Anti-fashion conspiracy theorists occasionally complain that fashion trends are deliberately planned to embody the opposite of the previous trend. Instead of easing from flats into kitten heels, for example, fashion leaves the ballerinas behind and chunkifies into wedge-cum-boots flourished with lacings.

I thought of that theory when I saw Anthropologie touting flair jeans for this summer. (Not that it’s Anthropologie’s personal sneaky effort–the 70s are in! They just made me think of it.)

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