Mark My Words: This Anti–Skinny Jean Trend Is Back in 2020

September 11, 2020 at 05:00AM

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 polarising bootcut and bell-bottom styles (aka anti–skinny jeans) haven’t been as popular again until recently. 

That’s right, designers from Celine to Paco Rabanne reintroduced fresh flared jeans in their S/S 2020 collections as the next It denim pick for the forward set. And fun fact, celebrities like Gigi Hadid, Margot Robbie, andHarry Styles have already been following suit in ’70s-inspired flares. And that’s not slowing down for this coming season either. 

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 this coming autumn/winter. Keep scrolling for everything you need to know…

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

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

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

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

Celine sent a slew of models down the runway. This denim-on-denim vibe with the slouchy white blazer is where it’s at.

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

Embroidered flares turned up in Paco Rabanne’s S/S 20 collection as the most playful way to lean into those ’70s throwback vibes. Keep it going by wearing a cardigan with your flares for this autumn. 

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

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

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

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

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


These are classic yet so modern.

Next up, the biggest autumn/winter 2020 fashion trends to know. 

This piece originally appeared on Who What Wear US. 

Author Bobby Schuessler | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC

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