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Take it from us — the wide leg is all the rage. Many A-list celebs have swapped their skinnies for flares, and we suggest you do the same. A good flare elongates the legs thanks to a small-to-wide silhouette, helping to make you look taller, and more confident and poised.

The bigger the flare, the better right now. Wear them with heels of around 3 to 4 inches, and make sure that the hem of your pant grazes the ground. We give you 5 ways to style flare pants, based on different occasions, from brunch dates to pool parties.


Alfresco brunch

Vintage striped t-shirt by James Perse, £115 (S$206), via Net-a-Porter, Pastel pink polyester flare pants by Safiyaa, US$490 (S$669), via Moda Operandi, Suede and satin sling-back pumps by Yuul Yie, US$390 (S$533), via Moda Operandi, Acrylic circular bag by Cult Gaia, £455 (S$813), via Net-a-Porter, Crystal and hoop earrings by Marni, US$395 (S$538), via Matchesfashion.

Catch up with friends in a stylish and easy outfit. Go for light, pastel colours that exude a summer vibe. Pair your flares with a vintage striped t-shirt to stay cool in the heat. Complete the look with a glass of sangria in one hand, and a pretty, acrylic circular bag in the other.


Dinner date

Printed silk georgette blouse by JW Anderson, £760 (S$1,358), via Net-a-Porter, Navy flare pants by Gucci, £650 (S$1,161), via Net-a-Porter, Leather ankle boots by Alexander McQueen, US$1,231 (S$1,682), via Matchesfashion, Multi-coloured beaded clutch by Rosantica, US$490 (S$670), via Moda Operandi, Wool beret by Lola Hats, US$105 (S$144), via Moda Operandi.

Going for a dinner date doesn’t mean that you have to wear a skirt or a dress. Dress to impress and exude femininity in a pair of flares. Match them with a printed ruffle blouse which helps to soften the whole look.



A night of dancing

Dusty pink t-shirt by A.P.C., €75 (S$119), Multi-print flare pants by Rosie Assoulin, US$1,195 (S$1,633), via Moda Operandi, Emerald velvet and satin pumps by Rupert Sanderson, US$727 (S$993), via Matchesfashion, Cylinder straw crossbody bag by Serpui, S$737, via Farfetch, Wool chauffeur cap by Lola Hats, US$200 (S$273), via Moda Operandi.

Heading for the dance floor? Channel the 1970s Studio 54 era and wear a pair of printed flares. Keep the rest of your garments and accessories simple — we like a fancy pant with a plain t-shirt and a pair of low, comfortable heels.



Lounge by the pool

Floral printed bikini top by Camp Cove, US$85 (S$116) and bikini bottom by Camp Cove, US$70 (S$96), via Moda Operandi, Crochet scallop flare trousers by Spencer Vladimir, US$1,200 (S$1,635), via Moda Operandi, Braided colour block satin sandals by Marco de Vincenzo, €650 (S$1,032), via Mytheresa, Denim bag with frill details by Fendi, S$3,390, via Farfetch.

If you’re headed for a resort break, pack some flare pants to go with your bikini. These crochet flares make us wanna salsa, and we love the see-through effect for pool time. Grab a bag, throw on some heels, and you’re ready to hit the cocktail bar next door!



Bowling night

Stained-glass window printed men’s shirt by Saint Laurent, S$1490, Corduroy flare pants by J Brand, S$495, via Mytheresa, Velvet Mary-Jane pumps with bejeweled heel by Dolce & Gabbana, S$1,318, via Farfetch, Striped calfskin leather belt bag by BOYY, US$625 (S$854), via Moda Operandi, Yellow socks with logo detail by Prada, US$130 (S$178), via Moda Operandi.

It’s a #throwback kind of look that’ll see you through a whole night of fun. These corduroy flare pants, paired with a printed button-down shirt from the men’s section, as well as a bumbag strapped at the waist, make for a stylish casual outfit. If you’re going bowling for real, bring a bright pair of socks with you that’ll look cute with bowling shoes.