One of the biggest trends this season is the crop flare jean. It’s a somewhat new silhouette which might leave you wondering how to wear it.

Here are tips on how to style crop flare jeans so that they flatter you and your style and shape.

Selecting the right jeans for your shape.

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First of all, select the right shaped crop flare. You’ll find cropped flare jeans with a very pronounced, flared bottom or jeans with a subtle, small flare that is just at the bottom hem. If you are petite, opt for the smaller flare so it won’t overwhelm you. Also, if you’re just trying out this trend and a bit unsure, try a small flare. It will look chic and fresh without looking too trendy.

You’ll find this shape in many rinses from a darker rinse or even white or black denim.

The edges of this jean are often shown with a frayed, unfinished edge. If you do opt for this frayed edge, keep the rest of the distressing to a minimum on the jean, so it doesn’t veer into looking too teen-ish.

This silhouette can actually balance out larger hips and can be very flattering.

And yes, plus size body types can definitely wear a cropped flare jean too. It’s all about proportions and balance by wearing a top that isn’t too long or baggy and selecting a top which accentuates your waistline.

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Wear with a polished shirt or button down

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To make the cropped flare jeans appropriate for a casual work outfit or event, pair a darker rinse crop flare jean with a structured, menswear-inspired button down or collared shirt in a ticking stripe. Select a broad cloth, poplin or polished cotton. Either tuck the shirt in completely or do a stylish partial tuck in the front waistband only. You can add a blazer or cropped jacket to add even more polish to your look.

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Add a cropped sweater

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A cropped sweater adds balance to a cropped flare jean. The wider hem of the sweater balances out the wider hem of the jeans and looks fresh and updated.

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Try a bomber or shorter jacket

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Again, the shorter shape of the bomber jacket creates a nice proportion to the crop flare jeans and adds definition to your waistline. Choose a bomber jacket in a crisp, spring pattern.

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Pair with a chunky heeled boot or sandal

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Wear a stylish spring bootie with your cropped flare jeans. The hem of your jeans should end just slightly above your boots or just at the top of the boot so it doesn’t break up your leg and make your legs look short.

Try a new backless mule in a flat or stacked heel

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A very modern look is to pair a backless mule with the crop flare jeans. If you are petite or if you have a longer torso and shorter legs, pair a stacked heel mule in a color that’s similar to your jeans to make your legs appear longer.

Are you going to be adding the new cropped flare jeans to your wardrobe?

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