Flared jeans are one of those love-or-hate trends that you either never really gave up on or have an acute aversion to. Though bell-bottoms were the pants of choice for American sailors in the early 19th century, they became a mainstream rage only in the ’60s and ’70s, followed by brief comebacks in 1996 and 2006. But let’s be honest. With the retro revival in full swing these days, this is not a style you want to resign to the back of your closet. While they may have been a staple in the erstwhile flower child’s wardrobe (one with a strictly bohemian sartorial sensibility), millennial fashionistas have discovered more than just that one way to style it.
Kareena Kapoor Khan
The lesson you should be picking up from Kareena Kapoor Khan’s look is to play with varied tones of the same hue—blue, in her case—accentuated by a tan belt. Choose a hemline that skims the floor for a look even Ali MacGraw would approve of.
Want to give the trend a go but not big on denims? Just opt for flared trousers like supermodel Kendall Jenner. Extra points for a head-to-toe white look.
If you thought flared denims could only be worn off-duty, let Alexa Chung change your mind. A cape with hardware detailing and booties is all you need to take these pants from everyday to fancy.
Malaika Arora Khan
Malaika Arora Khan’s look oozes yesteryear movie star glamour (did you expect any less from her?). Take a cue from her and pair your flared jeans with a fuss-free top and oversized sunnies for a lunch date.
Olivia Palermo gives us a masterclass in combining two reigning trends—flared denims and military jackets. You can tweak her look a bit to keep it summer-appropriate by layering a white tank with an army-print cape.
Shilpa Shetty Kundra
Give this hippie trend a preppy update à la Shilpa Shetty Kundra. Wear your flared denims with a basic top and tweed jacket for that all-important meeting. Throw in a statement pendant when you need to take this look from desk-to-dinner.
If you’re going to take inspiration from the ’60s, you might as well go all the way. Deepika Padukone’s monochrome look has a definite Brigitte Bardot meets Jacqueline Kennedy vibe. Steer clear of any accessories and finish your look with winged eyes and a vintage ponytail.
How would a present-day Jane Birkin wear her flared jeans? Like Athiya Shetty, we predict. Nonchalantly throw on a cropped jumper over your flares for a casual night out. Finish the look with stacked bracelets and thong slippers.