary feel. Men are from Mars... Flares are quite the challenge, with the high waist making them difficult to wear. After a few hours, women feel they’re wearing a corset. All that material flapping around the legs is distressing. And stairs become tricky to maneuver.

Although women seem to like flares, men are either amused or confused by them. There are women out there who will admit they bought a pair of flared pants but were too chicken to wear them. Another one said she tried on a pair but ran screaming out of the changing room.

No matter how cleverly you put together the look, it’s hard not to think you’re headed for a fancy dress party.

Flares require a wardrobe rethink. All you need to remember is that you need a pair that sits on your hips, isn’t too baggy around your upper thighs and butt and doesn’t have large front pockets.

And if you can, try to find a pair with a crease. This will minimise your hips and make you look longer and leaner. Hey, your pants are too short.

Flares must be worn with high shoes, preferably platforms or wedges, and your shirt or blouse must be tucked in, or you’ll look like a sack.

Ensure the pants aren’t too flared or you’ll look clownish. It’s also important they be long enough to almost touch the ground when you wear heels, but aren’t dragging if you wear flats. If your pants are too short you won’t get the slimming effect; too long and they look sloppy.

But the best thing about flares is how great your legs look when you take them off.

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