Flares?

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How great are flares?

Great for everyone. 28" brilliance.
12
39%
Good for the girls but they look damn silly on boys.
2
6%
Boys can work the flare look, but they do not suit girls at all.
1
3%
Bootcuts are okay, anything else is too much.
5
16%
They are stupid. Styooo-pid. Just plain stupid.
10
32%
I don't do clothes.
1
3%
 
Total votes: 31

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Flares?

Post by jayen_aitch » Mon Feb 18, 2008 8:44 pm

I like them, but not everyone seems to.

What do people think?

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Post by let it ride » Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:06 pm

You are just trying to provoke me.

With my new moderator-ness, I may very well get drunk with power and do something about this OUTRAGE. Or at least change all the options to "STUPID"

My best anti-flare quote was in some magazine where they asked designers what their fashion phobia was. Some guy answered "Flares. I cross the street when I see a pair."

I mean, bootcut is fine. Preferably NOT on men. But all-out flares gives me (bad) shivers and eye trauma.

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Post by jayen_aitch » Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:35 pm

Well so far more than fifty per cent of respondents seem to be in favour of some manner of flare-age... so maybe there is a place for flares in the glamorak world after all.

At least I own two pairs of non-flared non-work trousers now. Surely that is, in some way, a victory for you.

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Post by humblebee » Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:36 pm

I couldn't find an option for "They look fucking great on me, and that's all I'm bothered about"...

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Post by jayen_aitch » Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:42 pm

Heh, they do indeed look great on you, but think of the greater good, Mr G.

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Post by let it ride » Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:44 pm

I don't actually cross the street when I see a pair. I don't see them very often though. I just focus on peoples' top halves instead. Much easier.

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Post by jayen_aitch » Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:04 pm

It's a good job, my self esteem would suffer if you were always on the other side of the street.

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Post by philjunebride » Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:55 pm

Flares?!! Did we (or maybe it was just me on this list?) fight the punk rock wars for these horrid things to attempt a come-back?!

"Like trousers, like brain". Joe Strummer.

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Post by let it ride » Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:23 am

Oh the hills of England are alive, with the sound of flares! One of the biggest surprises when I moved over. Which I know is lame, but it was.

I thought they were just something that never quite died out from the English 90s indie look.

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Post by Jeezy Creezy » Tue Feb 19, 2008 9:01 am

The vintage look flares draw too much attention to my thighs and none at all to my dainty ankles so are a bit of a pariah. Do own a few pairs of emo style black ones though (I know, at my age tsk tsk) but I keep getting my feet caught in the hem resulting in twisting my joints, crushing the cat or pulling my trousers down.
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Post by Elvistears » Tue Feb 19, 2008 9:33 am

28" greatness? I wish. Add another 4-6 inches.

I don't wear mine so often now. I still have them, though. One day, they might even fit me again.

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Post by jayen_aitch » Tue Feb 26, 2008 8:37 pm

Heh, I meant 28 inches around the ankles. Though yes, a few extra inches there could also be good.

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Post by gloom button » Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:18 pm

I haven't gone outside the house in trousers that aren't at least a little flared for about seven years. This is true. I've tried, but only got as far as the front door and then had to go back inside and change.

I like how they make less of my feet visible, flares. They're probably only meant to be worn by tall skinny people though, so maybe there's nothing to be done for me anyway.
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Post by DefenderOfPants » Thu Feb 28, 2008 12:14 am

i like flared sleeves.

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Post by jayen_aitch » Thu Feb 28, 2008 4:11 pm

you should be defending flares... they are pants of a sort.

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Post by tonieee » Fri Mar 07, 2008 6:26 pm

After many months in a flare desert, I popped into Freshmans today and they had a pair of brown Pop flares in my size! Then I was talking to the man who works there and he said why don't you come in here anymore and I said because you never have Pop flares anymore and then he said he'd had the same conversation several times in the last month and so he's ordered a new batch in. I'm so happy - now I can throw away my crappy H&M non-flared brown cords.

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Post by jayen_aitch » Fri Mar 07, 2008 9:39 pm

or.... turn them into custom flares too!

It's good news. I am pleased you will have more flares.

Is anyone else surprised by the results of this poll?

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Post by schlump » Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:57 am

i stopped wearing flares a while ago. not in favour of skinny jeans or anything. but in favour of neutrality; it is nice to walk along not too compartmentalised into a strand - ie indie - of society. i wear some slouchy beat up cords, and no-one is any the wiser about what i'm like as a person.

flares, also, are something in massive decline. you sit?, and you watch woodstock?, or harold and maude?, or you read your liner notes to four sail and see this:

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and you think, where all the flares at?, because you can't really get good flares now, and in the seventies they were perfect, all skinny at the top before gently, at the knee, widening. apparently you can't even buy flares in america now.

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Post by jayen_aitch » Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:35 am

Is there any way we could make them a protected species?

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Post by gloom button » Tue Mar 11, 2008 12:49 pm

jayen_aitch wrote:custom flares
I bought three pairs of suit trousers last week and they fit like miraculously well except I forgot I hate my feet so I need to get them flared. If I bring them to an alterations place, they can just add in a bit to make them flared, right, and not laugh at me or anything? I've never done it myself and I'm sure I'd make a hames of it and I quite like the trousers.
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