crowdsourced denim recommendations

A few weeks ago, I asked my IG community for denim recommendations! I’ve been a Madewell customer for YEARS and currently own 8(?) pairs of their jeans or overalls. They fit me great before having kids, and were flattering on me after having Lucy. But, after having Winnie and the postpartum season that followed + 15 months of breastfeeding + pandemic weight gain/fluctuation, those same jeans just don’t fit the same. For the most part, they *fit* but they don’t feel nearly as comfortable and they aren’t as flattering. So – I’m on the hunt for jeans that work for where I’m at now!


All of these jeans came recommended 5+ times each. The top (like 10+ people) recommendations were Abercrombie, Good American, Everlane, and American Eagle, closely followed by Levis and Old Navy. I was surprised that the brands of my high school years (Abercrombie, American Eagle, Old Navy) were SO recommended — but all brands have REALLY upgraded their offerings to work for people beyond teenage years. Plus, the price point is a lot more affordable than some of other brands, including Madewell.

Under $50

Old Navy (the Extra High-Waisted Sky-Hi specifically)
American Eagle (specifically Curvy Line and the ‘Mom jeans’)


Everlane (the ‘Way High’ pair looks v cute!)
Banana Republic (right around ~$100 range and often on sale)
ABLE (this is an ethical fashion brand based in Nashville – they only have one type of jean that comes in three washes!)
Levis (specifically the Ribcage Straight Ankle and the Wedgie fit)


Good American

What I’ve Ordered

Extra High-Waisted Button-Fly Curvy Sky-Hi Straight Jeans (Old Navy)

Women’s 90s Ultra High Rise Straight Jeans (Abercrombie)

Extra High-Waisted Wide-Leg Cut-Off Black Ankle Jeans (Old Navy)

I started with direct recommendations from friends I love/trust! These were all fairly affordable, especially the Old Navy ones (~$30 each!) and especially for the price — they are great purchases. I  felt good in all three pairs, although I’m trying to get more comfortable in straight leg pants and a not-so-tight fit. I want to go to Nordstrom to try on the Levis, Agolde and Good American options too. I’ve worn Everlane before, but the salesperson in store convinced to me to go down two sizes (as their jeans stretch) but they were still just not comfortable. I want to try Everlane again but in a more accurate, right-for-my-body size. Lastly, I  think I ‘m going to try ABLE because I love the brand’s mission and they are a local company! The jeans look super cute! 💛


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