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5 Ways to Wear Flare Jeans With Flair

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The 50th anniversary of Woodstock is around the corner and denim from the culture-defining event is on the rebound.

Flare jeans, a.k.a. bell-bottoms, are on the upswing this spring as brands like Alice & Olivia, Express and Madewell get in step with the retro jean silhouette.

From DIY-inspired embellishments, to the hybrid styles that are reinventing the nostalgic shape, here’s a look at some of the best ways to wear flare jeans this spring.

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One part jean, one part tear away pant, Express brings an unexpected sport element to its button-up bell flare jean. The $98 jean maintains its Woodstock roots with a classic dark wash and unfinished hem.

Stage presence

Alice & Olivia

Alice & Olivia

Alice & Olivia speaks to the suppressed rock star with its belted denim jumpsuit. The $485 one-piece strikes a bold silhouette with a strapless upper, flare legs and cinched-in denim belt. And strategically placed seaming on the backside helps accentuate curves.

Wide appeal

Free People

Free People

Free People’s Just Float On flare jeans should come with its own zip code. The dramatic $78 jean delivers hippie vibes with a leg shape that generously breaks at the knee. A classic flat front and earthy colorways, including terracotta and army green, keep the jeans wearable and modern.

Low key

Citizens of Humanity

Citizens of Humanity

Citizens of Humanity’s Demy cropped kick flare offers a subtle nod to Woodstock style. The $248 jeans boast a vintage wash and tapestry side stripe that speaks to the DIY, individualistic side of hippie culture and fashion.

Giving shade

Madewell x Isko

Madewell x Isko

When Madewell teamed with Isko for a spring collaboration, the duo didn’t play it safe with basics. The collection included these $148 100 percent cotton flared-fit jeans with old-school ’60-inspired patchwork fabric.

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