Happy Friday, friends! I’ve got a new try-on haul for you today, so refill your coffee mug and get ready to scroll! This one is all about the denim.
I also have a bunch of sneaker try-ons as well as some tops and spring jackets, but this post got so long that I decided to split it in two. I’ll post the second half tomorrow.
For size reference, I’m 5’5″ and 135 pounds-ish… a little more recently. I’m working on that! I still take a 6/28 in pants/jeans (barely!), a small in tops, and size 8 shoe.
I went to the mall last Saturday to look for a few things for a collaboration with Nordstrom that I have coming up. I was thinking of shooting a transition look focusing on spring trends with crop straight jeans and lighter colored tops, so I started in the T.B.D. department, where the premium denim lives.
Frame Le High Ankle Straight Leg Jeans
These have a 27 1/2″ inseam with a 14 1/2″ leg opening and a 10 1/2″ front rise; and they’re 93% cotton, 5% polyester, 2% elastane.
Their description reads: these easygoing high-rise jeans are cut with slim, cropped straight legs and washed down for a vintage-inspired fade, and that’s exactly what I was looking for.
My first impression when I pulled them on is that they’re soft and comfortable. I like the lived-in wash without any rips or tears or chewed-up hems. They have a good bit of stretch, and the 10 1/2″ rise is perfect for me.
I feel like the rear view and pocket placement is good as well. I tried them on with the boots I wore into the store, and it works, but I would also be looking to wear these with sandals and sneakers this spring. I really wish I’d thought to wear sneakers to the mall that day.
As comfortable as these are, I’m concerned they might stretch out too much. I’ve had some trouble with Frame jeans sliding down on me, even when they fit like a glove. So I put these on hold, and moved on to the next pair.
Good American Good Legs Straight
It is driving me BANANAS that I cannot find these jeans on the Nordstrom website. I have literally spent an hour trying to figure out this mystery.
All I have to go on is this tag from the back pocket.
They do carry that pair at Nordstrom.com, but they’re almost sold out. They’re also pricier than most Good American jeans, and I think it’s because they’re organic cotton. This Good Straight pair is $99.
I can’t say for sure which pair I tried, but I’m thinking the wash looks more like Blue524. Since I didn’t take a picture of the price tag, I can’t use that for verification purposes.
If this is the right pair, they have a 27″ inseam with a 14″ leg opening and a 10 1/2″ front rise.
Any-who, I love the fit of my black Good American Good Legs crops from the #NSale — especially that flat tummy tech, which really does hold in the belly like no other I’ve tried — so I was hoping these jeans would be a go, but the wash is a little weird to me.
It’s okay, but not nearly as good as the Mother Insiders (below) or even the Frame (above).
Still, the fit through the rear is really good, and they are very comfortable. These are definitely a contender. I put them aside for the moment and moved on.
Mother The Insider High Waist Crop Step Chew Hem Jeans
These jeans have similar measurements to the ones above — 27 1/2″ inseam with a 15″ leg opening and a 10 1/2″ front rise; and the fabric is 94% cotton, 5% polyester, 1% elastane. They’re also made in the USA.
I tried these first barefoot because I see them as more of a summer jean, and I wanted to see exactly where they land on my leg. Plus, they have that weird step hem, which I knew would show better without the dark boots.
First, let me say, these are so so so comfortable. The Frame and Good American pairs were too, but these are a whole other level of comfort.
I also love the wash; it’s just the perfect worn-in look. And while I thought I was over the ripped knees, these are done so well. I just think they’re the perfect casual jeans.
But that hem…
I’ve never cared for a step hem, but these also have a chewed hem (not to be confused with a raw hem).
A raw hem is just cut off, and maybe slightly frayed, but it looks like you simply cut your jeans.
Some women aren’t a fan, but I like the look, plus it makes it cheap and easy to shorten your jeans if you don’t like the length.
However, the chewed hem looks rag-tag to me, and on top of the ripped knees, these are really giving me Huck Fin vibes… and I’m pretty sure he never paid $248 for jeans.
Still, the comfort and the wash are outstanding, and I like how they fit close to the thigh, and the length is about perfect, so I decided to try them on with my boots to see how that translated.
Seriously loving the fit of these, I can’t lie. Even the rear view is pretty good. I mean…
So then I threw on the sweater I wore to the mall that day, to see how they look with something from my closet.
Yeah, these are good. Really good. You know when I take this many pictures, I must really like something.
I moved on to the next pair, but I couldn’t stop thinking about these.
Mother The Hustler High Waist Ankle Fray Jeans
The Mother Hustler is meant to be a crop flare, but the 27″ inseam is definitely ankle-length on me.
They have a 27″ inseam with a 16″ leg opening and a 11″ front rise; and the fabric is 93% cotton, 5% polyester, 2% spandex. They’re slightly more flared than the Insider (above), and they have maybe an extra half-inch or so in the rise.
That might sound like splitting hairs, but I have the Mother Insider Crop in this same Not Guilty wash, with a 26″ inseam, and they’re the ones I’ve been struggling with for a year.
I love the fit, but the length always throw me off a bit. That 26″ inseam does make a difference in the overall silhouette.
I feel like that extra inch makes the Hustler more elongating, but it also has a raw step hem, and that’s just not my favorite look.
I’m still not in love with the flare either; I like more of a straight fit, but overall, I feel like these are really flattering.
But I don’t really need them, since I do have the other pair that is so similar, and I’m looking for more summery washes right now, so they went back on the rack.
Mother The Stunner Ankle Step Fray Jeans
Okay, I know I just said I’m looking for more summery washes, but I pulled these to try because I wear my black Good American Good Legs so much, I thought maybe I could use a similar pair. The wash on these is sort of in between those and my grey Frame Le High Skinny Jeans.
These jeans have a 26 1/4″ inseam with a 10″ leg opening and a 10 1/2″ front rise, and they have a great fit, but I really detest that step hem.
And it really looks weird with my boots on. I guess I could cut it, but I don’t really need these, and the fading on the thighs is almost too much for me.
All that to say, I decided to leave these in the store. I did, however, bring the Mother Insiders home with me. I hate to pay full price, but Mother jeans rarely go on sale, and I wanted to play with them some more at home before making a final decision.
Mother The Insider Crop Step Chew Hem Jeans, Redux
At home the next day, I decided to try the Mother Insiders with sneakers. I threw on this pink Vince sweater because it’s a spring-like color and the length is a bit shorter than most of my winter sweaters.
Here’s a super-duper close-up of the jeans, so you can see the wash and the step hem. (More on these sneakers below.)
I think I’ll like these jeans best with sweatshirts and t-shirts.
While I do like an elevated sweater like this with jeans and sneakers, I think the jeans need to be less distressed than these. Or at least, I’d like it all with a plainer sneaker.
I’ll be reviewing a bunch of clean white leather sneakers at the very end of this post… I wish I hadn’t sent them all back, so I could try them with these jeans. Pfft.
I like this outfit better, but I’m so tempted to cut off that step hem and even it out a bit, but I’m afraid I’d run the chewed hem detail, and let’s face it, that’s partly what you’re paying for with these. I might be better off finding a different pair of Mother Insiders if I’m going to do that.
I’ll be talking more about that stripe hoodie in a sec. First, let me show you these Levi’s.
Levi’s Wedgie High Waist Raw Hem Straight Leg Jeans
Okay, so the Levi’s Wedgie is a straighter fit than the jeans I tried at Nordstrom, and it’s also an inch or so shorter, making these more of a crop straight. The extra inch or inch and a half in the inseam makes a big difference.
These jeans have been all over the place for a few years, and I thought for sure I’d tried them, but when I searched my blog for “wedgie”, lol, I didn’t find any. I’ve definitely tried similar styles… in fact the Levi’s 724 that I bought on Amazon and styled with the GapFit sherpa jacket are very similar.
I don’t think the measurements on the Nordstrom website are correct because I laid these on top of the Levi’s 724 and they’re almost identical.
The major difference as far as I can see, aside from the inseam, is the fabric content. The 724 is 92% Cotton, 6% Elastomultiester, 2% Elastane; whereas the Wedgie is 99% cotton, 1% elastane. They’re known for their more rigid, vintage-inspired denim, which is trending right now.
The 1% elastane gives them just enough stretch that they’re not terribly uncomfortable, and I hear they wear in quickly and get more comfortable over time, but when you put on the Mother Insiders or the Madewell stovepipe jeans and they feel like second skin… well, it’s hard to reach for these instead.
Here’s a rear-view shot. Not bad. Honestly, I was afraid it would be much worse.
Supposedly they have special construction that lifts the backside and hugs the hips to showcase your curves to greatest effect. Go figure! These aren’t your daddy’s Levi’s.
Also note, this pair has a raw hem, and it was just cut — no extra detail, which is nice. That way, you can easily cut them shorter if you want, without ruining the vibe.
Levi’s Wedgie High Waist Crop Straight Leg Jeans
This is the same Wedgie style as the ones above, in a darker wash with a finished hem. The measurements on the Nordstrom website are different, but theses are exactly the same. They look and feel the same, and I even laid one on top of the other to check.
These definitely look best with a more fitted top, and the front tuck looks better than untucked, in my opinion. It keeps the vertical proportion in a better balance.
So yeah, I’m kind of liking this style for summer, but I’m not sure if it’s because they actually look good or my eye is finally adjusting to this silhouette. I decided to try the same look with my favorite cropped skinnies, for the sake of comparison.
Paige Hoxton Transcend Vintage High Waist Crop Skinny Jeans
These are my go-to summer jeans since they’re a cropped length with a lighter wash. They’re also ridiculously soft and comfortable. They have a 26″ inseam (same as the Levi’s) with a 10″ leg opening and a 10″ front rise.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison pic. What say you?
I feel like I look slimmer on the left, but more balanced on the right.
I decided to keep going with jeans from my closet. Here’s the same top and sneakers with the AG Farrahs.
The Farrahs had a 28″ inseam, but I cut them, so I think they’re closer to 27″. That probably also made the leg opening slightly wider than the 10″ recorded on the Bloomies website.
They’re probably my favorites so far. I feel like I look slimmest and the balance is okay too.
And I also pulled out those Madewell stovepipe jeans. I have these in the size 27, for reference. I definitely recommend sizing down if ordering these.
These are super soft and comfortable, and I like how the higher rise holds in all the fluff, but it also makes front-tucking is a little dicey.
I actually think I like the untucked version better here. It might throw off my balance a little bit, but it looks more natural to me. And yes, I changed into a different top — same top, different color.
This is the rust, but it reads more red to me. With these darker wash jeans, I think this is a perfect outfit for patriotic holidays coming up, at least for those of us in cooler climates.
So here I’m thinking, what’s the difference between these Madewell Stovepipe jeans and the Levi’s Wedgie in the darker wash? Take a look…
I think I like the wash and the rise on the Levi’s better from the front. From the rear, the difference is practically imperceptible.
The pockets on the Madewell are a bit smaller, which I like. Otherwise, I guess it comes down to comfort.
Next, I pulled out my AG Mari high waist ankle straight leg jeans. See, now, THIS I love. The overall outfit is well balanced, and very slenderizing as well.
I could probably front-tuck if for more of that 1/3 to 2/3 ratio, but since the top is fitted and shows my curves, it doesn’t need a front tuck for that reason. I think this works for a casual, easy look.
And since we are talking jeans, I’m going to repost my review of the Madewell Stovepipes from last week’s Try-On Haul.
Madewell Stovepipe Jeans
They have some tencel content to them, which makes them feel more like pants than jeans. The exact fabric makeup is 44% cotton/42% TENCEL™ lyocell/13% poly/1% elastane Orta denim. Phew!
I played around with them a bit yesterday… this is the Gap button front cardigan, and it’s marked down to $55, but I paid $41 earlier in the week, so I’d hold off on ordering this if you like it.
Here, you can see this cardigan unbuttoned over a t-shirt. I think this length of sweater works really well with these jeans, and this is definitely the direction trends are going for spring.
Now, don’t go getting all upset with me. I’m not telling you to ditch all of your long cardigans, but you may want to consider adding a few shorter ones to your closet this season.
I also like these jeans with this Gap striped v-neck. It’s a lightweight sweater, perfect for transition season.
I’m actually really liking these jeans! I don’t know if my eye is starting to adjust to this style, or these are just really good, but I don’t mind these at all. I can see maybe wearing them this spring, with sneakers and loafers.
Definitely size down, if ordering. The 27 regular fits me perfectly. Unfortunately, they’re not on sale at the moment, but I’ll keep an eye on them.
Alrighty, that’s it for the denim try-ons. Believe it or not, I have a few more pairs coming, but that’s all I have to show you for now.
I actually like them all, even the Levi’s. I guess I will keep the lighter pair with the raw hem, since the darker pair is so much like the Madewell, and I’ve already ripped the tags off and worn those. I’m still undecided about those Mother jeans.
Caslon Knit Hoodie
I know this post is about the jeans, but since I told you we would talk more about this hoodie, I’ll just add that it’s really soft and comfortable. It’s definitely more form-fitting than most tops on the market, so it works really well with the wider leg jeans that are trending, and I like the elevated sporty vibe.
It comes in more solid colors and stripes, and I’m wearing the small, for reference. You could size up for more wiggle room, but it’s already kind of long, so take that into account.
And you can tune back in tomorrow for the rest!
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