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What To Buy? Our Denim By Price Point Guide To Shopping For Jeans

The denim industry’s all-out explosion of options, from designer to discount and novelty to classic, is a double edged sword. While we  all have five times as many options for jeans shopping as we did just a few years ago, that means there are more potential candidates to weed through before you find the brand with the perfect fit for you. And while fit is the ultimate deal breaker, you’ve also got fabrication, wash, price, and overall aesthetics to think about. Dang!

But never fear—we’re gonna make it a little easier for you, by breaking down some of our favorite brands into price points that work with your budget, and selecting our favorite currently-available jeans from each. You can scroll, click, shop, or take notes on which jeans you want to try on next time you’re braving the fitting room. Got a question about your body type or a brand you want to know more about? Email us, tweet at us, or ask us on facebook!

denim therapy by price point shopping guide

Denim Under $100

1. Forever21 Denim. Let’s just say it is hard to turn down Forever 21 jeans. Not only do they produce fun, on-trend styles, but you can’t beat the price! Quality is obviously not top notch, but you can wear out a pair of F21 jeans for over six months before they’ll need some Denim Therapy. While they have your classic blue jeans, they also have cuter, younger looks (rhinestones… we can’t really comment, but think prints, colors, and fun accents).

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Our recommendations for Forever21 Men’s

Forever 21 Classic Slim jeans ($21.90) – buy it at Forever 21.
Forever 21 Slim Fit Jeans ($33.90) – buy it at Forever 21.

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Our recommendations for Forever21 Women’s

Forever 21 Premium Denim Colored Skinnies ($22.80) – buy it at Forever 21.
Forever 21 Damask Skinny Jeans ($29.80) – buy it at Forever 21.

2. Express Denim. Express denim looks more expensive than it actual is, and that’s always a plus. They have best-sellers like bright colored denim, a range of stretch-skinnies, distressed dark wash, etc. Their men’s selection is almost as varied as their women’s, with straight leg, boot cut, slim fit, and other styles available.

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Our recommendations for Express Men’s

Express Extra Slim Fit Straight Leg Zach Jean ($88) – buy it at Express.
Express Slim Fit Straight Leg Rocco Jean ($88) – buy it at Express.
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Our recommendations for Express Women’s

Express Flare Leg Stella Regular Fit Jean ($69.90) – buy it at Express.
Express Zelda Jean Legging ($79.90) – buy it at Express.

3. Lucky Brand Denim. What we really love about Lucky jeans is that while they have a simple look to them, their great fit makes them good for everyday. These are not jeans for risk-takers—the styles are classic, the washes are versatile (but not head-turning), and they carry your basic fits in men’s and women’s.

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Our recommendations for Lucky Brand Men’s

Lucky 121 Heritage Slim Jeans ($99) – buy it at Lucky Band.
Lucky 487 Relaxed Fit Jeans ($99) – buy it at Lucky Brand.

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Our recommendations for Lucky Brand Women’s

Lucky Brand Zoe Skinny Jeans ($99) – buy it at Lucky Brand.
Lucky Brand Charlie Capri Jeans ($99) – buy it at Lucky Brand.


Denim From $100 – $200

1. Hudson Jeans. Hyper-stylish Union-Jack-wearing denim brand Hudson is a cult favorite for a reason. The fit is great, the brand DNA has major sex appeal, and their collaborations and products are innovative and exciting! Their mens and womens denim range works for every customer .You can feel confident that you’ll find a solid pair of jeans no matter what style you get.

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Our recommendations for Hudson Jeans Men’s

Hudson Buckley Five Pocket Athletic Fit in Athletics ($154) – buy it at Hudson Jeans.
Hudson Beau Five Pocket Micro Boot ($189) – buy it at Hudson Jeans.

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Our recommendations for Hudson Jeans Women’s

Hudson Nico Super Sinny in Purple Coated ($198) – buy it at Hudson Jeans.
Hudson Sadie Mid Rise Wide Leg Trouser in Burgess ($176) – buy it at Hudson Jeans.


2. AllSaints Jeans. Allsaints jeans = rock’n’roll. If you want some edge in your wardrobe, you can’t go wrong with this brand’s attention to details (vintage-inspired hardware, 3-D baked creases and resin finishes on some jeans) coupled with desirable price points (none of their jeans are over $150, including their raw and selvage denim).

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Our recommendations for AllSaints Jeans Men’s

AllSaints Luger Cropper Runner Jeans ($120) – buy it at AllSaints.
AllSaints Moonshine Texel Jeans ($150) – buy it at AllSaints.

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Our recommendations for AllSaints Jeans Women’s

AllSaints Huko Pipe Skinny in Petrol ($150) – buy it at AllSaints.
AllSaints Petrel Brodie in Black ($130) – buy it at AllSaints.


3. Current/Elliott. Current/Elliott is known for re-introducing the Boyfriend jean and getting the hype back up to “must have” status. They’re a go-to denim brand for flattering fits and refreshing takes on denim separates. Their subtly arched waistbands protect your modesty and heritage denim inspirations in their designs, season after season, provide jeans for women and men that will outlast most fashion trends.

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Our recommendations for Current/Elliott Men’s

Current/Elliott The Relaxed Straight in Cove ($184) – buy it at REVOLVE Clothing.
Current/Elliott The Slim Straight in Cast Iron ($178) – buy it at REVOLVE Clothing.

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Our recommendations forCurrent/Elliott Women’s

Current/Elliott The Stiletto In Grey Leopard  ($198) – buy it at REVOLVE Clothing.
Current/Elliott The Ankle Skinny in Dahla ($167) – buy it at REVOLVE Clothing.

Denim From $200 – $250
1. Nudie Jeans Co. Nudie Jeans Co. believes denim is like a memory log of your life (we couldn’t agree more). All of their dry denims are made from organic cotton, and the company encourages you to break in your raw jeans through living your life and seeing what kind of stains and abrasions show up. The Swedish label doesn’t explicitly delineate between men’s and women’s denim, which gives you all the more options for fit and style.

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Our recommendations for Nudie Jeans Co. Men’s

Nudie Jeans Thin Finn in Black Coated Indigo ($225) – buy it at Revolve Clothing
Nudie Jeans Average Joe Jeans in Dark Organic Used ($225) – buy it at Bloomingdales

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Our recommendations for Nudie Jeans Co. Women’s

Nudie Jeans Grim Tim Dark Night Jeans ($249) – buy it at SSENSE
Nudie Jeans Tight Long John Black Jeans ($200) – buy it at SSENSE


2. Acne. Acne does denim and it does denim well. The Stockholm line produces jeans that look classic and chic enough that they’ll probably never go out of style. No pair is overly-trendy or too outrageous, making them the perfect jeans to pair with everything and to grow alongside you (and your fashion preferences).

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Our recommendations for Acne Men’s

Acne Moc Raw Jean ($203) — buy at farfetch
Acne Max Cash Jean ($242) — buy at farfetch

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Our recommendations for Acne Women’s

Acne Needle high-rise stretch-denim skinny jeans ($230) – buy at Net-A-Porter
Acne Dark Flex Jeans Dark ($230) – buy at Gargyle


3. Vince Denim. L.A.-based Vince Denim is known for its casual-cool aesthetic–think ’70s-inspired flares and lightly whiskered, distressed jeans–and its sleek, slimming lines. Instead of sticking with just plain blue jeans, the brand also offers an array of colors ranging from rust to forest green to chartreuse to coral, allowing you to easily select jeans for many different occasions. Day? Night? Work? The country club? They’re game.

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Our recommendations for Vince Denim Men’s

Vince Denim Slim Leg Jeans in Cannon ($225) — buy it at Vince
Vince Denim Straight Leg Jeans in Smuggler ($225) — buy it at Vince

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Our recommendations for Vince Denim Women’s

Vince Denim Fonda Trouser Jeans, Nella ($225) — buy it at Neiman Marcus
Vince Denim Easy Rider Aiko Jeans ($225) — buy it at Neiman Marcus


Denim From $250 +

1. MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA. Forget blue jeans! Try denim in different colors for a change! Don’t get us wrong, we love our blues, but sometimes its good to venture out. Not sure where to start? Check out Maison Martin’s selection of colored denim. From brights to toned down washed out tones, there’s definitely something for the daring fashionista in everyone.


Our recommendations for MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA Men’s

Maison Martin Margiela slim fit purple jeans ($465) — buy it at SSENSE.
Maison Martin Margiela J-pocket jeans ($440) — buy it at Barney’s Co-Op.

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Our recommendations for MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA Women’s

Maison Martin Margiela fushchia jeans ($490) — buy it at Neiman Marcus.
MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela faded brown skinny jeans ($340) — buy it at SSENSE.


2. Balmain. It might cost you a pretty penny but you can always count on Balmain to have you looking like rock n’ roll royalty. It’s no secret we’re fans of the brand and its iconic biker-style jeans, but nowadays this rockin’ brand offers much more than that. If waxed boot cut jeans sound intriguing, then we’re totally on the same page.

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Our recommendations for Balmain Men’s

Balmain paneled biker jeans ($1,265) — buy it at Barney’s New York.
Balmain ultra slim fit stretch jeans ($970) — buy it at Luisa Via Roma.

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Our recommendations for Balmain Women’s

Balmain off-white mid-rise skinny jeans ($1,685) — buy it at Net-A-Porter.
Balmain waxed fustain boot cut jeans ($1,223) — buy it at Luisa Via Roma.


3. DSQUARED2. No one does cool, cutting edge denim with killer personality like Dsquared2. Definitely not for the timid, a pair of these babies are sure to get you noticed. Perfectly distressed and detailed to perfection, there’s no going wrong with Dsquared2.

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Our recommendations for DSQUARED2 Men’s

Dsquared2 biker leather patch jeans ($730) — buy it at Dsquared2.
Dsquared2 aged dark wash slim fit jeans ($495) —buy it at Forward by Revolve.

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Our recommendations for DSQUARED2 Women’s

Dsquared2 distressed dark wash jeans with leather appliques ($690) — buy it at Dsquared2.
Dsquared2 dirty paneled biker jeans ($895) — buy it at Luisa Via Roma.

Happy shopping!


—DT Staff

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Posted Nov 22 2011 in Denim Buys
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