It’s time to rejoice, because on the streets of spring fashion week in Paris, Milan, London—oh, pretty much everywhere—denim was finally de-skinnied. Witness the kick flare, a shortened version of ’70s bell-bottoms that shows off slim ankles and strong game shoes. Or the drop seam, where hems are unstitched to reveal a natural ombré. And, finally, there’s the new mom jean, which likely stemmed from the very real demand for vintage button-flys (this spring, Levi’s released the Wedgie, inspired by the high-waisted 505s of the ’90s). The one thing they all have in common? Major throwback vibes. But for those of us with no time to skim through thrift racks, we bring you the next-best, new-in-store finds. Click through for our top picks and inspo from the street. You’re welcome.
The Kick Flare
These cropped bell-bottoms should hit about an inch above the ankle bone and look more ’60s than ’70s. For the most flattering effect, pair them with slim, midi-heel shoes, since any more bulk will make you look wide from the knee down.