Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Culottes vs Flares

Each season has it's own take on denim, which is such a ubiquitous fabric that it is no longer reserved for casual weekend jeans, but has found its way into a variety of styles and garments. This spring two particular (and one might say contradictory) silhouettes in denim have cropped up.  Culottes or roomier/mom jeans, and 70's inspired, high-waisted flares.

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Both trends are in the extreme, either you go baggie and short, or long and lean. Some ladies could pull off both, but I'd caution those of us who aren't models and/or street style stars to thoroughly test run both trends in the dressing room before making a purchase.  

The "culotte" or "mom jean" version (which by the way I HATE culottes, but they are popping up so much I can no longer ignore) are best for taller ladies with slimmer hips, while the flares can help elongate the leg (and with the right shoe) give petite gals a few extra inches.  Plus size/curvy girls should be very particular in experimenting with these trends. As with any jean, it's about finding the right "type" within a particular style. For me, I know less exaggerated flares, that are mid-rise, as opposed to high-waisted are most flattering for my body.  As for culottes, I just can't. I'm not against a mom jean, but I'll stick with my boyfriends thank you very much!  

Some buying options for you, regardless of which side your denim trend bread is buttered.

Levi's can't go wrong with a class brand in a dark wash!

H&M straight-up labeled as Mom Jeans and not the most becoming of cuts. 

Madewell, this cropped looks comfy, but could obscure curves, be cautious. 

Madewell, flares from right of the 70's! 

So what denim trends are you hoping to add to your wardrobe this spring? Let me know in the comments! 

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