The Ultimate Guide To MOTHER Denim

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For anyone thinking about trying MOTHER denim (or if you already love MOTHER jeans and are itching to try a new style), I’ve put my MOTHER “habit” to use in creating The Ultimate Guide To MOTHER Denim. You can click on each of the links below to go directly to the section you’re most interested in. But first…let me answer a question for you.

Are MOTHER Jeans Worth It?

MOTHER jeans are very expensive. I wish they weren’t. But they are. However, for my body type and preference for stretchy really soft comfortable denim, that looks good on the butt and doesn’t stretch out too much, MOTHER is hands-down my favorite brand of jeans and worth every penny.

After I tried my first pair years ago (MOTHER The Weekender Fray), there have been other denim brands I’ve liked here and there, but MOTHER denim still wins when it comes to what I actually wear on a daily basis. The real test for me is this: whether I could own just one pair of MOTHER jeans or four pairs of another brand. Answer: I would absolutely choose MOTHER every time. They get worn WAY more than the other denim brands in my closet.

A. My 3 Fav Pairs Of MOTHER Jeans
B. MOTHER Jeans Measurement Comparison
C. Ways To Find MOTHER Jeans Discounted
D. A Ridiculous # Of Selfies: 11 Different Styles Of MOTHER Denim

1. My 3 Fav Pairs Of MOTHER Jeans

For those of you in a hurry, my three most-worn pairs of MOTHER jeans right now are: MOTHER The Weekender Flares | MOTHER The Tomcat Rollers (more sizes here) | MOTHER The Insider Chew-Hem. Lots of other washes (and more sizing of each) are included in the “Selfie Section” if you keep scrolling.

MOTHER Weekender Flares | MOTHER Tomcat Rollers (more sizes here) | MOTHER Insider Chew-Hem


2. MOTHER Denim Measurement Comparison

As a little visual guide, we drew up a chart comparing the differences between all the jean styles in my try-on session. Most of them are cropped, but there are some full-length pairs in there, and even a pair of denim shorts (for Shana.)

MOTHER denim wins for the jeans I wear on the daily. The real test: whether I could own just 1 pair of MOTHER jeans or 4 pairs of another brand. Answer: MOTHER. Every time.

3. Where To Buy MOTHER Jeans Online At A Discount

If MOTHER jeans are not in your budget, but you’d really like to try a pair, here are some suggestions:

Check Out Sales Posted On Social Media: We post on TME’s social media ANY time we find current styles of MOTHER jeans on sale, which is actually pretty often. Make sure you’re following us on IG, Facebook and ocassionally Twitter.

Shop Discount Retailers & Sale Sections: Sizing availability is always an issue here, but some of the BEST deals on MOTHER jeans are usually at Nordstrom Rack and Saks OFF 5TH. There’s also often a decent selection in the sale section on MOTHER’s site, as well as the sale section at Saks and Bloomingdale’s. Most discounted pairs on these sites are older washes of current styles, and if you’re patient and willing to click around to find your size, there are some amazing steals.

Search eBay: In the Selfie section of this post, I provided links to used or discounted pairs of each style of jeans on eBay, which if you’re super lucky, you can find your size at a deep deep discount. Additionally, you can search for your desired style and size in the eBay search bar.

4. Selfies: 11 Pairs of MOTHER Denim, Tried & Reviewed

I’m not a skinny jeans gal, so you won’t see me covering much of that style (Shana’s fav MOTHER skinnies are MOTHER The Stunner High-Rise Skinny Ankle) but I’ve got wide-leg, cropped flares, full-length flares, straight-leg, and several variations of these totally covered.

Keep in mind that stock in MOTHER Denim at all retailers annoyingly fluctuates a TON. I, therefore, included several retailers for each style below, so you may have to do some clicking to find your size.

1. MOTHER The Weekender: The Perfect Full-Length Flare For Shorter Gals

MOTHER denim wins for the jeans I wear on the daily. The real test: whether I could own just 1 pair of MOTHER jeans or 4 pairs of another brand. Answer: MOTHER. Every time.

Nordstrom | MOTHER | Saks | Anthropologie | eBay

These Jeans Are Perfect For: Anyone who loves a comfy stretchy classic flare (and isn’t super tall). These would work as a nice cropped flare option for you tall ladies. I wear my Weekenders casual with a tee and sneaks, as well as dressed up with heels and a fancy top. MOTHER The Weekender flares and clogs are my go-to “fancy jean outfit”.

The Details: 9 1/2 -10 3/4″ Rise | 31″ Inseam | 20″ Leg Opening

Sizing Notes: I’m wearing a 27 (5’2, Pear Shaped, 135 lbs). Nice and stretchy, so the 27 is still good for me despite the fact that I’m more of a 28 in many styles. I had to hack mine off, but not near as much as I usually have to with flares.

The Shoes I Wear With MOTHER The Weekenders: Sneakers, low heels, sandals, flip flops, booties…pretty much EVERYTHING year-round. I have them hacked off JUST short enough to wear with sneakers but long enough to wear with a low heel.

Denim | More Sizes/Washes | Top | Sweater | Sneaks | Bag | Clog Sandals

Shop MOTHER The Weekender: More Washes/Retailers

2. MOTHER The Insider Chew Hem: My Easy-Going Cropped Ankle Jeans

MOTHER denim wins for the jeans I wear on the daily. The real test: whether I could own just 1 pair of MOTHER jeans or 4 pairs of another brand. Answer: MOTHER. Every time.

Revolve | MOTHER | MOTHER | Intermix | eBay

MOTHER The Insiders Are Perfect For: That everyday easy-going, relaxed look that’s super-easy to wear. One of my most-worn pair of jeans. Not as flared as the Hustlers, but not as straight-leg as the Tomcats.

Details: 10″ Rise | 26″ Inseam | 15″ Leg Opening

Sizing Notes: TTS. Wearing a 28 here (5’2, Pear Shaped, 135 lbs) and they’re shown in original form–didn’t cut or hem this pair.

The Shoes I Wear With MOTHER The Insiders: Mostly sandals, sneakers and clogs, but could wear them with sock booties or clog boots in winter. They look good with flats too.

Denim | More Sizes/Washes | Top | Sweater | Sneaks | Bag | Clog Sandals

Shop MOTHER The Insiders: More Washes/Retailers

3. MOTHER The Hustler: The Perfect Crop Flare

MOTHER denim wins for the jeans I wear on the daily. The real test: whether I could own just 1 pair of MOTHER jeans or 4 pairs of another brand. Answer: MOTHER. Every time.

Nordstrom | Anthropologie | MOTHER | Saks | Shopbop | eBay

MOTHER The Hustlers Are Perfect For: Anyone who likes Madewell’s demi-boot denim. I thought I loved Madewell’s version of the crop flare, until I tried MOTHER and then I was hooked. The feel, the stretch, the perfect fit. It’s good.

Details: 11” Rise | 27.5 ” Inseam | 17 ” Leg Opening

Sizing Notes: TTS. Wearing an old pair of 27s here that have stretched a bit (5’2, Pear Shaped, 135 lbs), but the 28s fit me well too. I hacked them off myself for the above the ankle hem length.

The Shoes I Wear With MOTHER The Hustler: Sandals, sneaks, flats and clogs mostly…and sock booties and clog boots in the winter.

Denim | More Sizes/Washes | Top | Sweater | Sneaks | Bag | Clog Sandals

Shop MOTHER The Hustler: More Washes/Retailers

4. MOTHER The Tomcat: Everyone’s Fav Straight-Leg Jeans

MOTHER denim wins for the jeans I wear on the daily. The real test: whether I could own just 1 pair of MOTHER jeans or 4 pairs of another brand. Answer: MOTHER. Every time.

Nordstrom | MOTHER | Anthropologie | Saks | eBay

MOTHER The Tomcat Are Perfect For: Someone searching for a soft, stretchy, pair of straight-leg jeans that look “borrowed from the boys” as MOTHER describes them. I’ve never found a pair of straight-leg jeans that I would wear (I’m a flare gal pretty much all the way) until I tried these. I want to size up 1 or 2 sizes and attempt to wear them full-length for the current slouchier trend.

Details: 10 3/4 -10 7/8 ” Rise | 26 ” Inseam | 14 ” Leg Opening

Sizing Notes: Size up or size up 2 sizes if you like your straight-leg jeans on the slouchier side. I’m wearing an old pair of 28s here, but I’m squeezed in and a 29 or 30 would be better for me now (5’2, Pear Shaped, 135 lbs).

The Shoes I Wear With MOTHER Tomcats: I wear pretty much only sneakers with mine and occasionally sandals, but Laura rocks boots and even heels with hers…she’s the Tomcat Queen!

Denim | More Sizes/Washes | Top | Sweater | Sneaks | Bag | Clog Sandals

Shop MOTHER The Tomcat: More Washes/Retailers

5. MOTHER The Pixie Dazzler: The Not-Quite Skinny Jeans

MOTHER denim wins for the jeans I wear on the daily. The real test: whether I could own just 1 pair of MOTHER jeans or 4 pairs of another brand. Answer: MOTHER. Every time.

MOTHER | Nordstrom | Anthropologie | eBay

MOTHER The Pixies Are Perfect For: Those who hate skinny jeans, but need a skinny-ish/straight-leg style or those who love skinny jeans, but are trying to slightly branch out a bit and dip their toes in to a slightly more straight-leg cut.

Details: 11″ Rise | 27.5″ Inseam | 13″ Leg Opening

Sizing Notes: TTS. Wearing 28 here (5’2, Pear Shaped, 135 lbs).

The Shoes I Wear With MOTHER The Pixies: I wore these in the winter tucked into snow boots, as well as my clog boots, but they’re wide enough to be worn over a slim sock bootie.

Denim | More Sizes/Washes | Top | Sweater | Sneaks | Bag | Clog Sandals

Shop MOTHER The Pixies: More Washes/Retailers

6. MOTHER The Insider Step Hem: The Cropped Flare’s Cool Sister

MOTHER denim wins for the jeans I wear on the daily. The real test: whether I could own just 1 pair of MOTHER jeans or 4 pairs of another brand. Answer: MOTHER. Every time.

Nordstrom | MOTHER | Anthropologie | Saks | eBay

MOTHER The Insiders Are Perfect For: Those who love a cropped flare, but want a more interesting hem. I love wearing mine with a casual tee and sneaks.

Details: 10″ Rise | 26 ” Inseam | 15″ Leg Opening

Sizing Notes: TTS. Wearing a 28 here (5’2, Pear Shaped, 135 lbs). I had them hemmed for above the ankle length keeping the step hem.

The Shoes I Wear With MOTHER The Insiders: Pretty much everything…sneakers, sandals, clogs or heels, and sock booties or clog boots in the winter.

Denim | More Sizes/Washes | Top | Sweater | Sneaks | Bag | Clog Sandals

Shop MOTHER The Insiders: More Washes/Retailers

7. MOTHER The Tomcat Roller: The Super Soft Wide-Leg Jeans

MOTHER denim wins for the jeans I wear on the daily. The real test: whether I could own just 1 pair of MOTHER jeans or 4 pairs of another brand. Answer: MOTHER. Every time.

Nordstrom | MOTHER | Anthropologie | Bloomies | eBay

MOTHER The Tomcats Are Perfect For: Anyone who wants to venture into baggier/slouchier jean trends, but not into the full-on ’90s straight-leg or mom jeans. A great full-length, wide-leg jean for us short gals…I can’t decide if I like them as much as cropped wide legs for the tall women. These are uber soft, uber stretchy, and are a dream to wear. I wear them primarily with crop-ish tops and sneakers.

Details: 11″ Rise | 30″ Inseam | 26 1/4″ Leg Opening

Sizing Notes: TTS. Wearing a 28 here (5’2, Pear Shaped, 135 lbs). Nice and stretchy.

The Shoes I Wear With MOTHER The Tomcats: Primarily sneaks. I wear flats if I want to dress them up.

Denim | More Sizes/Washes | Top | Sweater | Sneaks | Bag | Clog Sandals

Shop MOTHER The Tomcat: More Washes

8. MOTHER The Scrapper: The Straight-Leg That’s Almost Identical to the Tomcat

MOTHER denim wins for the jeans I wear on the daily. The real test: whether I could own just 1 pair of MOTHER jeans or 4 pairs of another brand. Answer: MOTHER. Every time.

Nordstrom | MOTHER | Anthro | Shopbop | eBay

MOTHER The Scrappers Are Perfect For: If you love the Tomcats, but want more wash options. SO many washes on MOTHER’s Site.

Details: 10 1/4′ Rise | 26″ Inseam | 14″ Leg Opening

Sizing Notes: Wearing a 28 here, but should have sized up for a slouchier look (5’2, Pear Shaped, 135 lbs).

The Shoes I Wear With MOTHER The Scrappers: I would wear these similarly to the way I wear my Tomcats….with sneakers or sandals, but Laura wears her MOTHER straight-leg jeans with boots and even heels.

Denim | More Sizes/Washes | Top | Sweater | Sneaks | Bag | Clog Sandals

Shop MOTHER The Scrapper: More Washes

9. MOTHER The Doozy: The Tall Women’s High-Waisted, Wide-Leg Flare

MOTHER denim wins for the jeans I wear on the daily. The real test: whether I could own just 1 pair of MOTHER jeans or 4 pairs of another brand. Answer: MOTHER. Every time.

Nordstrom | MOTHER | Saks | eBay

MOTHER The Doozy Are Perfect For: You lovely tall ladies looking for the perfect soft, stretchy comfy flare jeans. I wear my MOTHER flares with clogs and a fancy top for date night or with sneaks and a tee for every day.

Details: 10″ Rise | 34 ” Inseam | 25″ Leg Opening

Sizing Notes: TTS. Wearing a 28 here (5’2, Pear Shaped, 135 lbs).

The Shoes I Wear With MOTHER The Doozy: Clogs, sneaks and sandals with a platform or wedge, heels.

Denim | More Sizes/Washes | Top | Sweater | Sneaks | Bag | Clog Sandals

Shop MOTHER The Doozy: More Washes

10. MOTHER The Hiker: The ’90s Slouchy, High-Waist, Straight Leg Jean

**Selfies Coming Soon (HOPEFULLY–my size keeps selling out!)**

MOTHER denim wins for the jeans I wear on the daily. The real test: whether I could own just 1 pair of MOTHER jeans or 4 pairs of another brand. Answer: MOTHER. Every time.
credit: MOTHER Denim

Nordstrom | MOTHER | Anthropologie | Saks

MOTHER The Hikers Are Perfect For: MOTHER fans who want to venture into the world of on-trend baggy, slouchy, ’90s, whatever you want to call it, jeans. Note…these are a rigid denim, so although I’m SUPER excited to try them, I fear that I won’t like them as much as my other soft stretchy MOTHER denim. Laura tries a similar style (the MOTHER Rider) here.

Details: 11″ Rise | 29″ Inseam | 14 1/4″ Leg Opening

Sizing Notes: Everything I’ve read says to size up—I am hoping to order (if they ever come back in stock) a 29 and 30 (I’m usually a 28).

The Shoes I Wear With MOTHER The Hiker: For summer I would wear these with sneakers, sandals, or a small heel for dressing up.

Shop MOTHER The Hiker: More Washes

11. MOTHER Tomcat Denim Shorts

MOTHER denim wins for the jeans I wear on the daily. The real test: whether I could own just 1 pair of MOTHER jeans or 4 pairs of another brand. Answer: MOTHER. Every time.

Saks | MOTHER | Nordstrom | eBay

MOTHER Denim Shorts Are Perfect For: Anyone who a likes stretchy shorter short and is willing to pay $$$ for fancy shorts.

Details: 10 3/4″ Rise | 3″ Inseam | 24″ Leg Opening

Sizing Notes: Size up. I’m wearing a 29 (my regular size is 28) and they’re still snug, so size up 2 sizes if you want them slouchier.

The Shoes I Wear With MOTHER Denim Shorts: Sandals and sneaks…or heels for you super fancy shorts-wearing ladies.

Denim | More Sizes/Washes | Tee | Bag | Sandals

Shop MOTHER Tomcat Denim Shorts: More Washes

Alright, guys, what other MOTHER styles did I miss that you guys recommend or want to hear more about? Any other denim brands you’d like to see covered in depth? You know I always love to hear from you.

-Linzi

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MOTHER denim wins for the jeans I wear on the daily. The real test: whether I could own just 1 pair of MOTHER jeans or 4 pairs of another brand. Answer: MOTHER. Every time.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you so much! This guide was perfect. I recently found 2 pairs of Rag and Bone dre jeans on ebay for a highly discounted price – brand new with tags on them. I then searched for Mother and got so overwhelmed with the different choices. Now, I can go back and know exactly what to look for. Just to clarify – when you are getting a 28, that is your true size? In some you got 27 so I’m just making sure. I am a pretty solid 29 in most jeans (occasionally a 28, but mostly 29) so just want to get the right size. Most eBay items can’t be returned. Thanks again!

    • Yay for eBAY!!!! So glad this helped! Good question, Keesha…so….I used to be a 27, but my weight has “shifted” and I’m now a solid 28. But…I still own many pairs of 27 denim that have stretched out enough as my weight has shifted that they still fit…or fit “well enough”. Does that help? Anything I’m wearing a 27 in, I would now purchase a 28 if I was buying new. I don’t think there are any MOTHER jeans I’ve ever sized down in…for most of them I would go your true size or size up if it’s a slouchier style and you want more slouch (for example the Tomcats or Tomcat shorts).

      • Also…with the eBay links that I put under each style denim, it should take you to that specific style on eBay’s site and then you can search by size from there. I agree….eBay is SO overwhelming!

  2. I splurged (for me) on the MOTHER Fray Hem Bootcut this year. I kid you not – multiple people have stopped me to tell me they love my jeans. This has never happened. Ever. And naturally, I want to wear them all. The. Time.

  3. Thank you so much for this post! Linzi, you are pretty much my body shape and size match, so I always love to hear your thoughts on fit — especially since buying jeans online can be such a bummer. Can’t wait to start trying out some MOTHER jeans!

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