I’m slowly getting used to this whole non-skinny jeans thing…and I do mean slowly. After years of wearing skinny jeans, it’s hard to get used to the different proportions. I mean, I remember that whole SNL Mom Jeans skit like it was yesterday–gah! Like I said, I’m working on it.
But you know what I can 100% get on board with, like right-this-very-minute?? High-rise flares. Now those I’ve been happily rocking since my high school days and I. Am. Here for their revival. (I mean, did they ever really leave?)
What To Wear With American Eagle Super High-Waisted Flare Jeans
High-rise flares just make sense to me: a wider hem to balance out hips, a high-rise to accentuate curves, a leg-lengthening fit…I mean, I’ll rock these over mom jeans any day. So when I tried on American Eagle’s super high-waisted flares in that super soft denim of theirs that stretches to fit without stretching out, I was sold. They’re on sale for under $45 right now, but truth be told I would totally pay the full $60 (and then some) for these jeans. With three different washes, sizes 000-24 and FIVE lengths per size, these are the jeans you need. Trust me. And if you’re not sure, here are 15 ways to wear them…who needs mom jeans??
1. Flares + A Basic T-shirt
This is actually a bodysuit–I love not having to worry about tucking it in or half-tucking perfectly. A t-shirt would be just as good, but I like that you can see the waistband with a bodysuit like this. (And Abercrombie bodysuits are super-comfy without leaving vpl!)
2. Flares + A Cute Cami & Heels
Add a lacy cami (this is another bodysuit–just makes tucking easier) and some heels and you’re good to go. Throw on a cardigan, sweater, blazer or denim jacket if it’s cold.
3. Flares + A Pretty Blouse
I love the retro vibe of this bodysuit from Abercrombie…the hook-and-eye closure can be left open for a deeper plunge and the tie can be knotted or tied as you like.
4. Flares + A Cardigan As A Shirt
I’ve loved cardigans FOR EVER now and wearing them alone (or with a cami underneath) as a shirt is a fun way to style them. I half-tuck or tie this one up to show off the waist.
5. Flares + An Oversized Cardigan
I love this easy look. Throw on an oversized button-up sweater with or without a cami underneath and experiment with fastening different buttons.
6. Flares + An Off-the-Shoulder Blouse
I’m obsessed with this blouse and bought these ridiculously comfy pants to complete the matching set–but it looks just as good with these flares. (But seriously, the matching set is a must-have for summer!)
7. Flares + A Moto Jacket
Always a moto jacket. I’d also wear it with a faux leather moto, but I love the green color of this jacket I got from Abercrombie last year. Hopefully they’ll restock it soon, but this one is similar in the meantime.
8. Flares + A Silky Top
This top has been sitting in my closet forever…it’s a little too cropped for my comfort, but with these high-rise jeans it might be ok. I like the vibe of this similar top, though, that could be half-tucked or knotted without showing any belly.
9. Flares + A Blazer
My favorite blazer of all time looks just as good with black pants or a black dress as it does with ripped jeans. I’d also love the navy color with these jeans.
10. Flares + An Oversized Sweater
I have this sweater in three colors–that’s how good it is I’m loving the yellow and bubblegum pink for an on-trend mood-boost this spring. (You can wear it off the shoulder or just with a regular bra.)
11. Flares + a Long Cardigan
This Leith cardigan is one of our favorites at TME. Throw it on over a t-shirt, cami, turtleneck and you’re good to go. (It also works with everything from dresses to shorts to leggings!)
12. Flares + A Graphic Tee & Sneakers
Always graphic tees…but I was actually impressed that I could wear these jeans with sneakers, as well as heels, without them dragging on the floor!
13. Flares + A White Button Up
I love the look of a buttoned up white shirt and this one is my new favorite from Banana. I can wear it tucked in, untucked or tied at the waist like this and it looks good all three ways.
14. Flares + a Tunic
I’ve been wearing this tunic for years now. Over a bodycon dress, leggings, jeans…this one is definitely one of my favorites, and I kind of love the longer length with the flares.
15. Flares + a Flannel…Tied Up
This one brought me straight back to high school…I mean, this is pretty much how I’d wear my flares way back when. But everything old is new again, right? And I’m loving that this is back in style…😍
Bonus: Flares + a Sweatshirt & Comfy Birks
Because, I mean, let’s not pretend that this isn’t the way I’m wearing them most of the time right now at home…comfy, stretchy, and better than pjs, right?
How else would you wear them?? Let me know ’cause I’m always game for fresh ideas!