High-Waist Flare Jeans: How to Style with Class

Anytime I wear my favorite high-waist flare jeans, I stop to admire my curves in front of a mirror. These jeans are flattering. How they frame your thighs and become loose around your legs makes them worth having.

a lady wearing black high-waist flare jeans with sunglasses and a black leather jacket

But how do you style these beauties to complement your shape? How do you rock them to their full potential?

a lady wearing blue high-waist flare jeans with an off-shoulder rainbow top

Let’s find out together.

What are Flared Jeans?

a lady wearing a blonde wig with blue high-rise flared jeans and a cropped tee

Flared jeans are denim pants that get wider at the knees and flare further as they approach the ankles. The bottom part of these pants can have a minimal flare (like bootcut jeans) or have dramatic wide legs in the shape of a bell (bell-bottom jeans).

a lady wearing bootcut jeans with a decorative crop top

Also known as bell-bottoms, flared jeans were the sensation of the 60s down to the 90s. But they’ve returned to the scene in different styles and tweaks to suit today’s trends. 

a lady wearing flared jeans with a black turtleneck

For instance, you can have them in black, blue, pink, brown, etc., as low-rise or high-rise jeans. And since the latter is your main interest, let’s see how to pull it off.

How to Wear High-Waist Flare Jeans

a lady showing her behind in a high-waist flare jeans

Are you tired of wearing your skinny or straight-leg jeans all the time? They must be tired of you too. So how about you switch things up with something new like a cute pair of high-rise flared jeans?

a lady wearing cropped bell-bottoms with a sky blue top and a mini bag

If that makes sense, pull it off with these tips:

Pair it with a Crop Top

a lady wearing cropped bell bottoms with a black and white gingham top and a mini bag

A crop top always suits high-rise jeans. 

a lady wearing high-waist flare jeans with a floral crop top

Just make yours fitted so while it hugs your upper body, your high-waist flare jeans will flatter your lower body.

Go Denim on Denim

a smiling lady pairing her flared jeans with a denim jacket

Pair your flared jeans with a denim jacket or top. It’ll create a coordinated ensemble that’s trendy and stylish. 

a lady pairing her flared jeans with a denim jacket tucked into it

Moreover, you can keep your denim in the same shades or go for different hues.

Wear a Nice T-shirt/Polo

a lady pairing her high-waisted flared jeans with a top

You can also pair your jeans with a polo or T-shirt. 

a lady pairing her high-waisted flared jeans with a polo

This may be a tight or large tee. Wear any and tuck it into your pants to highlight your waist and belt.

Pair with a Turtleneck

a lady pairing her black high-waisted bootcut jeans with a turtleneck top

A turtleneck looks perfect with any bottoms. 

a lady pairing her high-waist flare jeans with a multicolored turtleneck top

Whether you go for a long-sleeved or sleeveless one, you’ll look great regardless.

Wear a Shirt or Blouse

a lady pairing her high-waist flare jeans with a white shirt

Furthermore, consider pairing your bootcut or bell bottoms with a nice dress shirt or any blouse. 

a lady wearing her high-waist flare jeans with a pretty top

It gives a smart casual vibe that won’t be inappropriate at work.

Layer with a Blazer or Any Other Outerwear

a lady pairing her high-waist flare jeans with a black blazer

Speaking of smart casual, layering your high-waist flare jeans with a blazer is a cool way to appear casual yet smart.

a lady pairing her high-rise flared jeans with a coat

If you don’t want the blazer option, feel free to go for a cardigan, coat, sweater, jacket, etc.

Cinch Your Waist with a Belt

a lady wearing flared jeans with a white tee and a belt

Besides keeping your pants to your waist, a belt accentuates your curves and also highlights your waist.

a lady wearing high-waisted flared jeans with a belt and a white blazer

So, wear your high-waisted flared jeans with a belt. It works with any top but if it’s a long top, tuck it in to flaunt your belt.

Wear a Tank Top

a lady pairing her high-waist flare jeans with a cropped tank toop

Need a breathable top that’ll flaunt your arms and hands while your high-waist flare jeans does its job?

a lady wearing a white tank top and  high-waist flare jeans

Go for a tank top. They never go out of style.

Walk in Comfortable Shoes

a lady wearing brown high-rise flared jeans with a tank top and sneakers

High-rise flared jeans are versatile so they’ll look great with your sandals, flip-flops, ballerina flats, knee-high boots, ankle boots, heels, and sneakers.

a lady wearing white high-rise flared jeans with a sweater and sneakers

Just pick the one you’ll be comfortable with and go for it.


a lady wearing brown high-rise flared jeans with a white tank top and a scarf

Just as a sentence never makes sense without punctuation marks, your outfit is never complete without accessories.

a lady wearing ripped high-waist flared jeans with a white crop top and a scarf

So, put on your earrings, jewelry, hat, and sunglasses, carry a nice bag, and go steal the show.

Types of Flared Jeans

a lady wearing flared jeans with a white long-sleeved crop top

Flared jeans come in different styles. They include:

1. Bootcut jeans

a black lady wearing bootcut jeans with a cardigan

Bootcut jeans flare out slightly at the ankle. They have a conservative flare and look great when paired with ankle boots.  

2. High-waisted flared jeans

a lady wearing high-waist flare jeans with a matching top and a hat

High-waist flared jeans may be boot-cut or bell-bottoms. The distinct feature about them is that they sit higher on your waist, just below your navel. 

They’re cute when paired with crop tops, tank tops, tees, and shirts you can easily tuck into the jeans to accentuate your waist.

3. Cropped flare jeans

a lady wearing cropped flared jeans

The style looks like skinny jeans only that it flares out at the knees and the hemline stops around your ankles. This gives you more shoe options for styling.

4. Bell Bottom jeans

a lady wearing pink bell bottoms and a pink hat

These flared pants have flares extending at a wider angle from the knees. This look is a major part of 1970s women’s fashion and still remains fashionable today.

a model wearing a cropped flared jeans with ankle boots

And that’s a wrap. Which of these tips resonates with you better? Whichever one you go for, remember you can never go wrong with any of them. You just have to pick the one that suits your personal style and switch things up as you go.

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Victoria B. Willie

Writing has always been a part of me. From writing stories as a young child to studying Communication Arts in the university, it has always been more than a medium of expression to me.

And then one day, I found myself toeing the path of an entrepreneur and becoming a fashion enthusiast. This made me develop an interest in content marketing and copywriting which I've been chasing alongside my fashion career.

That aside, when I'm not sharing style articles, selling with stories, or sketching fashion-forward pieces for Ria Kosher, you'll find me telling wild stories that always come with a twist.

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