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The Perfect Vintage Jean
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The Perfect Vintage Jean
The Perfect Vintage Jean
The Perfect Vintage Jean
Product Details
Our Perfect Summer Jean gets a year-round makeover thanks to a slightly longer inseam and a just-right darker wash. With a '90s-supermodel-inspired high rise that perfectly accentuates the waist, these look like the kind of wear-forever vintage jeans that are far too hard to find. ?
  • Monogramming available for US customers: To have this item embroidered with up to nine letters for $10 (free for Madewell Insiders), please call 866 544 1937.
  • Premium 100% cotton denim from the renowned Orta mill.
  • An old-school dark indigo wash.
  • Copper hardware, contrast stitching.
  • Sits above hip, fitted through hip and thigh, with a slim leg.
  • Front rise: 11"; inseam: 29"; leg opening for size 25: 12 3/4".
  • Machine wash.
  • Import.
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The Perfect Vintage Jean

The Perfect Vintage Jean is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 76.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Casual and great fit I'm 5'4 and I wear a size 25. These jeans are fitted around the waist and thighs, but are loose from the knee down. I have to roll them up twice in order for the relaxed fit style to show through, but I think it looks great! The wash is a really classic denim blue, and I find myself always choosing these over any of my skinny jeans.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fits just right for me I've read the reviews before buying and decided to take a chance and monogrammed it too so no returnable obviously. Surprisingly fit is very good. I'm 5'4'' 117 lbs. slender/straight boyish shape. No gaping at the waist and since I have no butt the hip area is comfortable as well. Hits at a good spot on my ankle too. Overall in glad I took a chance. Plus the monogram is free. Yay
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great nonstretch denim, don't love the fading I disagree about sizing up, I'm a 27 in Madewell's stretchy jeans (though could probably fit a 26) and I first ordered a 28 in these and they were way too big, they looked sloppy and the legs were really big. I reordered and got a 27 and then shrunk them in the wash, now they're tight but look much better. I also cut off the hem at the bottom and frayed the ends and they look a lot more modern and less early 2001s (originally these looked a little boot cut with sneakers, much cuter with mules or clogs unless you're very tall, but I'm 5'4"). A smaller size and with cut hems look much better! I like them as much as my Levi's 501s! I don't love the fading over the knees, I think these would look better as a pure blue, but overall they are really flattering and great denim.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why the fuss? These are awesome..... Hey, get your true size, man.....these are a really cool take on vintage, nice high waist, 100% cotton, great quality denim. I own what is verging on an embarrassing number of madewell jeans...always a 26 (5'4, 120-125lb) and these are no like a glove. CAN YOU BELIEVE THE PRICE!!!!???this is like winning the lottery!
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Slim Hip I have an apple-shaped body type, so jeans are especially a nightmare. These jeans have absolutely no stretch so I crossed my fingers and ordered a 32 and they fit like a dream. Usually a 32 would fit at the waist and I would have major hip/rump sag- surprisingly not here. I don't see how this style would accommodate a body with a small waist and large hip with out a waist gap. Overall they have to be the best jeans I've EVER owned.
Date published: 2016-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! I'm surprised these aren't getting the love they deserve. I bought these because I fell in love with my sister's perfect summer jeans and wasn't able to find them in my size, I got these instead. I am between a 25-26 and got these in a 26, they do give a bit and am now wondering whether I should have gotten them in a 25 instead. I'm not a fan of the rips on the thigh, but these jeans look so flattering that I'm going to let that go. These do make my butt look bigger, which is a good thing for me, but maybe not the perfect fit for a big bummed girl.
Date published: 2016-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE I've been looking for a jean like this for so long. I'm absolutely in love with these. They're high waisted and flattering without being tight in the thighs. I wear a 23-24 and I went with the 24 in these. I only wish they made these without the distressing / holes. I hope they make these in more colors and a full length (these are slightly cropped). Goodbye skinny jeans forever!
Date published: 2016-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what I've been hunting for Funnily enough, I've been scouring thrift and vintage stores recently looking for that elusive "perfect vintage jean." So when Madewell came out with these, I had to try them. What drew me to vintage styles in particular were a few different things--no stretch, a soft and worn handfeel, higher waists, slim legs (but not tapered to the ankle skinny). These actually fit the ticket. I'm typically a 26 in Madewell stretch denim (I own several pairs of skinny skinny and high risers), and I purchased these in a 27. The waist is bellybutton high, higher on me than all of my high risers, and the cut is rear-flattering without being constrictive. They're not loose enough to be a boyfriend style on me, but there is some movement. Plus, they're insanely soft, surprisingly soft for a nonstretch denim that hasn't been worn by somebody else for years and years. I'm a fan of distressing, but if you're not, there are holes on the front pocket area that are covered by the pocket linings when on.
Date published: 2016-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Vintage Jean! I absolutely love these jeans! Before purchasing, I did scout through the reviews, since I am a true 29 but the fit is sometimes tight on me since I have wide hips and a small waist, I wanted to make sure I got the appropriate fit. I decided to purchase the Size 30 but to my dismay they were too big on me! Not bad if you want to have a loose fit, and they did give my thighs breathable space but not even a belt could save my waist! I got everything situated and exchanged for a 29 and it is PERFECT. It gives my body an amazing shape, and the high waist fit is not constraining on my body. I am a fan of these! PS: these jeans come in 29W, meaning they are wide for a vintage fit.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best fit, best quality Hi Madewell! Please please keep making these exact jeans in different washes because they are absolutely perfect and I have never found such a perfect fit anywhere else. They sit perfectly snug at the waist but skim the thighs and calves so the vintage look is on point. The quality of the denim is also fantastic as they maintain their shape throughout the day. I would recommend these to anyone who is relatively shaped straight through the waist and hips.
Date published: 2017-03-14
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