We've hardly tried to hide that we're obsessed with '70s-inspired style. There's a reason this decade outdid all the others in terms of its sartorial staying power, and it has a lot to do with bohemian-inflected styles like luxurious suede and neutral earth tones. What does this mean in terms of denim? That, yes, retro flare jeans are making a decided comeback, making the '70s more relevant than ever. And we're taking cues from the likes of Cher and Farrah Fawcett when it comes to styling them.
For a while there, we were certain the wide-legged denim would never again see the light of day. But lately we've been seeing a handful of celebrities in bell-bottom jeans that have us reconsidering the denim. So whether you're emotionally attached to your skinny jeans or have thought that the flare style never left, prepare to get on board with the retro revival. The key to making the '70s style feel current? A high-waisted fit and a great heel. Wearing heels with full-length flare jeans is particularly essential, as the added height will balance out the jeans' volume. If you're still feeling flats, opt for a pair of cropped flare jeans instead. Think you're ready to try out the trend, or maybe you need a little more motivation to be convinced? Let the following outfits get you inspired, and then shop our favorite flare jeans to get you started.
Keep reading to shop the best bell-bottom and flared jeans right now.
The inside slit shows off your ankle boots.Available in sizes 12 to 20.
A pair of pointed-toe heels with these jeans will elongate your legs.Available in sizes 23 to 32.
Pair these with a lace bodysuit and mules for a look that’s date night–ready.Available in UK sizes 6 to 14.
Found: the perfect vintage-inspired fit.Available in sizes XS to L.
It doesn’t get any more authentically '70s than this.Available in sizes 24 to 30.
Go for an all-out retro look with a fully flared pair like these.Available in sizes 1 to 10.
For those of you under 5'4', consider this cropped style your new go-to.Available in sizes 14W to 26W.
Do you agree with us that bell-bottom jeans are coming back in style?
Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.
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