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8 feelings every Irish person had about their Susst flares

So much street juice, so little time.


THE LATE NINETIES and early noughties have a lot to answer for, jeanswise.

With the nineties came the advent of the enormo flare, and in particular the enormo Susst flare.

We have so many feelings…

The joy when you got a new pair

They were dear. Really dear. Trying to cajole your mam into buying something she “thought went out in the sixties” was tricky.

susst2 Source: adverts.ie

Making that trip to Hairy Legs to make the purchase

Liffey Street and Talbot Street in Dublin, Mainguard Street in Galway. What a time.

hairy-legs Source: ebrkut

Or Prime Time in Cork

suss3 Source: ibutik.pl

Or Gasoline on North Main Street

susanne Source: @poshtoast

Or Rawhide in Ballina

Or any of the regional shops bringing jean coolness in to your life.

susst Source: adverts.ie

Getting just the right length to suit your runners

Too long and you’d be soaking up street juice to the knees on rainy days. Too short and you’d look like a tool.


 Having to settle for Nope

Nope was Susst’s slightly cheaper counterpart. Not quite Susst, but good enough.

nope Source: adverts.ie

Or compromising with Hobo

Hobo was Nope’s cool cousin. They had a whole Hobo shop just off Dame Street in Dublin. A WHOLE SHOP!

obo Source: poshmark.com


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Emer McLysaght

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