How to Wear It...Patchwork Flares

Flares are back in a big way this fall, and I just about died when I saw this pair from Free People:


The pants ($148, available here) are not only nailing the flared style, but also the patchwork trend that is everywhere lately. Now I realize that extreme flares pose some issues. For one, if you're anything like me, you've been wearing out your skinny jeans for the past couple of years, and in terms of volume, the biggest your pants have gotten is some relaxed boyfriend jeans, so this may take some adjustment. And in addition to this, I recognize that patchwork flares in general may not be the easiest thing in world to build an outfit around. So, in case the thought of wearing these pants leaves you feeling lost, I took some time below to put together some looks around them to show you a couple of wearable ideas. And if you're thinking about picking up a pair of super-flares, a couple of styling tips for putting your own look together: don't be afraid to mix them with bold patterns and colors, it will balance, not overwhelm, and keep the shoes chunky and heavy, this will ground the look and make your legs look really long.


Get the Looks: Femme Earrings: Last Snow Drops, $25.60, Anthropologie; Top: Pins and Needles Tie-Front Bed Jacket Blouse, $59, Urban Outfitters; Shoes: Me Too Indigo Wedge Sandal, $59.95, DSW

Bohemian Earrings: Starbright Earrings, $80, JewelMint; Jacket: RVCA McMurphy Coverup, $50, Swell; Tee: Laid Back Longhorn Muscle Tee, $17.80, Forever21; Shoes: Qupid Maze-09 Bootie, $44.95, DSW

Rocker Earrings: Sarah Angold for Freedom Diamond Shaped Earrings, $64, Topshop; Jacket: Quilted Spiked Moto Jacket, $34.80, Forever21; Tee: Stardust Sequin Tee, $48, NastyGal; Shoes: BC Footwear Tadpole Bootie, $79.95, DSW