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SS 2011 Flared Trousers For Your Body Shape

70s style flared trousers were all over the Spring 2011 runways and are a prominent style in most shops on the high street. Here is a guide to show you how to wear them with tips for which style to choose for your body shape.
The new style of flared trouser are reminiscent of the seventies but have been reinvented with a modern twist. They are great for making legs look longer and hips look slimmer but read on to find out which style is best for your body shape - the full flare, kick-flare or skinny-flare.
The Full Flare
This cut has a full leg which flares out gradually to the bottom. This style is for ladies with longer legs as you need height to carry them off. Unless you are very tall, ensure that you wear them with heels. The seventies revival has seen the return of platforms and wedges which are ideal for this.
       Wide Leg Flared Jean - ASOS
The Kick-Flare
The kick flare has a normal cut on the thigh but kicks/flares out from the knee. This style is great for most body shapes, especially the pear, because the kick flare balances out wider hips. The same is true for top heavy ladies with the flared bottom balancing the width at the top of your frame.
Shorter ladies should go for this style rather than the wide flare mentioned above.
O SO YOU Kick Flare Jean
The Skinny-Flare
This style has an ultra fitted cut that stay skinny on the thigh to the knee and then flares out into a bell. This style is also great for balancing out wider hips and a top heavy frame. 
   Gisele Bundchen in Skinny Flares
High-Waisted Flare
Seventies high-waisted styles give the impression of a slimmer tummy and hips but choose darker fabrics to further minimise these areas. High-waisted styles also prevent the dreaded muffin top which jeans and trousers that sit lower on the waist create. However, if you have wide hips, go for styles that sit lower on the hips to cut across this area and reduce the expanse.
How to Wear the Flared Trouser
  • Pair with a top tucked in at the waist for an up to date look. This will accentuate your waist and will mimic the looks that were most prevalent on the runways.
Derek Lam Spring 2011 Runway
  • Wear with heels to make legs look even longer. Ensure that the trouser is long enough to avoid ankle-swingers.
  • Go for slimming kick-flare styles if you are shorter, whilst long-legged women can wear the full flare.
  • If you are brave enough to go for the spring brights neon colour trend, or to wear the full patterned flares that were seen on the Alberta Ferratti and Miu Miu runways, wear with plain t-shirts and soft neutrals to tone down the overall effect and prevent it from looking too busy.
Miu Miu Polka Dot and Patterned Flares

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andrea Rogers on 13 February 2011 15:12
I have always loved flares!!!!! So glad they're back!!! Good to have advice re different shapes....... Thanks Kate!!
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