AGOLDE Denim Guide: 90’s, Riley, Pinch Waist, and lots more!

Hey guys!

As I always do with my denim guides, I’m going to keep this intro pretty brief… because we’ve got a lot to cover!

I’ve really enjoyed sharing these guides with you over the years, and I’m happy to know that they’ve been really helpful to you guys as well! I’ve been wanting to create a new one for this spring, and it was pretty obvious which brand I should review… AGOLDE.

I’ve become quite the fan over the last few years AND you guys have asked for this one so it’s kind of a no brainer.

Now, I realize that these jeans are spendy and that it’s nice to know a bit more information before you spend that kind of money on a pair of jeans…

which is where this AGOLDE denim guide comes in.

I’ve got a bunch of their most popular styles to review for you guys today. We’ll go over fit, material, overall thoughts, etc. And you’ll get to see them on a real person. 🙂

Just a note, that some of these washes are no longer available, but I’ll link to the closet one I can find.

Okay! I hope you find this helpful! As with my other denim guides, make sure to check back regularly because I’ll keep it updated as I try new styles!

Alight let’s get to my AGOLDE Denim Guide:

My measurements:

5’4.5″

130ish lbs.

26.5″ waist

32″ hips

:: Riley ::

Style: Riley High Rise Straight in Shatter (Similar washes here and here)

Cost: $198

My Size: 26

What the website says:

  • With a better-than-vintage aesthetic, this fit is a brand favorite season after season. The flattering high-rise and straight leg hold close to the body for a universally loved look.
  • True to size. This is one of our closer fitting shapes and is cut in a non-stretch denim. If in between sizes, you may want to size up.
  • Closure: Button Fly, Rise: 11 1/2″, Inseam: 26″, Leg Opening: 14″
  • Fabric: 100% Cotton
  • Care Instructions: Machine wash cold inside out with like colors. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

My thoughts:

  • Fit: The Riley is the first pair of AGOLDE jeans that I really saw being “talked about” on social media. It feels like everyone has a pair of these jeans, and LOVES them… but. It took me awhile to warm up to them! I actually ordered and sent back several pairs of the Riley over the last couple of years before finally figuring out that I like them ha! The fit is a bit tricky on these because they are a more rigid denim and they are a closer fit than their straight leg styles. I do think these jeans would be tricky for anyone with a more curvy silhouette because they do have the age old issue of “if it fits in the thighs it’s too loose in the waist.” I did finally settle on my true size with these (26) and they do fit well, but they don’t have a lot of give so these aren’t the types of jeans to wear on a really active day with my kids. STILL. I love the fit and they have happily found a place in my closet. There’s just something about a pair of non stretch denim, and the Riley does it perfectly with the vintage.
  • Material: As I mentioned above, they are a rigid denim and they feel like rigid denim. However, they are very soft, and the denim is the perfect in between weight where they can work for warm or cold weather. You can really tell the quality in the feel of the denim (I find that to be true across the board with AGOLDE jeans), and these feel like a perfectly worn in pair of vintage jeans.

Style: Riley High Rise Straight Leg Crop (Stretch) in Whiplash

Cost: $198

My Size: 26

What the website says:

  • Our signature straight leg. With a better-than-vintage aesthetic, the Riley is an iconic brand favorite. The flattering high-rise and straight leg hold close to the body for a universally loved look. A cropped inseam makes these easy to style with anything from sandals to a heeled boot.
  • Comfort stretch denim, looks vintage but offers just the right amount of stretch
  • Closure: Button Fly, Rise: 11 1/2″, Inseam: 26″, Leg Opening: 14″
  • Fabric: 59% Organic Cotton 40% Rayon 1% Elastane
  • Care Instructions: Machine wash cold inside out with like colors. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

What I say:

  • Fit: So basically: everything I say about above, but with stretch! These ARE the jeans I would wear for a day hanging around with my kids because they have the fit of the Riley, but in a stretch version. I would say, if you are a curvy girl to go for the stretch version because there is no waist gap issue with these jeans. Plus they are a really comfortable pair of stretch jeans. Just the right amount with no slipping down or bagging out. I got my normal size, but I would say that if you are in between sizes to go with your smaller size because they do stretch out a tiny bit over time. Stick with your true size though if you always go for the same size.
  • Material: the material on these jeans is divine ha! It’s so soft and comfortable, and as I mentioned above it’s the perfect amount of stretch. I also appreciate that the denim doesn’t feel thin. It’s still a great midweight denim so it’ll work year round.

:: Straight Leg ::

Style: 90’s Crop Mid Rise Loose Fit (older wash so linked similar)

Cost: $198

My Size: 26

What the website says:

  • A cropped version of our iconic 90’s jean. This decade inspired mid-rise is designed to sit relaxed on the waist with an eased up fit through the body.
  • This fit is intended to be oversized. Size down for a higher, closer fit.
  • Closure: Button Fly, Rise: 12 3/4″, Inseam: 26″, Leg Opening: 16″
  • Fabric: 100% Organic Cotton 
  • Care Instructions: Machine wash cold inside out with like colors. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

My thoughts:

  • Fit: Okay first of all: I have no idea why they say these are mid rise jeans with a 12″ rise, so let’s just get that out of the way ha! These are definitely a high rise even with a size up. These were the very first AGOLDE jeans I bought and they were the jeans that go me hooked! These are the most comfortable pair of jeans I own and, while I typically reach for the Riley’s, I like having a pair of jeans like these in my closet… and I appreciate the cropped fit on my 5’5″ frame. Definitely size down in these though, unless you want them to be really loose because I did not and they have stretched out almost to the point of not fitting.
  • Material: the material is incredibly soft and while it is 100% organic cotton they are so comfortable to wear. These are a thinner jean so I don’t wear them very often in the colder months, but the material makes them the perfect spring and summer jean.

Style: 90’s Mid Rise Loose Fit in Photogram

Cost: $178

My Size: 26

What the Website Says:

  • Cue the nostalgia. This 90’s inspired mid-rise is designed to sit relaxed on the waist with an eased up, straight fit through the body. Wear them with just about anything, from classic tees to chunky knits.
  • This fit is intended to be oversized. Size down for a higher, closer fit.
  • Non-stretch denim with an authentic feel, washed down for a soft to the touch feel
  • Closure: Button Fly, Rise: 12 3/4″, Inseam: 29, Leg Opening: 16″
  • Fabric: 100% Cotton 
  • Care Instructions: Machine wash cold inside out with like colors. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

My Thoughts:

  • Fit: I have to say, these full length jeans (and the pinch waist) are the only full length jeans I’ve liked on me. I think sometimes the full length jeans don’t translate as well on us shorter ladies, but these really do! I think it’s the way the leg is cut on these… they are almost a wide leg, but definitely not a wide leg so the full length works a lot better. Again, I’m not sure why these are considered mid rise because they are definitely not, but I do love the the high rise paired with this cut of jean. I find these jeans to be really comfortable and I reach for these a lot for everyday wear.
  • Material: I don’t know how AGOLDE does it, but these jeans are just so soft as well! They are obviously not stretchy with the 100% cotton, but you don’t miss the stretch because they sit so nicely. The material on these is more midweight than my cropped version so these are the perfect jeans for colder weather (but definitely doable for warmer weather as well).

Style: 90’s Pinch Waist High Rise Straight in Navigate

Cost: $188

My Size: 26

What the Website Says:

  • A cool throwback feel, the 90’s Pinch Waist is the perfect vintage inspired straight. Designed with a close-fitting high rise and easy, full-length straight leg. 
  • True to size. Fits very close to the waist, If in between sizes – you may want to size up. Crafted from non-stretch denim.
  • Washed down and soft organic non-stretch cotton
  • Closure: Button Fly, Rise: 12 3/4″, Inseam: 29 1/2″, Leg Opening:15 1/2″
  • Fabric: 100% Organic Cotton
  • Care Instructions: Machine wash cold inside out with like colors. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

My Thoughts:

  • Fit: So I’ll be honest… I really see very little difference between the pinch waist and the 90’s mid rise. They have the same exact rise so they sit very similarly on the waist line. I think these are cut just a tiny bit more close to the waist so they do give a more nipped in look. I just have to say that NO ONE does straight leg jeans like AGOLDE. They just have the perfect cut to them, and when I want to wear a true straight leg I almost always reach for these. I also don’t find the full length as overwhelming on my frame as I do with other full length styles (like I mentioned above). I have other jeans with a slightly shorter inseam and they just don’t work for me. It’s magic I tell ya!
  • Material: These feel very similarly to the 90’s mid rise full length I mentioned above. They have that soft, midweight 100% cotton that truly does feel like a great pair of broken in vintage jeans.

:: “Skinny” ::

Style: Nico High Rise Straight in Chronicle (similar wash here)

Cost: $178

My size: 26

What the Website Says:

  • A go-anywhere, wear-with-anything kind of jean. This comfortable high-rise has a straight fit with just the right amount of stretch. Style with the Linda Tee or High Neck Rib Tank for an easy everyday look.
  • This fit is crafted from stretch denim, runs true to size.
  • Uncompromising stretch and recovery
  • Closure: Button Fly, Rise: 11 1/4″, Inseam: 27″, Leg Opening: 11 1/2″
  • Fabric: 59% Organic Cotton 40% Rayon 1% Elastane
  • Care Instructions: Machine wash cold inside out with like colors. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

My Thoughts:

  • Fit: I put these under the “skinny” category because these fit almost like a skinny jean and I actually think these would be a perfect step away from skinny jeans if that is your vibe, but you want to branch out a little bit. They have the more slim fit, straight leg feel, but because of the stretch and slimmer cut they give the feel of a skinnier jean. These jeans feel very similar to the Riley stretch, but the inseam is a bit longer, and the rise is just slightly shorter. But I think the main difference is that they taper just a bit more at the ankle creating a slightly slimmer fit than the Riley. In my opinion, these pair a bit better with boots in the winter in my opinion because you don’t get as much ankle showing (i.e. you stay warmer), but they’re also great with sandals as well! Because of the slim fit I did try a size bigger and my true size, and my true size were the ones.
  • Material: The material is very soft and stretchy (are you seeing a theme with the word soft yet? Ha!), but I would say the denim feels slightly more substantial than the Riley stretch… not better quality, but almost as if they weren’t really stretch denim if that makes sense. They do seem to hold their shape just a bit more than the Riley… i.e. these won’t stretch out over time.

Phew! Well that’s all I’ve got for you guys! I hope this was helpful and will help guide you in your AGOLDE denim pursuits. 🙂 Like I said above, make sure to check back because there are more styles I’d like to try (and review) in the future. And keep an eye out because I’d like to have an AGOLDE denim short guide up in the coming months!

And if you’d like to see more denim guides I have a Madewell Denim Guide, Everlane Denim Guide, and Levi’s Denim Guide already up and running!

Oh and here are all the jeans I reviewed + the tee and sandals I’m wearing… just to make it easy!

Until next time,

Karin

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