The Perfect Pair of Skinny Jeans

Skinny jeans are not “in” right now, but I don’t care. They will always be a staple in my closet. I really like the look of straight-leg jeans, which are so of the moment. However, nothing fits my body like skinny jeans. When you know what looks best, you’ve got to embrace it, whether it be flared, boot-cut, boyfriend, straight, or skinny jeans.

The other trend I struggle with is high-rise pants. They’re super cool, but I have such a short torso that I look rather strange in them. Mid-rise pants are probably the equivalent on me to what high-rise pants are on most people. I’m kind of ready for this trend to be over because, let me tell you, it’s been hard to find a pair of pants that doesn’t go above my belly button or dig into my ribs. So not comfortable.

Enter Madewell’s 9″ high-rise skinny jeans. These are undeniably high-waisted, but they actually flatter my short torso and are comfortable. Although the material has stretch to it, the jeans do not easily lose shape. I’m a firm believer in not washing pants after every use in order to promote longevity (since washing clothes wears them down over time), and these pants still hugged my legs nicely after a few consecutive wears. In the photos, I’ve rolled the hems of the legs up to show off my patent leather boots. It’s a fun trick to change up the style of skinny jeans.



For a long time, I was devoted to Banana Republic’s skinny jeans. They usually fit like a glove and last forever. I’m still rocking a pair that has organically ripped holes in the knees. But, I’ve found the fit of Banana’s pants–not just jeans, but also the Sloan pants I have always loved–has become inconsistent. When shopping, I’ve tried on the exact same styles and fit of pants that I’ve worn forever, and they fit differently every time. The same thing has happened to me with Express jeans, which were also a favorite at one point.

I can’t truly speak to the consistency of Madewell jeans, since this pair is my first. However, I will say that I’ve tried on their skinny jeans so many times during past trips to the mall, and they always seem to fit the same.


The only downside is that these jeans are pretty expensive. Madewell has this neat partnership, though, were you can bring in any old pair of jeans, and they’ll take $20 off your new pair. The old jeans are recycled into insulation that is used for building Habit for Humanity houses. Super cool, right? That’s exactly what I did, and it was nice to to receive a discount and gain space in my pants drawer!

The good thing? I have a feeling I’ll be wearing these jeans for a long time (probably until there’s holes in the knees). Madewell is also committed to creating clothing in an ethical and sustainable manner, which makes me feel good about wearing them.

What is your favorite brand of jeans? Let me know in the comments 🙂

xoxo Kelli



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