I’m definitely feeling the flare trend in full force these days. Brands seem to be split 50/50 in their collections between skinnies and flares (with the bootcut style also making a bit of a comeback of course, athough I’m not much of a fan of those). Black Orchid since its debut in 2008 has claimed much of the celebrity backside territory and for those of us who are spotters the stud pocket detail is a dead giveaway! Beyond that detail Black Orchid are without branding (I do like the wax like button) a fact has become a plus for me lately. Maybe I’m alone in being tired of seeing brand names all over clothes and bags, unless it is very cleverly done.
Black Orchid’s “Black Beauty High Rise Flare” in Sunrise may very well be the flare we spot a lot here on Denimology. At first touch I’m immediately appreciating how soft the fabric is and my next instinct is to check for some stretch and there is some…score! 93% cotton, 5% polyester and 2% spandex maybe the perfect recipe for comfortable jeans. I hate to belabor the point that I wish I were taller but I do and these are really long flares for me so I would be investing in the $6 hem. The fit is great a 9″ seems perfect, they are a skinny jean from waist to knee and then a bellowing flare from there down. There is slight fading that truly feels authentic and the 70’s vibe of the fit is modernized by the studs on the back pocket. The distressing on the knee is done well – there is nothing that makes me more angry than misplaced knee damage and when I bend my leg my jeans split.
One thing I’ve noticed with Black Orchid their celebrity fanbase ranges from Selena Gomez to Cindy Crawford which speaks to a universally good fit that is figure flattering and comfortable. An initial marketing point in 2008 for the brand was to make great jeans at an affordable price. I’m not sure if they were gazing into a crystal ball back then but it is a plan that has payed off for them longterm.