A fan of the crop flare jean, last spring's fringe trend appears to be trending toward mainstream. Like many fringe trends, when first introduced, as consumers our options are limited. If you wanted to own a pair last spring, you had few choices - most with a pretty exaggerated flare bottom.
Here I am last May, trying to assemble the look I was after - with very limited options in a dressing room at Nordstrom.
With only 3 denim options to try on, and one, yes one mule available in the entire store (though I am kicking myself for not purchasing this pair of Paul Green 'Winston' Mules - I'd love to have them now) - I struggled to pull together an easy-to-wear look at the time.
Designers test the market, in an attempt to understand what consumers will gravitate toward. Fall 2016, we saw a few more options sprinkle in, with offerings of varying widths of the flare at the bottom - paired up with fall booties or heels.
Why does the width of the flare matter?
For one, a smaller flare, like this pair from Frame Denim, makes this trend more understandable, thus easier to wear for many of us.
I believe a second reason the crop flare has been slow to take off, is the fact that finding a shoe that flatters the leg with this style of jean, has been tricky. The Mule shoe is a fabulous shoe to pair with crop flares, but it's a shoe style that has been slower to catch on.
Now, the "it shoe" of the season, there are endless mule options, for every gal looking to try both trends. To view my early spring mule round-up, click on over to, The AskSuzanneBell Mule Spring Shoe Edit - Over 50 Pairs and How to Wear Them (HERE)
The crop flare jean takes all of what makes a flare jean flattering - a slim fit through the butt, hip and thigh, tapering out to a flare at the lower calf - paired with an EASY to wear, everyday length. We all know, a flare jean is not the easiest style to wear. Flattering as it may be, it requires a platform shoe/heel to create a slimming silhouette. As much as I love my wedge and platform shoes, I need to be in the mood to wear a heel over 2" - not an every day kinda thing.
Mini Boot Flare
Touch of Flare
An instant wardrobe update for SS17, the crop flare jean can be worn with everything from mules, slides, slip-on sneakers to pumps and wedges. Dress this style up or down- it's perfect for showing off gorgeous spring shoes! The key to styling this trend and making it your own, is getting the bottom flare width, and shoes that are right for you.
Looking to read more on this trend?
Here are the links to a few past AskSuzanneBell Posts related to the crop flare denim trend. Let's Shop - Spring 2016 Dressing Room Reviews on Paul Green Sandals and Crop Flare Denim | Pant Refresh: The Crop Flare
What do you think of crop flare jeans?
Have you or will you, be giving this look a try?
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