I didn’t think I was a denim girl. Until I actually looked at how many pairs I owned.
I definitely love denim. It’s been 1000% confirmed. In my opinion, there’s nothing better than a great pair of jeans. The only thing that isn’t so fun is FINDING the perfect pair of jeans that work for you.
In total transparency, I’ve ranged from a size 24-27/28 in jeans. Last year, I wore a 27 in jeans. Between stress from 2020, and using yoga to strengthen and tone, I’m now a size 24 in most jeans (sometimes a 25). I say this not to brag or because I want to show off my jean size, but because I want to make sure I’m helping you find YOUR new favorite pair of jeans. Since I’ve recently been through such a range of sizes, I think I’ve nailed the denim search. I’m also 5’2 with a smaller waist, bigger hips, and almost no booty.
Now let’s get into my top brands and styles that I LOVE. I was originally going to share this post later this week, but needed to share today after I found all of them on sale. YAY!!!
I want to start out with the most expensive of the brands I’m sharing. I pretty much swore I was never going to splurge on A. Golde jeans. I think it was because I had a pair of Rag & Bone jeans and a pair of Paige jeans. So I thought I was done with the splurging. But naturally, I was influenced. I saw these jeans floating around the internet and fell in LOVE with the color. I was looking for a lighter, vintage wash pair of jeans for a while and decided to give these a try. Thanks to Cyber Week sales, they’re 25% off. If you shop through the LIKEtoKNOW.it app, you’ll get an additional 10% off!
If you like rigid denim, you’re going to love these. The color, the fit, it’s all really, really great. I am SO impressed by these jeans. That shouldn’t have surprised me as much as it did considering how much I loved the Parker shorts when I did my denim short guide (also seen here, here, and here). The jeans were the EXACT pair I was looking for (styled them on Instagram here and here).
SIZING TIP: Order your normal size as they WILL stretch out. It will not feel like that when you put them on, but PLEASE trust me. As long as you can button them, you’ll be fine after a few wears. I wear a 24 in this style.
2020 was the very first year I purchased a pair of the highly-raved about Madewell denim. I bought them during a sale over Labor Day, and finally understood what the hype was about. Their high rise skinny jeans are UNMATCHED in my opinion. They’re the perfect, soft, stretchy denim and I have them in this wash and in black! I’m also REALLY into exposed button flies right now, so when I saw these, I knew I needed to get them.
SIZING TIP: Since these do have a good amount of stretch, I would take your true size or size down! I’m wearing a 24 and they fit perfectly.
My first pair of Everlane denim was actually a skinny black pair (worn here). Then I got the dark wash pair. Then I got the cheeky kick crop (worn here). And overall, I loved every pair! I think Everlane nailed their fits. They have a range of sizes, and I love that they show how their jeans look on different bodies. Major plus in my book!
I’ve always been a fan of Everlane (I think since 2015 or 2016). I think their brand is pretty much what my style encompasses (cozy, minimal, neutral). Their High Rise Authentic Stretch jeans are really, really wonderful. If you purchase them, they’ll be a staple in your closet without a doubt in my mind. Right now, they’re on sale for $48 and I could not recommend them more. If you’re in the market for a great, well-made pair of skinny jeans, these are for you.
SIZING TIP: These run pretty TTS, but if you’re in between sizes, I’d go down one size as there is a good amount of stretch. If you’re short like me, go with the ankle length.
When I tell you I used to LIVE in Abercrombie & Fitch, I really mean it. My dad would take my sister into the city or to a mall in New Jersey to go shopping for hours. My ENTIRE wardrobe was Abercrombie & Fitch. It was awesome LOL.
Naturally, I outgrew Abercrombie (plus, they went through a period of horrible leadership and therefore their image was tarnished). And then in 2018, I noticed the company was making a HUGE comeback. They went from logos everywhere to trendy, affordable, good quality pieces. And that’s when I started shopping at Abercrombie again.
I remember the first pair of jeans I bought from them in my adult life (lol) were two pairs of these wide legs. They fit insanely well, and I just wanted more and more! I remember shooting this outfit and being OBSESSED with it in every way.
SIZING TIP: Although I would end up saying their jeans run TTS, they’re probably on the smaller end of the scale. For example, I wear a 24 in A.Golde and Madewell jeans, but I tend to stick to size 25 in Abercrombie.
My first pair of Levi jeans were a pair I found on Amazon (I styled them here). I cannot for the life of me figure out what actual style they were – but they came pre-cuffed and I WAS OBSESSED. I thought they made me look SO cool. I remember being super into boyfriend jeans, and these were just perfect. Then, I later got the 501 Skinnys and wore the CRAP out of them. And then when I started working at Free People, I was introduced to the Wedgies (pictured above and also in a pair here) which became my GO TO jean for 2 years. What I love about Levi’s is their brand history and their true authentic denim. I typically gravitate towards their rigid denim, but they do offer denim with stretch.
SIZING TIP: Again, if you’re going the rigid denim route, as long as you can button and/or zip, you’re good! They’ll start to give with some wear. When you’re buying white denim, I would size up — that’s been my experience when purchasing white Levi’s.
And there you have it! My favorite jeans within a ton of different price points. I guess I’m 1000% a denim gal when I actually think about it LOL. If you have any questions about sizing shoot me a DM or email! Also, all of these looks are linked in the LIKEtoKNOW.it app or on this page.
photos by allie provost (unless a mirror pic, then duh)