Note: These items were provided courtesy of Mott & Bow with no strings attached.
When the Mott & Bow team initially reached out to me, I was unfamiliar with the brand. I did a quick browse of their website and liked what I saw with their basics aesthetic in neutral colors. I decided to try out their Bond High Rise Skinny Jeans, Cashmere Raglan Crew and Boxy Semi-Crop Tee, which matches my standard outfit of black jeans with white or grey tops.
In this post, I’ll focus on the jeans and sweater styled above – more on the t-shirt in another post!
Mott & Bow Jeans
Initially, I was a little taken aback when I unwrapped the jeans from their packaging as they felt a bit stiff. But after wearing them for several days (not consecutively, don’t worry) to work and on the weekend, I can confidently say that these are some of my new favorites.
As mentioned above, the material was rather stiff initially. However, after a quick “break-in” period they were very comfortable to wear. I wouldn’t say they’re very soft or cozy, but I don’t usually look for those characteristics in my black jeans.
Ultimately, my dealbreaker for jeans lies in the ability to hold shape at the knees without becoming a saggy mess. My DL1961 Emma jeggings (going 7 years strong) have been great at maintaining their shape even after 5 or 6 wears before washing. However, my DL1961 Margaux have been very disappointing in this department – the knees get baggy after only 30 minutes of wear. I’m happy to say the Mott & Bow jeans perform well in this area – after 3 days of continuous wear, the knees have held up perfectly. 5 stars!
I ordered my usual size of 26 and the waist was a smidge loose for these high-rise jeans, but not loose enough to cause an issue. In fact, I prefer my high-rise jeans to have a little bit of room in the waist area to allow for food belliness. They still hold well, and I haven’t found myself needing to adjust them throughout the day.
As someone on the shorter side (5’4”), I love that their jeans come in two different inseams. I typically have to get my jeans tailored (I’m looking at you, J Brand) or purchase “ankle length” styles. I wore these in their 28” inseam and they fit lengthwise without any alterations needed! Their ankle openings seem to run a bit smaller, which works well for me but could pose a challenge for others – so that’s one caveat.
Overall, I’ve been really impressed with these jeans that come in at a nice mid-range price point of $128 (some styles start at $96) while performing as well (or better) than jeans that normally cost $180+.
Mott & Bow Sweater
I tried on their Cashmere Raglan Crew in grey and very much enjoyed the soft cashmere material. I’m less particular about my sweaters overall, as long as the material is soft and isn’t irritating (specifically, wool). My only feedback for this sweater was that the arm cuffs stretched out after a day of wearing the sleeves pushed up on my forearms. This isn’t a huge deal for me, as I often wear my sweaters that way – but could be a drawback for those who do like to wear their sleeves down. I shared this with the M&B team and they were very receptive, so this could change in the future!
If you’re interested in trying out Mott & Bow, you can visit their website here. They usually have a 15% or $20 off promotion for first-time buyers. If you give them a try, let me know what you think!