While trends tend to entertain the masses for a short time, jeans are here to stay, especially as the turn of a new decade has consistently proven that.
And, while there’s certainly no shortage of brands offering denim bottoms that will accentuate anything you want, choosing the perfect pair can sometimes be a challenge.
No matter how you cut them — from TikTok’s famous mom jeans to the seamless high waist — the best places to buy jeans offer a range of fits that will suit your preferred style, wash, and budget.
From Abercrombie and Everlane to Levi’s and Lulus – to high-end retailers like Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, we’ve rounded up the best places to buy jeans, divided by the style you want.
Scroll through the only jeans style guide you’ll ever need. Whether you want to team your look with one of our favorite winter bodysuits or sweaters or just add some fresh denim to your wardrobe, we’ll have you dressed to perfection.
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What exactly are mom jeans? Made popular in the late 80s and early 90s, this trendy pair is known for making your booty look flatter and longer, while having a slightly relaxed fit towards the hem.
Not to mention, this is one of the most versatile denim designs to date. We love Abercrombie’s Curve Love High-Rise Mom Jeans ($79.20), as well as Urban Outfitters’ Pair ($41.40) and Wild Fable’s Distressed Super High-Rise Mom Jeans ($22) available at Target.
Ranking the best mom jeans, we find that both Abercrombie and Target have excellent selections.
High waist jeans
The high waist, otherwise known as the “tuck-it-in,” the seamless pair, is, as the name suggests, on the rise.
As one of the most popular with an incredible number of hem choices – from skinny to fit and flare – the options are endless. Our favorites include NYDJ’s Ami Skinny Jeans ($119), Lovers and Friends’ Ryan High-Rise Loose Straight ($148) available at Revolve, and Free People’s Boyish The Ricky Jeans ($158).
If you’re looking for more affordable options, we recommend shopping at Nordstrom and Amazon, though Lulu’s and Madewell have some of the broadest collections we’ve seen.
If we’re being honest, we’ve never had to deal with such a paltry debate, other than the skinny leg vs. straight leg phenomenon in recent times. But, they remain a classic, especially to tighten your buttocks and your ankles in the right places.
We’re all about Lulus’ Too Trendy Raw Hem High-Rise Skinny Jeans ($72), Citizens of Humanity’s Chrissy Long High-Rise Skinny ($198) available at Revolve, and 7 For All Mankind’s Aubrey Skinny Jeans ($129 ) that you can buy at Bloomingdale’s.
For more budget-friendly options, score some great skinny jeans finds at Everlane, Macy’s and rather impressively, Amazon.
Boyfriend jeans, also known as the loose, relaxed fit, are ideal for a number of reasons, one being their unmatched comfort.
For that reason (and more), we love AGOLDE’s Tapered Baggy Jeans ($188) available at Free People, Frame’s Le Garcon Mid-Rise Distressed Slim Boyfriend Jeans ($220) at Bloomingdale’s, and Levi’s New Boyfriend Jeans ($31). $.46) that you can score on Amazon.
But the styles don’t stop there. Find even more closet-worthy selections from J.Crew, Anthropologie and Good American, the latter oh-so-popular.
Straight cut jeans
You can’t go wrong with the straight leg, non-negotiable to wear with your favorite ankle boots or heels.
Our top three pairs include Free People’s Maggie Mid-Rise Straight Jeans ($78), Good American’s Weekender Jeans ($155), and Mother’s The Ditcher Cropped Jeans ($248) available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Plus, you can pick up more flattering pairs at Urban Outfitters, Everlane, and Rails.
boot cut jeans
Bootcut isn’t just for boots, folks. This edgy yet simplistic fit is here to stay, especially with GRLFRND’s Melanie High-Rise Bootcut ($225), Express’s Mid-Rise Supersoft Pair ($80), and Express’s Bootcut Flex Motion Regular Fit Jeans. Lee ($27) available at Amazon.
Without forgetting that the buffet of bootcut jeans remains vast. Shop more waitlist-inducing styles from Spanx, Levi’s and Nordstrom.
We’ve reviewed several pairs of our favorite curvy jeans (spoiler alert: they’re from Abercrombie), but so many dreamy pairs are blessing the market these days.
From Abercrombie’s star of the show Curve Love High-Waisted Mom Jeans ($79.20) to head-turning pairs – like Citizens of Humanity’s Calista Curve Jeans ($258) and Curvy Stovepipe Jeans by Madewell ($135), the world is yours. Or rather, fashion show.
plus size jeans
While plus-size jeans can sometimes be tricky to score, we’ve scoured the mill (retailer websites, that is) to find the most flattering fits that will hug and flaunt all the right places.
We recommend Madewell’s The Plus Perfect Vintage Jean ($128), Ava & Viv’s Plus Size Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans ($19.99) from Target, and Bandolino’s Plus Size Mandie Five-Pocket Perfect-Fit Jean ($23.62) on Amazon.
And, if you’re looking for one of the most flattering light wash options, look no further than Levi’s 501 Original Cropped Jeans ($87.98)
No, you don’t have to live in swing dresses and hoodies while moving with your baby bump. Jeans are some of the most flattering looks to wear, not to mention the growing amount of fits and washes available.
We love Abercrombie’s Maternity Ankle Straight Jeans ($71.20), Madewell’s Maternity Side Panel Skinny Jeans ($64.99) and J.Crew’s Maternity Jeans ($56) for to name a few pairs under $100.
For smaller frames, the most important thing to avoid when browsing shelves for jeans is unwanted bunching around the back leg area. While we support straight and looser fits, you want to make sure the pair you choose accentuates your figure.
That said, The Loft is by far the best place we’ve found to shop for tiny jeans. Her curated tiny jeans boutique sets the bar high, especially with the High-Waisted Button-Front Skinny Skinny Jeans ($79.50).
But, we also consider Levi’s Wedgie Icon Fit Distressed High-Rise Cropped Jeans ($89.50) to be a great option, along with GRLFRND’s Karolina Petite High-Rise Straight Crop ($195), a pair worthy of splurging. Revolve.
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