Labels to Love: Why Madewell Will Be Your Next Obsession
We carry over 35,000 brands and while they all offer styles worthy of your closet, not all brands are created equal. In our Labels to Love thrEDIT series, we’ll be spotlighting the most popular brands among the thredUP team and our thrifter community. First up is Madewell with expert shopping tips from our designer Lauren!
All About Madewell
Denim lovers and collectors of timeless basics will already be singing the praises of Madewell. The hip sister of J. Crew who slips into jeans for work instead of slacks, Madewell offers perfectly-fitted denim, capsule collections with style icons like Alexa Chung or labels like Sézane, and plenty of classic-with-a-twist essentials. Its diverse selection of styles is also size-inclusive, so curvy gals will find the same classic styles and perfect fits online and in-stores.
For the conscious shoppers who don’t want to compromise style (and budget) for clothes with a positive impact, Madewell’s efforts will send you over the moon! Not only is Madewell’s eco collection made from organic cotton, but all its signature jean styles are Fair Trade Certified™ as well. Plus, Madewell works with the Blue Jeans Go Green™ program to turn your pre-loved blues into housing insulation for organizations like Habitat for Humanity and you get $20 off new ones!
If our mini brand rundown hasn’t convinced you to try Madewell, maybe an avid Madewell thrifter will!
Why We Love Madewell (And You Will Too)
We didn’t have to look far to find a thrifter obsessed with Madewell. Our very own senior designer Lauren is a big fan! Here’s why she loves this classic brand…
What do you love most about Madewell?
Madewell makes clothing that looks good on me. Plain and simple. Sometimes its really hard for me to find things that are proportioned properly to my body shape but somehow everything I put on my body from them I love! They are superrrr size inclusive and make clothes that are trendy and comfortable.
Name your favorite item from Madewell
I cannot live without my 10” high-rise skinny jeans with a raw-edge hem. It’s just the right amount of style without coming off as too big of a statement. Plus, they’re a perfect fit!
What percentage of your closet is from Madewell?
Probably about 76% is Madewell, purchased at the store and secondhand on thredUP. Pretty much all of my basics are from Madewell because they’re SO easy to dress up and down. Stripe shirt + high-rise jeans + cute mules = easiest outfit ever!
Do you shop Madewell on thredUP? How do you get the best scores?
Yes! thredUP has a dangerous amount of Madewell items, and they’re all as good as new. I save so much more on Madewell’s classic, timeless styles by getting them secondhand. I know that whatever items I find on thredUP will fit seamlessly into my closet and last me many outfits to come.
When it comes to getting the best scores, Saved Searches are my top secret weapon. I have a Saved Search for Madewell with my sizes so I only get the latest Madewell arrivals that I know fit. If you’re looking for perfectly-fitted denim, make sure you save your waist size! You can also play with filters so you’ll only get Saved Search emails about Madewell jeans in your size, in a certain style and wash.
Hot tip: Madewell clothing runs really big so I always shop a size down.
What are the top 3 items you find yourself buying again and again?
Jeans. They have THE BEST jeans! Most of their jeans are really comfy and stretchy so they really do hug all my curves in the right places. I have a pear-shaped body so it can be hard to find jeans that don’t cause the gap in the waistband and these never do. They always have really unique styles and washes, and they have styles for every body type!
I also love their T-shirts, they are so so comfy. I’m obsessed with the heathered vintage look and broken-in feel. I pretty much have one in every color.
You must check out their jewelry. They’re always so cute, I can’t resist. Madewell is my go-to for statement earrings and trendy layered necklaces. They also mix metals a lot which I love.
Okay, I HAVE to add one more to the list. Boots. Madewell boots are perfect. Right shape, right style, and so comfortable. What more could you ask for?
Whether you’re already a Madewell fan or looking for your next top brand, you’ll find plenty of Madewell styles to obsess over at up to 90% off on thredUP! Plus, tell us in the comments below about why you love Madewell.