Still Worth It?: My Rag & Bone Jeans Review ft. Quality & Sizing Tips

In 2011, Rag & Bone got my attention with their DIY ad campaigns. I was going through a massive Kings of Leon obsession and their Lily Aldridge campaign pulled me in.

So carefree, real, and effortlessly rock ‘n’ roll.

Rag and Bone Jeans Review

In five years, this denim brand has become my favourite. I’ve bought seven pairs of Rag & Bone jeans.

Over the years, their sizing has changed and so have some of their materials.

For the sake of this review, I’m going to be talking about my two most recent pairs…
Cigarette Jeans in Coal (purchased in 2018, size 24, 98% cotton/2% polyurethane)
Skinny Jeans in Coal (purchased in 2015, size 24, 98% cotton/2% polyurethane)

And I might also bring up my favourite pair…

Skinny Jeans in Kensington (purchased in 2012, size 26, 98% cotton/2% polyurethane)

The composition details and years are important in this review. Mainly because they’ve changed a lot.

Rag & Bone Jeans Try On

Rag and Bone Denim Sizing

For reference, I’m 5’5.75” and weigh 115-117 lbs.

For comparison, my other jean sizes run:
Acne Studios denim shorts, size 25
APC jeans, size 26
Levi’s, size 25
Re/Done Original jeans, size 25 (sometimes a 26)
Reformation, size 25

Rag & Bone jeans used to fit true to size.

My first pair, the Kensingtons in 2012, were a size 26.

Now, I take a size 24. With that said, they now run big

If you’re buying these jeans on eBay, ask the seller what year they were originally purchased.

… to be a little more specific about my dimensions:
Waist: 71 cm (across my belly button)
Hip: 90 cm (at the largest point)

Cigarette Jeans

Rag & Bone Cigarette Jeans

These jeans, their Cigarette Jeans, fit basically perfectly in a size 24.

They’re 98% cotton/2% polyurethane. The 2% polyurethane makes these high waisted jeans softer. Because they’re high waisted, they’re more comfortable and easier to wear.

My Re/Done Originals jeans are 100% cotton and a lot stiffer, they’re also a size bigger as a result.

Nina High Rise Skinny Jeans

My Nina High Rise Skinny jeans are a size 25.

Showing how Rag & Bone Nina High rise skinny jeans fit

While they fit a little tight, they’re a still a solid fit and super comfortable.

They’re also a little long on 5’5.75” me, but…

For skinny jeans, a longer length is better so that when you wear ankle boots there your socks don’t show.

These probably make my short list of favourite jeans tbh.

Skinny Jeans

Rag & Bone Skinny Jean Sizing

Above you can see that Rag & Bone’s skinny jeans are pretty tight in a 24.

They verge on being too tight even. They are made from 98% cotton and 2% polyurethane — so they have stretch, but because they’re a mid-rise, they fit slightly tighter. A size up for these ones was a pinch too loose on me though.

Also, I had to get these hemmed otherwise they were way too bunchy.

Take note what they’re made of when you order them online. It will make a slight difference how they fit.

If you’re curious, this is how my old pair that I’ve worn countless times since 2012 have held up and look vs. their newer pairs…

Rag & Bone Kensingston Skinny Jeans

You can see that they fit perfectly, despite being 2 sizes bigger (size 26) and made from the same material as the 2015 “skinny jeans.” I have also not had them hemmed. Why would they change their sizing? I have no idea…

Are Rag and Bone jeans worth it?

I’ve had my very first pair of Rag & Bone skinny jeans since October 2012.

I wore them through a Hurricane Sandy cleanup in Far Rockaway (where I was shovelling a lot), I’ve worn them while a cat kneaded her paws/claws onto my lap (apparently a sign of affection?), and basically every other (socially acceptable) day for three years straight — I’m not wearing them as often because I live in a permanent summer.

I do wear them on every single flight I take though, they’re so comfortable!

They get washed maybe once every three weeks — cold water and low heat tumble dry…

… and they are only now starting to show the smallest sign of wear on the knee bend hem.

If that’s not durable and quality, I have no idea what is.

Interested In Rag & Bone’s “The Tee?”

Rag & Bone The Tee Review


Ridiculously comfortable: Even the pairs that are 98% cotton are extremely soft and long-haul flight friendly.
Quality denim: These jeans hold up to countless strenuous wears.
Don’t shrink in the dryer or stretch out: I’ve tried multiple times with pairs that I ordered and are too big on me.

Dodgy sizing: I don’t understand why/how their sizing has changed so much.
You might accidentally buy denim leggings: It has happened to me twice now. They were labeled as skinny jeans, but are definitely more leggings than jeans.

Rag and Bone Jeans

Old versus new and hit or miss sizing, Rag & Bone jeans maintain their quality and style throughout the years.

I’ll keep wearing these jeans until they’re… ragged.

Available from $185 USD+ on, Net-A-Porter, or Shopbop, these jeans are worth the heftier price tag… as long as you don’t accidentally buy leggings.

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