Fashion does tend to return, but then it disappears and re-enters the scene decades later. What is happening with jeans? Those favorites of ours are now turning into flares-once again. Just when we were all so comfortable a la jeggings style, the flares are dictating the Spring , 2011 denim lines. All age groups included. This is a trickle down effect because now the tops we wore with our skinny jeans, are not the kind we want to wear with flares.
What do we do now? Follow the flare or stay skinny and straight? Flares, once known as “bell bottoms” in the 70’s have made it’s come back several years ago at The Gap, Old Navy, American Eagle, Pac Sun and department stores all over Austin. Welcome back???
Students all over the city, that can afford to upgrade their Spring wardrobe, did so at Spring break. Interviewing several, Linda Matthews was spokeswoman for the group.”We had to get the flares. They are not too wide, so they are not bell bottoms although I did see big flares on my shopping expeditions. What we find to be the most fashionable, are low cut and slightly flared. More so than a boot cut though.” The students were all excited and started talking about the new short tops and tees they had to buy to go with the new look.
One rule and perhaps the most important one, is the color. “They have to be blue. Any shade, any wash… but blue only.” This was the consensus from the students interviewed.
Speaking with women from the professional side, Angel Roark, who studied at Texas Tech. University, holds a wonderful position in the legal field in Austin. The very words she said-“I am not buying flares. I do not care if they are in style this Spring. I am staying with the jeans in my closet. You know why? By the summer time, they too, will be back in style.” Roark seems to be a leader of the “no flare ” look. She and many women in the working force, tend to agree. They like how they look in the tight skinny jeans or at least they are feeling “at home” wearing what is now their favorite pair of jeans to wear for all occasions.
Sure enough, while flares may be hitting the Austin sidewalks, it appears to be near the University that any fashion “want to be” is heating up the city. For the rest of us, we are done with that style. And you know what? While the younger generation can take the spot light and wear the forever phenomena of flared denims, all women 30 and over just have to say “No, thank you.” It’s great to get older with flair!