Victoria Beckham has been setting trends for the better part of three decades, and her influence shows no sign of waning. Take, for example, her recent endorsement of ’70s-style flares. The designer took to Instagram overnight to showcase a new pair of jeans from her eponymous label’s pre-fall ’20 collection, which went on sale over the weekend. She called the jeans her favourite piece from the collection, styling them with a shrunken knit, also her own design. “They look so great with this knit, which is sparkly without being over the top,” she wrote.
The jeans—which feature contrasting pockets, front and back—perfectly capture the ’70s renaissance that is sweeping the fashion industry right now. Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele has long been influenced by the decade, and his Resort collection was jam-packed full of ’70s references, like paisley prints, Penny Lane-style coats, and brown corduroy slacks.
We’ve seen the trend crop up at Miu Miu too, with Miuccia Prada sending graphic printed knee-length skirts and cropped sports style jackets down the runway at the brand’s spring summer ’21 show in Paris in September. At Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri layered brought-from-the-bazaar printed robes over crisp white shirts, layered with brown leather belts. Celine, Balmain, and Raf Simons all showed ’70s-style flares on the runway too.
So, how do you wear them? Flares can be tricky territory to master—but if executed properly, they’re incredibly flattering. Opt for a darker shade of indigo, then pair with a cropped sweater or shrunken tee (extra points for adding a pop of colour). Then, add height with a heeled ankle boot, or an oh-so-seventies pair of platform heels. Alternatively, you can channel your inner ‘model off-duty’ and bang on a pair of high-rise Chuck Taylors.
What can we say? VB strikes again.
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