14/04/2011 09:55 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

The Perfect 10: Flared Trousers

Who doesn't love a trouser that elongates the leg, creates a slimming silhouette and nips in your waist? Time to herald the return of the flare trouser.

Seen all over the catwalks this season - not surprising, considering the return of the 70s silhouette - designers who embraced the flare trouser include everyone from Marc Jacobs and Gucci. Variations on the flare include the wide-leg trouser (check out MaxMara's boldly coloured slit trousers and jumpsuits) and the more extreme bell-bottom version (the trouser of choice at Topshop Unique).

While denim is an obvious place to start, the flare can also be your go-to trouser shape for chinos or even night-on-the-town trousers. Also, you don't need to go extreme to be on trend - a tiny suggestion of a flare or a wide leg means you can commit to the trend without breaking the bank or looking like a time-warped fashion victim.

Be wary of overdoing it: Flares + peasant blouse + floppy hat may work on the catwalk, but will probably translate into fancy dress in real life. As always with fashion, keep it simple and just add a touch of... flair? (We couldn't resist!),feedConfig,localizationConfig,entry&id=995767&pid=995766&uts=1302254036

The Perfect 10: Flared trousers

We love the bold colour of this wide leg flared trouser, and the zip front detailing. The boho vibe and floaty fabric works well when paired with this season's platforms and a basic vest.

Zip pleat flare, £35, Asos

The Perfect 10: Flared trousers

The safest way to try an extreme flare? A pair of jeans. J Brand is known for universally flattering shapes, and their super flared Kiki style doesn't disappoint.

Kiki Super Flare, £226, J Brand at My Wardrobe

The Perfect 10: Flared trousers

You can rock the flare without going all '70s - a pair of chic trousers in a neutral colour is a wardrobe staple worth investing in.

Whistles wide-leg Chelsea trousers, £125, Whistles

The Perfect 10: Flared trousers

We've seen a lot of great cropped flare trousers this season, which are perfect for showcasing your newest pair of wedges. We love this wide-leg retro style from Mulberry.

Edie Trousers in blue cotton linen chambray - £301 Mulberry

The Perfect 10: Flared trousers

This season's Houlihans. These pleated flares with pockets can be dressed up or down, and subtly work a '70s vibe into your wardrobe.

'70s five-pocket wide leg trousers, £45, Oasis

The Perfect 10: Flared trousers

Go for classic rather than retro with these casual-fit wide-leg flares from Jigsaw. Not only will they be your go-to spring/summer trouser season after season, they're worth they come in at under £100.

Jigsaw wide-leg trouser, £99, Jigsaw

The Perfect 10: Flared trousers

Warning: Extreme '70s alert! These suede flares are straight off the Topshop Unique catwalk and are perfect for anyone dreaming of the Studio 54 era. With the silver embellishment and dramatic flare shape, keep everything else simple and elt your trousers do the talking.

Navy suede laser cut kick flare skinny trousers, Topshop Unique

The Perfect 10: Flared trousers

For casual weekend-wear, a flared pair of chinos is relaxed, minimal and effortlessly on-trend.

Sandro Popeye trouser, £175, Sandro

The Perfect 10: Flared trousers

Our favourite subtle denim flare is this high-waisted pair from Gap, which comes in indigo, raspberry, grey and white.

Indigo high-waist flare, £45.95, Gap

The Perfect 10: Flared trousers

The flare does evening wear. This satin sheen trouser is a great way to work the trend at night - pair with a masculine style boyfriend blazer for maximum impact.

Jaeger wide-leg trouser, £260, Jaeger

The Perfect 10: Flared trousers