You asked, and I delivered! It didn’t come as a surprise that jeans would be one of the first things my friends asked me to find for them under $100. I feel like we’re at this point in the shopping world where the price of a single pair of jeans has skyrocketed upwards of $300 without anyone batting an eyelash. If you’re curious about an Uber-expensive pair of jeans, please please PLEASE be wary. Last summer, I bought a pair of jeans from L’Agence in an attempt to build out an ‘adult’ wardrobe after graduating from L.M.U. The pair ran me $325 and I spent nearly a third of my savings at the time. Within a month, the fabric had grown thin around my waistband and across the back pockets. I returned them immediately and got a full refund, as well as a new pair to take home for free because the very kind people at Barneys felt bad.
Sure enough, the same thing happened after a month of wear. It should be stated the I didn’t put either pair of jeans in the washing machine. I simply hand washed as necessary, and the same thing happened AGAIN. Now, a year later, they hardly stay up around my waist, and end up sagging in the butt area after less than an hour of wear.
If that doesn’t make you want to be more aware of how much your denim is costing, nothing will. Also, I should note that finding a list of 11 pairs of jeans I trusted under $100 wasn’t easy. SO many of the jeans I wear everyday are in the $100-$125 mark. If you would like me to do a Under $200 post just for jeans, let me know!
But, on we go. From tried and true classics to newer brands, these are my picks for the best denim on the market right now. Just like last time, none of these jeans are currently on sale. Happy shopping!
White jeans are a key part of every summer wardrobe. If you’re not into a skinny pair — I don’t blame you, they’re daunting — try this pair from the newly relaunched Rolla’s label.
The Wedgie jeans have been on everyone’s feeds recently, so why not yours? They’re a wider leg fit with a more relaxed fit, so they work for everyday.
I’m almost positive that the price on these has increased since the last time I’ve bought them — I distinctly remember them being $70 — but these are pretty stellar jeans, nonetheless. They’re a great entry-level jean, AND they come in tall and petite inseams, which saved me in high school.
A great standard jean from a brand that prides itself on making amazing basics for even better price points. I’ve been meaning to try this exact pair, but I’m not sure what size to pick up.
If you’re looking for something a little different when it comes to your jeans, this style from Madewell should be your go-to. I recently asked on my instagram about what jeans I should feature here, and options from Madwell were everyone’s #1 pick.
Tall girls, where you at? The high rise and flared style will make you look even taller. Plus, they’re a little different from your normal pair of black jeans, so you have every reason to buy them for the fall.
If you’re in love with vintage jeans but you’re not in love with digging through piles and piles of them at your local shop, consider these from Reclaimed Vintage Inspired. They take inspiration from styles of the past and make them a bit more modern and flattering.
These are perfect if you’re looking for a borrowed-from-the-boys style when it comes to your jeans. From the frayed edge to the distressing at the knees, consider these your new weekend staple.
These are the perfect mix between a workwear-inspired trouser and a pair of lived in jeans. Plus, their neutral color makes them perfect for any #stickofbutter-inspired looks you have up your sleeve this summer.
Reformation is already beloved for their sustainable approach to fashion, and their jeans are nothing short of perfection. These come in a complete size range and retail for under 100 and help save the planet. Need I say more?
I love finding a new brand, especially when it comes to denim. This pale gray style is the summer update to your usual black pair.