Flare Jeans and Fringe: Iconic 70’s Style

Most of us remember Farrah Fawcett’s iconic photo.  You know, the one of her riding a skateboard crouched down looking as cute as ever in her flare jeans and feathered mane (see below).


Well, this leg slimming trend is back and I couldn’t be happier.  A good flare is as versatile as a good skinny jean.  Believe me.  It’s true.  Though it may feel intimidating at first, you’ll quickly realize how many different ways you can wear them.  I’m going to show you how I styled mine for this shoot and I hope that you’ll join me on the ‘feel like you’re walking a mile high’ trend.  If you pair yours with a high wedge sandal or boot, you will literally feel like you are walking among the stars.  I don’t know why but there is something so special about the way a flare jean swishes back and forth at your ankles.  They make you feel as if your legs are as long as a runway models.  Hold on.  Let me stay here for a moment…


OK.  Back to reality.  No, my legs are not nearly as long as a runway models but, nonetheless, my flare jeans still have a slimming effect (and they’re high-waisted to boot!).  I styled my BlankNYC flares  with another trend making a comeback this season: a bodysuit.  I’ve had this Escada version for years, since my days in NYC when I worked for the brand, but they are all over the place in stores now.  I threw on this fringe jacket, another amazing trend, from Alberto Makali and added a fringe clutch and leopard print wooden heeled sandals by DVF.


In the photos below, I paired my flares with an of-the-moment poncho from Free People (there is that fringe again!) and carried another fringe clutch.  I threw on this fabulous feather trimmed hat from Anthropologie because, why not? I love how a hat looks with a side braid and wavy tendrils falling softly around the face.


Lastly, I wore one of my favorite Ikat print dresses both with and without my flare jeans.  This dress was a fun addition to my wardrobe this fall and, just like my flares, I can wear it so many different ways depending on my mood.  Here, you’ll see how I styled them first with the flare jeans and then wore them alone with a pair of booties.  Also, I love to mix and match prints, but be somewhat careful.  If you have the same color-way, like you see here, with the rust color in the clutch matching the rust color in the dress, than you’re ok.  I will always encourage you to have fun with your clothes and with your closet.  Mix and match your clothes with new items you buy for the season.  You can literally reinvent your wardrobe every time you get dressed if you just let go and cast your fashion fears aside 🙂


High Rise BlankNYC Flare Jean

My exact High Rise BlankNYC Flare Jean

Similar Body Suit

Trendy Bodysuit

Similar Bodysuit

My exact Fringe Suede Jacket

Similar Fringe Suede Jacket

Similar Gold Belt

Similar Leopard Print Wedge Sandals

AMAZING Leopard Print Wedge Booties

Free People Poncho

Similar Poncho

Boho Dress

Grey Feather Hat

Similar Grey Booties

Similar Grey Booties








Let’s Talk About Your #Shoedrobe…

Michael Grey Footwear is a name you should definitely pay attention to.  Founder, Designer, and Shoemaker of Michael Grey Footwear, Michael Grey, knows what he’s doing when it comes to the structure of a shoe.  Add to that his meticulous choosing of the finest leather available and his signature detailing on every shoe and you’ve got yourself, in my opinion, THE up and coming footwear designer of the year.


Michael handcrafts each shoe in Brooklyn, NY and painstakingly makes sure each and every stitch is in its perfect place. When I first tried on a pair of his killer booties, I was floored by how comfortable they were and how they hugged my foot like a pair of slippers.




They immediately brought to mind luxury shoe brand, Manolo Blahnik,  (no joke) because of their exquisite design and ultimate wearability.  You’ll be able to walk for days in these bad boys. And it’s no mistake that Michael has designed them this way.  It was a deliberate and careful decision to make sure men and women alike could actually WEAR his shoes and get to enjoy the beauty and structure of the shoe on an every day basis.  He didn’t want to make a shoe that was simply pretty to look at.  Rather, he wanted to create a beautiful work of art while also providing one of the most comfortable shoes on the planet. Well, touche, Michael! Mission accomplished.


Just look at this bootie!! These beauties came home with me and I can’t wait to wear them to a fundraising event tonight.  Just look at the detail on the heel…you’ll see his signature stripes, sometimes in a contrasting color like you see here, sometimes in the same color as the shoe itself, on many of his designs.  Just gorgeous! And since I’m all about a sexy heel, I was smitten with the sexy, yet very sensible, 3 1/2 inch silver covered heel you see here.  I am literally blown away!

Now, let’s talk oxfords.   Are you surprised that I’m going to say Michael has hit the mark on beautiful design, impeccable detail and comfort? Well, don’t be.


His oxfords are the perfect blend of the aforementioned qualities and are the epitome of a hip, sleek shoe.  Your friends will be swooning over this on-trend staple when you rock a pair with skinnies and an oversized sweater this fall.


Right down to very last detail, Michael Grey Footwear incorporates the most fun, playful linings in their shoes.





Michael Grey Footwear has easily become one of my favorite shoe brands on the market.  I am chomping at the bit to work another pair into my #shoedrobe.  I dare to say, the enthusiasm I have for his footwork will not end any time soon.


Michael Grey Footwear, Founder, Head Designer, and CEO, Michael Mack himself.  What a stand up guy.  It was an honor and privilege to meet him, work with him, and play dress up with his shoes!


The very talented man behind the lens, Harlin Miller Jr.  Also, a great person and one who I consider a privilege to have been photographed by.  Watch out for his work on his website www.harlinmiller.com and follow his blog at www.com-posed.com.  Thank you both for making this a fabulous, fun event!

From now until Novemeber 7th, 2015, use discount code MGMACYSCHIC at checkout for a 25% discount  when you place an order (over $70) with Michael Grey Footwear.  You’re welcome?

Outfit details:

Michael Grey Footwear

I’m wearing a DVF Jumpsuit in these photos.  Similar links below at mixed price points:

Similar DVF Jumpsuit here

Similar Jumpsuit here (on sale!)

Similar Jumpsuit here (only $35.00 on sale!)

Small V gold necklace

Gold Cuffs and Ring

Gold Rings/Midi Rings