Wearing: Old and New Flare Jeans

Wearing: A Little Flare Wearing: A Little Flare

Wearing: A Little Flare

Wearing: A Little Flare

Wearing: A Little Flare

Wearing: A Little Flare

sweater + jeans: f21 (previously worn here and here), booties: steve madden via dsw, necklace + bag: madewell

Meet my new obsession: flare jeans. I will probably never give up my skinny jeans but this flare style is pretty much my new go-to this fall. I've paired it with tunics and tanks and now I'm mixing it in with sweaters. I thought the flare would be difficult proportionally and that I'd look frumpy. The trick is you have to find a flare that hugs your thighs and flares out starting at the knee. This is definitely a different style from my middle school days when the bigger the "bell" the cooler you were! I also love the way it looks with my booties peeping out under the hem even though I was skeptical since I'm so used to tucking skinny jeans into boots in the fall. If you've been thinking about wearing a flared jean style, go for it! You're going to love it. If I still haven't convinced you, then find an inexpensive pair like the ones I've got from Forever 21 and give it a try.

A short note the above tip: I don't think there is anything wrong with buying "fast fashion" when you want to experiment with your style. I've read a lot of posts about avoiding budget clothing stores and only purchasing investment pieces. I agree that buying investment pieces is a really smart style idea. I still have a navy wool pea coat from Ralph Lauren that I bought in high school. However, I also think that it's a great idea to play with your style and have fun with clothes. If you don't have a big budget, stores like Forever 21 and H&M can help you out. I've been playing with my personal style for years (as you'll probably notice if you look back through my posts!) and fast fashion has been my friend. This year and next year I am working on finding great investment pieces to mix in with my lower end clothes. I'm working on two posts coming up on how to buy the right investment pieces for your closet (like my new Madewell bucket bag making its debut above!) and how to buy lower end clothes that look like a million bucks...or close enough. But what I want to leave you with is, have fun with your style no matter what you're wearing!