It’s funny to think that there was a point in my life where I didn’t love jeans. In fact, I hated them. I was in elementary school and could not stand they way they felt, so I resorted to wearing only leggings—long ones in the winter and the short biker ones in the summer—paired with a long t-shirt. Was this anyone else’s childhood outfit of choice? In middle school I warmed up to denim a little bit and wore overalls—a lot. Speaking of overalls, I kind of want this pair—am I too old for them? But it wasn’t until later in middle school that I finally tried on the right pair of jeans, the adult Gap bell bottoms instead of the size 16 kids that were too wide and short for me, to really fall in love with denim.
Thankfully, my style has evolved and the low slung, bell bottoms of my younger years are behind me. Though, who knows, maybe they’ll come back in style. Everything seems to make a comeback!
These days, I live in jeans! Mostly of the skinny variety, but other than my tried and true skinny jeans, I have three other pairs that I absolutely love and wear every single week. What makes them even better is that they’re all under $100 and pretty much always in stock!
Must-Have Jeans Under $100
Wedgie Icon Jeans
This was my first pair of Levi’s and since then, I’ve fallen in love! They’re affordably priced and I love the cut. I also love that this pair doesn’t stretch. I know, that may sound weird, but there’s something uniquely flattering about a tailored pair of jeans like this that looks a bit retro and makes your booty look great (even though mine’s pretty flat!). The Wedgie Icon style comes in a variety of washes too. I think I’m also going to have to get this washed black pair! I ordered my regular size here and they are a bit tight on my waist, so if you want them to fit a little looser, you might order a size up.
Distressed Skinny Jeans
Hands down, these jeans might be one of my best purchases EVER. Yes, I did say that. This is also one of my most sold items, meaning, you guys love these too. They’re soft, get softer with every wash and look cute with just about everything. I’ve worn them here, here, here and here—and that’s just a few of the times I’ve worn these! They’re slightly loose, but not totally boyfriend jeans. I think mine have also stretched out a bit overtime. These are lower rise and sit on your hips. I wear my normal size in this pair.
721 Ripped High Waist Skinny Jeans
This pair of high waisted skinny jeans (also available here) is my newest pair and also Levi’s. These actually do have a bit of stretch, so if that’s more you’re thing, you might like these better. They’re high-waisted and are super flattering and comfortable. The rips might not be great on super cold days, but I love that they give the jeans a casual, edgy flair. The dark wash is also really pretty and makes them look a bit nicer than some of my other pairs. Overall, if you’re looking for a good pair of affordable jeans, you really can’t go wrong with Levi’s. Oh, and I wear my regular size in these!
Do you have any favorite pairs of jeans? What brands and cuts do you wear most?