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Jeans do not need to cost $200 to look and fit great. While there’s nothing wrong with spending that much on a pair of quote-unquote fashion jeans — live your truth! — there are plenty of brands out there making awesome denim for considerably less.
Below, here’s a list of 15 of our favorite brands making jeans for under $150. The roster includes mall brands like Uniqlo and BDG, indie labels like Warp + Weft and Reformation, and tried-and-true stalwarts like Levi’s and Madewell.
The Los Angeles-based brand Agolde bills itself as a premium denim label, but prices start at a (relatively) non-premium price of $118. This season, most of what’s under $150 is the skinny jeans (that includes distressed, black, and gray pairs), while straight legs and trendier styles run a bit higher. Sizing here ranges from 23 through 32.
Warp + Weft
Jeans from this size-inclusive brand run from 0 through 24, which isn’t the full spectrum of plus-size sizing but is considerably better than most denim brands that cap off around a size 12 or 14. Everything’s under $100, and styles err on the simple side: think medium and dark wash skinny jeans, moderately distressed straight legs, and a few bootcuts.
Don’t underestimate the Urban Outfitters brand; the jeans are surprisingly good, and pretty much all of them are under $100. (Plus, there are semi-frequent BOGO deals). Since this is Urban, expect a lot of super trendy stuff in sizes 24 through 34, like mom jeans and cropped flares and denim with rips in the butt cheeks. (If none of that’s your speed, there are also regular jeans, too.)
Jeans at Uniqlo are $39.90, making them some of the most affordable out there. Plus, hemming at the stores is free. Shop a wide range of fits — from high-rise slim to wide-leg and maternity — in sizes 23 through 36.
The O.G. jean brand is included on every denim list for a reason — the quality and price are still really good. Frequent sales and a long list of stockists makes it possible to get them for less than retail price, and the fact that the brand has been making jeans for literally forever means there’s not much ambiguity when it comes to fit. The selection includes plus-sizes (up to a 26) as well as petite and tall inseams.
Prices start at $125 and currently cap off at $135 at Industry Standard, where you can find a handful of classic fits in clean, solid washes. The fall lineup includes a white and a gray, as well as black and deep indigo. Sizes begin at 24 (some pairs come in 23) and go up to 32.
Eloquii’s jeans are all under $100 (most are around $80, and there are frequent sales) and include a wide range of styles, from sculpting skinny jeans to cropped wide legs, with some particularly trendy styles — like this patchwork pair — mixed in. Sizes start at 14 and go up to a 28 (though some styles don’t currently have inventory beyond a 24).
You don’t need us to tell you about Gap, or the fact that at any given time there is some sort of promotion happening at Gap, meaning you will rarely ever pay full-price at Gap. Sizing goes up to 35, with short, regular, and long inseams. Right now the brand is pushing a jegging in several washes and a pretty good-looking straight leg.
The denim selection at Modcloth includes simple staples, like these classic mid-rise skinny jeans, as well as pairs that are a little more funky, with details like a denim floral print and a vintage-looking button fly. The site stocks straight and plus-sizes, so expect a range that starts at XXS and goes up to 3X or 4X.
Most Blank NYC jeans are $88, with a few coming in higher than that (right now, nothing’s over $128). Styles run the full range here, with high-rise skinnies, slouchy fits, and embroidered styles. Washes are a bit on the embellished side — there’s lots of distressing, rips, frayed hems, and whiskering — so we wouldn’t suggest starting here if you’re looking for something plain.
J.Crew and Madewell
Prices for denim at Madewell and J.Crew both start at $98. Both brands offer petite, tall, and maternity, with a vast selection of styles. And, like Gap, there are pretty frequent sales. Both brands carry sizes 23 through 32, with a few pairs at J.Crew going up to 35.
If you’re looking for something outside of the mall, Courtshop is a great place to start. Denim begins at around $75 for simple skinny jeans, but most pairs are in the $135 range. However, sales bring those prices down to about $68.
Everlane’s first denim collection is pretty legit; there are three styles for women (a mid-rise skinny, a high-rise skinny, and “modern boyfriend”) in sizes 24 through 32, and they’re all priced at just $68 a pop.
Reformation’s in-house denim line is more afforable than a lot of the clothes; prices for jeans generally start at $128 and don’t go too much higher than that. The look is pretty specific — think vintage Levi’s without actually being vintage Levi’s — and mostly high rises and skinny or cigarette in classic washes, plus a few trendy styles like flares and this pretty cool belted pair.