It’s pretty obvious that I love to wear dresses and if I could, I would wear them all year round. They’re versatile, comfortable and come in so many different styles. But living in a place where there are four seasons, wearing dresses may not be an option. So you want to know what else is versatile, comfortable, and comes in different styles and fit… jeans! However, I am VERY selective when it comes to jeans.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the body type that can wear any type of jeans and look great in them. I know I’m not alone in this. It can be a challenge to find jeans that fit perfectly in all areas or in general are just flattering. Just because I prefer to wear more wide-leg jeans or mom jeans style doesn’t mean all brands under those styles will look great on me. They are all made differently.
I’m sure most of you have heard of Levi’s. To me, Levi’s reminds me of the 90’s. It was the denim brand to wear and the original blue jeans. Levi’s is the first and original blue jeans ever. Back then, American workers wore overalls until this guy called Levi Strauss decided to make a ‘waist overalls’. Levi’s became the trailblazer for denim and offer many jean styles such as the Levi’s Ribcage Jeans.
Levi’s Ribcage Straight Jeans Review
It’s been years since I’ve worn Levi’s jeans. It wasn’t until a few years ago, everyone on the internet started talking about the Levi’s Wedgie Fit Jeans. I immediately loved the style and fit. They looked incredible on anyone that shared it on Instagram. So I bought one and I was extremely disappointed. It barely could go past my thighs and that’s with the pair I sized up in! Let’s just say I decided to ignore Levi’s jeans for awhile.
It wasn’t until a couple months ago, I was on a hunt for a new good pair of jeans. I don’t know what came over me but I decided to give the Levi’s ribcage straight ankle jeans a try. It checked all the boxes – slightly wide-leg opening, affordable, ankle-length, button fly, and high-rise.
Levi’s Ribcage Straight Jeans Materials
So the type of fabric they use for the Ribcage Straight jeans is confusing. On the Levi’s website, it says they’re made with 79% cotton, 21% TENCEL™ lyocell but on Amazon and Free People it says they’re made with 99% cotton, 1% Elastane. Overall, the jeans feel like they are made with 100% cotton with a subtle stretch. Which I prefer because I like the structure of 100% cotton but I also want the mobility of a stretch jeans.
What they all have in common is that these jeans are sustainable and use a technique that reduces the use of water in the manufacturing process. Here are other components of the jeans:
- Button Fly
- 5-Pocket Styling
- 12 Denim Shades except on Amazon they featured 7 shades. I’m wearing the Medium Indigo Wash / Bernal Middle Road – Medium Wash.
Levi’s Ribcage Straight Jeans Fit and Sizing
Levi’s Ribacage Jeans are the highest high rise compared to other high waisted jeans. Most high waisted jeans have a 9″ or 10″rise. Ribcage Jeans have a 12″ rise, some pairs have 12.25″.
If you are new to my clothing reviews, I almost always share my size. That way when I talk about fit and sizing, you get a general idea what my point of reference is. I can’t stand when I read other reviews that claim “true to size” but I have no idea what their body type and measurements are.
My body type is straight / athletic. I really don’t have many curves except for my bubble butt. I don’t have a huge butt but the round shape is very pronounced haha. If you have a bubble butt, you get it.
- Weight: 140lbs
- Chest: 32C
For tops and dresses, I normally wear size small or size 4. For bottoms such as jeans, skirt, and pants, I usually wear size 27, size 4, and/or size small. When it comes to jeans, there is almost a little bit of a gap. Not too much, but the gap is annoying. But I need it so it can go over my butt.
I want to note that my top is also from Levi’s! I never really considered Levi’s for their tops, but I have an obsession with collared blouses and saw this one and HAD to get it. Fits true to size. It’s one of my favorite shirts!
This is the pair I own and am currently wearing in this post. They’re more wide-leg style than straight leg. The leg opening is 17″. Most straight leg jeans have a 14″ opening. So keep that in mind if you are looking for a true straight leg jeans.
As someone who is 5’4″, they’re true ankle-length jeans on me. It has a slim fit through the hips and thighs. Which means it hugs your curves and lifts your butt. Most people claim they fit true to size. That was not the case for me. I had to size down and possibly could go down 2 sizes for a slimmer fit around the waist.
Their jean sizes range from size 23-43 with inseam lengths of 27″ or 29″. I’m wearing the 27″ inseam.
The plus size jeans also have a similar fit where it has a slim fit through the hips and thighs with a leg opening of 17″. However, the rise is 14″. All inseams are 27″. According to most people the fit is true to size except for the black denim wash which they say runs big so size down.
Their jean size ranges from 14M – 24L.
The Big Girl jeans are jeans for girls from the kid section. The fit is slightly different. They’re fitted through the hip and thigh with front rise of 10.5″ and 12″ leg opening. It has an adjustable waistband.
The size ranges from 7-16 with a 23.5″ inseam.
So the Ribcage Corduroy is exactly the same fit as the straight ankle jeans. The only difference is the material since these are corduroy. Which means they’re 100% cotton. It has the same size selection (23-32) and inseam options of 27″ or 29″.
My Honest Levi’s Ribcage Straight Jeans Review
Now that I gave a breakdown on the Ribcage, here are my thoughts. It might be obvious because I’m writing about it, but I love it! It’s been awhile since I loved a pair of Levi’s jeans. Like I said, I’ve very selective with my jeans because I don’t wear jeans and if I have to, I have to absolutely love it.
I do like that I can style them and create several looks for different occasions. Lately, I’ve been really into collared blouses, so they look amazing with that and a pair of pointed toe flats. It would make a really chic work outfit (if your job’s dress code is casual). But I’ve also worn it casually too with a striped long sleeve and slip-on sneakers. I can go on and on how I styled them.
Here are the reasons why I love it:
- Price – it’s affordable for a pair of high quality jeans.
- The fit – I love the slim fit through the hip and thighs. Although I will admit, I kind of wish I went down 2 sizes. I’m usually a size 27 (this size was HUGE on me) and I’m wearing size 26. Because of stretch in these jeans, I think going down to size 25 could minimize the gapping in the waist.
- Love that they’re super high waist jeans.
- Button Fly – My only complaint is that I wish the button fly was exposed. I find them to be chic.
- Wide-Leg. I always prefer wide-leg or straight than skinny jeans.
- Comfortable – comfort is key with jeans!
I just find it odd that most people say it fits true to size when that wasn’t the case for me. Most of the time, when the fit is true to size, they do fit true to size on me. If you can, I recommend you get two sizes – your true size and a size down.
Have you tried these jeans?