I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing denim on Denimology for close to three years now and I’ve tried a number of styles and washes. If you’re been reading my reviews for awhile, then you’re probably aware of my love for a great flare or bell bottom jean. I’m all about the “70’s/boho chic” look and flares have such character and sophistication that you just don’t get with the simple skinny jean or boot-cut style. Today I’m reviewing the J Brand Valentina Flare Jean in Bliss.
I’m a big fan of J Brand’s classic-clean look. Anonymous back pockets, superb denim quality, and sophisticated lines make this brand a front runner for me. I love this Valentina flare for so many reasons. I have long legs and a long torso, so high-waisted jeans work well on my body. I love how it breaks up my waist and enhances my long legs (you’ve got to work your best features, right?). If you’ve ever checked out my fashion blog, then you might also be aware of my slight obsession for vintage clothing. I love how these jeans have a vintage vibe, yet they don’t scream retro. These jeans look great dressed up or down, and are a style for every season.
They are comprised of 92% cotton, 7% polyester, and 1% spandex – great stretch and comfort! The front rise is 10″, back rise is 13 ½”, and inseam is 35″ (and p.s. there’s also a petite version with an inseam of 32″). The leg is 16″ to the knee, and opens up to 24″ from the knee to the leg opening. It’s a five pocket style with zip fly and button closure.
Since it’s a high-rise jean, it does accentuate the curves a little more than other denim styles – which I happen to like. I had zero qualms regarding the fit (even in the crotch and waist area). This jean hugged me just right and had zero gapping in the waist. This style runs true to size — my size 28 was perfection. There is soft fading at the thighs and bum, and slight whiskering which helps play into the vintage, worn-in vibe.
Some flares are really extreme, but I felt this one was just right. I think these jeans look best when you tuck in your top and wear shoes with added height (i.e. a heel or wedge). I’ve tried some pretty extreme bell bottoms and flares, which I know not everyone is comfortable rocking. I think if you love flares or if you’re intrigued and ready to try this style, then this pair will provide you a smooth transition.
As I said above, I really love these jeans. My only wish is that J Brand would make them in an array of colors, such as burgundy or emerald for fall (wouldn’t that rock?). However, J Brand does have this style available in Shadow and Blanc.
So what’s your take on flares? Are you a fan? If so, how do you rock yours?