This Anti–Skinny Jean Trend Is Coming Back With a Vengeance in 2020

If I opened your denim drawer right now, I bet I could guess some of the key silhouettes stored inside—straight-leg jeans, skinnies, and perhaps even an of-the-moment outlier like those “grandpa” cuts. But what’s one style that probably hasn’t surfaced to the top of the pile as much as of late? Flares. Sure, cropped flares have been well, cropping up, over the last few years, but the more polarizing bootcut and bell-bottom styles (aka anti–skinny jeans) haven't been as popular again until recently. Well, get ready—as we continue to see on the runway and streets, flares are officially back and will continue to hold strong through 2020.

That’s right, designers from Celine to Paco Rabanne reintroduced fresh flared jeans in their S/S 20 collections as the next It denim pick for the forward set. And fun fact, celebrities like Gigi Hadid, Margot Robbie, and Harry Styles have already been following suit in ’70s-inspired flares. Fashion girls are also starting to embrace the vibe after stepping out in a range of cool styles throughout fashion month.

To highlight the look further, we broke down how the flare trend is taking over the runway, celeb, and It-girl world right now for you below. We also shopped out the coolest cuts of the moment if you’re ready to try the trend again—before everyone else does come 2020.

On celebs:

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Light-wash flares pop even more with black separates like with this cropped black knit.

On Margot Robbie: Chanel sweater

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A tangerine-colored sweater half-tucked into wider-leg bell-bottoms feels so right now.

Who: Harry Styles

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The split-seam opening at the bottom of the flare makes these jeans especially modern.

On Gigi Hadid: Monse Jacket; 7 for All Mankind Luxe Vintage Exaggerated Kick-Flare Jeans ($225); Ferragamo bag

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Amp up flared jeans even more with a vibrant cropped jacket and statement accessories.

On Penélope Cruz: Paige Genevieve Flares ($229); Chanel bag

On the runway:

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Celine sent a slew of models down the runway this season in a variety of bell-bottom cuts. This denim-on-denim vibe with the slouchy white blazer is where it's at.

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We’d describe this Brandon Maxwell silhouette featuring iconic flared jeans and that popped-collar blouse as "classic with a twist."

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Embroidered flares turned up in Paco Rabanne’s S/S 20 collection as the most playful way to lean into those ’70s throwback vibes.

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While the longer bell-bottom silhouettes generally reigned supreme, this Alberta Ferretti ensemble proves that cropped flares still have a home come spring 2020.

On the street:

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Elevate dark flares with a modern blazer and classic white ankle boots.

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A long duster coat works flawlessly with longer flares for an of-the-moment silhouette.

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Slightly cropped flared jeans in a tailored cut paired with a tucked-in top and blazer are polished for work (or a night out).

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Adding a multi-patterned turtleneck into your denim ensemble is a simple way to make a serious impact.

Fashion editors everywhere are all about the Levi's "ribcage" silhouette. 

A dark-wash pair is ideal for more dressed-up occasions.

Try these slightly cropped flared jeans with flats or heels.

The lived-in feel of these vintage-inspired jeans feels so right.

Team these lighter-wash flares with a printed top and heeled mules for a night out.

Floor-sweeping flares are incredibly forward.

Love skinnies but want to try flares? Go for a skinny-flare style for a happy medium.

We have a feeling elevated denim flares like this will stay "in" for seasons to come.

Pair these spot-on flares with a lower heel to keep the silhouette long and cool. 

If you work in a more casual office setting, try these polished flares for that 9-5 life.