Originally worn as part of the US Navy uniform, flared pants were a big thing in the late ’60s and ’70s – but they’re having a revival in 2022, and we’re not mad about it.
Some of the era’s most iconic flared looks are enjoying a real fashion moment: John Travolta’s bootcut suits from Saturday Night Fever have been reimagined by Stella McCartney, Saint Laurent and Versace for SS22, while brands like Mother, Frame and the ever-faithful Chloé invest heavily in the statement-making flared silhouette each season.
Don’t you do retro? Anything goes when it comes to bell-bottoms in 2022: corduroy, crochet, leather and classic denim designs appear on the catwalks as well as street style stars – with a modern twist. Bella Hadid wears them with Y2K tank tops and cropped cardigans, while Kendall Jenner prefers the casual look of an oversized shirt. The queen of flares, Alexa Chung, is rarely seen without a pair – styled in Mary Janes by day and platform heels by night.
If you’re totally new to this trend, we recommend investing first in a classic black pair (it’s the LBD of flares, after all) that you wear with weekend basics, in the office with tailoring, and with “nice tops” at night. can wear. We’ve included a few sensible staples in our handy picks alongside a plethora of playful designs (think Studio 54 sequins and Festival crochet). Plus, many of these styles are on sale right now, so you can invest in a more versatile pair and also guilt-free(ish) treat yourself to a party piece.
Keep scrolling to see 15 of the best flared pants to buy right now:
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Floral jacquard trousers
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With their geometric jacquard floral pattern and monochrome color palette, these flared trousers have a real retro feel. If you want to emulate this year’s maximalist dressing trend, wear it with the matching half-zip mini dress for an eye-catching combination – and both items are currently reduced in the brand’s sale.
Nola flared trousers in a crocheted organic cotton blend
If you’ve invested in flashy swimwear for your vacation this summer, why cover it up completely? Rotate Birger Chistensen’s flared pants are perfect for showcasing bikinis by the pool or worn with cropped shirts at night. We also like how the scalloped hem and semi-sheer crochet circles add a boho touch.
Claudia flared trousers in wool with a medium waist
Featuring Stella McCartney’s new graphic monogram motif, these wool flared pants are perfect for those days when you want to make a subtle statement. Wear it to the office with a classic black turtleneck, then switch to cardigans and pilgrim collar shirts at the weekend.
Aura fitted flare pants
You can always count on Reiss for timeless occasion wear. We love the sophisticated pinch stitching and dusty pink hue of these floor-length bell bottoms. Wear it to a summer wedding with a matching suit jacket and barely-there stiletto heels.
Flared denim will always deserve a place in your wardrobe, and Chloé’s jeans are a real classic thanks to the dark wash denim (easy to pull up) and exaggerated bell hems. Go all out 1970s and style your model with balloon sleeves, floaty blouse and platform heels.
Flared knit trousers
Missoni has been making flared pants in its iconic multicolored chevron knit since the 1970s—but you don’t need a designer budget to get the look. Mango’s pair will look just as good with its winning combination of glittery lurex, retro print and orange accents. Wear it to summer festivals with the matching cami top and statement earrings.
H&M gave the flared pants a relaxed makeover with louche, ribbed cotton and nautical stripes. We think this pair would be the ultimate travel outfit that is both chic and comfortable Worn with the matching jumper, but can also be styled with lots of gold jewelry for summer evenings.
Corduroy pants Alina with wide legs
It may be midsummer, but we can’t talk about flared trousers or the 1970s without mentioning corduroy. Shop this cotton corduroy VB pair now while it’s 30% off, then pair it with chunky knit sweaters in September.
Halle open-knit flared pants made from organic cotton
You might think that knit pants and summer are an unlikely pairing, but it’s actually a key trend this season – just check out the Salvatore Ferragamo and Missoni runways for style inspiration. However, our favorite pair of knitted flares are from Savannah Morrow. Airy, open-weave and versatile, the ivory hue makes the style perfect for vacations. We also love the “puddle pants” with maxi hem.
Cropped flared pants in twill
If you’re petite or just don’t like maxi hems, opt for a pair of cropped bell bottoms. Part of Stella McCartney’s Pre-Fall ’22 collection, these twill pants are inspired by the silhouettes of the late ’60s Beatles. The playful kick flare is enhanced with permanent pleats (ideal for the office) and looks just as good with the matching jacket as it does with a Breton tee.
Bell-bottom pants with sequin detailing
Sequins don’t have to be just for party wear. The subtle wide leg of the flared trousers by Pinko makes them ideal for casual combinations with long tunics. In addition, they can easily transition into the cooler winter months with cashmere sweaters and boots.
Tafira flared pants with a mid-rise waist
Pastel yellow is basically a summer neutral, so Joseph’s tailored bell bottoms are the perfect addition to your wardrobe, pairing with just about anything in there.
Faux leather Halluana flared pants
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These faux leather flared pants from Safiyaa are so supple they look real. We love how the roomy flared pants are tempered with a fitted leg and chest-high waistband. Take inspiration from Hailey Bieber’s off-duty looks and wear yours with an oversized leather blazer.
Beata cropped linen flared trousers
Linen pants are a summer staple, but you don’t always have to stick to the standard wide-leg pants in neutral tones. Nanushka’s flared style looks edible in ice cream pink – pair yours with the matching shirt to create a cool combo.
Acne Studios always brings that effortlessly cool, girly vibe to its collections and this season’s flared trousers are no different. Though the brand is best known for oversized tailoring, this black pair is made from a smooth satin that fits close to the body and takes on a dramatic bell shape. Wear yours with a white t-shirt and chunky sandals for a relaxed daytime look.
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