DARE TO FLARE

FLARES ARE BACK BABY, AND THEY’RE BET­TER THAN EVER. IF YOU’RE YEARN­ING FOR A LIT­TLE FLARE FLAIR, DON’T BE AFRAID TO ROCK THIS VIN­TAGE STA­PLE

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - FASHION - WORDS: SALLY COAT ES

With the re­vival of flower-child fash­ion, it’s only fit­ting that flares make a come­back. Last year there was a flare here and there, but this win­ter is set to be all about the state­ment piece.

Nik Shim­min, owner and de­signer of Mel­bourne based la­bel Flare Street, says the style is more than just a fash­ion state­ment.

“Flares are a sta­ple as well as a state­ment piece,” she says.

“They’re made to stand out, ex­ude con­fi­dence and lengthen your legs.

“When you get the right cut of flares, they’re flat­ter­ing, fun and make you feel fab­u­lous.”

While we may only just be cot­ton­ing on now, Flare Street was es­tab­lished in 2013 and Nik has fol­lowed the style’s evo­lu­tion for the past five years.

“There’s an in­creas­ing in­ter­est in pat­terns and colours, es­pe­cially for pants,” she says.

“Peo­ple seem to want to branch out from the clas­sic blue or black denim bot­toms into some­thing more fun and com­fort­able.

“Colours are trend­ing to­wards earthy tones, in­clud­ing mus­tard, olive and bur­gundy.

“Peo­ple seem to be much more em­brac­ing of their in­di­vid­ual style and show­ing their unique­ness through fash­ion — prints, colour and per­sonal style.

“Our cus­tomers can’t get enough vel­vet th­ese days. It’s com­fort­able, firm and the vel­vet we use is so flex­i­ble that it moves with you.”

If you’re a lit­tle in­tim­i­dated by flares, Nik says the se­cret is in how you style them.

“Add a slight heel to max­imise your leg length po­ten­tial,” Nik tips. “Just a slight heel un­der flares will change the whole look.”

Go ca­sual and pair your flares with a slouchy band T-shirt, Con­verse and baker boy hat.

“Dress up with a clas­sic pair of flares, silk cami and plat­forms,” Nik says.

“Flares are made to stand out, so add more colour to your out­fit.

“Wear a bold pat­terned pair with a colour­ful top and your fave vin­tage jacket to top it all off.”

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