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8 February 2015

I am a Zoe-bot!

My flare inspiration is coming from one of my style icons, stylist to the stars Rachel Zoe. This illustration from her book Style A to Zoe has stuck in my head as a great way to wear the flare!


Rachel Zoe wears the 70's style glamour so well, there are lots of fabulous street-style images of her on Pinterest which inspired me to have a little trying on sesh! These are just of few of my favourite looks from the Zoe!










So first up, after the original illustration inspiration in the first pic, I went with a fur gilet look! More than a touch of the 70's Huggy Bear look....lol!


Next up is an outfit I wore out for a quick early evening supper to the local curry house....any excuse to dress up a bit, especially incorporating my new Muubaa biker jacket, a Forever 21 tee and M&S Boots. I love the way that Rachel Zoe wears her flares with a short fitted jacket, which was what inspired this look. Excuse the slightly startled expression here!


Lastly, based on her military look above where she just so happens to be sporting another one of this season's big trends, I tried them on with my new Primark khaki shirt and Aldo boots.


I have had my flares for years but they were about 2" too long and so I had only worn them once with sky-scraper platform wedges in the Summer! I dug them out and had them taken up.....happy days as it meant no new purchase for this trend! :0) Here's a little round-up of the flares I've found on the High Street though! Starting with Zara where mine originally came from!














I literally just saw these River Island flares this morning when I flicked through the Sunday Mail You magazine, love the dark wash of these so I will am taking myself off to River Island to try these asap! I shall report back on my findings! ;0)



Finally a couple of outfit shots where I've still been experimenting with the #fromwhereIstand pose instead of the usual mirror selfie!


Topshop boyfriend coat (old)
Damart gilet (here)
Uniqlo merino v-neck (current, here)
H&M high waisted skinny jeans (current here)
Aldo Bugiano boots (sold out but similar here)
Faux fur snood (eBay, here)
H&M bucket bag (current here)


Topshop military jacket (old)
Damart gilet (here)
Uniqlo merino roll neck sweater (sold out online)
Dorothy Perkins coated jeggings (old)
Aldo Bugiano boots (sold out but similar here)
Faux fur snood (eBay, here)
H&M bucket bag (current here)

Back to the #selfie mirror shot for another flare outfit look


Vintage coat
Uniqlo merino roll neck (sold out online)
Zara flares (old) 
Marks and Spencers Limited Edition boots (current, here)
Jigsaw bag (via eBay)

So, have you unearthed a pair of flares from the depths of your wardrobe or are you eyeing up what the High Street has to offer and investing in a new pair?

As always I love reading and responding to your comments.

Until next time!

Michelle xx

26 comments:

  1. I knew they would come back in fashion and yes I have a pair of J Brand love story flares at the bottom of my denim pile. Great styling love all your 70 inspired outfits. Xx

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    1. It is good to keep these things isn't it Annmarie! I think my Zara jeans must be about 4 years ago and I was wearing them with platform wedges then so these keep coming around, just with a slightly different angle! I look forward to seeing you style your J Brand ones! xx

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  2. How cool does Zoe look in the oversized white shirt. Swoon. Aren't we lucky to still have ours. I'm traumatised buying jeans at the best of times. Love your styling especially with the khaki Michelle. Such a fab colour on you. And the RI dark wash need more investigation...they look lush x

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    1. I love that white t-shirt....on a mission to find something similar! So glad I held onto mine Donna! I think that khaki shirt will be a key piece for me this season...it will go with so many things and I am finding myself drawn to all things khaki! Watch this space for news on the RI flares! xx

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  3. Looking gorgeous in your flares Michelle. I got rid of any flares in my wardrobe years ago. As much as I love them on you & others I'm still undecided if flares are for me but give me a month or so & you just know I'll be jumping on the bandwagon!!
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

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    1. I bet the flares would look amazing on you Jane but admittedly they take a bit of getting used to having spent years in the old faithful skinnies! xx

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  4. I was looking forward to this post - I need pointers on how to wear for the cold months - I've no problems with the warmer months - I've a ton of tops to wear with them. And I have to laugh that despite having some flares which fit the bill ... we still need more. It's always the way isn't it?

    And I'm one for the Nicole Richie camp rather than Zoe (LOL) though they are practically cut from the same cloth aren't they?

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    1. I'm the opposite Sue...I shall be looking to you for inspiration on how to wear the flares later on in the year! I do love them with a short fitted jacket and the shirt looks great with them for transitional times with boots!
      Nicole Ritchie was a disciple of the Zoe originally wasn't she? She has morphed into a fantastic style icon in her own right now though.....in fact I am off to check her out on Pinterest for some Summer boho inspo! xx

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  5. I have to say, I'm with Sue - I worship at the church of Nicole Richie, but I am stunned by that second photo of RZ, and I absolutely love the shot of her in the blue suit! You have interpreted those looks so well in all your outfits, but I think my favourite has to be the khaki shirt and boots. It makes you look really tall and slim.

    I've got some Zara wide-leg flares that I bought before Christmas, but I think I would also like some that are a bit more fitted and flared, if you see what I mean? I think they'll really come into their own in the Summer, but I have a brown leather blazer in the wardrobe that's just crying out to be brought out this season, and I think it might be just perfect with flares. Watch this space!

    I'm off to look at more pictures of RZ on Pinterest - I'll blame you if I'm up til all hours ;-)

    Becky x

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    1. I can see I'm about to lose a couple of hours to Pinterest now while I catch up with you and Sue and check out Nicole Ritchie properly! I was properly obsessed with Rachel Zoe when you could get her TV show over here a fews back, nowadays I tend to only get the odd peek at what she's wearing via Mail Online! Look forward to seeing how she will translate the 70's style now that's it high fashion again!
      I think I've seen the wide leg flare on the Zara website and I think they will look great with the Stan's in the warmer coming months! I look forward to this brown leather blazer and flares look you speak of! xx

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  6. I think my favourite is the flares and khaki military inspired shirt. I also think I'm going to try out the flares with oversized white shirt and short jacket look which is counter intuitive as I always think the top of a flares outfit should be more fitted. Hey ho I'm looking forward to be proved wrong. Most of all thanks for this post Michelle

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    1. You've now given me a brilliant idea....I too thought your top half should be more fitted with the wider bits being at your feet but I have a long line black v-neck Alexander Wang tee that should hopefully mean I can replicate that long top, layered kind of look! Inspired....thank you xx

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  7. Fabulous styling Michelle, I completely love the khaki shirt with the flares too it looks fab! I love my JBrand flares they come out every year as they are just super flattering and have looked a little different than all the skinnies! Yours look gorgeous! Xxx

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    1. How fab is the Primark shirt, I can't wait for it to be warm enough to wear it!! I need more flares in my life to as you are right, it's so nice to have such a flattering alternative to the skinnies! xx

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  8. Am I the only person who no longer has flares in her wardrobe? Damnation on my obsessive de-cluttering!! Love the look with the khaki shirt and curious to know if Rachel Zoe is tall? Because if she's not, the flares are certainly giving that illusion! Will be interested to hear how the RI ones work out ... given that I'm clearly in the market for a pair!!

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    1. Rachel Zoe is teeny tiny....she is wearing some mega heels under those flares! The proof is in the pudding...they are definitely leg lengthening! You need some new flares, hoping to do the RI research tomorrow! xx

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  9. They look fab on you Michelle....I need to try some on! Have a good week,been out of the loop a bit with blogging due to setting up new site with my daughter:) Slowly catching up with all my favourites!
    ~Anne xx

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    1. Hey Anne...lovely to hear from you and find you again! Your new blog looks wonderful!! Thank you for the lovely comment xx

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  10. My favourite pair of jeans ever are fitted flares with a ton of stretch that I bought about 6 years ago in France, I ADORED them!! You look amazing in your flares, your legs go on forever!
    RZ is fabulous & looks pretty much perfect in everything she wears :) x

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    1. That is obviously why I hung onto these jeans...I knew they were a fab optical illusion! The last time I wore them was to a Summer garden party with a short white fitted jacket, with a white vest underneath and some silver Dune wedge sandals....I remember feeling ace in that outfit so why, oh why did I put them away and forget about them?! Gah! Now I have the Zoe inspiration, there are many, many ways I want to wear them :0) xx

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  11. I ll have to dig those flares out ...again. They are in the cupboard and out of the cupboard. Never throw anything away it always comes back into fashion!

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    1. I am so glad I hung onto these, I did feel good in them the last time I remember wearing them which is obviously why I kept them....thank goodness! But, yes now I think I shouldn't be in such a hurry to purge stuff on eBay that I might regret later! x

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  12. I have a couple of pairs in my wardrobe which I'll be digging out. I seem Topshop refer them in the summer with wedges though. I struggle to know which footwear works best in winter with them. You look fab in yours, Michelle. I'm feeling inspired! Lynne xx

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    1. Get them out Lynne! For now I think a more pointed boot with a mid heel is favourite for me! When I tried them on last year on A57....remember that post (?!) I tried them with some high black suede wedge boots which looked ace but were too high for everyday wear! Your Swedish Hasbeens will be ace with them in the Summer! xx

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  13. Love that flares are back...I bought 2 pairs of James jeans on the last day of Harvey Nicks sale about 7 years ago with 90% off! .....Never worn them, and now where did I put them? And more importantly will they still fit??!! Helen x

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  14. I've always loved flares & have several pairs in the attic that I must dig out! It'll be weird putting them on again after being used to skinnies for so long! You look great in them Michelle! x

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