For the past three years, I’ve held off on “mom” jeans.
Sure, I’ll dabble in “mom” denim shorts, but a full pair of jeans? Too trendy.
You know the kind who drinks green juice while puffing on a cigarette, has a collection of vintage tees that rivals your uncle in Minnesota’s and who has that perfectly disheveled windswept hair (i.e. indie Disney princess hair)… so I abstained.
Until I happened to be in the denim section at Barney’s and thought “ehh, why not just try?” When I slipped on a pair of Re/Done’s original jeans I had a sinking realisation… “hot damn, I’ve been missing out.”
RE/DONE JEANS REVIEW
RE/DONE JEANS SIZING
I’m 5’5.75” and weigh 111-113lbs. My waist (across the belly button) measures 27 inches and across my hips is 35 inches.
These jeans fit like a glove and don’t require any breaking, unlike raw denim.
While nearly perfect, they’re a bit loose around my thighs. This could be due to my flatter bum though.
Here’s the rundown on these jeans’ dimensions from the Re/Done website:
• Fabric Content – 100% Cotton
• Front Rise – 11”
• Inseam – 27”
• Leg Opening – 12 1/2’’
“Fabric Content”, at 100% cotton, my specific Re/Done jeans, the Double Needle Crop, do not have any stretch. They might stretch out over time, but as it stands, they don’t have a lot of give. This is why I went with a size 25. They fit basically perfect now with a bit of a pinch around the front.
“Front Rise” means the measurement from the bottom of the crotch to the top of the waist. The 11” means that these jeans are high waisted. For comparison, most regular jeans are 8.5”. My Re/Done jeans come up right to the bottom of my belly button. The higher waist/front rise not only means more comfort (are high waist jeans the most comfortable jean ever?), but they also make your legs look longer because it changes where your perceived waistline is.
“Inseam” is basically the length from the bottom of the crotch to the ankle, down the inside of the pants’ leg. The 27” inseam means that if you’re 5’5.75”, like me, these jeans will be the perfect length and not require a hem.
“Leg Opening” is pretty obvious, but that’s the hole that your foot will go through, i.e. the ankle circumference. The number here, 12.5″, shows that it’s wider than a classic skinny jean ankle (usually skinny jeans are 11”), but still relatively skinny.
Where trendier jeans, ahem GRLFRND, have a flimsier feel, Re/Done’s Original jeans do not.
My GRLFRND denim skirt was sorely disappointing. The jeans felt too new, almost slick — they didn’t feel like real denim.
While this denim still feels new, it has more weight and less of a “new new” feel.
Re/Done’s original jeans have five real pockets that are deep enough to hold your whole hand. This is important to note after a pair of Rag & Bone jeans had “imitation pockets.” What a bummer those were — what do I do with my hands??
My greatest concern is that the buttons will eventually give up. I drink 2L of water a day and am the first to ask for a glass of water… so, I button and unbutton my jeans a lot. While the buttons haven’t shown any significant signs of coming off, they do feel more flimsy than when I initially started wearing them and I’m nervous they’ll come off eventually…
However, Re/Done offers free repairs on their jeans for life. All you need to do is pay for the shipping and return shipping — a good deal if you’re based in the US and use USPS.
IMPRESSIONS: ORIGINALS vs. LEVI’S
When Re/Done came onto the scene, they started by reworking old Levi’s denim. This bothered me. I am a What Goes Around Comes Around (WGACA) loyalist… and they did it first.
My favorite denim skirt in the whole world (that has been repatched several times) is from WGACA’s vintage Levi’s line. So when Re/Done started the whole “vintage Levi’s” thing, I was annoyed.
After their success with reworking old Levi’s, they created their own line of “original” denim.
… not a bad idea considering their vintage Levi’s jeans was notorious for inconsistent sizing and wash. A sales associate at Barney’s told me that folks would come in every day to exchange their jeans because they hated the wash they were sent.
While Re/Done’s Original jeans are not as ~authentic~ as a pair of their Levi’s jeans, they are more consistent in wash and size.
PROS & CONS
–Length: No hemming required on 5’5.75” me.
–Weight: A heavy weight makes them more likely to stand the test of time.
–No Stretch: They make a stretchier version, but I wanted no stretch. This pair definitely don’t stretch.
–Wash: My Re/Done Originals’s wash is called “Seventies AF.” I cannot get enough of this wash. It’s the colour of your vintage Levi’s dreams… only they’re new.
–Comfortable AF: These jeans are absurdly comfortable while stylish at the same time.
–Not Tight Enough: It could just be flat-bummed me, but these jeans are a little big around my thighs and bum. A smaller size would make the “V” shape at the crotch more pronounced — no bueno.
–Button Closure: Sure, it’s more “authentically vintage” to have a button fly closure, but zips are so much easier.
I might not drink green juice or have an impressive t-shirt collection. My hair might be strategically disheveled instead of “I woke up like this” disheveled…
… but I’ve found the Holy Grail of mom jeans that makes me feel like the Indie Disney princess of my dreams.
Re/Done jeans are available from $200+ USD at a wide variety of retailers or from ShopReDone.com
If you shop from Re/Done directly you can get 20% off your order if you use my code (I’ll also get 20% off, FYI!).
… and here’s the link to my exact pair, the Double Needle Crop in “SAF.”
-Take your true jean size for their “original” denim line
-Save 15% when you sign up for Re/Done’s mailing list via their website
-Save 20% off shopping on their website if you use my referral code
-While I tried them on at Barneys, I bought them on SSENSE. A week later, they went on sale. I emailed customer service and because they were still in stock in my size, they refunded me the difference. I highly recommend buying them from SSENSE.