Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Whoop! According to industry style experts, it’s out with the skinny jeans and in with the flares. Being a woman with an ample thigh and buttock, coupled with athletic calf muscles, skinny jeans have always been a squeeze to get on, a struggle to pull off and an effort to wear; so why the hell do I wear ‘skinnies’ you ask, the simple answer to that is: I don’t know, habit maybe? But what I can tell you is that I’m happy to hear flares are having another revival!
Skinny jeans are a common piece in denim collections and have become a wardrobe staple for most women for many years, from teenagers to those approaching pension age; it certainly hasn't been a short-lived trend. Flares, on the other hand, originally inspired by 1970’s collections by Marc Jacobs and Gucci (and not to be confused with boot-cut, in my opinion anyway) are less ubiquitous and tend to duck in and out of fashion. It’s a shame, because although they can be a little fitted on the hip and thigh area, the overall style of flares makes them quite forgiving for people who aren't particularly proud of their pins. As a rule of thumb, a pair of flares has to be worn with a wedge or tall heel to really carry off the effect, and that’s really the only disadvantage, unless you have a comfortable wedge or heel of course.
I've recently bought a denim shirt from Zara and toyed with the idea of donning ‘Denim-On-Denim’ a trend that has historically being a no-no among fashion insiders, but I am seeing it more and more in the blogosphere with mixed opinion, but I haven’t plucked up the courage to do it myself yet. Instead, I cheated a little and went with ‘Denim-And-Denim by pairing my denim flares with my new denim satchel.
I forget sometimes how beautiful parts of Birmingham can be - this is Victoria Square in the city centre, home to both the Town Hall and Council House and named in honour of Queen Victoria in 1901, hence the statue, which was erected just 12 days before she died.
What's your favourite denim piece in your wardrobe?
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