Unlike its disco-fever ancestors of the past, flared pants today are sleek and elegant–a go-to everyday wardrobe essential or a special occasion standout. Many thanks to designers like Prada, Saint Laurent, and The Row, flared pants, wide-leg trousers, and bell-bottoms on the market now remind us of hemlines circa 1970, but are elevated enough to fit in with our modern closets. Especially as we enter a transitional phase of dressing from summer to fall, pants with a bit more volume are a fun way to tackle the seasonal shift that differs from your average straight-leg jeans. For casual, cool days, wear them with a crisp button down shirt and a pair of reliable sneakers; and for dressier duties, a square-toe heel or wedge sandal will give you a few welcome inches.
When building your next fall outfit, consider pants with a bit more flare like this classic black pair from Nili Lotan or Max Mara pinstripe pants. Autumnal wool twills from Saint Laurent, Marni, and Prada get us excited for the season ahead and all the fall boots we imagine pairing underneath. Standout pairs of fuschia wide-leg trousers from Adam Lippes, mint green flared pants from Lafayette148, and red hot low-rise Alexander McQueen pants are perfect for those with a more colorful approach to getting dressed. We especially love the idea of donning a wide-leg trouser, perhaps this one from Proenza Schouler, at your most formal events like an upcoming fall wedding–an unexpected yet welcome take on the trend.
And did we mention that these cuts are fit to flatter? Wide-legged or bell-bottomed, these 28 pairs of flared pants are sure to be the foundation of your fall wardrobe.
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