Stripes + Kick Flares for Fall

Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope you’ve all recovered from Monday. Today I’m styling kick flares for fall.

This is one of those outfits that works in theory, but I’m not sure the execution worked out quite the way I’d hoped. I mean, it’s not awful, but I can’t imagine actually wearing this anywhere. You’ll have to weigh in and let me know what you think.

Kick Flares for Fall with Madewell Thompson Pocket Pullover Sweater in Rainbow Stripe and Sam Edelman Laurna Mules

We all know that kick flares are trending, and I’m always the first to say that not everyone should embrace every trend; but there’s something casual and cool and fun about this silhouette that I like, so I keep trying to figure out how to make them work for this 47-year old mom bod.

You may remember that I styled kick flares for summer back in June, and I actually liked that look, so I decided to try styling kick flares for fall.

Kick Flares for Fall with Madewell Thompson Pocket Pullover Sweater in Rainbow Stripe and Sam Edelman Laurna Mules

These jeans are the same BlankNYC Varick that I had in white. I like the fit and the wash okay, and the 25″ inseam is perfect for me. I styled these kick flares for fall by pairing them with this striped pullover sweater in a gorgeous array of fall hues.

I really like this sweater — it’s soft and cozy with a relaxed fit and split sides. The oversized pocket is placed in a way that doesn’t add visual bulk, and the ribbed fabric is forgiving

Madewell Thompson Pocket Pullover Sweater in Rainbow Stripe

If left untucked with crop pants, it would throw off my proportions and cut me right in half, so I did a trendy front-tuck to create a more pleasing balance.

The trick with front-tucking sweaters is, they’re bulky already, so you have to tuck it in far enough that it’s not ballooning out and adding visual weight.

Kick Flares for Fall with Madewell Thompson Pocket Pullover Sweater in Rainbow Stripe and Sam Edelman Laurna Mules

It works out well with cropped pants because you need to shorten the upper body to create that 1/3 to 2/3 outfit ratio.

I could have probably used a belt, but I don’t mind the exposed button on the jeans either.

Kick Flares for Fall with Madewell Thompson Pocket Pullover Sweater in Rainbow Stripe

For shoes, I went with neutral loafer mules that blend into my skin, thus elongating the line of the leg for a slimmer silhouette. The pinkish-taupe shade also coordinates nicely with the lighter stripes in the sweater.

Like I said, it all works in theory, but I can’t help but feel a little try-hard.

What do you say? Yay or nay to the kick flares for fall with this striped sweater and loafer mules???

Outfit Details:

stripe sweater // kick flares // loafer mules // tote // earrings

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photos: Alison Cornell