Mother Denim is a fan favorite among many women, myself included. If you’re a connoisseur of premium denim, this brand is a must-try. The fabric looks and feels amazing, their washes are always on point, and they have a really good variety of current styles. Plus, no other denim brand does so much for the rear view… IYKYK.
I get asked a lot about the different styles of Mother Denim and how they compare, so I did a quick rundown in my weekly newsletter last Saturday, but I wanted to expand on that and put all of this information here on the blog so I can link to it for those who want to refer back to it.
And then I also rounded up some “similar for less” styles at the end of the post, for those who prefer to save vs. splurge on denim.
But first, let’s address the white elephant in the room.
Why Are Mother Jeans So Expensive?
Yes, Mother jeans are spendy, but they’re worth it if you wear denim as often as I do. They keep their shape and wash and wear extremely well, so the cost per wear averages out over time… especially if you purchase when they go on sale. And, of course, second hand shops are always an option.
Another question I often get regarding Mother Denim is…
Do Mother Jeans Run True To Size?
I find the sizing in Mother Denim to be somewhat inconsistent, depending on style and the color of the wash.
For example, I almost always size up in black and white Mother jeans, but the blue denim washes vary. I’ll share my sizes with each pair, but if you tend to run in between sizes, it’s best to order both sizes and compare.
For size reference, I’m 5’5″ and hovering around 145# these days, and I typically wear a 28 or 29 in premium denim… usually a 29 at the moment.
My 5 Favorite Styles of Mother Denim
Okay, so these are the styles I own and love, and a little about each one and how I like to wear them.
Mother The Weekender
Measurements: 9 1/2″ Rise, 31″ Inseam, 20″ Leg Opening
The Weekender is a mid-rise, full length flare. Although, I would say they’re closer to a bootcut style. Generally, a flare has a leg opening wider than 20″. See more in my post: Women’s Pant Styles and Hem Lengths Demystified.
Shoe Pairings: Because these are a full-length bootcut/flare style, I usually wear these jeans with heels. They’re perfect for pairing with booties and clogs this fall and winter, and wedge sandals in the spring/summer, but I’m not opposed to wearing them with a trendy sneaker like the Veja Esplar. I would just need to cut a bit off the length.
These jeans are a really nice option for ladies who want to look current but not too extreme. My one caveat about the Weekender style is they aren’t very long for the taller ladies. If you need more length, try The Runaway. It has 10″ Rise, 34″ Inseam, 17 1/2″ Leg Opening.
Mother The Insider
Dancing On Coals (28)
Measurements: 10″ Rise, 26″ Inseam, 15″ Leg Opening
The Insider is a cropped bootcut with a step fray hem. These were my how I discovered Mother Denim, and the Dancing On Coals wash is by far my most worn pair of jeans currently in my closet. I also have them in the white (pictured above), and a black wash as well.
Shoe Pairings: I like these best with sandals in the summertime, but I also wear them year ’round with fashion sneakers (P448 John and Veja Esplar are my go-tos), and sometimes with booties in the fall/winter. Since they’re a cropped style, they don’t work as well for the taller ladies, but they read as ankle-length on my shorter friends.
Measurements: 11″ Rise, 27 1/2″ Inseam, 16″ Leg Opening
The Hustler is a high-rise, ankle-length flare with a raw hem. I wear these mostly with booties and heeled sandals. Since they don’t work as well with flats, I don’t wear them as much as my other styles, but I love them with booties this time of year. I had a grey pair I wore a ton last fall and winter, but they’re a little snug on me now.
Shoe Pairings: I find this length a little awkward with sneakers and flat sandals, but they’re perfect with heeled sandals, clogs, and ankle boots.
If you’re taller than my 5’5″, these might make a good crop flare, and if you’re shorter, they’re a good option for a full-length flare.
Measurements: 9 3/4″ Rise, 27 1/2″ Inseam, 13″ Leg Opening
The Dazzler is a slim straight mid-rise ankle length jean, and they come in a wide variety of washes with both raw hem and finished hem styles. I wear my light wash pair with the raw hem (pictured above) a ton all year ’round, and I also love these in the white for a classic and clean slim straight ankle style.
Speaking of the white, I love Mother Denim’s Fairest Of Them All wash. As you can see, I have them in three different styles! It’s nice and thick and not at all see-through, and it also has a good bit of stretch for comfort, but it doesn’t lose its shape.
Shoe Pairings: I like pretty much any shoe with these jeans. They look great with flat or heeled sandals in the summer, loafers and mules during transition seasons, and sneakers all year ’round. They also work with a lot of ankle boots, as long as they shaft is slim enough to slip underneath.
These are a good option for those trying to branch out from skinny jeans; in fact, if you have thicker legs, they will probably look more like skinnies than straights. If you like the slim straight silhouette, but prefer a higher rise and/or a slightly wider leg opening, The Swooner Rascal Ankle looks like a great option.
Measurements: 10 3/4″ Rise, 29″ Inseam, 13 3/4″ Leg Opening
The Tomcat was at one point Mother’s best selling high-rise straight leg jean, with a “borrowed from the boys” vibe, but I’m having a hard time finding many options in this style right now.
Shoe Pairings: These jeans look great with everything from booties to fashion sneakers. They’re a fairly versatile style.
For me personally, I don’t love the fit of the Tomcat as much as the Dazzler and the bootcut/flare styles I own. I prefer a slimmer straight leg silhouette, but these are great for ladies with thicker legs and more athletic calves.
I hope this post is helpful for anyone looking to purchase Mother jeans. I’m happy to answer any questions in the comments.
And I realize this brand is not in everyone’s budget, so I rounded up some of my favorite “similar for less” styles below.
Jeans Similar to Mother Denim
Before You Go…
Here are some of my other denim-related posts you might also like.
- Women’s Pant Styles and Hem Lengths Demystified
- How To Shop For Jeans Online: Denim Measurements & Fabric Composition
- What Shoes To Wear With All Types Of Jeans
- How to Wear Ankle Boots with Straight Leg Jeans
- How to Wear Loafers & Flats with Straight Leg Jeans This Fall
- What Shoes To Wear With Flares This Fall
- How to Wear Ankle Boots in the Winter
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