Mavi Emma Slim Boyfriend in Painted Artist Vintage - Front View

As we are carried through Spring and on into Summer, the warmer weather often incites us to break out our looser fitting, more casual clothing to wear with our open-toed sandals and flip flops. This sometimes means our tighter-fitting jeans get swapped out for boyfriend jeans on those lazy weekend days at the beach, the park or around the house! The entire concept of boyfriend jeans was so lost on me several years ago when they first came out, and it was Rich & Skinny who finally convinced me with their boyfriend jean in Twilight Vintage—it was then I realized this style could have a more feminine look with a more contoured fit to better accentuate our curves, and I also found that even more comfortable than the baggier styles that came out initially. I was recently introduced to Mavi‘s slim boyfriend style, the Emma. I hadn’t tried a slim fitting boyfriend style before and they looked too comfortably stylish to not give them a try. So today, I’m bringing you a Mavi Emma Slim Boyfriend in Painted Artist Vintage Review!

Mavi actually has a pretty neat history! The company was born in Istanbul in 1991 and is Turkey’s first fashion brand to go global. “Mavi” means “blue” in Turkish, which is reflected in the brand’s philosophy of building “a brand around perfect fitting jeans that convey a Mediterranean feeling in terms of fashion and detail.” One awesome point to make is that Mavi works with multi-cultural designers from all over the world, and has even worked with Adriano Goldschmied! When I first laid eyes on the Mavi Emma Slim Boyfriend in Painted Artist Vintage, I instantly felt that the wash had a beachy, Mediterranean vibe to it. It has a really pretty bleached out, even acid-washy look to it, with varying shades of blue in all the right places. The distressing adds to that chill feel, and one thing I like is that there’s a layer of white fabric behind the distressing over the knee which I assume would prevent blowout!

Mavi Emma Slim Boyfriend in Painted Artist Vintage - Side View 2

As far as fit, they are definitely more form fitting than your normal boyfriend style. If you want more of a boyfriend jean, I’d suggest you size up. Otherwise, in your normal size they seem to fit more like a loose, cropped skinny…at least they did for me in my usual size of 26. They came cuffed up into a crop, but I wore them uncuffed once on a cooler day too…the 16” leg opening gives it a relaxed straight leg style this way. Uncuffed, they were at a 32” inseam, but Mavi offers these at a 32” and 34” inseam. They hang nicely on the hips as a boyfriend jean does, and are low rise. Mavi lists them as having an 8” front rise but they feel maybe an inch or two lower, probably because of the relaxed way they sit on the hips. Even with the lower rise, they fit real well, without needing a belt! They really are comfortable, and with a 98% Cotton 2% Elastane blend, the fabric is soft on the skin and doesn’t change shape over the course of a day or several wears. The denim has a good thickness to it without feeling heavy so it could definitely withstand a lot of outdoor activity this summer!

I’ve worn the Mavi Emma Slim Boyfriend in Painted Artist Vintage with flats and flip flops, and with a casual top and jacket. I suppose they’d look pretty neat juxtaposed with dressier shoes and a top but I think they work best with a casual summery outfit for a backyard BBQ or day at the beach. The looser fit was great for my curvier body type but I think it would fit anyone well! I love the laid back feel that these jeans have, with the pretty exotic wash…they are a perfect summer staple.

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Lana Ober
I’ve been quite the denim fanatic for several years now, and am happy to apply this passion to something that I can share with others. I am also a graphic designer/web developer and have done design work for two of the biggest designer boutiques in town, which is partly to blame for the 100 plus pairs of jeans I now own in my collection! It always fascinates me how much can be done with the denim fabric alone, and the constant innovations will always keep me hooked.