Cropped Flares: Laura’s Take (& Re-take)

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Cropped flares week, y’all! I can’t believe I’m saying that. Ok, we all know this is a tough trend to try, especially for us shorties. And, you can see here, I had trouble with it, too. Come along as I wade through the cropped flares debacle and come out somewhat unscathed on the other side of it…

The First Take, With Amazing Photos
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My dear friend Nicole was here and took these gorgeous shots. I love her photography and we were downtown near the Ace Hotel in the iconic part of Portland. I adore these photos…but I don’t adore my outfit. It was just…ok. The jacket makes it look good…passable even, but without the jacket on, it was just not flattering. The top is sleeveless and showed some rolls and was distracting. But I do think the jeans and boot combo works. I just had to try something a bit less preppy…

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Wearing

Jacket: (similar) London Fog Heritage Trench Coat in Petite – This coat is very similar to mine and I’ve tried this one on. I adore it and it has a removable liner. I’m such a fan of the trench now to bump up a casual jeans and sneakers outfit.

Top: (similar) Halogen Ribbed Funnel Neck Sleeveless Shell – Ok, but, when I was searching for my top that didn’t work well here I got way distracted and found THIS! Omg. The lovely spice color wouldn’t work with my black jeans here, but I think it’d be great with other cropped flares! Something that adds length, like the trench does here, seems to work well with this jean style.

Boots: (old Zara) These Sam Edelman Taye Boots would be more comfortable around the top and have a very similar heel and shape to mine.

Jeans: Paige Colette High Rise Raw Hem Crop Flare Jeans – These. I love them. I had to crop them a bit more, but being raw hem, that was easy. They are slimming in the black denim and they are only slightly flared. I don’t feel like they cut off my legs and make my hips look wide as some of the other DIY flares did for me. Give them a try. Give them a chance. I actually did wear them to an event the other day with the ankle strap heels and loved them.

Sunglasses: Target Women’s Journey Round Sunglasses – These are an inexpensive pair I tried to get me into the round glasses trend. They’re fine for now, but these are on my wish list now that I know I love this shape.

The Second Take, Wherein The Outfit is More ‘Me’

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I think the reason this combo works better for me is that by pairing the casual, plaid flannel with the other dressier pieces you get that interest or unexpected element that you know I love. The black and white plaid is less distracting than a colorful plaid would be with this color trench and the black jeans. The half-tuck here needs a little work, but it’s what happens when you run with a toddler during the photoshoot #outfitprobs

Wearing

Jacket: (similar) London Fog Heritage Trench Coat in Petite – This coat is very similar to mine and I’ve tried this one on. I adore it and it has a removable liner. I’m such a fan of the trench now to bump up a casual jeans and sneakers outfit.

Top: (similar) B.P. Plaid Flannel Shirt

Boots: (old Zara) These Sam Edelman Taye Boots would be more comfortable around the top and have a very similar heel and shape to mine.

Jeans: Paige Colette High Rise Raw Hem Crop Flare Jeans – These. I love them. I had to crop them a bit more, but being raw hem, that was easy. They are slimming in the black denim and they are only slightly flared. I don’t feel like they cut off my legs and make my hips look wide as some of the other DIY flares did for me. Give them a try. Give them a chance. I actually did wear them to an event the other day with the ankle strap heels and loved them.

 

The Third Look, Featuring Fringed Flats

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Wearing

Jacket: (old Gap) Liverpool Moto Asymmetrical Jacket – This one looks super similar and is sweatshirt material. YES.

Top: (old Forever 21) Modcloth Meow That We Found Love – Cute, simple cat tee. Love. Or, my favorite #womenpower tee  would be awesome.

Flats: Atrevida Gray Fringe Flats – Found these thanks to Jess’ post (thanks Jess, I love them!!) I’m finding an ankle strap shoe, whether flat or heeled, is more flattering with the cropped flares.

Jeans: Paige Colette High Rise Raw Hem Crop Flare Jeans – These. I love them. I had to crop them a bit more, but being raw hem, that was easy. They are slimming in the black denim and they are only slightly flared. I don’t feel like they cut off my legs and make my hips look wide as some of the other DIY flares did for me. Give them a try. Give them a chance. I actually did wear them to an event the other day with the ankle strap heels and loved them.

The Take-Away

So, I’m still on the fence about the cropped flares in general, but I have actually worn this black pair out to an event and felt good in them! That day I wore them with my ankle strap black wedge sandals. It’s getting a little cool for that now, but I’ll try to post a picture soon on Instagram (find me @elletrain over there). I think the ankle strap helps them out a lot.

We really would love to see some reader photos, (misery loves company, right? Hahaha) so be sure to tag @shanachristine and use the hashtag #croppedjeanproblems on Instagram so we can all weigh in!

Come to the dark side…

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Meet Laura! She's a reader turned contributor and we couldn't be happier to have her as part of the team. Her fun, creative style is, as she says, "somewhere between Madewell and Joan Jett" (YES.) and she delivers some mean dressing room selfies so keep an eye out for those. Fun fact? She loves getting her haircut and we love to see what she has up her sleeve.  

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23 Comments

  1. You did it Laura! I agree that your looks are the best I’ve seen. I could actually see myself wearing the fringe flats look. I never thought I’d say it but maybe cropped flares aren’t so bad!

  2. Best so far. I still hate this trend and refuse to wear it myself, but you look cute. Also maybe your style is just more my speed, so that helps, but I love how you’ve styled these beasts. Fringe flats, YAS. Again, can’t see these as terribly useful as the cold weather keeps coming, so happily skip this trend, I will! But you have convinced me that they can be worn without looking like a bad 90s sitcom reject.

  3. I’d have to disagree on the fringe flats. To me they make it seem like you didn’t know your pants were too short because the pants touch the shoes and the fringe is distracting somehow. It seems like people only really like cropped “flare” pants when there isn’t too much flare. And then they’re just cropped pants. Something we’ve been doing for years.

  4. I agree that this is the best so far – and gives me some hope. BUT, I’m having trouble pulling the trigger. How do you make it look intentional rather than like you got dressed in the dark? I think this is a sticking point for me in terms of trying out most trends!

  5. With the boots is quite good! Nicely done! I think it’s the monochromatic aspect tricking our eyes into not noticing the cropped flares too much. I’m afraid with the fringed flats is just really really unflattering, though…

  6. I just…can’t love this trend. If they look awkward on you (sorry!), they’ll look horrible on me. The monochromatic look of the jeans and boots is my favorite, if I was to pick one…but I’m not a fan of the fringed flats I think due to the stark color contrast. Maybe if they were black I would like them?

  7. This is definitely my favorite rendition of cropped flares. The pair that you are wearing are less “mom like” then the other pairs of jeans we’ve seen. Perhaps Paige has figured out the secret ingredient.

  8. Juliet Gisondi-Mazzia on

    If Emmanuelle Alt looks awkward in it… it’s just not a great look on anyone. Have yet to see it really rock….

  9. It always comes to fit and flatter, regardless of trends. And frankly, I don’t think anyone should have to work this hard to wear a pair of jeans. Time to just say no and let it go!

  10. Christy Hartman on

    I think they make your legs look shorter than they are and it’s throwing your proportions WAY off. I think you’d have to wear heels to make up for it. Sorry, still not sold.

  11. So…the cropped flair. To be honest, while you ladies are able to rock it, I just don’t see myself going there (though who knows..it takes me a few seasons to warm up to new trends/sillouettes 😉 so I won’t say “Never”). My question is this: Shana, in your first post on cropped flairs you made a comment about staying somewhat modern with jeans (I totally get that!) however, what is considered “classic” in denim? For instance, I wanted to invest in a good pair of jeans, I would want something classic, that I could pull out anytime (like the Trench Coat) and feel timeless. Is there even such a thing with jeans? Or are they just so ever-changing that that isn’t possible with jeans? I am curious as to your thoughts on this 🙂 And even though I won’t be rushing out to buy cropped flairs, I am loving this series. It’s so fun and interesting to see this look on a variety of gals and each with her own flair and style 🙂

    • Laura here. Thanks for the really great honest yet thoughtful comment! That is a seriously good question, too. I will be sure to bring it up to the team because I want to know, as well! My instinct is to say a slim darker blue wash but slightly faded jean that isn’t destructed would be a good classic jean. Not a really skinny jean but slimmer than a straight leg. Now I’m on the hunt to see if these exist. I feel like JCrew is a good place to start. I’ll keep you posted!

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