How To Wear Kick Flares for Summer

Happy Saturday, friends! Today we’re wrapping up 25 Days of Summer Fashion, and I’m talking about how to wear kick flares (a.k.a. crop flare jeans) for summer.

I’m still #teamskinnyjeans all the way, but I have to admit, kick flares have a fresh, fashion-forward vibe that I like.

How To Wear Kick Flares for Summer: 5 Easy Tips for Styling Crop Flare Jeans

If you’ve also been struggling to like the kick flares trend, let’s talk about how to make it work. Through a lot of trial-and-error, watching other influencers style their crop flare jeans, and a little Google research, I think I might have finally cracked the code.

For this purpose of this post, I’m wearing these BlankNYC Varick Cropped White Jeans. I found them at Social Threads, but then I ordered them from Zappo’s to get the free 2-day shipping and free returns. Since I ordered mine, they went on sale at Zappo’s, so yay!

5 Easy Tips for Styling Crop Flare Jeans

#1. The ideal length for kick flares is about an inch or two above the ankle bone.

The most important thing when figuring out how to wear kick flares is to get the length right. This may mean tailoring for some, but you want your crop flare jeans to hit about an inch above the ankle bone.

How To Wear Kick Flares for Summer: 5 Easy Tips for Styling Crop Flare Jeans

If they’re too short, they’ll cut off your leg and an awkward place and make you look stumpy. If they’re too long, they look like a fashion mistake — like your jeans shrunk or you’re wearing hand-me-downs… not that there’s anything wrong with that! You just don’t want to look like you’re wearing clothes made to fit someone else.

Depending on your height and body shape, you can experiment with an inch or two to see what looks best on you, but for me, the inch above the ankle bone is about perfect.

How To Wear Kick Flares for Summer: 5 Easy Tips for Styling Crop Flare Jeans

These jeans have a 25″ inseam, and I’m 5’5″, for reference. The inseam varies based on the size of the pants. I’m wearing the size 28, and the inseam is 25″, but I also ordered the size 29 to try, and that inseam is 26″.

I noticed the discrepancy between the inseam length on the two websites, so I decided to measure mine. I don’t expect that the inseam increases an inch with each size, but they’re definitely all a little different.

#2. Crop flare jeans should fit snug through the hips and thighs.

You don’t want your kick flares to be baggy or loose through the thigh area because that looks sloppy and can add visual weight.

How To Wear Kick Flares for Summer: 5 Easy Tips for Styling Crop Flare Jeans

Remember that a lot of jeans tend to stretch out with wear, so if in doubt, size down.

How To Wear Kick Flares for Summer: 5 Easy Tips for Styling Crop Flare Jeans

#3. Tuck your top into crop flare jeans to elongate the line of the leg.

Because kick flares are cropped, you want to shorten your top to keep your proportions in sync.

A longer top would visually cut me in half and make my legs look stumpy, whereas front-tucking the top elongates the leg line and creates a more pleasing 1/3 to 2/3 ratio.

How to Wear Kick Flares for Summer: See my 5 easy tips for styling crop flare jeans!

I styled my kick flares with this notch neck tee from Gap. I love this coral color and the fresh contrast against the white jeans.

#4. Footwear matters.

Wearing a heel with this look would make me look taller and thinner, and it’s certainly a good option. A block heel or mule would be a safe bet. But slide sandals also look great with cropped flares, and they keep the look more casual.

Slides are perfect because they tend to be small in scale and don’t add any bulkiness to the lower half.

I purposefully chose nude slides that are close to my skin color with a low vamp, which again, elongates the leg line and gives a slimming effect.

#5. Choose kick flares with minimal distressing for a more polished look. 

Distressed denim certainly has its time and place, and you all know I love mine, but for ladies of a certain age… when wearing a trendy style like crop flare jeans, going for a more polished look helps it not look so try-hard.

White jeans, even more so than blue jeans, have a crisp, sophisticated air about them that helps keep the look polished yet carefree.

Funny story — yesterday I was seated on the plane beside a classy looking lady who appeared to be a few years older than I am.

When we got up to disembark, I noticed she was wearing white crop flare jeans, a black and white seersucker blouse — front tucked — and slide sandals.

She was so on point, I was dying to ask if I could take her picture and share on my blog. Haha!!!

But it really struck me how fashion forward, polished, and effortless the white kick flares can be when styled correctly.

What do you think about the crop flare jeans trend?

Is this a trend you’re excited about, or are you sitting this one out?

Outfit Details:

notch neck tee (also in stripes) // white kick flare jeans (also at Zappo’s) // cutout slide sandals // leather bucket bag // cuff bracelet // layered necklace // sunnies

For the Pinners…

5 Easy Tips for Styling Crop Flare Jeans: How to wear kick flares for summer | Fashion for Women Over 40

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the summer outfit she’s styling today, and see all of my 25 Days of Summer Outfits for more summer style inspo.

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