MOTHER Denim vs. Madewell Jeans
I am not a skinny jean gal. I don’t like the way they feel, I don’t like the way they look on my legs, and I don’t like the way they fit with shoes (other than snow boots and an occasional higher heeled bootie). In my closet, I only have one pair of skinny jeans that I actually wear, so I am continually looking for good non-skinny options.
I try a range of jeans from both brands below. From flares and cropped flares to straight leg and bootcut…and mom jeans (of course).
- Pricier than Madewell (but we often post when we see them on sale)
- Softer, stretchier, and more comfy than Madewell (at least my specific pairs are)
- Sell out annoyingly fast, so you often have to search a bit at different retailers for sizing
- More variety in styles that fit my body type and that I like (Hustler | Insider | Pixie | Weekender | Tomcats)
- Lower price point than MOTHER and often on sale
- In general, not as soft and comfy as MOTHER denim
- More sizing options than MOTHER: Sizes 23-37 with petite and tall in many styles
- More sustainable options and denim recycling program
- Only 2 styles that I really like (Cali-Demi Boot Cut & Perfect Vintage)
1. Flare Jeans
Pros: SUPER soft, stretchy, and comfortable. I had to cut off a good big chunk at the bottom and they’re still long (I’m 5’2), so might work for you slightly taller gals too. Nice big flare (a positive for me…a negative for others).
Cons: Pricey; Not a super high rise.
Pros: Good blue wash. Super-high waist. Better price point than MOTHER Weekenders. Stretchy and comfortable. Good for slightly taller gals (you can see they’re too long for me even with heeled boots…I’ll cut them off if I keep them).
Cons: Not as soft as MOTHERS. Smaller demi-flare (which personally is a negative for me). A bit big in the waist (could have sized down probably), I like my Everlane flares (under $100) better for a budget-friendly option (nice high waist, pretty blue, and super-soft).
2. Black Wash Jeans
MOTHER Pixie Dazzler
Pros: Similar vibe to a skinny without being a skinny (I have bigger calves, so will obviously fit other builds differently). Great wash. Soft and stretchy.
Cons: Pricey. Very stretchy –I sized up to a 28 because I liked the way they looked better initially, but I should have stuck with my regular 27.
Madewell Perfect Vintage
Pros: Nice high waist. Better price point than MOTHER. Rigid look without total rigid feel. Plus, petite, and tall sizing available.
Cons: Not as soft and stretchy as MOTHER. I wear and love these, but I think I would like this new black wash from Madewell in the same cut even better (a bit more fading).
Left – MOTHER Pixie Dazzler (28): At Nordstrom | At MOTHER | At Revolve
Right – Madewell Perfect Vintage (26): At Madewell | At Nordstrom Rack | At Zappos
Hoodie | Boots | Earrings (Black-Owned-Business)
3. Light Wash Jeans
Madewell Perfect Vintage
Pros: Nice high waist. Better price point than MOTHER. Rigid look without total rigid feel. Don’t have to chop the length myself (petite sizing) & this raw edge is a good one. Plus, petite and tall sizing available.
Cons: Not near as soft and stretchy as MOTHERS. Despite all the pros…I’m not in love with the fit and feel.
4. Medium Blue Wash Jeans
MOTHER Insider (Sweet & Sassy)
Pros: Fabulous step-hem. Soft and comfy. Great medium blue wash (sweet and sassy color).
Cons: If you’re short, you’re going to have to cut them or have them hemmed, and the step-hem is more difficult to cut than it looks…I haven’t cut the ones in the photo yet, but I messed up the step-hem on another pair 🙁
Madewell Cali Demi
Pros: I wear these SOOOOOOO much. Soft and comfortable and a great fit. Plus, petite and tall sizing available.
Cons: The wash doesn’t wow anyone…it’s fine, but not amazing.
5. Gray Wash Jeans
Pros: Soft & comfy. AMAZING gray wash. Perfect straight leg cut.
Cons: I initially wasn’t as wowed by these as I thought I would be, and they’re $$$ to not be wowed–but I’m realizing they might end up being my most-worn denim if I just hack them off for a raw hem (they’re folded under in photos.)
Madewell Perfect Vintage
Pros: Better price point than MOTHERS. Good gray wash. Nice high waist. Petite and tall sizing available.
Cons: Not nearly as soft and comfy as Tomcats. I’m wearing 27 petite, but wish I would have gotten regular length and chopped for raw hem.
6. A Couple More Pairs Of Jeans
MOTHER The Hustler
(My Oldest MOTHER Denim Still Going Strong)
I LOVE these jeans. They look great with all the clunkier boots that I like to wear in winter…and even work well with these UGGs. My particular ones sold out long ago, but this wash in the same cut looks almost identical.
MOTHER The Insider Acid Wash: Just IN!
SOOOOOOO excited about these….they just came in and I’m in love. They need to be a tad shorter on me, and they have that step hem which I’ve had a difficult time replicating before, but I love love love the wash and the cut! I may see if I can get some professional cutting help.
SHOP Madewell & Mother Denim
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MOTHER & Madewell Flare Jeans
MOTHER & Madewell Black/Gray Wash Denim
Cropped, Cropped Flare, Straight Leg & Mom Jeans
MOTHER & Madewell Blue Denim
Cropped, Bootcut, Straight-Leg & Mom Jeans
Curious…for those of you who also like the fit of Mother and Madewell non-skinny jeans…what other brands do you like? Any favs from the bunch above??