Let’s talk denim. Aside from leggings, it’s the only thing I wear. I feel the most like myself in a great pair of jeans, especially paired with a pretty cami and chunky knit cardigan. Finding your denim brand is a lot like finding your soulmate, or at the very least, your very good friend. It takes some work – you have to try a few brands, give them a fair shot, realize they aren’t right, move on to the next, etc. It’s like speed dating, except it can take years to find that one brand that fits you perfectly nearly every single time. For me, that’s Madewell. I’ve been a long-time Madewell denim wearer, but within the last year or so, we went exclusive (save for 2 pair of AG jeans in my closet). So, let’s talk about my favorite styles!
There are three reasons that I love these jeans. First, the fit is unmatched in many other brands that I’ve tried for my body. Obviously, fit is subjective, so they may not work for every body and every fit preference. However, in my experience, these jeans fit snug in all the right places and provide a little room in the rest. They’re comfortable, mostly due to the fiber content (hello, 1% spandex), which is the only kind of denim I will wear. However, even with this added stretch in many of the styles, they don’t get baggy by the end of the day. I will wear my jeans several, and I mean several, times before washing them. If you find the right size for you, you won’t have that problem of feeling like you need to wash them just so that they’ll fit you right again! The second reason I love them is the quality. They last for years, don’t fade in color, and hold up really well with lots of washing. I have a couple pairs that are 4+ years old and still in great condition, and that’s with regular washing (on cold and hanging to dry). Finally, the value. Every style I have sits at less than $150. Knowing that they will last for years and I will wear them multiple times a week, it’s a no-brainer for me.
Let’s get into the styles I have and wear on regular rotation:
If there’s one style that I would tell every single denim-loving woman to try, it’s the Roadtripper. They’re insanely comfortable, have just the right rise so that you’re not yanking your jeans up before bending over or sitting, and can be dressed up or down.
Roadtripper Sizing Recommendation: Size down at least one size. I size down two sizes because I like them to fit a bit more snug around the knee and through the waist.
The next style, which I have in 2 washes, is the 9″ High-Rise Skinny. The 9″ inseam seems to be the sweet spot for me – it comes to just under my belly button, so it’s high enough to feel secure but not so high that I can’t front-tuck my top. I have them in a classic blue jean wash and in the near-black wash seen below.
9″ High Rise Sizing Recommendation: I go true to size for this style.
The newest style to my collection is the 10″ High-Rise Skinny. I picked these because I really liked the wash (it’s got a grey undertone to it) and the step hem. The 10″ is great if you’ve got a little extra softness around your waist or if you want the security of never having to pull your jeans up, like ever.
10″ High-Rise Sizing Recommendation: I went true to size for these.
The last style that I have is the 9″ High-Rise Skinny with the Button-Through (aka buttons instead of a zipper). I loved the detail of the buttons, especially since I front-tuck so many of my tops. I also liked the raw hem on these and that there aren’t any holes in the knees.
9″ High-Rise with Button-Through Sizing Recommendation: I sized down one size for these. The fit is more like the Roadtripper, so there’s a lot of stretch to them.
Madewell does a denim recycling program, which is so great! You can bring in any pre-loved pair of jeans (from any brand) and receive $20 off a new pair. And you get to help out a great cause while you’re at it! When I do my regular “closet clean-out” and find denim that I want to get rid of, I’ll usually keep a pair or two on hand to recycle with them.