I’m a Former Madewell Stylist and Think These 5 Jeans Work For Everyone

Calling all Madewell stans. If you’re a fan of the brand’s classic, well-made pieces, then you’re probably well aware of which perennial staples are the most popular. There are so many things the retailer gets right, from its wardrobe staples to its everyday shoes, and classic bags, but above all, its denim selection.

After years of working as a stylist at the brand, my good friend Zoë Thompson is well-acquainted with Madewell’s offering, and especially their best-selling jeans, so I had her share the exact styles that she thinks work for everyone, regardless of your taste, age, or budget. There are five of these best Madewell jeans that she insists are truly versatile, timeless, and work for everyone. Think of these as the jean fits that you’ll invest in now and will become the backbones of your wardrobe for years to come. Yep, they’re just that good. Continue on to read, and of course shop, each of the ones she recommends and get inspired by how I’d style each.

“If you don’t have the time or the wherewithal to go hunting down an actual pair of vintage jeans, these are the next best thing. They’re the closest thing Madwell has to “mom” jeans with their high rise and ever-so-slightly tapered fit in the legs. All the washes are so good, but the light ‘fiore’ wash is my favorite because it feels ultra ’90s.”

“Lean and modern, these vintage-looking jeans kick out into a cropped mini-flare that works as a showcase for your shoes, whether that be flats, sneakers, and heels alike.”

“Skinny jeans are really the backbone of a Madewell girl’s closet if you ask me, and it’s these Roadtripper jeans that just continue to be wildly popular. Once you try these bad boys on you immediately understand why because they have just the right amount of stretch to the fabric that makes them feel like you could eat, sleep, and live your whole life 24/7 in them, which is saying a lot for a pair of jeans. They come in a range of rises from 9- to 11-inches and fit from petite to tall, so it really is possible to find the perfect fit.”

“The name says it all. These are simply a classic jean that I would personally go so far as to say belongs in everyone’s closet. Whether you’re going for a cropped or full-length look, these are a great does-it-all style that you can wear dressed up or down.”

“For that cool slightly slouchy look, it’s got to be the Boyjeans. They’ve since come out with different versions like the Dadjeans and Tomboy jeans, but these are right on the money with that hint of roominess without losing any of the polish. I would throw these on with sneakers and a tee for an easy weekend vibe.”

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