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Flared Denim Review - 1

I looked through my denim. I have plenty. But, I do not have a flared jean. I do. But, the pair I have has less flare than what we're seeing on-trend right now. So, I decided to do a flared denim review. I ordered a number of choices and started writing this review as they were delivered.

On this "No Makeup Monday Morning" I began to try these on. I'm a very consistent size 8 in pants and denim. So, that's what I ordered these four pairs of denim in.

1. The first pair to arrive were the High Rise Kick Crops from Loft. Originally $79.95, NOW on sale for $28.00 in limited sizes.

I liked these. These were comfortable. I felt cute in them. I love the High-rise; it gave my tummy pull-in support and I liked the step hem (a raw edged hem longer in back). But, I already have a couple ankle cropped jeans so, I don't need these.

2. Next, I tried on these Good American Modern Flare denim with extra tummy control fabric. These have considerable amount of stretch in the fabric which made them very comfortable. They have a one inch hem, a fun detail that gives these a little more personality. They are running long in length and if I were to keep them, I'd need to have the length taken up.

Price: $149.00

Where: Nordstrom

I liked these jeans until I looked in my three way mirror and saw my back side. Good American states "Good Legs Flared Jeans - Designed to fit every body". They fit alright but, they made my butt look square. I'll pass. For $149.00 these need to be flattering from every angle.

3. After disliking my back side in the Good American jeans, I looked right away to see if it was any better when I put on "The Perfect High Waist Flared Jean" by Madewell. I could see a positive difference. I love the structure of a high rise. These Madewell Flared jeans have a little less lycra in them and have a thicker fabric feel reminding me of the way denim use to be in the 1980s; I liked it. They felt sturdier and the length was perfect.

I returned these but, I've been debating about going back for them. But, I found myself wishing I could have the front look of the Good American Jeans with the backside of these Madewell jeans. I guess I'll wait to find the perfect pair for me.

Price: $128.00

Where: Nordstrom

4. Lastly, I tried on these black Tailorless Coated Ultra High Waist Skinny Bootcut jeans by 7 for All Mankind. They were tight, stiff and uncomfortable. If I were interested, I'd need to size up. But, I'm not interested. The back view was horrible, giving my derriere that square look again. Nope, I'll pass! For this price, I should feel like Cinderella at the ball, not the step-sister.

Price: $248.00

Where: Nordstrom

I'll keep looking for that perfect flared pair of jeans for this Fall. Watch for another "Flared Denim Review" in the next week, featuring more brands and cuts that you can find in stores now.

Happy Wardrobing!

Twin Cities Wardrobe Stylist Kathy Banta

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