We’ve been obsessed with skinnies for several seasons now, but flares are showing up again for spring.  I am certainly partial to a sleek skinny jean, but I have to admit that flares are so much more flattering on almost every body type.  The wide leg really balances out even the most pear shaped figures and can make short legs seem miles long.

Now, be warned: High waist flares are not meant for everyone (recall the Jessica Simpson incident?).  To look good in high waisted jeans, you basically have to have the flattest (I’m talking practically inverted) tummy and a bubble butt.  Not too many of those girls out there.  High waisted denim also isn’t particularly flattering on you shorties or short waisted gals.  Stick with a lower cut pair and always make sure that you don’t look like you’re drowning in your hem.

I love a wider leg 70’s inspired jean with a delicate floaty blouse and platform sandals.  Channel your inner “Angel” and step out in these belled babies.

Top (L to R): Citizens of Humanity Angie Super Flare Jean, $229, Rebecca Taylor Front Zip Runway Denim Pant, $195, Pray For Mother Nature Devils Post Pile Bellbottoms, $176, MiH Marrakesh Flare Jeans, $186, J Brand Kiki High Rise Flare, $180 Bottom (L to R): J Brand Lovestory Flare Jeans, $178, Gap Vintage Flare Jeans, $69.50, 7 for All Mankin Kaylie Jeans, $168, TEXTILE Elizabeth & James Jimi Flare Jeans, $195, Red Valentino High Rise Flare Jeans, $310

(on me: H&M top, Earnest Sewn jeans, vintage Dooney & Bourke bag, Alex & Ani bracelets, Colin Stuart Sandals)