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.
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.
For reference, I’m 5’5.75” and weigh 115-117 lbs.
For comparison, my other jean sizes run:
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)
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.
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…
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…
Note: Rag & Bone jeans are available on Shopbop where you can take 15% off your first order and receive free shipping & returns. Free shipping even applies to international orders.
Neiman Marcus also carries tons of Rag & Bone Jeans. You can also take 15% off your first order when you sign up for their mailing list.
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.
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PROS & CONS
–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.
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.
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-Try them on before you purchase, their sizing is all over the place.
-Underwear lines will show in these jeans. If you don’t feel like wearing appropriate underpinnings, I have found that inserting an index card (folded in half) into your back pockets will hide any lines.
-Rag & Bone has a few different sales throughout the year (on everything). Sign up for their mailing list to find out when because they aren’t just around the usual times.