Flare Up Your Fashion with Wide-Legged Pants

They’ve come back to flare up 2023 fashion. 

Flared pants, also known as bell-bottoms for the bell-like triangular shape they form at the lower end of the pant leg, are a style of bottoms that are slim at the thigh and wide at the calf as they spread outward from the knees down. 

Everyone seems to own a pair of flares, whether in jean, legging, or pant form, and this style has made a significant comeback since its rising fame in the 20th century. 

But when did flare pants originate? 

History of Flared Pants

The origin of flares traces back to the 19th century. According to a Google Arts & Culture article, flares were originally worn by British and American sailors because it “made it easier to snag a man who had fallen overboard.” The wide-legged design also made it easier for sailors to roll the trousers up while working in muddy conditions. 

Flares made it into mainstream fashion during the 1960s, according to a Fashion Heritage article. Most flares were dressed with clogs or Chelsea boots, and in the 1970s, singer and television personality Cher popularized the style by wearing flares on air during her television show. Since then, flares have gone in and out of style, but as of now, they’re increasing in popularity. 

Types of Flared Bottoms, and Where to Find Them

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1. Flared Leggings

Flared leggings, also known as yoga pants, are commonly worn for fitness purposes, such as yoga or pilates. They can be paired with a comfortable sports bra and a tank top for exercise. However, flared leggings can suit casual settings, or be dressed up with a bodysuit and blazer, similar to how Karina Reske styled her flared leggings on her online blog

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The most affordable pairs can be found on Amazon, such as Hegaly’s for $18.99 or Sundwudu’s for as low as $10.19, which is offered in multiple colors such as brown, pink, and a 5-retro burgundy design (pictured below). 

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2. Flared jeans

Flared jeans are more commonly worn in casual, public outings. They can be paired with a bodysuit or a tank top which work best for the outfit since tighter-fitted tops match the looser-fitting bottoms. To purchase a pair, American Eagle sells “Ne(x)t Level Festival Flare Jeans” for $53.95 in blue, beige, and white. Old Navy also sells a pair of “High Waisted Wow Black Flare Jeans” for $36.99.