Mixing Fall 2015 Fashion Trends: Fringe & Flares

Welcome back to 26 Days of Fall Outfits! I’m debuting my new flared jeans and fringed poncho today — two HUGE trends this fall. Yes, the 70s are alive and well in 2015.

Fashion Over 40: Fringe & Flares - two hot fashion trends for fall 2015

Flares are awesome because they are so flattering. Generally best worn with heels, they give you legs for days! But unfortunately, they’re not as easy to wear as straight-leg and skinny styles. Make friends with your tailor because the length of your flares is super important. You want them to almost cover your shoe and fall just above the ground — not quite touching the ground, but no more than ½-inch off the ground with shoes on. It’s a delicate balancing act because if they’re too long, you look sloppy, but if they’re too short, you look goofy.

I had to keep hiking these up so they looked right for the photos. I’m going to wash them and hope they take up about a 1⁄4-inch. If not, I might need to have them hemmed because these are the highest heels I own.

For today’s outfit, I was inspired by this look I saw on Pinterest (source):

fringe and flares pinterest

The key to making the poncho-and-flares thing work without looking dumpy is to wear a poncho that isn’t too long, and make sure your flares hug your thighs. If the thighs of the jeans are too baggy, it wouldn’t be flattering. Mine are borderline. I actually wish they were a bit more snug through the thigh area. I will probably like these better with a fitted jacket, but I really wanted to show this combination for fall because it’s such a great trend that every woman can wear. I love how flares make you look sooo tall and skinny.

These are the Free People Gummy Denim Clean Mid Rise Flare, and I ordered them from Zappo’s. They arrived the very next day. Gotta love that!!

Fashion Over 40: Fringe & Flares - two hot fashion trends for fall 2015

Before you ask (LOL!) there is no real difference between bootcut jeans and flared jeans. Flares are typically wider than a bootcut, but it’s all relative. If you are tall, you can get away with wider flares. If you’re petite, you’ll want to go with a more narrow flare. Also, petite women should buy flared jeans in petite sizes because they need to start widening at the right place (generally at or just above the knee.) LOTS of brands make jeans in petite nowadays.

Here’s an up-close of the poncho. I ordered this from QVC, and I love how soft and cozy it is. I just wore it with a tank top underneath for this fall outfit, but come wintertime, I’ll wear a long-sleeved tee under it.

Fashion Over 40: Fringe & Flares - two hot fashion trends for fall 2015
For accessories, I wore these bold silver Silpada Half Moon Earrings, but in looking back at these pictures, I’m wishing I’d worn a long necklace to break up the front. Oh, well. Next time!! 

Because I felt like the outfit needed some color, I added my Mini Crosby Crossbody in Port. I also went with a bolder lip color than usual. This is my Pür Minerals Lip Lure in Fiery.

Fashion Over 40: Fringe & Flares - two hot fashion trends for fall 2015

The boots I’m wearing are super duper old, but they have a 3½-inch stacked heel. I will link to some options in the outfit details below.

Fashion Over 40: Fringe & Flares - two hot fashion trends for fall 2015

Outfit Details: Cable Knit Fringed PonchoGummy Denim Clean Mid Rise Flare | Half Moon Earrings | Mini Crosby Crossbody in Port | FitBit Leather Wrap Bracelet | Oval Link Bracelet (budget option) | boots (options here, here, here and here)

For more fall outfit ideas, see the Fall Fashion section of my blog. You can also visit my shop for some of my top fall fashion finds.

Now hop on over and visit Cyndi to see the fall outfit she’s styling today!

I’m sharing this post today with Monday Mingle, and at Sincerely Jenna Marie and More Pieces of Me