Jean-ius: Madewell x Drybar


Madewell is definitively answering the number one question that we all have when it comes to denim: does my butt look good in these jeans? I was all “challenge accepted” when I saw Madewell pitching its new denim as doing “life-altering things to the rearview.”  I practically live in jeans but have constant angst about fit. My issue is more backside containment than anything.


I headed over to the Rush St. store to see what was up.  It was very telling when I walked in and saw nearly every girl working there wearing the same pair of jeans and wearing them well. I had to start there, with the High Riser Skinny Skinny Ankle Jeans in Onyx. This fit, one of the 4 signature styles, is in-freaking-credible. Rises high in the back but the pockets hit exactly where they should and the length is ideal for a shorter frame (though, Madewell does offer complimentary hemming). The sizing runs about 1-2 sizes below what you’d normally wear, which only adds to the positive fitting room experience! No bagging at the knees or stretching throughout the day, all thanks to a special “snap-back” fabric. And, yes, your butt will look better than good in these jeans.


I love the Onyx wash, an in-between black/grey with a little edge

As another added bonus, Madewell and Drybar – which is finally opening in Chicago this fall – are teaming up: get a blowout at Drybar and snag $25 off a purchase of $75+ at Madewell or buy a pair of jeans at Madewell at get a coupon for 20% off a blowout. Jean-ius.  Howevs, since we’re Drybar-less for now in Chicago, you’ll instead snag a mini Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo. It’s all going down through September 15.

My future denim wardrobe:

8 thoughts on “Jean-ius: Madewell x Drybar

  1. Mama

    So do they only wear well on size 0 girls like in the photos provided? Why not showcase how they look on a regular, normal woman who might be a size 8-12?

    1. Laurie, 312 Beauty Post author

      I agree, it would be nice to see a different size range on the models. I assure you – I’m no size zero (and am about 7 inches shorter than these models!) but these jeans make me feel like a million bucks.

    1. Laurie, 312 Beauty Post author

      Hi Ladan! I’ve been really liking Gap and Old Navy’s denim, lately. The Gap has some really cute printed patterns now! Otherwise, I usually try to snag AG on sale at Anthropologie or Nordstrom. The ‘Stevie’ fits me well!

  2. Kaitie

    I make it a point to never- and I mean NEVER wear jeans! I just cannot find a pair that is comfortable and fits my borderline petite frame. I have a longer torso and shorterish legs so I always find going shopping for pants draining! But these look really great and everyone seems to LOVE them!! I think I need to just bite the bullet and go and check them out! Who knows, maybe I’ll become a jean addict 😉
    Keep it sweet and stylish- as always!

  3. Joyce

    i think i will have to give them a try, though i fear they won’t fit me like they fit you! I worked for madewell in 2008 in nyc when i was in college, and all of the jeans were too big! my favorite jeans are the citizens of humanity avedon slick skinny. SO comfy, and the only skinny jean that is a perfect fit on me. (And only aritzia and shopbop carries my little size, LOL)


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