flare and fringe

If you came of age during the early aughts, you may have had a brief (or even extended) affair with flare jeans. If you were like me, you wore them incessantly -- usually with some type of branded polo, a studded belt, and American Eagle suede clogs or Old Navy flip-flops (oh how I shudder just thinking about this less-than-stylish time in my life). Needless to say, my opinion of flare jeans has been somewhat tainted by the ill-advised sartorial choices of my 16-year-old self. But, here we are, a decade later. And I think it's time to get over my fear of the flare and embrace them for what they truly are: a fabulous and fashionable option that can add instant glamour to an ensemble (when styled properly, of course). I love the movement that flare jeans/pants create -- they are so voluminous and statement-making. Without a doubt, if you want to be seen, flare bottoms are the way to go!

For this look, I wanted to give off some '70s vibes without looking like I should be sitting in the back of a Volkswagen bus singing kumbaya (no offense if that's your thing, by the way). A suede jacket with fringe detailing provides just enough bohemian edge. Plus, I love how the lighter cognac color contrasts with the plain black tank top and dark wash jeans. To keep everything relatively modern, I wore black booties and white druzy stone earrings by the amazing JES Design Studio. I think this outfit would be perfect for brunch followed by an afternoon of shopping or strolling around a local park -- or, you know, hitting up Woodstock.

jacket: Forever 21 (similar) // tank top: H&M // jeans: Guess (similar) // boots: Dolce Vita (similar) // earrings: JES Design Studio (c/o)

Mekita Rivas