Madewell Review: We Tried 8 of Madewell’s Best-Selling Basics

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There aren’t many brands that I can say I’ve been wearing for over 10 years, but Madewell is definitely one of them. The brand has some of the best special basics on the market, and their jeans are just as good as the designer ones (and significantly cheaper). This is a fact I’ve repeated so many times that I’m practically a broken record by now.

I’m always intrigued by a brand’s best-selling items because you can assume they’ve stood the test of time and are therefore good. But the best way to prove that is to try them out for yourself, and that’s exactly what I did. Madewell has some great models (in fitted sizes, too!), but it’s hard to know what a garment looks like in real life, especially if you’re 5’7″ like me and the average height of the models is 5’8″. So I chose eight basics that have stood the test of time in everyday life. So I’ve picked eight basics that have stood the test of everyday life to try on in the comfort of your own home – from the perfect white tee to the jeans Madewell customers love. Keep scrolling to see how they look, read my reviews, and shop the best-selling pieces for yourself.

Madewell Review

Reviewed a Pair of High-Waist Skinny Jeans:

I don’t know if they look that comfortable, but believe me when I say that these jeans really are. The denim is soft yet holds everything in place. I also love the length, not too short and not too long for my 5’8″ body.

MWL Form 7/8 High Waist Leggings Review: finding great leggings under $100 is surprisingly harder than it sounds, but trust me, I’ve tried on a lot of leggings. These leggings from Madewell’s new active wear line are one of the $125 pairs I tried. They are compressive but thinner, making them perfect for sweaty workouts.

Broadway Cardigan Sweater Review:

I love soft cardigans with cute buttons, so I had to try this sweater as soon as I saw it. As a result, I have a new favorite sweater for spring. It’s nice and light, but not thin, and it has that boxy, slightly cropped shape that I love in a sweater. I tried it on in XS, but would probably prefer it in S to get the slightly oversized fit of the models’ cardigans.

Northside Vintage Tee Test:

First of all, I can’t complain about a $16 tee, but I’d also be a fan if I had no idea how much it cost. I usually prefer thicker shirts, but this one definitely deserves a spot in my closet because it’s the perfect weight for the warmer days ahead and works great as a layered look. It doesn’t run too big, but it’s not too tight either (I wear a size S). I would recommend buying it in white first and then switching to other colors if you like it.

Perfect Vintage Military Shorts Review:

I love shorts. Always have and always will. I have a big pile of denim shorts in my closet and was looking for something new. These shorts are just the thing. They are a great length and I love the material. They are stretchy but the material is very firm and they hold their shape well. I will definitely be adding the beige color to my wardrobe.

The Perfect Vintage Jeans, Maplewood Fade:

I’m already a big fan of Madewell’s Perfect Vintage jeans, so I was excited to try them out in this popular wash. My first impression was that they look very clean and classic. These jeans can be worn for years, and the high quality of the denim means they are very durable. It is quite stretchy (which means I could wear them to work at home), but they are not as stretchy as the skinny jeans I tried. I highly recommend them if you’re looking for a classic pair of jeans that fall somewhere between skinny and straight leg.

The Perfect Vintage Jeans in Ainsworth Wash Review:

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Thanks to the light wash and frayed hem, these jeans were the most casual of the three I tried. I don’t mind stiff jeans because I like the look of them, but I have to say that these jeans are a bit stiffer and I had to wiggle a bit to get them on, but after wearing them for a while, they loosened up and fit perfectly. However, if you prefer a looser fit, I recommend ordering this pair one size larger. (For reference, I wear a size 26.) All in all, I liked the 90s look of these pants, and I think they would be great with sneakers or casual sandals in the spring.

Caldwell Double Breasted Blazer Review: I love a good double breasted blazer, especially in the spring when we can shed the heavy coats but it’s not yet mild enough to bare our arms. Plus, it’s one of the few pieces of clothing that you can throw on over almost anything and instantly look 100 times fancier. I chose this blazer because it seemed to have a cool oversized fit, was made of breathable linen, and was machine washable. The fit was indeed great – the perfect length and just loose enough to wear a thin long sleeve shirt underneath. It looks like something you could have spent a lot more than $158 on. It wrinkles a bit, but that’s to be expected with linen.