AGOLDE Madison 70s Flare in Starwood Distressed Review - Front View

I for one am stoked that flares have gained popularity once again. As a fan of vintage fashion I really enjoy seeing all the varieties of the classic ’70s piece that modern brands are releasing lately! I do love my skinny jeans, and have been wearing them primarily after feeling flares and bootcuts just weren’t quite as flattering many years ago, but recently that is definitely not the case anymore. No longer seen as a wide legged or relaxed alternative, the flare has re-emerged as a slim, fine-tailored staple piece with lots of curve complimenting appeal! Now that flares have regained ground in the market again, they are available with all sorts of cute, eye catching details, like raw hems (a favorite recent trend of mine) and various levels of lived-in and loved distressing that brings back nostalgic essences of yesteryear. Read on for a review of the beautiful AGOLDE Madison 70s Flare in Starwood Distressed!

My first taste of AGOLDE was almost two years ago, when I reviewed the Chloe Skinny in Laguna. It’s been a comfortable favorite since then and I’ve been anxious to try other styles from the brand. AGOLDE is relatively new, relaunched in 2014 by Jerome Dahan of Citizens of Humanity. He originally had founded the brand with popular retailer Ron Herman and denim guru Adriano Goldschmied in the 1990s, before leaving to join Lucky Brand and later Citizens of Humanity in 2006 with Goldschmied. The motive for the relaunch was an observed void in the market for affordable yet stylish and quality brands for 20-30 year olds, and inspiration from the California surfer life. I love it when well-loved designers and brands sprout off to form new projects, and AGOLDE is definitely something you’d come to expect from the big heads who made it happen!

AGOLDE Madison 70s Flare in Starwood Distressed Review - Back View

The AGOLDE Madison 70s Flare in Starwood Distressed comes in a regular length of 35.5”, but also is available in a petite length of 32.5.” I originally tried the original, but as someone who usually has an inseam of 32,” switched it out for the petite. It has such a perfect retro, Woodstock-ish vibe with a slim fit from the hips down through the knee a good sized 25.25″ kick with a gorgeous undone, two-tone hem. It has a deep, medium blue wash with uneven fades for a more authentic looking worn-in look, as well as weathered, distressed details along the pockets, hems, thighs and a tear over the right knee. They really are very visually appealing, and when I first received them I was impressed how much they actually did feel like a vintage piece! The are supersoft but thick, real cotton denim with only 2% polyurethane for a touch of hiphugging stretch.

I went with my usual size of 26, and they fit as I expected. I have a more athletic shape and they fit right over my hips without feeling too tight. I probably could have the waist be a little tighter but I know when others complain about a waist that’s too tight, I usually find they are just right. So I think these are a great middle ground to fit a wide range of body shapes! They are very comfortable and I don’t need a belt when I wear them. They have a mid 8.25” rise which keeps me feeling nicely tucked in and cozy.

The AGOLDE Madison 70s Flare in Starwood Distressed is definitely a pair of jeans I could wear just about everywhere, and maybe even dress up a bit with a nice silky blouse for evening outings! One thing about a nice flattering flare is that they are fairly easy to dress up or down, and the distressing is light enough that I would definitely wear them both to work and out to dinner. Flares are made for a leg lengthening effect when worn with heels! As I mentioned, I’m so glad to see flares adding a bit of variety in the denim market nowadays and this pretty piece is such an awesome addition to my closet when I am feeling a need to break from my beloved skinny jeans every now and then.

Shop the AGOLDE Madison 70s Flare in Starwood Distressed here, and the petite version here!

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Lana Ober
I’ve been quite the denim fanatic for several years now, and am happy to apply this passion to something that I can share with others. I am also a graphic designer/web developer and have done design work for two of the biggest designer boutiques in town, which is partly to blame for the 100 plus pairs of jeans I now own in my collection! It always fascinates me how much can be done with the denim fabric alone, and the constant innovations will always keep me hooked.

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