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Today I’m reviewing the Drama High Waist Flare in Joyride by MOTHER.

This style was sent to be Tried & Tested by The Dressing Room.

MOTHER launched in 2010, ilovejeans reported about the brand back in February, click here to read. So I’m very interested to try the brand as the style is often featured in magazines as the IT jean.

Firstly the feel of the denim is soft with a peach skin touch. I always check the fabric content to get an idea of how the style will perform, (a bit like looking under the bonnet of a car) 33% Cotton, 65% Tencel, 2% Elastane. With 65% of the jean made from Tencel I decide to investigate!

“Tencel is a a biodegradable fabric made from wood pulp cellulose. It started to grow in popularity in the late 1990s. Tencel is known to have a peach skin or silk touch. The manufacturer of Tencel® claims the fabric to be environmentally friendly and a good choice for people with sensitive skin.”

As a denim expert I’m a bit obsessed with the measurement of the rise, as this is the key point when trying on jeans for your body shape. The Drama has a high rise of 9.5 inches and a back rise of 13.5 inches which offers good coverage and comfort.

FIT TIP: A quick way to check if this rise is good for your shape is by measuring with a tape measure, starting at your crotch to your belly button.  If  the measurement of your natural rise is 9.5 inches or over this style is good for you! (If under, a mid-rise would be more suitable)

The faux welt front pockets gives a smooth line over the tummy area, so no pocket bulge. They are placed on the side of the hip area which gives the illusion of narrow hips.


This style has a slim fit over the thighs which kicks out into a flare just past the knee, very 70’s ‘fit n flare’!

The leg length is 34 inches so definately a jean to wear with heels, giving the illusion of legs that go on for miles.

The leg opening measures 22 inches .This is the measurement that will tell you how wide the opening of the leg of your new jeans will be. If you need to have these jeans made shorter take note that you will lose an inch or so off the flare, so be sure to wear them with your highest heels when pinning the length.

The back pockets in my opinion are quite unusual, as they are square, visually the shape of the pocket works with the simple minimal styling of The Drama jean, elongating the body as well as the leg.

However I have a fairly flat bottom (apple body shape) so the square pockets elongate my bottom rather than making it pert. When trying jeans for my apple body shape it’s important the jean will flatter and lift my derriere! Having said that The Drama pockets are set low down on the bottom which will give a fuller curvier bottom a bit of a lift.

A question of size: The Drama comes in US sizing 25 to 32. The size I’m trying is a 27 which is equivalent to a UK 9 ( if they made them) and I could go down to a 26 as there is a 2% stretch.

The Dressing Room says: As a rule sizing runs from 25-32 with a standard size 10 fitting into a 28 waist, therefore a size 29 waist would be equivalent to a size 11, 30 waist a size 12 and so on. This is pretty spot on when it comes to US sizing.

 So to round up The Drama High Waist Flare:

It’s a good looking 70’s flare re-worked with a minimal styling using today’s fabric technology, designed to give a slim, tall silhouette.
The feel of the jean is a soft luxurious denim with a mid stretch and is very comfortable to wear.
A great style for Long & leggy, Hourglass and Pear body shapes as the high waist and flare is a winning combination when dressing a curvacious body.
Not such a great style for Apple and Petite body shapes due to the leg length, high rise and back pocket detail. (sorry girls).

The Price: I’ve left the price till last so it didn’t cloud our judgement.  The price is £235, which pitches MOTHER as a high end premium denim brand.
In my book it is an expensive purchase BUT if this style ticks all the boxes for you when it comes to fit and you feel fantastic in them then go for it!

The Drama High Waist scores 4/5 for quality & fit


Tell us what you think? Want to add your opinion on this style? Comment below….

Reviewed by Sam Remer ilovejeans Denim Expert

2 Comments on TRIED & TESTED: The Drama High Waist Flare by Mother.

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