Thursday, June 24, 2010

a discussion for the ages: to flare or not to flare

by frédérik sisa

As Hamlet stood in front of the mirror, he pondered:

To flare or not to flare: that is the question.
Whether 'tis nobler in the pants to suffer
The trends and fads of outrageous fashion
Or to take needles against a sea of fabric
And, by sewing, mend it. To buy, to stitch
No more, and by a stitch to say we end
The heartache and the thousand unnatural quirks
That fashion is heir to.

I can understand his dilemma. Topman USA is offering these things for sale, and it does raise a few questions.

And memories. Back in university, I managed to find a pair of blue denim flared jeans. Unlike these $80 Monkee Genes Black Flares, the Levis I had didn't quite have the strong silhouette. They were a little more like these Dark Indigo Flare Jeans, but with perhaps a bit more personality.

On the one hand, that these bell-like flares are making a comeback is proving a theory I have that the 21st Century is the century of fashion iconoclasm. Suddenly, all past are inspiring, influencing, and just mushing all together in both the seasonal trends and in the way individuals create their own unique styles. So in this sense, I'm kinda glad to see these flares.

Of course, these are rather...retro?

What do you think? Instead of me blathering on, I leave it to you to continue the discussion. Do you like these? Would you wear them? Why or why not? What do these say about fashion today? I'd love to hear from you in the comments section below.


Aqua said...

Fref, our lieg, thou art hilars. Flares in moderation with a slim silhouette all the rest of the bod.

M. Allie said...

yeah, flare in moderation :) just to look polished with a twist

Frederik Sisa said...

I couldn't agree more, Aqua and M. Allie. Pants should flare but not ring the bells of a cathedral.

Strange how Topman is on the flared thing for guys, but not Levi's. Those flares that, in hindsight, I shouldn't have gotten rid of (they were casualties of my quest for an all-black wardrobe) were Levi's.

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