During the reader survey, I got this comment, which inspired today’s post:
“I would like some jeans suggestions at a price point under $100. I just can’t pull the trigger to spend more than that! Is it really worth it?! I would like to read that blog post!”
I do think premium denim is worth it, with a few caveats. Always buy it on sale, and only if you’re going to wear them a lot. That said, there are perfectly good jeans for less than $100, so I’m going to do a roundup of those for you today!
I’ve ordered quite a few pairs over the past few weeks, trying to vet the best of the best. I’m sure there are other good ones out there, but this is what I’ve found. I’m also focusing mostly on skinny jeans because straight and bootcut styles are a whole different animal, and I need more time to research those. But what I set out to do is find good alternatives to my favorites that I wear over and over again. For size reference, I’m 5’5″ and 140# and I wear a 28 or 29 in most jeans, depending on the brand.
Best Denim Under $100
Vigoss Jagger $65 // I ordered the Jagger Ripped Skinny Jeans because they look very similar to my beloved AG raw hem legging ankle jeans (that incidentally are ON SALE!!! I also found them at Shoes.com of all places, although the price isn’t as good as it is at Saks Off 5th.) You can see them in the Spend & Save image above.
I love the fit on these, and the wash and distressing looks really good for the price point. They’re also very soft and comfortable. I think these are the jeans that impressed me the most.
These are selling out fast at Nordstrom, but I did find them on Amazon, so YAY! The Jagger is also available in a few other washes at Nordstrom This pair has a nice medium wash with a frayed hem and no distressing, so I ordered them to try for you. I’ll let you know how they do. For size reference, I’m wearing a size 28 in these.
Articles of Society Sarah $65 // This is another pair that are good dupes for my AG raw hem legging ankle jeans. These are thin and soft and really comfortable, and the fit is great. That said, I feel like the distressing looks kinda cheesy. I’m super picky about such things, but details like that are what sets premium denim apart from the less expensive brands.
These are good jeans, and I certainly don’t expect $64 jeans to look like $225 jeans, but if you’re looking for a similar-for-less style to my AG jeans, I’d go with the Vigoss shown above. For size reference, I’m wearing the 28.
also wearing: Madewell // Sam Edelman Felicia Flats
Blank NYC The Skinny Classique $60 // This is another good alternative to my AG skinnies. These are also really soft, and a little thicker than the Articles of Society, and I like the wash and the distressed details better. They’re also 30% off at Zappo’s, normally $98. (Pardon the slippers! I don’t have a picture with any other shoes, for some reason.) I’m wearing a size 28 for reference.
Madewell Roadtripper Jeans $75 // I’m super excited to tell you that these just got restocked because a lot of you wanted to try them. For a non-distressed jean in a darker wash, these are great. The fit is fantastic, they feel good on, and they look great too. They are stretchy so they may bag out a bit with wear, I didn’t wear them long enough to be sure, but in general Madewell jeans are known to be a great value.
I also love that Madewell is featuring extended sizes and models that aren’t all young and thin. Check out this page… SO refreshing.
Lucky Brand Brooke Legging Jeans $90 // I almost forgot to include these so I’m adding them in late! I’ve styled a few pairs of this style on the blog, and they’re really good. They fit well and they’re flattering, and they don’t stretch out terribly.
I also set out to find a good pair of black skinny jeans under $100, and I found some good ones!
I love my AG legging ankle jeans in black, and I also wear this Frame pair (pictured above) quite a lot, although I have to hitch them up all the time, which is annoying. (The AG pair is an inch shorter than the Frame.) For size reference, I wear a 28 in the AG and a 29 in Frame.
Someone recommended these Levi’s Slimming Skinny Jeans, and they’re a great price so I ordered a pair to try. I have to say, I’m pretty impressed at first attempt. They’re very figure flattering, and the price is great. I’m wearing a size 29.
My only complaint is the leg opening. It’s a little wide and cuts off my leg in a funny way. I can’t find the leg opening measurement anywhere, but the inseam length is 28″. I ordered the short because I wanted the ankle length.
LOFT Modern Skinny Jeans $70 // I was really impressed with these when I tried them. They’re a bit stiffer than the brands I typically wear, but the fit is fantastic. These are a 28 for reference. Best of all, they’re 50% off right now!
Given the way these fit and look on, I would recommend trying any of the LOFT Modern Skinny jeans. They have quite a few washes to choose from. I didn’t used to like LOFT jeans, but they’ve really improved, and I’m impressed.
That’s all I’ve got for you today. I wish I’d tried more non-distressed blue jeans, and of course there are always straight and bootcut styles. I hope to do a post on those another time.
For a bootcut style, I recommend trying the Wit & Wisdom Ab-solution Itty Bitty Bootcut Jeans. They come in regular (32″ inseam) and petite (30″ inseam). I’ve only tried the Ab-solution skinnies, but they’re really good. They do stretch out, though, so I recommend sizing down one.
Then there are boyfriend jeans and all the newer high waist cropped straight and flared styles. I’ve tried a few of those, most under $100, but none that I love. Of all the ones I’ve tried, I think I like these Levi’s best, but I didn’t keep them because I didn’t love the frayed hem. I’m still on the lookout for the perfect pair. I recommend sizing up if you order any of the Levi’s. They run really small.
I hope this was helpful. If you have any favorite jeans under $100, let us know about them in the comments!
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