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.
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.
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.
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.
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.