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Madewell’s Spring Collection

Button-Back Dress

Madewell just came out with their spring 2016 collection. Right now, it’s only available for pre-order, but we are loving EVERY. SINGLE. THING. (How pretty is that backless dress above?) We talked to Joyce Lee, their new head designer, about the collection she calls “a mix of our usual tomboy with a little feminine nod.”

Tie Jumpsuit

Orange Tunic

Plaid Dress

Wide Leg Jeans

White Midi Dress

Embroidered Blouse

Embroidered Robe

Denim Midi Dress

Joyce’s style icons include her mother, Charlotte Rampling and the women of the ’70s (which really shows!). “The looks are grounded with a lot of strong denim pieces,” Joyce explains. Among her favorite pieces from the collection are the pants. “I’m loving the new leg shapes,” she says, “like wider legs and higher rises.”

Thoughts? See the full collection here. Madewell has been so, so strong for the past few years!

P.S. Things I’ve worn eight million times, and a secret trick.

  1. Very comfy cool, can’t wait for spring! (This makes me wish I was in LA)

  2. Sara says...

    These clothes are fine, but don’t speak much to me. But I just saw the following post on The Awl, which is mean but pretty funny (the post, that is, and maybe The Awl, in general): http://www.theawl.com/2016/01/well-made-stories

  3. Madewell is pretty much every piece in my spring/summer wardrobe these past two years. Knocking it out of the park! Especially with our travel lifestyle, it’s perfect!

  4. Danielle says...

    Many of these items aren’t available until May–the white dress isn’t available until July. I’m bummed, I’d love some of this for vacation.

  5. Cindy says...

    I ordered a few sale items yesterday and cannot wait until they arrive! First time Madewell customer and I am hoping the quality lives up to the hype…I have been starting to transition my wardrobe to higher quality, longer lasting pieces that may cost more upfront but will be more comfortable and stick around much longer than Target pieces (which never seem to fit just right anyway). Fingers are crossed that I love my purchases!!!

  6. Loving the back of that first dress!

  7. Ann says...

    I think I’m misunderstanding the post, but Charlotte Rampling is NOT Joyce Lee’s mom, right? Oxford comma strikes again.

    And yes, ditto on all the other comments about these clothes only working a a specific body type–tall, boyish, flat chested…..and quite young. At 35, most Madewell items seem like something my son’s babysitter (age 20) could wear, not me.

  8. Kate says...

    Love it! Will you post an update when it’s actually released?

  9. Jill Palumbo says...

    I thought they were all adorable, but I have the opposite problem from the tiny ones since I need a plus size.

    • Jill Palumbo says...

      I can’t find the duffel bag shown in the second picture, does anyone know where that is from?

  10. Kate says...

    Is there anything you could actually wear a bra with?

  11. Isabella says...

    I keep trying to like Madewell, but the strange, boxy cuts inevitably leave me cold. And their clothes run so huge! I have gotten some cool shoes from them over the years, though.

  12. Always been a fan of madewell! Seems like these pieces aren’t as “timeless” but still beautiful, none the less. I’m loving the bags.

    http://www.kelseymarie.co

  13. Laura says...

    I don’t know–this collection looks like it includes straight-up copies of Ulla Johnson (the peasant blouses and dress), Ace & Jig (the jacket/robe thingy), and Reformation (the backless dress and cutout jumpsuit, etc.). I guess it’s nice if you want something similar to those labels at a lower price point, but my experience with Madewell is that it is precisely not “made well”–it is made poorly, and I’ve had negative experiences with cheap fabrics and seams busting. I guess I might go for the denim since the cuts change so frequently with trends and I don’t expect it to last forever anyway.

    • Lizzie says...

      The top dress is very similar to one by Electric Feathers. The cut is very slightly different but the fabric and color are almost the same. Madewell quality and cut has gone very downhill since they started opening so many stores.

  14. Cara says...

    Most of these pieces look really unflattering, especially where the hem of the skirts and pants fall. To the commenter who said it was nice to see models with larger calves, I think all of these models have normal (for models) scrawny calves. The fact that even the models’ calves look large, just shows how unflattering these cuts are!

  15. Alison says...

    Oof! The denim skirt with the tucked-in boho top looks like something I wore in middle school. I didn’t expect to see the 70s look come back so strong this spring. I might shop elsewhere :/

  16. Bri says...

    Oh man, I think all of these cuts and lengths are incredibly unflattering.

  17. Emily R says...

    WHEN will they become available. I’m going on a warm weather vacation come the beginning of February and I’m having a hard time finding anywhere that is selling resort wear (other than spendy designers of course!)

  18. My favorite go-to place for shoes and bags. Alas, none of the clothes ever fit me, ever.

    Dear Madewell designer: PLEASE start making petites!!!

  19. LOVE it, but I have to agree with Emma — definitely clothing for ladies with a smaller chest. I love the white eyelit dress, but would sadly be pouring out of it. Love the long-sleeve red orange dress. These pieces could all be styled so many ways which is awesome — so versatile!

    Lindsey I

  20. kate says...

    These are all kind of shapeless and terrible to me. I don’t think the majority of this looks good on the professional models- how’s it going to look on real people? Also echoing that this isn’t bust friendly for a lot of women. I can’t wait for baggy, boxy cut clothes to go out of fashion!

    • I’m actually relieved to see so many women with the same sentiments posting today! I’ve only been able to buy a couple pairs of pants from Madewell in the last almost 3 years now because they stopped making flattering clothing for women with curves/hips/boobs! Not saying there shouldn’t be these outfits out there, but it seems to be the exclusive look at Madewell lately. (Not to mention all their horrible/cheap fabrics for T-shirts lately). I honestly used to love Madewell, now it’s just for accessories.

  21. krn says...

    I get so excited when the new Madewell collections come out, and I usually want everything, but with very few exceptions this one is a total dud for me.. so much “boho” garbage! Oh well, bullet dodged I guess.

  22. Ivy says...

    I don’t know. A few pieces look great– the boyfriend style jeans/striped top/kimono outfit as a whole is cute, but I agree that overall, they look impractical for anyone without a waif-like body.

  23. Amy says...

    These all look like they’re ready for an exotic vacation-to Cambodia or Greece!

  24. i’m a huge fan of madewell accessories (bags, jewelry, etc.) but i’m really tiny so it’s difficult to find stuff that fits well on me from here. their totes and weekender bags are beautiful though

    hammyta.wordpress.com

    • i AM coveting those strappy lace up sandals though

    • MissEm says...

      Ananias sandals on etsy has some almost exactly the same, made in Greece, for about $40. I’ve had a pair for two years now and I LOVE them. Kind of bummed that they won’t be as unique now ;)

  25. Emma says...

    Sooo cute, but this collection should be called “Clothing for People with Small Boobs”
    :/

    • Rebecca says...

      No way I am buying any clothes that require a special bra – or lack thereof.

    • Sarah says...

      My immediate thought–beautiful clothes for the boob-less. Sigh.

    • redweather says...

      Small boobs: I have them. And yet, these clothes: NO. NO. NO. NO. NEVER.

    • Anna says...

      Big boobs and short stature here as well – I would look so bad in these clothes. Also relived it’s not just me!

  26. erin says...

    i have to say, it’s an interesting collection. but what really caught my eye was the fact that a couple of these women actually had big calves, I rarely see that! and I’m one with big calves, so it’s nice to see it for a change on models!

  27. Awads says...

    I don’t shop at Madewell because I’m a petite. They need to consider us small folks, like Banana Republic does!

    • Lauren says...

      I agree – have a really hard time fitting into even their smallest clothes! But I love Madewell. Makes me so sad! Come on madewell, help us smaller gals out!!

    • my absolute favorite place for petite clothes is ann taylor loft! i feel like they have a bigger selection than banana republic and everything is tailored so well to fit us petites. plus, they’re having a huge sale right now :)

      hammyta.wordpress.com

  28. That striped jumpsuit! I love all of it and am so happy they finally started shipping internationally : )

  29. Fiona says...

    That top dress is very cute, but I refuse to buy some weird specialized stick-on bra in order to wear it. And I’m an A-cup, too. So, nope.

  30. I love Madewell. that red dress is so cute

  31. Marla says...

    Huh. I don’t like any of it. Looks impossible to wear unless you’re an unendowed supermodel. Not my style at all.

  32. Kirsten says...

    Does this mean that skinny jeans are finally out!?!?! 🎉🎊🎉 my giant calves will be so happy about that if its true!

    Also–that backless dress is gorgeous. I could never wear that with my bust, but I love the buttons up the back of the skirt!

  33. Agreed. When I saw this email from Madewell this morning I knew immediately where my entire spring clothing budget will be spent!

  34. LA says...

    Great outfits! Makes me excited for spring.

  35. In thoery I think backless is beautiful – but I am too busty to even dream of it. That comment aside, I think this collection is positively dreamy! I love it for the postpartum/not quite ready for fitted clothing, but still want to look effortlessly chic spring look I’m going for – that is if this baby ever comes out!!

    xoxo http://www.touchofcurl.com

    • Ingrid says...

      Best wishes on the new baby! Enjoy, and give yourself a break whenever possible…

  36. Loving all of these. Madewell is so perfect and simplistically beautiful.

  37. Boa says...

    That top dress is gorgeous! Glad to see the bra concerns though- I also have a chest that breastfed. I would be concerned about looking all cute from the back and then turning around and having the whole facade crumble…

  38. MJ says...

    that top dress is swoon worthy! really love this new collection…need to start saving my pennies :)

  39. volha says...

    almost nothing a big busted woman who breastfed for almost two years can wear. But I admit these look pretty on small sized young models.

    • I’m in the same boat – but I think those two peasant blouses could potentially be beautiful, especially tucked into a high waisted pant or skirt as they have shown (to define a waist amongst the large boobage!)

    • Lisa says...

      Yep! So sad for us.

  40. Mary Jenkins says...

    Love all! Thank you for sharing. Curious to see the front of the backless dress.

  41. Joanna says...

    I second what Lisa says! What’s the bra situation with this dress?

  42. Madewell is amazing! I would pre order everything if I could!

  43. Lindsay says...

    These are great, I’ve always loved the 70s, this is basically how I dressed from age 16-23. For some reason everything I’ve tried on there doesn’t look great on me, just so so. Especially the jeans. Do you think it’s made for tall skinny women? Hope they make petite sizes soon!

  44. Lovely collection!

  45. Lisa says...

    I love basically every piece, but especially the first dress. Now someone explain to me how I – post two kids – can wear this backless in a hot summer. Are pasties the solution??

    • Trish O says...

      I have the same question…what type of bra would you wear with the backless? I do LOVE Madewell, but I have an issueI hope they address. Many (read ALL) of their non midi skirts are TOO SHORT. They need to make talls for us 5’10” girls, like they have at J Crew. Now it looks like I have a bra issue with the longer dresses. You all need to help a girl out with options. Did I mentioned I am a c cup that breast fed 2 kids… need a bra.

    • Just go for it, my friend. Just go for it. :)

    • Alexandra Marie says...

      I’m pretty sure Victoria’s Secret sells a stick on bra that clasps in the middle which would be necessary.

    • Lisa says...

      Libby – my husband definitely thinks that’s the right approach! Ha! How I long for my pre-baby flat chest.

    • this might sound a little crazy but i just wear bandaids! so much cheaper than pasties, and you know they’ll stick and won’t just come off with sweat like pasties might

      hammyta.wordpress.com

    • MissEm says...

      Same problem and I’m mourning the dress! But part of me wonders if it might look good with a snug camisole in a complementary color peeking out.

    • Lisa says...

      Missem – that’s a good idea!

      Tammy – it’s less coverage and more of the lift issue of no bra. Pre kids, I’d be no bra without hesitation. Post-nursing, I’m a 34dd It feels a little too much to go without some support.

  46. kathy says...

    love it all. i’d love a beauty uniform of joyce lee.

  47. Auste says...

    Yes! I saw the email from them this morning and wanted to pre-order every.single.piece. It’s all so good!