I Tried Madewell's Best-Selling Vintage Jeans That Now Come in a Trendy Wide-Leg Silhouette

A pair from this collection sells every minute.

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The Perfect Vintage Wide-Leg Jean in Montclare Wash: TENCEL™ Denim Edition Tout
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Although skinny jeans will always have a place in our closets no matter what Gen Z says, there's always room to experiment with other styles, especially when they're from Madewell. The store is known for its comfortable and stylish denim from The Perfect Vintage collection—a pair from this retro-inspired line sells every minute, according to the brand. It includes straight leg silhouettes, mom jeans, and as of this month, a wide-leg cut. I received a sample to test out, and the pair had me tossing skinny jeans from my drawer to make room for the on-trend style.

Though wide-legged, the jeans aren't reminiscent of the ultra-baggy styles you might recall from the '90s that are (somehow) making a return among young people who missed out on the trend the first time around. No, these have a fitted high waist that tapers into a wider leg with a hem that hits above the ankle on most depending on height for a classic yet trend-friendly style.

Madewell's "Heritage Stretch" material, which is made from cotton, Tencel, and lyocell, provides the already slouchy fit with enough give to move with your body, unlike traditionally rigid denim. Knowing this, I ordered a size down from my usual, and the fit is practically perfect. I've been able to comfortably wear the jeans all day while working from home and running errands without even thinking, "I can't wait to change into my PJs." That's how you know you have a winner on your hands.

The Perfect Vintage Wide-Leg Jean in Montclare Wash: TENCEL™ Denim Edition

To buy: $128; madewell.com.

The trendy pants are ready to pair with just about any clothes in your current lineup. They'll look polished with a blouse or sweater tucked into the waist and a pair of heels or boots, and they'll feel casual with a T-shirt and a pair of comfy sneakers or sandals. Choose from four washes, including classic indigo, crisp white, and light blue to fit your style. It comes in standard and plus sizes, with petite and tall options, too.

Prices for the jeans start at $128, and based on my testing, they're well worth the investment. Plus, now through March 21, Madewell Insiders can take advantage of 20 percent off sitewide. I've already told multiple friends to scoop up a pair while they can, so head to Madewell to order them today. The versatile pants are just the thing to give your wardrobe a subtle refresh in time for spring, but you can still keep your skinny jeans if you want.

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