Style Bee - Perfect Summer Jean

Look 16 – Perfect Summer Jean Review


Style Bee - Perfect Summer Jean

I dare say it’s time for another product review here on the blog! I previously reviewed GAP’s Revolution Denim and J.Crew’s Regent Blazer, which seemed to be helpful for those in the denim and/or workwear market this spring. Both pieces have become mainstays in my weekly style rotation and I’m so glad I was able to share them with you!

Jeans are such a tough item to shop for so I thought I’d review a pair that’s been getting a ton of buzz and notoriety this season, the Madewell Perfect Summer Jean. These jeans seem to be on everyone’s radar and I’ve received lots of questions about them every time I post a pic on my Instagram. See lots of shots and details as you scroll down for my official (unsponsored) review of these so called ‘Perfect Summer Jeans’.

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So there’s no question, these jeans have all the key components of a Mom jean. High waist, check. Relaxed, tapered leg, check. A worn in light wash, check! Turns out that’s exactly what I was looking for though. I have a great pair of vintage Levi’s 512s and love them but they have zero give and are pretty much the heaviest weight denim in my closet. I was looking for an all around lighter alternative that would carry me through the summer months. Cue the Madewell Perfect Summer Jean, a style that’s back by popular demand and seems to be getting more love than ever.

If you’re looking for a modern made, old school look these are definitely a good option. By adding a cute crop top, some fun clogs and a black bucket bag they make for a perfect flirty summer look. I’m also loving them with cropped sweaters and ankle boots or a tucked in tee, woven belt and wedges for a pure vintage vibe. If I can still rock these when I’m really a Mom I will be seriously proud of myself!

Here are some slightly more technical details. (For size reference: I am 5’7”, 120 lbs):

1. FIT

  • RUNS LARGE – I originally bought the 26 (my usual) but had to size down to 25
  • > 10 inch high rise waist (hits at belly button)
  • Slightly cropped inseam and tapered leg which is ideal for cuff rolling
  • Fitted through waist and hip but relaxed through thigh and leg
  • More of a ‘girlfriend’ denim fit than ‘boyfriend’
  • Very comfortable, especially as far as high rise goes


  • Lightweight, super soft cotton with a hint of stretch (1% elastane)
  • Maintains shape well after first wear but will stretch out at least 15% initially
  • Very much like a Levi’s 512 vintage fit but much softer and lighter denim
  • High cotton content makes them quite breathable (99%)


  • Beautiful vintage, worn-in, super light wash for summer


  • Contrast stitching and silver hardware are reminiscent of vintage finishes
  • Feel great after being worn for a day or so

Overall Rating: 0 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10

So that’s my two cents on the Perfect Summer Jean from Madewell*. If you’re in the market for a vintage look in a light weight feel I would definitely consider trying these. With free shipping and returns it’s pretty much a no lose situation anyway.

Have you tried these yet? I’d love to hear you’re thoughts!


Elizabeth Suzan Top n/a (love this one and this one) || Madewell Denim (25) || Custom No.6 Clogs (very similar) || Baggu Bucket Bag || Morning Ritual Necklace || Laite Atelier Jewelry

*This post was not sponsored and all opinions are my own.

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  1. Ashley J says:

    Can you please do more looks with this jean? Transition into colder months? Cheers!

  2. Mun says:

    I just discovered your blog via belinda loves lee and I’m absolutely loving everything I see 🙂 xx

  3. Wendy says:

    The fit is perfect! I just wish they made it in different shades, the ultra light wash is still a little too 90’s for me. Love your blog!

  4. Elizabeth (bikewell on instagram) says:

    I was reading through several of your posts last night and wanted to tell you that I think your blog is delightfully authentic and thoughtful!! It’s obvious you put a lot of time and effort into it, and it’s by far one of my favorites. 🙂

    • Lee the Bee says:

      Elizabeth, your comment put a big ol’ smile on my face. Thank you! Sometimes it can feel a bit like I’m putting all my hard work out into an abyss. Knowing that other people are reading it and getting enjoyment from the blog really makes it feel worthwhile and rewarding. I truly appreciate it! Have a great weekend! xo

  5. Rania says:

    Such a cute summer look, Lee! I love that jean + shoe combo.