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Celebrating Decades of Flare

Posted on December 27 2016

bell bottom denim jeans

Flared Jeans have been a style that helped define fashion for several generations. What was once old is new again and the love for flare jeans has found its way back into the new area of millennium. I thought it would be fun to do a quick flashback and show the evolution of the flare.

In the Beginning

Bell bottoms style started off as function over fashion when the United States Navy began wearing wide legged pants because they were easier to roll up and prevent the soldier’s pants from getting water logged.








women in bell bottoms

In 1920, one of my favorite designers, Coco Chanel was inspired by the naval uniforms and introduced flared pants to the fashion world. Of course, Coco named her flared pants, yachting pants and beach pajamas.


It took a while for bell bottomed flared pants to catch on in the 1960’s. They were reintroduced to fashion around 1965. It was the popularity of Sonny and Cher’s variety show in 1971 is how the flared pants became a fashion staple.

extremely wide bell bottom pants


The flare pants are the fashion forward look that define the decade. The 70’s also embraced the endogenous look so bell bottoms were fashionable for both men and women. By the time Charlie’s Angles hit the airwaves, flares were all the rave.

Here you can see Farrah Fawcett skating boarding in her flares.

Farrah Fawcett on skateboard

 There were no limits to the flare and eventually flared pants lead to flared jumpsuits.


Flare pants made their way into the 80’s but with the emergence of Jazzercise, flares had to step aside as legging’s, leg warmers, lace tutu’s, anything neon and Madonna took over the fashion scene.

a woman sitting on a suitcase


The fashion era known as the grunge area. The closest the ‘90’s got to flared jeans were the JNKO jeans… Let’s just move on to the 2000’s.


The evolution of the flare pants is finally here and I have to admit… I love them! Tight and high-waisted on top with just enough flare from the knee down to still show off your shape. The redefined flare pants are elegant and help create a sharp look. Article & Thread celebrates Coco Chanel for first introducing us to the flare. 

XO | Article & Thread

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