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If you’re looking to stay on trend while maximizing your comfort this season, allow your skinny jeans to take a backseat to the current “it” style: flared pants. Borrowing from both a ‘70s and ‘90s aesthetic, flared pants come in all fabrics ranging from moisture-wicking yoga pant styles to casual jeans and corduroys to dressier styles.
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Unlike a wide-leg pant, flared pants hug through the thighs and taper out increasingly from knee to ankle. They work great over ankle boots and also visually elongate the leg by drawing the eye vertically, making them super flattering, no matter your shape. Here, the 11 best flared pants to shop right now.
1. These ventilated Alo Yoga leggings
For a gentle foray into the flared look, opt for Alo Yoga’s bestselling flutter leggings. As a modern take on its ever-popular compressive Alo Airbrush leggings, these flared pants feature slits that act as windows to your sneakers and provide ventilation. They also have a front panel designed to prevent chafe when going commando. The regular-length inseam ranges from 32¼ inches for XXS and S to 32¾ inches for M and L, so if you’re on the shorter side, opt for the ⅞-length Flutter Leggings that are three inches shorter in length. Grab a pair in women’s sizes XXS (00) to L (14) in black, white and ivory.
One 5-star review titled “Everything I've ever wanted” reads: “They’re comfy, high-waisted _and_ flared? Literally the perfect silhouette for anyone. I receive so many compliments whenever I wear them. I even wear them to work as slacks.”
2. These extra-flared jeans
Rock your curves in these bestselling bell-bottom jeans from Amazon that come in 30 varieties. Made of a flexible polyester-and-spandex blend, you’ll be able to move freely while slipping your belongings in their various pockets—though the number varies by style. Choose from distressed denim with subtle rips and raw hems or bright and monochromatic for a clean pop of color during dreary months. They come in women’s sizes S to 3XL.
Many of the jeans’ 4,400 reviews note how they help give you a confidence boost no matter your size. “These are so cute," one reviewer writes. "I went out on a limb and bought these because I was doing some impulse shopping, and I am not disappointed! I definitely recommend these—they flaunt your natural curves and help add confidence.”
3. These stretchy, ribbed Everlane pants
Ribbed flared pants might be an essential part of the influencer’s uniform, but they’re also a seriously low-maintenance piece for lounging around or running errands. Everlane’s iteration of the style comes in four colors and is topped off with a comfortable high-rise waistband. The organic cotton-and-elastane blend offer extra stretch, while the matching fine-ribbed Mockneck Tank sold separately to make for a no-brainer outfit you can dress up or down. They come in women’s sizes XXS to XL in three colors.
One pleased reviewer writes: “They’re very comfortable but look chic. The length is perfect for me as it just grazes the top of my feet. They would be great to layer with thermals underneath in the winter.”
4. These wild-printed pants
With a style as bold as a flared leg, why not go the extra mile with a vivid design, too? The light polyester-and-spandex blend make them as great for staying active as they are for dressing up with an oversized blazer and heels. As a high-waisted pant, they provide ample tummy control while elongating the silhouette. They come in women’s sizes XS to XL and in 12 unexpected prints, such as pinstripe, floral and tie-dye.
They also boast a 4.4-star average rating based on over 1,000 reviews. “I fell in love with these pants so much that I had to order three more in different colors," one reviewer writes. "It’s hard to find a flared legging with such great material that’s soft and hugs the body perfectly without being uncomfortable. They’re perfect to wear with heels.”
5. These high-rise corduroys
Corduroy pants are back with a vengeance, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about it—they’re a more sophisticated alternative to jeans and boast a napped texture that fares well in colder months. This top-rated pair from Banana Republic comes in a Tencel, modal, cotton and Lycra blend and features thin wales, meaning more ridges per inch. They’re designed extra long to be worn with heels and come in black or cream for women’s waist sizes 24 to 35 in regular, tall and petite lengths.
“Love these pants,” says one 5-star reviewer. “They’re so soft and comfortable. They fit true to size. The material is well-made and the inseam is a good length. I have received many compliments on these pants.”
6. These Free People velvet pants
For flared pants with extra flair, look no further than these highly textured babies from Free People. They’re available in nine vibrant colors from Hawaiian sunset to lime kaffir and feature textured geometric stripes all along the legs. An elastic pull-on waistband makes them far more low-maintenance to wear than they look. They come in women’s sizes XS to XL in regular length, as well as tall and short in certain colors.
As one of Free People’s best-selling flared pants, reviewers say they’re as comfortable as sweatpants: “Wowza! My booty never looked so good,” one fan writes. “The contrasting stripes are so flattering. I love that the ivory has a few other colors mixed in the fabric, too. There is stretch so it is possible to size down. They are long but I don’t mind the length because they’re perfect for heels.”
7. These super-soft Lululemon leggings
Ah, yes—the flared Lululemon leggings that drew us to the beloved brand in the first place are back and better than ever! The Groove pant gets a modern update with its high-rise waistband and a hidden phone pocket that keeps you feeling nice and tucked-in during your yoga practice. Its Nulu polyester-and-elastane fabric feels barely-there soft, though it’s warm enough to keep you cozy during fall activities. They come in six colors, including dark olive and red merlot, and are available in women’s sizes 0 to 20 in a high-waisted, 32½-inch length.
“Honestly, these are so comfortable," one shopper writes on the Groove pants. "It doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything, in the best way. The flared leg isn’t too flared and it is a very flattering shape.”
8. These distressed jeans from American Eagle
The ‘90s called and they’re thrilled you’re honoring its signature style—the grungy, ripped, flared jean. American Eagle’s rendition features a stiff 100% cotton leg cropped to end at the ankle. The pants are topped with a stretchy cotton waistband that’ll allow for all-day comfort, and the style boasts a subtle rip on the knee that adds a laid-back vibe to any outfit. They come in women’s sizes 000 to 20 in short, regular or long.
Numerous reviewers call these their new favorite jeans. “I bought these jeans blindly and didn’t look at reviews and I was not expecting much," one reviewer writes. "Safe to say, I was blown away when I first tried them on. My problem area is my lower stomach and these really do me justice. They cinch me in the right places and just highlight my curves! I am 5-foot-3 and wear platform sneakers and they hit me perfectly.”
9. These faux leather pants
No animals were harmed in the making of these slick faux-leather flared pants. They feature a stylish front slit that works to provide some ventilation while showing off your kicks, and pull on with an elastic waistband for comfort. The front seams elongate the legs while the addition of spandex to the polyester fabric makes them a breeze to move—or dance!—in. They come in chocolate brown and black, and women’s sizes XS to XXL.
"Obsessed isn’t even the word!” writes one fan. “These remind me of Zara leggings, but at half the price. The quality is so amazing I can’t believe they’re from Target. I normally wear a size 6 in pants and the small fits perfectly.”
10. These Halara crossover leggings
Crossovers waistbands are a trend we hope stick around for a while, as the flattering dip in the material below the belly button creates a cinched effect at the waist. Extend that same love to your torso in this flared version from Halara (of the famed Outdoor Voices exercise dress dupe), which also features a booty-enhancing dipped hem in the back a la the Lululemon Align leggings. The Halara pair comes in six colors, including oxford blue and steel gray, and in women’s sizes XS to XL.
Many shoppers note how surprised they were to find the flared leggings boast a shapewear effect. “Very, very satisfied," writes one. "When I opened it, I thought the leg might've been too big, but when I put it on, it was perfect! I love that it makes my tummy look small, too.”
11. These plaid trousers from Anthropologie
Plaid and flared legs pair perfectly together—full stop. The preppy combo looks even more dazzling in Anthropologie’s shades of blue, orange and red that make for a still-festive alternative to any ho-hum plaid flannel shirts you might wear during the season’s cold spells. An added touch of viscose to the cotton-and-elastane fabric gives it a next-level softness, too. They have front flap and back welt pockets and come in women’s sizes 00 to 16.
“I have two other Maeve plaid pants that have become staples year-round. This one is just as great—comfortable, stylish and can be dressed up or down,” says one fan. “Having a straight body type (and tummy bulge), the waist fit fine but the hips and thighs were a bit baggy. But overall, they look great! And as always with Maeve, the tailoring is exquisite.”
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