MOTHER The Stunner Zip Ankle Step Fray Jeans In Good Girls Do Review

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MOTHER The Stunner Zip Ankle Step Fray Jeans In Good Girls Do Review

My review this week is on the new MOTHER The Stunner Zip Ankle Step Fray Jeans in Good Girls Do. I have had these jeans for a couple of weeks now and worn them a couple of times with plenty of great things to say about them. You should definitely check out my review if you’re interested in them. If any of you have tried MOTHER Denim too and love their denim, let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts on the brand as well.

The Fit: What made me fall in love with these jeans was mostly the fit of them actually (aside from the details). When I saw them online at Shopbop and saw the high rise of 9.75 inches with the shorter, cropped inseam length of 26 inches, with a small leg opening of 9.5 inches, I knew these jeans would fit me perfectly. I’m all about cropped, skinny jeans with a higher rise and these were everything I had dreamed of. Not to mention that the back pocket placement, shape, and size is amazing.

I didn’t know this at first, but I definitely understand why everyone loves MOTHER now due to the butt enhancing techniques these jeans have. I’ve received quite a lot of compliments already about how they give a rounded, uplifted appearance to the butt, and how they slim your legs at the same time. They genuinely have a perfect fit. If you love higher rises that aren’t too restricting in the waist, these are ideal! Especially if you love cropped skinny jeans too, you don’t get more perfect than the MOTHER The Stunner Zip Ankle Jeans!

The Sizing: I’ve only ever tried one other pair of MOTHER jeans before (a long time ago) and I found those ran smaller, like these do. I took this particular pair in a size 27 (I’m usually between a 26-27 in most brands) and they are quite tight. I would say if you are between sizes, go for the bigger size of the two as they are much smaller fitting. I’m not sure if the whole brand runs on the smaller side, or if it’s the two pairs of jeans I have tried, but I don’t think they have dove into the vanity sizing game and they have more of a European sizing way about them, as I always have to pick a bigger size in European brands.

Once you get your size right, you will fall in love with their fit! Luckily for me as I’m quite good with denim (I should be as I’ve been working with it for years!) I manage to get my sizing right 99% of the time, so if you’re a 26 in Citizens of Humanity, PAIGE, AG, 7 For All Mankind, Hudson etc, take a 27 in these jeans. If’ you’re a 27 in FRAME, Diesel, J Brand etc then a 27 should do it. Those are my sizes in those brands, so I hope that helps!

The Wash: Now this ‘Good Girls Do’ wash is so pretty! It’s a mid to light blue with bleached undertones and darker blue elements in places. There’s very minimal whiskering on the lap, and an even more subtle amount down the inseams at the thighs, but it’s just enough to make the jeans look broken in and worn, but still in good condition (if you were comparing them to the vintage denim scale). The butt and mid thigh to knee areas are faded as well, to give them that more natural appearance, but overall I think it’s a wash that’s much suited to the current season and one that is really nicely done, to make it look authentic. It reminds me somewhat of my Citizens of Humanity Rocket Crop Jeans in Aura actually, with more graininess and subtle bleaching.

The Denim: These jeans are made in the USA from a classic 98% cotton and 2% elastane blend of denim. I’m very much used to the super stretchy, softer denim that we have all come to know and love over the last couple of years, so whenever I go back to normal denim, it’s always a shock. I was expecting this shock with these jeans since they aren’t super stretch, however I was pleasantly surprised. These MOTHER jeans aren’t the usual 98/2 blend of denim we were used to years ago that weren’t that stretchy, but instead they are lightweight with a thinner weight to the denim, and they do stretch a fair amount actually. They are in no way a jegging or a silky denim like the PAIGE TRANSCEND, but for a 98/2 denim blend, they are very comfortable, have much more move-ability than normal, and have enough stretch to make them comfortable enough for a days wear, all while having that classic denim appeal.

The Details: Now the details! The uneven, step frayed hem was what drew my attention to these MOTHER jeans in the first place. How cool is that? I was wondering what other route they could take with jeans after the raw hem trend, but I think the lopsided version is so quirky, inventive, and fun, it’s a winner in my books! You can see from my modelled photos that it’s shorter at the front and longer in the back, however they haven’t just cut them short on the front section, then long on the back, the hemline follows all the way around the inseam to create a rounded, circular motion, but the outerseam remains blunt. You can see what I mean in the laid flat photos too. It’s a really cool take on the trend!

They also have the classic M embroidered onto the back pockets which is a MOTHER trademark to look for, as well as the little tab on the right side at the back of the waistband, just below the seam. I fell in love with the silver MOTHER label sewn into the inside of the jeans at the back too as I think it’s little details like that that really show a jeans worth. Everything else on them is kept simple and minimal, so those are the only stand out details, but trust me, these jeans are worth it for the hem alone!

Overall Opinion: If you have made it this far (you’re a dedicated reader, thank you!) then I’m sure you have guessed that my opinion of these jeans is one of pure positivity! I’m so glad that I got them from Shopbop when they popped up! I’ve been wanting a more inventive jean to wear lately as I’ve usually been sticking to classics, but I didn’t want to go bold with prints, so these fill that void extremely well for me.

Like I mentioned, the fit is perfect for my figure, the rise is just right, the back pockets are butt enhancing, the wash is a beautiful mix of mid to light blue with subtle detailing to it, the uneven raw hem is just amazing… there really are no flaws. I wouldn’t even say that I would like them to be more stretchy because I think it would ruin the character of the jeans to be honest. They need more structure to them to sit correctly. If you’re contemplating buying these, go for it, you wont regret it, and if you are looking for a new pair of jeans, I recommend these too! That’s in all honesty! Even Brooklyn Blonde loves them too!

Buy these MOTHER Jeans online at for $220!

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  1. Emily
    September 18, 2016 / 6:43 am

    I have several questions:

    1. Where should the back pockets rest? I recently purchased Mother High-Waisted Flares from Anthro, but I’m not sure if the pockets are too low. They are on the lower portion of the cheek- on the verge of my thigh. I have a round, muscular tush – I’m not sure if that makes a difference.

    2. How much stretch are you experiencing? My pair has a slightly different denim (cotton with a touch of polyester), so I know it is not exactly transferable, but I’m curious.

    3. With the raw hem, do you have to worry about fraying when you wash? I found a raw hem that I loved, but I was terrified that I’d spend over two hundred dollars only to have them transform too much with washing (I put my denim in the washing machine and hang dry).

    Thank you!

    • Lorna
      September 19, 2016 / 2:26 am

      Hi! Hopefully I can help:

      Back pockets are meant to hit just on the crease of the butt cheek to the thigh, that’s the most flattering and enhancing location for the bottom of the pocket to touch. They don’t seem like they are too low, MOTHER are known for making very flattering back pockets and having a great placement.

      These don’t have a huge amount of stretch as they are more of a sturdy denim, but for MOTHER in general, they are one of their more stretchier pairs. It’s hard to compare completely different jeans and washes though, even if they are from the same brand, as your material is different. The polyester doesn’t allow for much stretch. You can check this post here actually on denim content if you want to read more on it 🙂

      I haven’t washed these jeans as they are new and I actually rarely wash my denim. People who are obsessive with their jeans don’t tend to wash them much unless they get dirty. The actual colour and wash, plus the fit can alter when you wash them, so we tend not to as much as possible. But the raw hem will probably fray in the wash, I think it’s designed to get more frayed with wear as extra fraying looks better than a clean cut hem. The only worry with this particular pair is that because the raw hem is uneven and different lengths, the outerseam might get loose, but I’m not sure.

      If you got this pair, I would say the frayed hem is meant to get more distressed, but try not to wash them as much as you can. I know people freak out about this, but as long as you’re clean and you haven’t exposed your jeans to dirt and a lot of germs, they wont get dirty for quite some time! I hope that helps! Denim lasts a lot longer when you’re a little more sparse with the washing 🙂


  2. April 14, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    Great review! Super helpful. I’m making the switch from the looker to the stunner:) Fingers crossed.

  3. Max
    June 29, 2019 / 8:48 pm

    I have a question not really about the jeans but who is the person modeling because I like to know who the people are before I see the pictures. If you tell me and it is you can I get your number or your email?

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