Well, hey, I’m back trying on more jeans. New year, same me. Currently, I’m looking for the perfect straight leg vintage wash jeans that don’t completely chop into my midsection when I sit down. This may be impossible, you guys. But I’m here to try. I tried and tried the 100% cotton Levi’s, and even took a bath in them like Julieta suggested. And while her method totally worked at breaking them in, they just still aren’t for me. I don’t know if it’s my short waist or my type of mama tummy or the fact that I’m 40, but I just can’t with those jeans. They hurt my pancreas or something. Haha. This particular mama needs a little bit of stretch.
It’s tough to hunt down jeans with the perfect vintage wash AND some stretch. There must be something in spandex that prevents that lovely vintage faded color. I tried three brands here that seemed to offer the best wash with at least some spandex/elastane. Let’s check them out.
Abercrombie High Rise Slim Jeans – This was the first pair I tried on. Many of you loved these on Instagram and I agree, they’re good. They’re just a bit slimmer than I was looking for here. They really fit more like a skinny jean with just a bit wider ankle. Cute wash, and I kinda dig the faded ‘seam’ line down the front and back. Super affordable, too. I have another pair of A&F jeans arriving today, so I’ll update the post when they show.
Madewell High Rise Straight Leg Boyjean in Lita Wash – Wearing size 27 Regular. These are the jeans I tried on in my stories (@laurajansenstyle) in Petite length that were hilariously too short. You know I love Madewell jeans, and while these fit well and were pretty comfortable, they weren’t quite the wash I want. The way they look on the site is what I’m looking for. They’re actually bluer and darker in person, as you can see here.
Madewell Cruiser Straight in Cloverdale Selvedge wash – Wearing size 27. I’ve tucked the hems under a bit on the front view because I would chop them off right above my ankle. I love the fit and feel of this pair, but the wash is just kinda funny. There’s some whiskering I don’t care for, and I don’t love the matching destruction on both knees. It doesn’t look natural. I’ll keep an eye out for these in a different wash.
Mother The Tomcat ankle jeans in Gospel Grace – Wearing size 28, size up one size. These are the closest to what I was looking for. I do like them and will try them on again, but today they were a little uncomfy on the stomach. They have some stretch but are thicker than the next pair, so they stretch a bit less. I have them tucked under here and would cut them off a bit more. I LOVE the wash and the simple distressing on these. I love the leg shape. These are a real contender. I almost tried these in this more distressed wash, as well. I’d like to check out the Mother The Rascal Ankle Chew jeans to see if I like that fit, too. But I have a feeling these will still win out due to shape.
Mother The Tripper ankle jeans – These lovely jeans are selling out everywhere. I adore them, but can’t decide whether I could recreate that hem if I cut them off a bit more. The wash here is perfection and they are comfy in the waist, so I’m definitely considering them. They kind of remind me of the perfect faded Seven jeans from the early 2000’s that we all loved. The denim is a bit thinner than The Tomcat jean. I’m wearing a 28 here, too, so size up a size in Mother jeans, IMO. Some reviews say true to size, but I disagree after both of the pairs I’ve tried here. I’m a 27 in Madewell jeans, but a 28 in rag & bone and these, if that helps for your sizing. **UPDATE: most sizes restocked here!
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Have you found the jean unicorn out there? Perfect vintage wash PLUS stretch? After trying so many, I think Mother seems to get closest. I’d give Abercrombie a big thumbs up for a more reasonably priced brand. Many brands that look amazing are 100% cotton (like AGOLDE, Current/Elliott), and as I said I wasn’t looking for rigid denim anymore. I did wind up just finding this pair of mid-rise Citizens of Humanity to try out to see if the rise is the problem factor for me when it comes to the rigid denim. I’ll be sure to update you guys on what I find! There are so many more I could try, so you know the search will continue, but do share any great finds, you fellow jean fanatics!
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