I did a roundup of my spring denim favorites last year around this time, and it was one of my most popular posts of the season, so I thought I’d make it an annual feature.
As you all probably know by now, denim is my thing. I wear jeans at least six days out of seven, and I’m very particular about fit and feel. I also like to stay up to date on the trends without being a total slave to fashion.
I’m a huge proponent of wearing what looks best on us and what we feel most comfortable in, but I also want to look modern and stylish as I age, so I think it’s important to try new styles and give our eyes some time to adjust to new silhouettes before we decide to wear them or not.
We’ve seen an evolution in denim styles over the past year. Last year when I wrote this post, I was holding onto my skinnies and trying to incorporate some straighter styles every now and again, but my eye has adjusted to higher rises and straighter silhouettes. I still don’t love the baggier styles on me, but I feel a lot more balanced in jeans with a slim straight fit or a flared leg.
My Spring 2021 Denim Favorites
I have a lot of jeans, but these are the ones I find myself reaching for most often this spring, and the ones I’d recommend to anyone looking to update their denim wardrobe.
Most of these are in the premium denim price range, so I included a budget-friendly option to each for those who may want that, but keep cost per wear in mind. You will be far better served by investing in one great pair of jeans that you wear over and over than buying several pairs that don’t fit quite right or wear very well.
#1. Mother The Insider Crop Step Chew in Dancing On Coals
at Mother Denim // at Saks // at Nordstrom // at Neimans
ATM tee (M) // Mother The Insider (28) // Dolce Vita Izabel (8) // similar HOBO crossbody
Mother Denim makes some of the best jeans I’ve ever worn. They look and feel amazing, they’re extremely flattering and hold their shape, and the washes are practically works of art. Mother Denim is also made in the USA, which is hard to find these days.
Of course, you pay a premium for these unicorn jeans. I realize they don’t fit everyone’s budget, but if I have to choose my all-time favorite jeans to wear right now, it’s the Mother Insider Crop Step Chew Hem in Dancing On Coals (pictured above).
These jeans are a crop flare, and I wasn’t sure I was crazy about all the distressing at first, but I kind of like how the rips and jagged step hem add texture and interest to my casual outfits. These jeans run true to size, or size down if in between; I take my usual size 28.
If you want a similar style with less distressing, the Insider in Walking On Coals is a good option with a slightly darker wash. And if you want a more budget-friendly pair, J.Crew makes a 9″ demi boot and a 10″ demi boot. Both have a similar leg silhouette and inseam measurement.
#2. Mother The Mid Rise Dazzler Ankle Fray in Riding The Cliffside
at Mother Denim // similar at Nordstrom
Nordstrom Signature sweater (S) // similar Mother The Dazzler (29) // similar mules // link earrings
When I want a pair of casual jeans without the rips, I grab these Mother Dazzlers. They have a slim, straight silhouette with an ankle-length inseam, and the fabric is soft and stretchy and not too thick for spring and summer weather.
I almost put the AGOLDE Toni in this spot, but they’re sold out, and the denim on those is a bit heavier. I wore those a ton during the winter, but I’ve been reaching for the Dazzler more often this spring.
If you like the style but prefer a finished hem, We The Animals and Satisfaction Guaranteed are two good options. I also have the Mother Dazzler in white denim.
BR Factory top (S) // Mother The Dazzler (29) // Vince Camuto sandals (8)
I find The Dazzler to run a bit small; I have both pairs in a size 29. If you want a lower priced alternative, Madewell makes The Perfect Vintage Jean, and the Levi’s Wedgie Straight Fit is another similar style.
#3. Good American Good Straight Raw Hem in White037
c/o Evereve // at Good American // at Nordstrom
Gibsonlook top (not available) // Good American Good Straight (6) // Sam Edelman Kia (8) // Baublebar earrings // Victoria Emerson bracelet
These jeans have a similar fit to the Mother Dazzler, but with a higher rise and a raw hem. They also have a much better price point without sacrificing fit or quality. I kept the Dazzler as well so I’d have a pair with a finished hem for dressier looks, but this Good American pair will be on regular rotation as soon as it warms up around here.
The denim on these is nice and thick, so there isn’t much show-through, but I always wear these skin-colored shaping shorts underneath to be on the safe side. They have a contoured high waist for a gap-free fit and lots of stretch, so they hold in all the fluff through the midsection. #yesplease
Good American jeans run true to size, but when you pull them on, they feel suuuuper tight, sort of like wearing Spanx. Don’t let that scare you away. They settle in quickly and become quite comfortable. In this brand, I recommend ordering your true size and the next one up and wearing each around the house for at least 20-30 minutes before deciding on which size to keep.
#4. Mother The Hustler Ankle Fray in Fairest of Them All
at Mother Denim // at Nordstrom // at Saks // at Bloomingdale’s
LOFT sweater (size S) // Mother The Hustler (size 29) // Dolce Vita mules // Kendra Scott necklace // Coach shoulder bag // rag & bone sunnies
Mother Denim is really representing this spring! I usually have a wider variety of brands in my denim wardrobe, but right now Mother seems to be working best for me. For a white ankle flare, I love The Hustler. I also have The Insider in white, which I wore a ton last year.
Roan + Ryan tank (S) // Mother The Insider (28/29) // Sam Edelman flip flops // earrings // bracelet // black hobo // sunnies
The Insider is a crop flare with a step hem, and The Hustler is an ankle flare with a straight raw hem and a slightly higher rise. I like The Insider better with flats and The Hustler with heels, so I have both pairs in my closet.
Fairest Of Them All, Mother Denim’s white wash, isn’t quite as thick and opaque as the Good American white denim, but it’s good enough for me. Again, I wear these skin-colored shaping shorts underneath to be on the safe side.
Last year I was able to wear my usual size 28 in The Insider, but I’ve put on a few pounds, and I needed to size up to the 29 this spring. I also tried both sizes in The Hustler, and I ended up keeping the 29. A lot of ladies like to size up in white denim anyway, so it can’t hurt to try both and see which you prefer. Most of the retailers I feature offer free shipping and free returns, or they offer Shoprunner, which I use with Saks and Bloomies.
If you want a similar style for less, the KUT from the Kloth Kelsey is a good option, and Gap makes these High Rise Kick Fit Jeans in white.
#5. KUT from the Kloth Reese Ankle Straight in Ecru
Design History Becca sweater (S) // KUT from the Kloth Reese (6) // Vince Camuto sandals (8) // necklace // earrings // bracelet // Loeffler Randall baguette bag
Off-white and ecru denim washes are trending this spring, and this pair just came from Evereve. I love the lightweight, stretchy denim; plus they have a nice slim, straight fit and the perfect ankle length. The raw hem and distressing near the front pocket give them a casual, lived-in vibe, but you can still dress them up for a casual dinner out.
KUT from the Kloth is my favorite brand for denim under $100. I also really like their Stella High Rise-Fab Ab Flare.
Vince Camuto top (S) // KUT from the Kloth jeans (6) // Dolce Vita sandals (8) // necklace // bracelet c/o
#6. Fidelity Cher High Waist Ankle Slim Jeans
LOFT trench (S) // Caslon tee (S) // Fidelity Cher (28) // Vince Camuto sandals (8) // Tory Burch hobo // earrings // necklace // sunnies
For a black wash, I’m going to name these Fidelity jeans a favorite for spring, but the fabric is on the heavier side. Last summer, I wore the Frame Le High Straight in Bosworth a lot, and I really love those for spring/summer because of the lighter weight and the subtle texture to the black wash, but they no longer make them.
ATM tee (M) // Frame Le High Straight // similar espadrilles // earrings // necklace // bracelet
I also really like the Mother Insider in Not Guilty for dressier spring/summer looks, but I tend to wear those with heels, and I didn’t really want to feature yet another pair of Mother Denim in this roundup. Still, they probably deserve a mention.
BR dolman top (S) // Mother The Insider (28) // J.Crew blazer (6) // Jeffrey Campbell sandals (8) // hoops // Michael Kors shoulder bag
All that to say, it remains to be seen how much I’ll reach for the Fidelity Cher once the weather warms up, but it’s my best recommendation at the moment for a slim straight cut in an off-black wash.
These jeans run true to size, or you may be able to size down if in between; I have the 28. Same is true for the Mother Insider in Not Guilty and Frame Le High Straight in Bosworth, should you find a pair on a resale site.
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17 thoughts on “My 2022 Spring Denim Favorites”
I have a lot of the GA and Mother jeans in this post! I recently bought the Hustler in Au Revoir and it was my first pair of Mothers where I had to size down. I’m between 125-130 and usually take 27, but took a 26 in these as they were a pretty stretchy in the waist. What size did you take in the Kut from the Kloth jeans? I’m looking for an off-white pair. I tried the Edwin Bree in Vanilla at Evereve and wasn’t crazy about the yellow tone, plus the front pockets were way too big and bunchy. Ultimately the pockets were the deal breaker. Have a great Monday!
I was hoping that was true for me too b/c I ordered The Hustler in Au Revoir during the Shopbop sale, and they were out of the size 29. I just tried them on (the 28) and they are pretty snug but maybe they will stretch? I love the wash and I actually think I like the length with flat sandals but the rise is still quite high for me, at least with a front tuck. I wish it was like a half inch shorter, more like The Insider.
And I have my usual 28/6 in the KUT Rachael. I like that the in Ecru isn’t quite as yellowy as the Edwin Bree in Vanilla.
The 27s seemed to fit well but I could just tell they would get too loose after an hour of wearing. The 26s were kind of tight, but did loosen after a few minutes so I wore them for several hours and they felt fine, not too tight. I agree they’re pretty high for front tucking so I plan to wear them tops that don’t require tucking, meaning more form-fitting or shorter styles.
I agree that this is a great post! Jeans are so unique to each person and body type. What works for one person will not work for another. Thanks for featuring several options! Do you have a link to the tops you wore in this post? I love most of the tops you featured with the jeans, and they are perfect for a casual or snappy casual look. Thanks!
Sure! I was rushing this morning and didn’t take the time to add full outfit details, but I’ll add them now.
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Great post! Thank you for such a thorough review! I am new to Mother jeans, but just received the Dazzler high rise crop in ecru. Would you say that these jeans relax a bit with wear? They’re just a little too fitted for me right out of the box! Debating whether or not I should keep the size larger because I don’t want them to “grow” too much! Thank you!
They do relax a bit, but they don’t get baggy. I’d wear them around the house for an hour or two with tags on and see how you like them after that.
Would you please recommend brands of black jeans that don’t attract all the lint in the area?
Love your blog!!
I’m not sure that unicorn exists, lol, but I don’t think my AG and Mother jeans are too bad.
I bought the Loft trench coat (love it!) and am now curious what you do with the belt. Do you have it tied in a knot in back?
Yes, for this picture but I usually tie in the front.