The Skinny Jean Alternative: 4 Flares For Fall

Fall is New York’s most flattering season, let me tell you. She sparkles, she glows, she’s crisp and sharp. (Yes, I think of Manhattan as a she.) Aside from the fact that it snowed on Saturday, it’s been lovely – and an absolute dream to dress for.

This is my second autumn in New York (cue the Harry Connick, Jr music), so I’m holding myself to high sartorial expectations. I want to embrace this season in something other than skinny jeans and knee-high boots. Don’t you sometimes just feel like you’re trapped in a rut of sameness? I certainly do, which is why this time around, I’m committed to changing things up. I posted last week about my new-found love for trouser jeans, and now I’m adding flare jeans to my roster of cold-weather alternatives.

Below are my picks for the best four flares of the season. I think a dark wash denim with a high waist is ideal for this time of year, because they can be dressed up and down easily, and when you’re spending close to $200 for a pair of jeans, you want them to be versatile.  Black denim can look polished enough for the office with a silk blouse, and easily weekend-ready with a cozy sweater like this.

(L to R: MiH Marrakesh Kick Flare ($198); Raven Denim Enid Wide Leg Flare ($174); DL1961 Joy Flare ($178); Rich & Skinny High Rise Flare ($167))

Some tips on how to wear your fall flares:

Will you dare to flare in these colder fall months? Have you been rocking them already? Leave a note and a link in the comments!

[Photos by Nando Alvarez and from]


  1. November 7, 2011 / 7:31 pm

    Hmmm, I usually avoid them because of my petite stature, but am thinking I can rock these with my high heels.
    They do make the legs look pretty long. Thanks for the info.

  2. November 11, 2011 / 5:21 pm

    I recall being absolutely freezing most of last winter so I’m making the same resolutions you are, thou shall not resort to skinnies & boots for the entire six months!


  3. Gina
    December 20, 2011 / 2:07 pm

    What jeans are you wearing in your picture?

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