Remember my post last week about picking the perfect pair of denim? A few of my rules in summary:  try on, try new, and try, try again. Well then I realized that I needed to take my own advice when searching for flare jeans. Flares are one of those styles that, while I appreciate the comeback it is making, I’ve been cheering them on from the sidelines of Pinterest and window shopping. Why? Because it’s come to my attention that I’ve completely forgotten how to wear them. I’ve been a believer in skinny jeans since the mid-00’s so this shift in denim is a bit of a game changer. For me at least, flares fit my body a bit differently than skinny jeans and each brand is very different from the next, whereas skinny jeans I’m a pretty consistent size. So I took my own advice and tried a brand that I’ve previously sworn off. (Nothing against 7FAM jeans, they just aren’t a perfect fit for me in skinny jeans.) I have to say the minute I put these babies on (last in the pile), they were exactly what I was looking for. They fit my hips, flare out at the right place and are soft as can be. *praise hand emojis forever*
All that to say, sometimes it takes a while to find a trend you like and that works for you and that’s okay. I’m probably not going to stock my closet full of flare jeans, but I’m happy to have one really good pair on hand. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to give up skinny jeans, but I welcome any jean that makes my legs look longer and is a dream to wear. 
Also a quick note on this oversized sweater that dreams are made of: I basically want to sleep in it. But it is very oversized. I’m in the medium which is typical for me, but I could have sized down and been just fine. Just depends on your how much you like clothes to touch your body ratio. For me it’s like 30:70 — 30 parts maybe she has a body under there, 70 parts that’s a really large sweater she’s wearing. 
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  1. Love this outfit! It’s too chilly for my toes to peep out where I live, but booties will fix that when I copy this outfit:) I will say I almost choked on my coffee (no coffee was lost in the process. *shew.) when I followed the link to the purse and saw the price, but I’ll just have to look for a [much] cheaper version. It’s a beautiful bag!
    (Congrats on moving up to a lifestyle of the rich and famous). 😉 😉

  2. Did you have these jeans hemmed?? I know you are tall but even at 5’9″ I still often have to have 7 jeans hemmed. Which I find a real drag in a flare jean.

    1. I did not — but I was worried I would have to because of the reviews online. These fit me perfectly with a heel (I believe this is a 3″ heel), flat footed I would need a hem but I prefer to wear with heels, so I was happy with the length. And YES on a real drag with flare jeans being hemmed, they never seem to ‘flare’ just right.

  3. Kendi – throw out or reevaluate those skinny jeans; these look so amazing on you. You look like YOU in these jeans. This outfit is perfect on you.

    1. You’re so sweet! Isn’t it funny how we get used to looking a certain way — I think I just miss seeing my ankles under there!

  4. Those flares are the perfect length on you, and I really like them with the baggy top! 🙂

    Your Chloe marcie is a lovely bag too – I used to have one in a lighter taupe and I often think about it and regret selling it!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  5. I’m a big fan of flare jeans and never got into the skinny jeans craze. First time I see you in flare and I tell you in my humble opinion they are 100 times more flattering on you than the skinnies.These elongate your legs and balance your figure but skinnies just “sit” there 🙂

  6. Love this!! I’m missing Texas weather where you can get away with sandals in November!
    -Kory
    50andfewer.blogspot.com

  7. That sweater, those jeans, that bag, those shoes!!! Stop it with the absolutely most perfect outfit in the history of fashion blogging. I bow down…

    -Shannon
    notentirelyordinary.com

  8. Love the look and so happy about your success! Is this your first crazy expensive bag ? What made you choose this one? I am honestly not sure
    i get the beauty of it lol

    I have loved following you along on this long journey and so excited for your success

    Anna // Happy Medley

  9. I love those flares paired with that sweater! Such a cute look!

    Paige

    http:/thehappyflammily.com

  10. Thank you!! I was literally laying in bed trying to figure out what to wear to a birthday dinner tonight, (I helped the birthday boy’s girlfriend pick out her outfit, so I know the appropriate fancy level), and as soon as I saw this outfit, I pieced together my closet’s equivalent and DONE. Sanity restored.

    Thank you for all of your inspiration over the past five years, (I came to the game late, but you were the first blogger I started following and I’m very grateful to you). Have an awesome holiday week!

  11. Hi! I was wondering how this sweater has worked out for you in terms of showing wear? Several of the reviews on Nordstrom’s website said that it pills very easily, cheapening the look. I’m torn because it looks beautiful!

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