Mott & Bow Review – Men’s & Women’s Jeans and T-Shirts

If you’re new to Mott & Bow and wondering what all the hype is with them, you’re in for a treat! Both my husband and I got some jeans and t-shirts from Mott and Bow & we’re here to give you our full Mott & Bow review so you can know if they’re right for you.

I’m a gal who loves fashion and has tried everything from from the more expensive denim brands like Good American, rag & bone, and Paige (to name a few), to the less expensive jeans like Levi’s, Gap and Madewell.

My go to jean brands are Good American (because hi, they make your butt and legs look amazing) and Levi’s (my Levi’s Wedgie Straight to be specific). 

My husband, on the other hand, mostly buys only quality items. His go to denim brands are rag & bone and John Varvatos. Only just recently did he pick up his first pair of Levi’s.

We’re not afraid to spend money on quality pieces we wear often but seriously love finding quality items at a more affordable price point. Who doesn’t like great value, after all.

That’s why we wanted to try Mott & Bow! We’ve both been targeted for quite some time by their ads which have piqued our interest on these so called premium jeans at a reasonable price.

Mott and Bow sent over a few items for us to try but, other than that, hasn’t sponsored this post in any way. You can be certain that this is an honest review; Our opinions are our own without any input from Mott and Bow.

Below, we’ll jump right into our Mott & Bow review, followed by some interesting reading on the scientific method used to create Mott & Bow jeans and how the Company got started.

Mott and Bow Review

Here are the different Mott & Bow products we’ll be reviewing!

mott & bow shirt and pants

Women’s:

  • French Terry Sweatshirt
  • High Rise Skinny Bond Jeans
  • High Rise Skinny Jane Jeans
  • Fitted V-Neck Crew Marcy tee 

Men’s:

  • Slim Benson Jeans
  • Slim Crosby Jeans
  • French Terry Sweatpants
  • Classic Crew Driggs Tee

Mott and Bow Review – Women’s

High Rise Skinny Bond Jeans Review

When I first put on these jeans my initial thought was to how similar they were to my Good American jeans which honestly is hard to find. They squeezed in all the right places with just enough stretch.

Fade-resistant technology is used to keep it’s deep black color intact. They use 43% elasticity to give it some stretch but also keep it’s shape.

They’re high waisted, almost like built in shapewear! šŸ˜‰ When wearing these with boots like above, I have to cuff these once. When pairing them with sneakers they’re the perfect length. These are the perfect pair of jeans for dressing up since they look so chic!

High Rise Skinny Jane Jeans

mott & bow High Rise Skinny Jane Jeans

The second pair of jeans I got were the Jane Jeans in a medium/dark blue. Again, I truly love them. These have a bit more stretch than the Skinny Bond jeans (made with 45% elasticity) which is great for everyday wear.

back of women's mott & bow jeas

These come in a variety of different colors (medium blue, light blue, medium/dark blue, faded medium/dark blue with raw hem and and dark blue) and they come in 2 different inseams – 28 and 30.

3 month update – These are amazing jeans! I have been wearing them off and on and wash them on cold and dry them in the dryer and they have held up so well. They’re easy to style (I just wore them with riding boots which was the perfect combination) and great for both summer and fall!

Fitted V-Neck Marcy Tee 

mott & bow Fitted V-Neck Marcy TeeĀ 

One thing I really love about the v-neck fitted Marcy tee is how soft the material is! It is delicate and slimming and great for not only layering but also to wear on its own. It fits more fitted which gives it a classy look, perfect for pairing with Mott & Bow’s skinny jeans!

These shirts come in a ton of different colors and even different styles. You can also get the Fitted Crew Marcy Tee if you want a crew cut vs a v-neck. They’re made out of 50% pima cotton and 50% modal for a soft silky feel. They’re also tagless (yay!). 

Honestly, if you’re looking for high quality staples, these casual shirts are worth every penny! I really love them! Note, you can buy 3-packs and 6-packs to lower the cost per tee.

3 month update: I actually got another one of these t-shirts that is a crew neck and I wear these 2 tees all the time. They have become my go to t-shirts and I now swear by them! I wash them and dry them in the washer and dryer and they’ve held up perfectly.

French Terry Sweatshirt

french terry sweatshirt mott & bow

I loved the long sleeve french terry sweatshirt but I will say it isn’t as soft as a regular cotton sweatshirt. It has a bit more of structured feel to it which does help it look more styled and less frumpy.

If you’re looking for that chic comfort vibe in a sweatshirt, this is a great option. However, if you want that perfectly cozy sweatshirt that is so soft you could sleep in it, this isn’t it.

*Since publishing this review, this sweatshirt is no longer listed on their website.

Now on to the men’s!

Mott & Bow Review – Men’s

Slim Benson Jeans

mott & bow Slim BensonĀ Jeans

These are a fantastic everyday slim jean especially in the light blue. The denim is soft to the touch. They’re comfortable with just the right amount of stretch (17% elasticity to be precise).

The cut is idealā€”not too tight or too loose for my stout and strong but should lose weight build… I’m working on it. 

The pockets are oversized and the jeans fit well in the seat. The end of the pant legs are washed in a way where you’d want to preserve the original hems if altering.

I like the fact that there isn’t embellished stitching on the pockets or anything of the sort. Just a great simple everyday jean that looks and feels great

I need to get these hemmed. I’ll provide an update when I’ve worn them enough to report back.

Slim Crosby Jeans

Slim Crosby Jeans

I got the dark blue style of these men’s jeans. This slim fit denim is a great date night option. The denim is more raw than that of the Benson, but I’d say it has a typical denim feel, not an overly raw feel. I appreciate the contrast stitching.

The fit, again, is great for my body type and I suspect most body types. Not too tight, not too loose. Properly fit in the seat. If you alter these, no need to preserve the original hem. An all around great cut that looks and feels great.

These come in 2 different colors – the medium/dark blue and the dark blue which you see above.

Update: I need to hem these, though despite not having hemmed them yet, I’ve worn these a few times cuffed. I never wear my jeans cuffed, so this says a lot about how much I like them as a date night option. More to come with enough wears.

French Terry Sweatpants Hopper 

mott & bow French Terry Sweatpants HopperĀ 

I might just live in the French Terry Sweatpants come fall and winter. They’ve got that typical jogger cut that has a lot of room in the crotch and tapers down the legs.

I’m short, so these aren’t immodest ankle displayers for me. Just the right length, which I prefer to the too short look. The fabric is a very nice cotton with weight that’s upscale from typical sweat pant material and seems durable. I really like these.

These come in nine of different colors! A lot to choose from.

3 month update: We’re deep into fall and these have been the most worn pants in my closet. About the only place I haven’t worn them is the gym, and that’s because I’d rather wear my older sweats there. I’m not going for style points at the gym.

Color and fabric have held up really well through all the washes.

Classic Crew Driggs Tee 

mott & bow Classic Crew Driggs TeeĀ 

Mott & Bow’s size calculator got this one wrong. It said I needed a large, which was oversized. That said, the feel of the tee is great. It’s very high quality cotton that feels smooth to the touch.

It feels more like a high quality poly blend than a cotton tee. It’s lightweight and breathes well. Mott & Bow did a nice job with the stitching, making the thread hidden in places like the shoulder. I suspect a medium may also be too long for me. I’m in the minority at 5’7″ so this is a common issue for me. 

We ordered a size medium to see if a different size will give us a better fit. We’ll update this once we get it!

Note, you can buy 3-packs and 6-packs to save money per tee. These are a closet staple item, so totally makes sense.

3 month update: I received the medium tee and have been wearing it A LOT. It is holding up better than any other 100% cotton T-shirt in my closet. I’m a t-shirt and jeans guy, so this is saying a lot. Virtually no fade, no pill.

I never knew I needed a binded collar in a t-shirt, let alone know what one was. All you need to know is it really preserves the shape of the collar through wears and washes without sacrificing comfort in any way.

Easily my favorite t-shirt in my closet.

Mott & Bow Pros & Cons

husband and wife in mott & bow

Pro – Timeless Style & Impeccable Design

Mott and Bow honestly has just a really great timeless style that’s classic and professional. This is denim you’ll be able to wear to work (if jeans are acceptable!) and are easy to dress up or dress down.

They also have amazing design and construction of their clothes! When comparing t-shirts, you can tell the quality of the Mott & Bow by the stitching and the cuts on the jeans are just impeccable. 

The fact that they put a binded collar and make the shoulder and sleeve stitching hidden on a t-shirt says it all.

Pro – Tons of Styles for Men

My husband was thrilled with all of the different options when it came to jeans for him! They have everything from slim jeans to skinny jeans to straight leg jeans and more.

They also have a variety of colors from black to shades of blue and even dark gray and medium gray! We were very impressed by this. There’s even Mott & Bow chinos! 

A very broad and deep product line for men.

Con – Limited Styles for Women

On the contrary, the women’s styles are limited! I’ve been wearing less skinny jeans and more straight leg jeans lately but unfortunately they don’t really have that option for women.

There is a pair of mom jeans as well as a boyfriend jeans which are both great options but I would love to see a true straight leg jean.

Pro – Price

While yes, the prices of Mott & Bow’s jeans used to be under $100 and now they’re slighter more expensive, the cut, fit and style are on par with more premium denim that cost well over $200. They’re roughly half the price of comparable jeans.

man in mott & bow sweatpants

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, do we think that Mott & Bow is worth the hype? In a nutshell, yes!

We both love the quality of their clothes – the jeans look and feel really good, the shirts are soft and beautiful and they’re all at a great price point for the quality.

We do hope they start to have more styles for women though! We’ll update this post in the months to come to share more about durability, how well they wash, etc.

Check out Mott & Bow here!

Denim Science

One thing worth noting is Mott & Bow’s Denim Science! As it says on the Mott & Bow website, “it’s not just denim, it’s denim science.”

All of the Mott & Bow jeans go through of resin application (either sprayed or immersed for different looks and feels) followed by oven curation. It’s pre-cured and then cured again afterwards in an oven.

husband and wife in mott & bow products

They’re then scraped by hand for a natural look which is extra cool since no two jeans are alike! Next, they’re pinned and tied in various ways before they go into the wet process to create subtle contrasts.

Then they’re washed and dried with items like pumice rock or silicone balls to get the desired look.

Finally, they put the finishing touches on with the buttons, Mott & Bow branding on the jacron and the inside of the jeans.

Mott and Bow History

Want to hear a bit on how Mott and Bow got started? The short story is, Mott & Bow was created to answer a simple question:

“How can we get people premium grade jeans at a reasonable price?”

The longer (but still short) story is that the brand’s founder, Alejandro Chahin grew up around denim. He lived in Honduras where his family started a denim manufacturing facility. He quickly mastered every aspect of the art of jean making. 

woman wearing mott and bow jeans

After moving to New York he quickly realized that there was a price inefficiency when it came to denim. Given what he knew about making jeans, he decided to create a brand that sold premium denim at a fair price. And that’s the history!

*One thing to note – you may have heard of people talking about the Mott & Bow Try-On Program. You used to be able to order the same jeans in 2 different waist sizes and then return the one that didn’t work for you. Unfortunately they have gone away from that program.

Mott & Bow FAQs

Where is Mott & Bow clothing made?

Mott & Bow jeans are made in Honduras. The tees are made in Peru and the sweaters in China.

What is the return policy for Mott and Bow?

You have 30 days to return your unwanted items. You will not get reimbursed for shipping.

Want other fashion brand reviews? Check out my Levi Ribcage jeans review or my review on ChicWish!

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  • Jen Biswas

    Jen has styled women for photo shoots, fashion shows, board meetings, work trips and most importantly, every day life! She's been hired to style many homes as well. Her aesthetic aims to make style approachable and practical, and most of all fun! She's a mom of 3 who loves frozen cookie dough, plants and a generous pour of creamer in her coffee. Her biggest joy is helping others find joy in personal style through practical tips and inspiration. She loves to share all of her styling secrets on Paisley & Sparrow! Feel free to send Jen a message or join the fun on Instagram!

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