Skinny jeans have reigned supreme for a number of years now, but it is always good to have other options.

A pair of flared jeans is a nice change and great for days when you want a little less restricted movement.

When it comes to flared jeans, a clean dark wash like this pair from Gap (photo 1, $80, from 03-65 Plaza Singapura) is always a safe option, though lighter and more distressed options are fun and give off a different vibe.

What is more important to consider is the length and rise. The hem of the jeans should not be too short or too long – both sure-fire ways to make your legs look short or stumpy.

Take it to a tailor to get hemmed, and take along the pair of shoes you are likely to wear with it so the hem length sits just right.

Low-heeled ankle boots such as these from Bershka (photo 2, $79.90, from B2-09 Ion Orchard) are a great footwear choice, as are pointy-toed heels or flats. Platform heels may look a bit too 1970s, unless you are deliberately going for a hippy look.

The rise of the flare jeans should be regular or slightly high-waisted to emphasise the long, lean line. Anything too low runs the risk of looking dated, bringing up images of the low-slung hip huggers of the early 2000s.

For your top, pick something slightly cropped for balance, such as this cosy knit sweater from H&M (photo 3, $39.90, from Orchard Building, 1 Grange Road).

Or you can pick a blousy top like this printed Zara number (photo 4, $79.90, from B2-03 Ion Orchard) and tuck it in so the waist can still be seen.

For a look that is more smart casual, pair your flared jeans with a black blazer such as this one from A.L.C. (photo 5, £209 or S$433, from Even over a simple T-shirt, the blazer adds a nice bit of polish and elevates the whole look.

This article was first run in The Straits Times newspaper on October 10, 2014. For similar stories, go to You will not be able to access the Premium section of The Straits Times website unless you are already a subscriber.