Agolde denim is one of the most celeb and fashion blogger loved denim brands. Their jean shorts are iconic … but are they worth it? I just bought both the Riley and Parker shorts and am sharing my honest review of both of them! I’m also doing a full comparison between the two to help you figure out which is best for you.
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Agolde is an LA based denim brand. While they do make other pieces, the focus is on denim. Their denim ranges from $128 – $198 US ($168 – $278 CAD).
The quality of Agolde denim is really good. The fabric has a slight stretch but is still very structured and is cut in such a way to maximize a flattering fit – it’s tighter around the upper hips and looser as it progress down the hips and legs.
Overall, I think Agolde denim is 100% worth the hype and worth the price point. Honestly? The Riley and the Parker are my two favorite pair of jean shorts I have ever owned!
The two most popular Agolde shorts are the Riley and the Parker. Coming in at $168 USD each, it’s worth making sure you love the one you get and that it is the best fit for your body and for your lifestyle. Let’s compare the two, shall we?
As you’ll see on the website, the Riley short is 14.25″ while the Parker is 12″ in length. Online you won’t find any measurements other than that. It’s great to know the length, but it doesn’t tell you much about the waist height or how they fit. So, I measured them for you!
Riley: As you can tell from the photo above, the Riley is a slightly higher rise, hitting just above my belly button. I would call this one a true high-rise fit. The inseam on the Riley is 4″, making it not only the higher rise option, but the longer short as well. This gives it a trendy 90’s look.
The Riley runs a bit small in my opinion, I sized up one size from my usual to a 28″ and it fits perfectly.
Parker: The Parker sits a bit lower on the waist – as you an tell in the photo it hits right at my belly button. It’s still a great, flattering fit. If you’re on the shorter side this would likely be the better ‘high-rise’ fit for you. For those of us tall girls, I would call this a true mid-rise fit. The inseam on the Parker is much shorter, giving it a more traditional booty short type fit. The inseam is 2.5″.
The Parker fits true to size, I went with my usual 27″ and it fits perfectly.
Riley: As you can see in the above photos the Riley has a more trendy boyfriend short fit. This is a great if you want more coverage – the perfect shorts to run around in. The Riley has a bit of distressing and a slight fray to the hem. I’m wearing the color “snapshot”.
Parker: The Parker has the same small amount of distressing, but a much more significant frayed hem. Personally I like this better as I think the extra fray is really flattering. As mentioned above it’s a more traditional (and in my opinion timeless) jean short silhouette. I’m wearing the color “swapmeet”.
Honestly they are both really great jean shorts and I love both pairs! If you want to invest in only one pair this season I think you’ll be happy with the quality of either, so it really comes down to lifestyle and the look you want. If you want more coverage and planning on wearing the shorts around town running errands you may feel more comfortable in the Riley. If you want that classic, iconic jean short moment definitely go with the Parker.
I hope you found this Agolde jean shorts review helpful! Throughout I linked to the shorts at Nordstrom & Revolve, simply because those are stores I shop at most. You can get Agolde denim (both pair of shorts) at Bloomingdale’s , Anthropologie , Shopbop or Agolde.com.