Madewell New Spring Arrivals: Outfit Try On!

Think of two sisters. Both like to dress classic, casual, and modern. The older one is a little more preppy, and the younger one is a little more relaxed and cool.

That’s the best way to describe the difference between J.Crew and its popular little sister brand, Madewell.

Today, I thought it would be fun to try on some new spring arrivals from Madewell that I’m excited to share. Yes, I’ve bought Madewell before, but just a few things, and only at Nordstrom.

This was my first time in a Madewell store, and I was thrilled to find so many great summer pieces.  Have a look!


white skirt striped top

I would love to show you everything I tried on and bought, but it’s too much for one post. So, be on the lookout for more posts of the outfits I ended up with that I’ll be modeling at home.


Let’s start with this fantastic denim skirt that immediately caught my eye. Midi denim skirts are trending this summer, and I was curious to try one, even though I wasn’t sure if the high front slit and the raw edge were really for me. But, surprise… I loved this skirt!

I tried it on with several different tops.  This creamy striped tee with raglan sleeves has a beautiful split neckline and a cool waffle knit texture. I wanted it to work, but it didn’t feel right (Just look at the expression on my face – Lol!). The top has a relaxed fit, so it was a little loose at the waist, and slightly baggy when I tried tucking it in.


madewell white jeans stripe top

I also tried it on with these creamy off-white jeans, which I think looked better. These jeans are great.


madewell white denim skirt blue striped top bell sleeves

Next, I tried on this cute cropped striped top  with the drop shoulder.  I liked it but the sleeves were extra long and the wide stripes felt a little overpowering. I’m on the curvy side and this felt a little too loose and boxy on me.

madewell kick out jeans striped bell sleeve top


When I changed from the denim skirt to these cute cropped jeans, I thought the striped top looked much better!  These are Madewell’s bestselling Kick out Crop jeans, and they are fabulous!

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madewell white denim skirt striped top


Stripes with this denim midi look very nautical and summery, so I tried another striped tee, this time this sporty  Supima Ribbed tee with the crew neck. I loved this look, and the bone sandals were great, too. Still, it needed a belt.

This felt good on. I felt tall and slim; the long slit up the front of the skirt didn’t bother me at all, and the unfinished hem suddenly looked beachy and cool.

It’s so exciting to find a new look. I’ve never owned a denim midi skirt! This skirt also comes in a light and medium blue wash, but the white seems more elegant, especially with that unfinished hem. It’s more me.

madewell white denim skirt blue top

I wanted to see what this cute muscle tee with the ruching at the sides looked like. It’s a fantastic tee with bold shoulders, but I preferred the stripes over the solid color.


red knit tank blue jeans

Now, back to those jeans I liked so much earlier.  These are Madewell’s bestselling kick-out flare jeans. I love the style, fit, and softness of these. They’re stretchy and lightweight and feel fantastic on.

Note: I sized down one with these jeans, and apparently, that’s pretty common with Madewell jeans.

They also had these fabulous crochet knit tanks. This one, in the color Crushed Watermelon, was stunning.


blue and white knit halter

I also liked this blue and white crochet tank. The high neckline is so flattering. I’m normally a size small, and this small fit me just fine.

blue puffed top mom jeans

90’s  JEANS

Let’s compare those kick-out crop jeans to these straight-leg 90s-style jeans. These are comfy, high-waisted jeans, but the denim was thicker and heavier than the kick-out crop jeans. You can see how nicely they nip in at the waist but the faded wash wasn’t for me.

I tried them on with this very feminine puff-sleeve blouse, which was pretty.


white jeans puff sleeve blouse

Then I switched out the blue jeans for white jeans keeping the puff-sleeve top .

I love these Perfect Vintage jeans in this soft white called, Tile White!  Madewell calls these mom jeans (if your mom was a 90s supermodel!)

I planned to buy them, but I had so much stuff when I checked out that the cashier forgot to add them. I’ll have to go back and pick up a pair because they felt wonderful on!

This was a soft, feminine look but I was craving something a little sportier.

colorblock top white jeans

So, I popped on this creamy color block tee for a sleek monochromatic look. The tone-on-tone is classy. The sandals are a perfect color match, which is so handy when they have all the matching accessories.

blue ribbed top blue skirt

Finally, with monochromatic on my mind, I tried something completely different—this silky drawstring slip skirt and Micro rib sweater tee. I was sure the skirt would emphasize any bit of a belly, but it didn’t.

I think it’s an amazing find, and it feels so luxurious to swoosh around in. I feel very relaxed and modern wearing it!

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OK, now after all that, what did I buy…You will find out in my next posts because I have more. I ended up with the striped tee and denim skirt and this last skirt and ribbed tee. I will let you see the rest for yourself. Could you tune in for part 2?

I hope this try-on helped you understand all the great things Madewell has to offer. At the heart of this laid-back, elegant brand are premium denim, quality fabrics, and some really cute pieces, all at affordable prices. I’ll be back.

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2 thoughts on “Madewell New Spring Arrivals: Outfit Try On!

  1. Hi Deborah,

    On you, my fav’s:
    the striped raglan tee with the ecru jeans
    the b/w striped top with the kick out flare jeans

    I would imagine that blue and white crochet tank would look fantastic with some blue or navy trousers.

    Would have loved to see the crushed watermelon top with the off white denim midi skirt.

    Looking forward to part II. Cheers, Carolyn

  2. Hi Deb,
    All the clothes looked great on you. I really liked the off white jeans and tops that you put with them. But you looked amazing in everything!

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