Convinced that flares are fundamentally incompatible with your Y-chromosome? Well, put that idea – along with those mental images of Harry Styles’ sofa-print AMA suit – out of your mind right now, because After Nyne is here to show you how to make the ’70s trend work for you…
Feeling a little skittish? Then start small – with a roll neck. Sneak it under a suit for work, then team with skinnies for play.
Ready to take things up a notch? Then it’s time to put your money where your mouth is and invest in a pair of flares… Safest to steer clear of florals unless you happen to be an international pop star – black will do just fine. Rock a flared jean with your favourite tee, or a tailored pair with a classic shirt. For bonus points, pair with your trusty roll neck – no one will point or laugh – I can (almost certainly) promise you.
Bored of black? Mix in some “autumnal” tones – by which I do mean “dead leaf colours” – and you won’t go far wrong. Think browns, burgundies and mustards… subtle paisley prints will also work a treat.
Not ready to go there? Then steal the stylist’s failsafe formula for jzuzhing up an all-black ensemble and pull on a statement shoe or scarf – this is your chance to experiment with metallics, prints… even glitter if the urge should take you – so go for it! Look for classic lace-up Oxfords and Chelsea boot styles to ensure you’re onto a winner – platforms are probably a step too far. And if you are going for broke in the outfit stakes, you might want to tone the footwear down a tad to counterbalance… and avoid any unwelcome Bee Gee jibes…
And to top things off? Whilst there’s no harm in sticking with your default parka/biker formula, slip into a luxe little velvet blazer or cosy faux fur number and you won’t look back… Remember to stick to those autumnal shades (chocolate brown is probably your best bet) and – plus or minus the flares – you won’t look the teensiest bit silly, just timelessly stylish – promise.