Review: Madewell 10-inch Button High-waist Crop Skinny Jeans

In my previous post I wrote about how I was introduced to Madewell jeans by a friend, and how I fell madly in love with them. As you may have noticed, I haven’t been consistent in posting since then. But, on the plus side, my opinion of Madewell jeans hasn’t faltered. I have since purchased 2 more pairs that I wear regularly. Both of them are the 10-inch button high-waisted jeans –  one in the white (shown in the pictures posted here) and one in a blue wash.

I have to admit that years ago when I discovered designer jeans, I was hooked on how incredible the cut and the fit of those jeans were (J Brand, Paige, 7 For All Mankind, etc.), that I’ve had a hard time branching out. It’s so easy to get stuck on what you know, so I was hesitant to venture out to other brands (even for someone like me who works in wardrobe and is constantly on a quest for the perfect jean). Since dabbling into Madewell, it has sparked my curiosity into reviewing other brands that I have often overlooked.


…(almost) like a glove. If I compare both of the button down jeans that I have from Madewell, I would say they both fit almost the same, but I like the white only slightly more. The waist hits at the smallest part of my waist, which is exactly where I want it to be if I wear shirts that are either tucked in, or even just front tucked. The hem hit exactly at my ankle (for reference, I am 5’7″). I feel like they even hold you in at the waist. The only minor complaint that I do have with these is that there is a tiny bit more room at the waist, but that is a typical problem I tend to encounter based on my body shape (smaller waist ratio in comparison to hips). I purchased these in a size 32.


They do loosen up a bit after initial wear. If given the option to buy them again, I would probably consider going down one size. After you wash them, they do go back to their original size. Normally I hang dry my denim after washing, but with these I didn’t have a problem with shrinkage, as I feel the fabric stretches out during wear.


Let’s be real, white jeans will always be white jeans. What I mean by that is that I’ve yet to come across jeans (made from cotton) that were 100% opaque. These are pretty close though. I’ve worn light undergarments, and have tested out a darker tone underneath just to see how opaque they are, and I am able to see the darker ones through the jeans, but it’s faint. Skin tone shades do not show through, however.


If we’re comparing these to contemporary designer jeans, at $128 I would say that they are moderately priced (and there are always sales throughout the year). In my opinion, worth the buy, but of course, check with your budget first.

Overall rating:

These are probably my favorite white jeans I’ve ever owned. I have the 9″ rise white Madewell jeans, but I think these 10″ hit me at a better (more waist elongating…is that even a thing?) place. I’ll give them an A-.

I’m not even going to pretend to be consistent this year with the blog. Every time I say I will, I take like an 8 month break. I definitely want to continue to work on it…let’s see how it goes. I know for sure that the next pair of jeans on my list to review are Topshop jeans. The reviews (and price point!) I’ve read are stellar and can’t wait to find out for myself and share with you. Hopefully it’s up sooner rather than later.


Outfit Details:

JeansMadewell, SweaterExpress Oversized V-neck Sweater – now on sale! (size down for a more fitted look), Blazer & Earrings: Zara – now on sale! (couldn’t find a direct link), ShoesMadewell (these were purchased during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but here are similar full loafer version), SunglassesGentle Monster (exact color not available).


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