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High-Rise Denim Shorts in Washed Black
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High-Rise Denim Shorts in Washed Black
High-Rise Denim Shorts in Washed Black
High-Rise Denim Shorts in Washed Black
High-Rise Denim Shorts in Washed Black
Product Details
With a super-flattering (and just-a-bit-vintage) high rise, these jean shorts are definitely on the sexy side. The subtle black wash gives them the perfect had-them-since-high-school look.  
  • 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.
  • Cotton/Lycra® spandex denim.
  • A cool washed black finish.
  • Matte silver hardware, tonal stitching.
  • True to size, fixed waistband.
  • 4" inseam, but we like them rolled to 3".
  • Machine wash.
  • Import.
Free shipping and free returns exclusively for Madewell Insiders
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High-Rise Denim Shorts in Washed Black

High-Rise Denim Shorts in Washed Black is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 52.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for all body types I never try on shorts, but last week I was in the store and saw these and decided "why not?" because I've been wanting a high-rise pair for a while but well-fitting ones are super hard to find. These, however, fit me perfectly and hug all the right places and I knew I had to get them. I got them in my normal size (28), and thinking back I should have tried on a size smaller because they are pretty stretchy... but I was just too excited at their initial fit that I didn't even think about it. I actually went back to try on the 27's today but they didn't have them in store so I guess I'm sticking with my 28's. They look the best when they're cuffed, but cuffed they're a tad shorter than I'm used to and sometimes bunch up in my crotch (like all shorts seem to do when you have thicker thighs), but it's not constant so it's not huge deal (a size smaller may have been even shorter and therefore made this problem worse). Otherwise, a great staple that will make you look effortlessly cool!
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Actually fits my waist correctly! Its extremely unusual for me to find pants that fit my waist correctly. I'm 5'8", 145 pounds and athletic. I have thick thighs and a full butt and my waist is 25 inches. I wear a 25 in these and they fit my curves perfectly. Comfortable and cute also. I bought the black.
Date published: 2016-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love love Love these high rise shorts. They do run large Im normally a 27 in Madewell jeans and had to size down to a 25. They have stretch in them and look great, i wear them all the time. For reference Im 5' 6" and 120lbs.
Date published: 2016-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I have the hardest time finding denim shorts because I am a lot smaller in the waist compared to my hips so all shorts usually fit way too tight in the hip and gap at the waist... but not these shorts! I ordered my usual size (30) and they are perfect! They don't fit snug or loose on my waist. The hip and thigh area is fitted but not tight and the length isn't too long or too short. These are the best fitting shorts I have ever found and I recommend them to anyone!
Date published: 2016-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the Hype I've been wanting some black denim shorts for quite sometime. I finally got to the store and tried these on! I had some high expectations because all the reviews raved about them. And they definitely met my expectations! First, they do however run large, I would say a full size. I usually wear a 28, sometimes a 29 in their jeans, and I purchased a 27 in these. Besides the off sizing, they are perfect. They are by far the comfiest jean short I have ever warn. They form to your body and hug you in the right spots. I would suggest these to anyone! And I myself will be purchasing more washes!
Date published: 2016-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the PERFECT pair of shorts I absolutely love these shorts. I am 5'8 - 5'9 and I can never find high waisted shorts that both reach my belly bottom and don't ride up. I am so happy I found these. They keep their shape all day long and are super comfy. The material is thick but has a great amount of stretch. I loved them so much I ordered the white pair but the material wasn't the same and they were too big (even though I ordered the same size). I wish these shorts came in regular jean I'd buy them in a second. I am usually a 24 in madewell jeans and these fit true to size. Also the cuff is not sewn in so if you need a little more length they accommodate.
Date published: 2016-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm not exaggerating when I say BEST SHORTS. FELLOW MADEWELL LOVERS, THESE SHORTS. These are the BEST SHORTS I'VE EVER OWNED. I anticipate wearing these shorts nearly every day this summer! I don't wash my shorts after each wear, and typically pop them in after four wears and these shorts looked as good on day four as day one. You can bet on some incredibly comfortable shorts that only seem a little bigger after having been worn every day without washing in between and LOADS of compliments. As a college student with a bank account that struggles to grow and decreases all too effortlessly, these shorts were WELL worth a pretty penny. Seriously, buy them. You won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2016-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable I have really fallen in love with these shorts, but it took a little while to get used to them. I am 5'8" 145 pounds, and I usually wear 28 in Madewell denim, and stuck to that with these shorts. They are a little shorter than I usually wear, especially when rolled up, but don't squeeze my legs at all. They did stretch out a bit, so I may go for a 27 if I get a pair in another color. All in all, some of the best shorts I have purchased.
Date published: 2015-06-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Why So Popular? I don't understand why they're so popular. They're not flattering at the back. I looked up so many pictures of the model online (nordstrom, shopbop...). Waist and butt curve is totally hidden. The fabric is very thick considering they're worn in the summer.
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best shorts ever So happy I bought these instead of sacrificing a pair of jeans to the scissors! I would agree with many other reviewers that the shorts run a little large. The denim is thick and not very stretchy, and my usual size 26 was loose around the waist when I tried on a pair in-store. I was looking for a true high waist, and in size 25, the shorts fit perfectly and the rise is a bit higher than that of my 9" high riser skinnies. Very pleased with that, as I'm pretty lanky at 5'9"/125# and sometimes high rise jeans still sit an inch or two below the navel. These shorts look perfect with my usual tee and Vans sneakers, and I'll probably have to buy a second pair because I'll need to wear these almost every day this summer! The waist is high enough that you could pull off a crop top without feeling too exposed. If you're wanting a black pair of shorts that's looser and not high-rise, you'll probably be ok sticking to your normal size.
Date published: 2016-04-07
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