Most-Hated New Pants Shape Cropped flares

If we’re going to get through this article together, you may as well know where I stand from the get-go. So, here it is: My favorite pant silhouette is the controversial cropped flare. Contrary to popular opinion, I’d go as far to say that they are some of the most flattering pants I have ever worn — and with some hard-argued reasoning, I think you could be convinced, too.

Let’s start by laying out some facts: Before cropped flares, I rarely wore jeans. I am no waif and I am not sample-size. I have a body. With that said, a lot of jeans make me feel like I’d just rather not wear pants at all. Skinnies had my legs feeling like they were stuffed into a sausage casing and their skin-tight cut didn’t do my ankles any favors, either. A great pair of baggy jeans, which I love, are hard to find if you have a booty; the loose fit doesn’t always hang right. Regular flares highlight my hips and thighs — while that might be ideal for people trying to catcall me on the street, the silhouette really isn’t ideal. Basically, I was left with nothing.

That is, until the cropped flare came back — more specifically, the high-waisted cropped flare. For one, a high waist seems to always look good. Secondly, the cropped-bell hem shows off your ankle, giving your body a reference point and making the jean not about more than just your butt and thighs (unlike a full-length flare). Lastly, the cropped hem means that they’ll look just as good with sneakers as they will with flats, heels, or any other shoe.

Trust me, I get it, we all have our qualms with certain denim silhouettes (see above) and it’s hard to try something you already “know” you don’t like. But I am a picky denim consumer and I really believe in the power of the cropped flare. And if you say they’re not for you, in my opinion, you just haven’t found the right pair. I suggest trying on a few totally different pairs and finding the magic for yourself. Ahead, some options to consider.

How to get the look without fully-committing.

Mother Denim Insider Crop Step Fray, $218, available at Mother Denim.

Bored with your regular denim? Kick things up with an embroidered pair.

Zara Embroidered Cropped Jeans, $69.90, available at Zara.

For those who are more into a low-waisted option.

Marques’Almeida Frayed-edge Flared-leg Cropped Jeans, $363 $181, available Matchesfashion.

These jeans have seams at the base of the hem that fold out, making a pseudo-cropped flare. If you’re looking for something clean, simple, and cool, you’ve met your match.

Re/Done Levi’s Leandra Jeans, $325, available at Farfetch.

Nailing the trend right on the head.

Topshop MOTO Raw Hem Crop Kick Flares, $74, available at Topshop.

With a good price point and a fun hem, this is the perfect option for cropped-flare newbies.

Chicnova Cropped Flare Jeans, $32, available at Chicnova.

Being the hybrid of a trouser and pair of jeans means this iteration is a good investment piece. You can wear them almost anywhere.

Proenza Schouler Cropped Flare Jeans, $750, available at Farfetch.

Keep it low-key with a dark wash and subtle flare.

Madewell Los Feliz Crop Flare Jeans, $128, available at Madewell.

I love cropped flares so much, I’ve even designed a pair of my own. Take a look at this story to see me wax on even more.

Earnest Sewn Rachel Denim Trouser, $185, available at Earnest Sewn.

Durable and good-looking. Double whammy.

Levi’s Kick Flare Jeans, $148, available at Levi’s.

White bottoms may not be the best idea for the spill-prone, but for those who dare to wear the shade, these are killer.

Current/Elliot The Kick Flared Jeans, $316 $221, available at MyTheresa.

For $19.99, why wouldn’t you give these a shot?

H&M Cropped Flare High Jeans, $39.99 $19.99, available at H&M.

Tuck in a black turtleneck, throw on your favorite black booties, and add a black belt. You’ve got your go-to outfit for fall.

Siwy Emmanuelle in Under Pressure, $207, available at Siwy.

Just the right amount of volume.

M.I.H Lou High-rise Flared Jeans, $260, available at Matches Fashion.

Into a lower-rise waist? These are the flares you’ve been looking for.

J Brand Selena Cropped Mid-rise Bootcut Jeans, $220, available at Net-A-Porter.

The asymmetric hem adds just the right amount of edge.

Asilio Cropped Flare, $217.98, available at ASOS.

While the cropped flare might be a trend, if you invest in a classic pair, like these Saint Laurent ones, they’ll never go out of style.

Saint Laurent Original Cropped Flared Jeans in White Stone Washed Denim, $690, available at Saint Laurent.

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