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Update your denim with a pair of flared jeans this spring

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The best flared jeans for all occasionsChristian Vierig - Getty Images

Think of flares and your mind probably goes straight to the disco haze of the Sixties and Seventies. Made popular by the likes of Jane Birkin and Sonny & Cher, the bell-bottom cut actually has a history that dates back to the 19th century when sailors wore them so that their trousers could easily be rolled up on board.

Today, they’re firmly a sartorial rather than practical choice and one that is back with a bang. Seen on the Dior, Paco Rabanne, Gucci and Alberta Ferretti catwalks, celebrities like Margot Robbie, Victoria Beckham and Bella Hadid have been embracing the cut too.

A flattering style that will elongate the leg, often the key is to pair the cut with flatforms, a chunky trainer or a heel for a little height. With a bottom-heavy shape, it’s also important to balance the angles of the rest of your outfit with tailored, fitted and structured pieces.

Here, we’ve collated the best flared jeans we want right now. From Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood to Mother and Ralph Lauren – the choice is all yours.

Liu Jo

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If you like a low-rise, this black pair from Liu Jo would be a great option. They feature a dramatic flare at the bottom, and would look great with a pair of pointed pumps.

Jeans, £235, Liu Jo

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Saint Laurent

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We love this Western-inspired pair from Saint Laurent in a dark grey denim with traditional stitching. Channel Bella Hadid and team with heeled cowboy boots and a T-shirt.

Jeans, £660, Saint Laurent

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Stella McCartney

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If you're after something super Seventies-inspired, Stella McCartney's high-rise light-wash blue jeans nod perfectly to the period, and even feature a chain detail on the pocket.

Jeans, £650, Stella McCartney

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Vivienne Westwood

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We love the bright hue of this tye-dye pair from Vivienne Westwood. They would look particularly good teamed with the matching jacket.

Jeans, £385, Vivienne Westwood

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Mugler

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You can't beat Mugler for a sultry silhouette – and these black flares are case in point. Also coming in a mixed denim as well as a lighter hue, they are made for your evening wardrobe.

Jeans, £560, Mugler

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Polo Ralph Lauren

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Another great option for embracing the cowgirl trend, this dark-wash style from Ralph Lauren features a subtle flare.

Jeans, £270, Polo Ralph Lauren

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Mother

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Spring is finally here, and white denim is a great option for the season, making this style from Mother an excellent investment.

Jeans, £250, Mother

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Jacquemus

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If you're after a more subtle take on the trend, opt for a cropped style like this pair from Jacquemus, which would look lovely with a shirt and ballet flats.

Jeans, £370, Jacquemus

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Frame

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On the other hand, if you want to try a more extreme style, this pair from Frame is super flared, which are aptly named 'The Extreme'.

Jeans, £380, Frame

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Mango

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At a more affordable end of the scale, we love this pair from Mango with its statement pockets and subtle flare.

Jeans, £35.99, Mango

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