Our love for jeans runs deep here at The Mom Edit. They’re often the most-worn item in our closet. So it makes sense that we’re picky. Personally, I’m always on the lookout for jeans that don’t slide down during the day (I cannot do belts!), have spot-on styling (an interesting wash, perhaps?) and a flattering fit.
When it comes to jeans, we want allll the things.
I recently went on a serious search to find my go-to jean for Spring. You know, the pair you throw on everyday, the pair you feel your best in, and – maybe the most telling of all – the pair you take on vacation. This turned out to be quite an undertaking. Keep reading to see the pairs I loved, hated, and the ones I ultimately ended up keeping.
The Pair I Needed To Replace
The style I was searching for was a medium blue wash, slightly distressed, not too skinny, but not a true straight-leg…something perfect for spring and into summer. Pretty much something like Shana’s awesome Rag and Bone go-to jeans. But Rag and Bone just don’t fit me well. They run really skinny in the legs, so getting a size to comfortably fit my legs means the waist is too big. Le sigh. Their washes are so perfect. (Shana swears by their high rise jeans for anyone with an, um, softer stomach, so I’m off to give those a try next!)
These Destroyed Ankle Skinnies from Free People are what I already had in my closet…I wanted these to be my go-to distressed jeans, but alas, the low rise just doesn’t cut it for me. I bought them last year and have worn them a fair amount, but I can only wear long tops with them and I’ve NEVER traveled with them. That tells me they weren’t quite right. (P.S. The slightly awkward look on my face here is because I had just finished cleaning off green marker from the entire staircase. Let’s just say perfect timing for date night, yeah?)
So, since these weren’t cutting it, off I went in search of not-too-low-rise jeans. I scoured two different Nordstroms, Madewell, and Gap. One trip to Nordstrom included Sienna, but, even with the PBS Kids app on your phone…I highly recommend jean shopping without kiddos. Whew.
No Thank You
I think it’s important to show you some that did not work, for informative purposes but also solidarity. Jean shopping…the struggle is real y’all. But I learned a lot during my search.
These Treasure and Bond Boyfriend jeans were just blah on me. You can see they are just odd at the top and I have this problem with many boyfriend jeans. I believe it’s due to the short waist/petite height, and the crotch area on many boyfriends (Hahaha! that sounds hilarious as I re-read it) are just bad on me. This pair was not slim enough to be flattering. And does anyone else have baggy knee issues with jeans? Weird.
These Madewell Skinny High Riser jeans were some of the first I tried. The ones on the left were the 10″ High Riser (different wash for spring) which were really uncomfortable on me. The ones on the right are the 9″ High Riser which are WAY more comfortable. Looking back, they are both quite flattering, but I wanted more of a distressed look. So on went the search…
DL 1961 was not a brand I had heard of before this search. The salesperson at Nordstrom swears by this brand. She said they don’t stretch out – at all. I really liked the fit of these DL 1961 Amanda Destroyed Skinny Jeans and will check out this brand again, but I wanted less of a super skinny fit in the leg.
Next up, these Hudson Nico Super Skinnies. Cute and flattering on the bum. The patch fabric is unexpected and cool, and I love the fading on these. They were comfy but they were a little too skinny in the calf, so…no. I will try Hudson jeans again, though.
These Citizens of Humanity Agnes High Rise Crop Slim Straight Leg are very good you guys. They went home with me and I almost kept them. They are SO soft and fit well, though the softness did worry me that they would stretch out and fall down during the day. The rise isn’t super high (even though they’re apparently high rise), so I might have been able to size down a size for a tighter fit.
The distressing was perfect, and I love that they are a more straight-leg style. I tried them on multiple times wanting them to be perfect, but ultimately the wash was a little too blue for me, in addition to the fit concerns. So, back they went. By the way, I highly recommend trying items on at home again (before removing tags!) even if you’ve already done so in the store before making a final decision. That has made a huge difference for me lately in not keeping things that weren’t quite right and kicking myself later for it.
The Perfect Pair!
Finally! I found this Madewell 9″ High Riser Skinny at Nordstrom and score. They are good. They are the same fit as one of the first Madewell pairs I tried on (go figure), but these had exactly the wash and distressing I had been looking for. The wash is actually quite similar to the Rag and Bone Tomboy Boyfriend Skinny Jeans. Perseverance paid off! They have seriously become a favorite. I’ve worn them 2 days in a row now and they stay up well and don’t stretch out. They are more traditional denim which I love. Some of the super soft stretchy fabrics just seem to lose their shape. These do not.
Disclaimer: I can only find them in the long length guys, but Nordstrom offers hemming as does Madewell if you can find them there. I’m short at just under 5’4″ though and they are perfect for cuffing!
Shop The Jean Finds
Hooray for a good jeans find! This has been a multiple-month-long search for me. My body seems to STILL be changing as a mama of a 2 (almost 3!) year old and I continually have to reevaluate to figure out what’s flattering my body now. Anyway, I hope this helps in your own denim hunt. Good luck out there and may the odds be ever in your favor!
‘Til next time,