In Defense Of The Most-Hated New Pants Shape

If we're going to get through this article together, you may as well know where I stand from the get-go. So, here it is: My favorite pant silhouette is the controversial cropped flare. Contrary to popular opinion, I'd go as far to say that they are some of the most flattering pants I have ever worn — and with some hard-argued reasoning, I think you could be convinced, too.

Let's start by laying out some facts: Before cropped flares, I rarely wore jeans. I am no waif and I am not sample-size. I have a body. With that said, a lot of jeans make me feel like I'd just rather not wear pants at all. Skinnies had my legs feeling like they were stuffed into a sausage casing and their skin-tight cut didn't do my ankles any favors, either. A great pair of baggy jeans, which I love, are hard to find if you have a booty; the loose fit doesn't always hang right. Regular flares highlight my hips and thighs — while that might be ideal for people trying to catcall me on the street, the silhouette really isn't ideal. Basically, I was left with nothing.

That is, until the cropped flare came back — more specifically, the high-waisted cropped flare. For one, a high waist seems to always look good. Secondly, the cropped-bell hem shows off your ankle, giving your body a reference point and making the jean not about more than just your butt and thighs (unlike a full-length flare). Lastly, the cropped hem means that they'll look just as good with sneakers as they will with flats, heels, or any other shoe.

Trust me, I get it, we all have our qualms with certain denim silhouettes (see above) and it's hard to try something you already "know" you don't like. But I am a picky denim consumer and I really believe in the power of the cropped flare. And if you say they're not for you, in my opinion, you just haven't found the right pair. I suggest trying on a few totally different pairs and finding the magic for yourself. Ahead, some options to consider.
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Rolla's Eastcoast High Rise Crop Flare Jeans, $115, available at ASOS.
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Marques'Almeida Frayed-edge Flared-leg Cropped Jeans, $363 $181, available Matchesfashion.
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Topshop MOTO Raw Hem Crop Kick Flares, $74, available at Topshop.
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Re/Done Levi's Leandra Jeans, $325, available at Farfetch.
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Earnest Sewn Rachel Denim Trouser, $185, available at Earnest Sewn.
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Chicnova Cropped Flare Jeans, $32, available at Chicnova.
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Saint Laurent Original Cropped Flared Jeans in White Stone Washed Denim, $690, available at Saint Laurent.
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M.I.H Lou High-rise Flared Jeans, $260, available at Matches Fashion.
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Mother Denim Insider Crop Step Fray, $218, available at Mother Denim.
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Madewell Los Feliz Crop Flare Jeans, $128, available at Madewell.
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Levi's Kick Flare Jeans, $148, available at Levi's.
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Proenza Schouler Cropped Flare Jeans, $750, available at Farfetch.
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Current/Elliot The Kick Flared Jeans, $316 $221, available at MyTheresa.
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Zara Embroidered Cropped Jeans, $69.90, available at Zara.
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J Brand Selena Cropped Mid-rise Bootcut Jeans, $220, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Siwy Emmanuelle in Under Pressure, $207, available at Siwy.
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& Other Stories Cropped Denim Trousers, $85 $43, available at & Other Stories.
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