The Quest for My Perfect Pair of Jeans

Is there anyone out there that truly enjoys shopping for jeans? Anyone? Bueller? The quest for my perfect pair of jeans has been at the forefront of my recent shopping trips.

The Quest for My Perfect Pair of Jeans
You see, my issue with jeans these days is that they aren’t true denim. Everything now seems to be a jegging or have a ridiculous amount of stretch. While that’s fine and dandy for some, it’s a pain for someone like me that fluctuates between sizes (I’m usually between a four and six). So, I might try on a bigger size that fits great, but within an hour the jeans stretch so much that I’m constantly pulling up my waistband. Or, if I put on a smaller size, I feel like a stuffed sausage until the jeans stretch. The thing is that I have relatively slender calves and a defined waist, but I also have slightly thicker thighs and hips, too. So, that can make it a challenge to find jeans that don’t gap at the waistline or bunch around my lower leg.

These are tough times that we’re living in people. πŸ˜‰

Anyways, the whole point of this post is to share a few brands and styles of jeans that seem to work okay if you’re in the same boat as me. I typically stick with skinny jeans, so that’s what most of these styles are.

| For many years now, I’ve sworn by Old Navy Rockstar jeans. While they have stretch, it isn’t over the top. They even have a built-in sculpt style now that helps suck everything in. I still prefer the classic fit, and I do size down to a 4 to accommodate the stretch (because they will stretch, trust me).

| I recently tried on a pair of Gap jeans, and they seemed to fit well. My only gripe is that the mid-rise seemed to fit more like a low-rise, which is a no-go for me. But, it could’ve just been the style that I had on. I’d be willing to try another pair and see how it goes.

| Surprisingly enough, my favorite pair of boyfriend jeans is from the Jennifer Lopez line at Kohl’s. These are what true denim should feel like, no give or stretch. They do run big – I actually own these in a 4, but by the end of the day I’m swimming in them.

| I just ordered my first pair of Articles of Society skinny jeans from Nordstrom. Apparently they are great for women with curvier thighs. Has anyone else tried these and had luck?

Of course, I know several people and bloggers swear by Madewell and slightly-more expensive denim. While good denim definitely is an investment, budgeting is real around here so I just can’t get myself to spend that kind of money. If you know of more affordable brands that fit the same as expensive brands, send that info my way!

Do you struggle with finding jeans? What are your favorite denim brands?

photo by Kim Kedinger Photography

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  1. 6.7.17

    You kind of just listed off my go-tos too! I’m between a 6 and an 8, and I typically go for the stretchier type that mold with my weight. Gap used to be my go to, and I’ve had a lot of luck with Levi. I loveeedd my pair of Articles of Society jeans, but I will say they wore out after about a year and a half of being the main pair of jeans I went to. Hope they work well for you!

    • 6.7.17

      I will have to check out Levi’s! I ended up sending my AOS jeans back because they just didn’t seem any better than some other jeans that I’ve tried on that were less money. I have a pair of American Eagle jeans coming for me today, so we will see how those work!

  2. 6.6.17

    Jeans really are one of the hardest things to shop for! I’ve heard other people rave about the rockstar jeans too, so I should definitely check them out. I’ve had good luck with Gap, and Banana being really good quality, plus they have good options for petite lengths.

    • 6.7.17

      You’re one of several people that have mentioned Banana Republic jeans, so I definitely need to check those out! The Rockstars have been so inconsistent lately – it seems like every pair that I get fits/feels different.

  3. 6.5.17
    Stacy said:

    I had lived by The Limited jeans, so I’m on the hunt for a new brand as well. I’ve got a pair of old flair leg jeans from Express that I really like the fit and feel, so I’m thinking I’ll try there for some new skinny jeans when the time comes that I need to retire my Limited jeans.

  4. 6.4.17
    Veronica Urbaniak said:

    I have thicker hips and thighs but a very narrow waist. Love finding recommendations from similar-shaped women! My current go-to is Express, either Rerock or Stella style, but would love some variety

    • 6.4.17

      So nice to hear recommendations from similar shaped/sized women! I just ordered a pair from American eagle based on reviews, and express is my next try!

  5. 6.3.17

    Oh heyyyyy cutie! I LOVE those jeans on you – and I’m always on the hunt for a new pair. I’m going to definitely be taking your tips to heart!

    In other news, I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend and finding time to relax!!! xx

    • 6.4.17

      Awe, thanks babe! I actually just ordered a pair of AE jeans (woah, throwback) based on reviews and recommendations. We will see how it goes!

      Hope you’re having the best weekend! xx

  6. 6.2.17

    finding the perfect jeans is truly a challenge. I don’t have a preferred brand. Most of my jeans are hand-me-downs from my mom’s closet hahaha.

  7. 6.1.17
    Emily said:

    Great suggestions here! I’m on the hunt for a new pair of jeans and will definitely be checking these out!
    Isn’t That Charming.

  8. 6.1.17

    I hope you like the Articles of Society jeans! They are my favorite brand currently. I have 3 pairs! I like old navy rockstars too, but sometimes they just feel so ‘paper’ thin like that they are uncomfortable to me. I’m pretty picky with my denim too! Yes, these are true #firstworldproblems we are having here lol!

    • 6.1.17

      They are arriving today, so I’ll be sure to report back how I feel about them! Old Navy definitely doesn’t make their Rockstars the same as they used to. I have a really old pair still and compared to the newer pairs, they just feel different. I’ve thought about trying their Super Skinny Jean instead to see if there’s a difference.

  9. 6.1.17

    I’m always on the hunt for the perfect pair of jeans. These days I am all about high waisted everything ;-)!

  10. 6.1.17
    Katie Elizabeth said:

    Jean shopping is SO HARD! It’s almost impossible to give recommendations because everyone is so different, but I’ve always had good luck with Banana Republic!

  11. 6.1.17

    I struggle because I have thick thighs but a smaller waist, so most fit tight in the legs and are too bunchy up front. American Eagle seems to work the best for me!

  12. 5.31.17

    I tried the articles of society in white and didn’t like them, but it could have just been the color. Jeans shopping is so hard! I love the Express pair I just got and also my pair from Madewell.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  13. 5.31.17
    Emily Dunham said:

    I have heard really good things about the articles of society jeans – can’t wait to hear what you think! I have a pair of cropped denim from Loft and absolutely love them. I think they are the curvy style and are a bit more high waisted which is so comfortable!

  14. 5.31.17

    Jean shopping is the worst! My favorites lately have been from Express, and I’m loving a pair from Rag & Bone that I found on super sale because I hear ya on budgeting <3

    Green Fashionista

  15. 5.31.17
    Christina Sotherden said:

    I can never find jeans that I love! I just recently tried Old Navy’s and loved them – I also like Loft and Banana Republic!

  16. 5.31.17

    I have the hardest time with denim. I have a pair of black DLs and I absolutely love them – I would highly recommend!

    Zelle | Southern Style

  17. 5.31.17
    Biana Perez said:

    I recently bought a pair of Old Navy jeans for the first time and oh my gosh do I love them!! I also love Ann Taylor’s denim – it’s about $70 for a pair of jeans, but they are wonderful! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • 6.1.17

      That’s not bad at all! I just can’t bring myself to go more than $100. Glad you like the old navy jeans, I do think they’re good for the price!

  18. 5.31.17

    Yes, the struggle is so real! Lately I’ve been loving denim from Banana Republic Factory. It is a thinner denim material with some stretch, but I don’t find myself pulling my pants up all the time, so they don’t stretch out much like most stretch denim. I have them in a straight leg/skinny style and also in bootcut. I love how the skinny pair fit- usually it’s a disaster to find that style of denim because I definitely don’t have pencil thin legs. When I get them on sale they’re around $35/pair which is amazing for my budget! I’ve also liked their ‘girlfriend’ fit denim, which does fit loose, so I’d recommend to size down unless you like the loose fit in a boyfriend style. Now, I’m pregnant, so I’m slowly phasing out of my favorite jeans and the search for good denim begins all over again. (Cue hand to forehead in a sign of distress). πŸ˜‰

    • 6.1.17

      Haha, oh no! The cycle for jeans starts again. So worth it for you, though. πŸ™‚ Lots of you have mentioned BR, so it sounds like I need to look there!

  19. 5.31.17
    Debra Stachelski said:

    I think we’re all in a never ending quest to find the perfect, affordable pair of jeans. The ones I turn to the most are made by Lee and Gloria Vanderbilt (guess I’m showing my age here!) I’ve wanted to try the NYDJ brand but can’t get myself to spend the money!

  20. 5.31.17
    Cassie Schelldorf said:

    I have a hard time finding jeans too (I think everyone woman does – ha!) I like Levi’s – they have 3 different inseam sizes so you can choose how high up you want the waist to be…and they feel like real jeans with a little stretch. They don’t really loosen up much either. My only pair is a mid-height but I think I’ll go with an extra inch next time. Hope you like your new jeans πŸ™‚

  21. 5.31.17
    Ashley said:

    Old Navy’s Rockstars are a great, budget friendly option that I have and love too! Mother Denim is my absolute favorite, but I typically only get them during one of the Shopbop sales and I’ve had the same pair(s) for years, so they definitely hold up!