The BEST Jeans To Buy Now & Why We Love Them

Screw the LBD. Forget the white button-down. Jeans are the real power players in your closet. While it can take years to uncover the perfect pair — it’s taken this editor a decade to find The One — once you do, your weekend uniform is essentially set for life.
We went straight to the source to find out which styles our favorite brands can't keep in stock, and exactly why they're such crowd-pleasers. If you’re still on the hunt for your go-to or are inspired to try something new, this should be your first stop. Click through and find your true blue.
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Brand: AYR
Bestselling Style: The Skinny, Jac's Jean

We've been eyeing this new brand ever since we first previewed it last year. Its big seller is a saturated inky blue wash that was based off of a jean that design director Jac Cameron broke in for seven years (hence the name).
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Brand: J Brand
Bestselling Style: The Tailored High-Rise Flare

Not only is this a popular style for J Brand, it happens to be the silhouette of the season thanks to fashion's '70s revival. The high rise, flat front, and longer hem make the style incredibly versatile; wear 'em to the office with a pretty blouse or on the weekend with a rad pullover.
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Brand: 3X1
Bestselling Style: The Boyfriend Selvedge White Stone Ripper

This NYC-based brand uses over 460 different selvedge fabrics to create pairs like this one (from Kurabo Mill in Japan). This pair has the perfect lived-in feel with distressing that will look like you came by it honestly.
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Brand: Mother
Bestselling Style: The Looker Frayed Ankle Jeans

The frayed hem is what makes this style so special and unique to Mother. When paired with heels, the disheveled ends look particularly cool.
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Brand: Paige
Bestselling Style: The Verdugo-Armstrong

This fabric features an innovative formula that's luxuriously soft and won't stretch out. The whiskering also adds a nice touch, but is tastefully done so as not to look straight out of 2001.
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Brand: Joe's
Bestselling Style: The Bernnie Boyfriend Trouser

If you're looking for a distressed pair that doesn't veer into Edward Scissorhands territory, these are the jeans for you. The knee rips are just enough, and the trouser-like slanted pockets dress up the style.
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Brand: Levi's Made & Crafted
Bestselling Style: The Empire Skinny Jeans

You can't really ever go wrong with Levi's. If you're looking for the perfect pair of dark-wash skinnies to wear every casual Friday and weekend all year long, this is it; the pair's made from quality, Italian stretch fabric in a rinse that just goes with everything.
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Brand: Genetic
Bestselling Style: The Shya Skinny

This isn't a pair of skinnies that gets saggy in random spots, thanks to its soft twill fabric that's slim through the hips and thighs. It also hits right below the ankle for a nice long look.
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Brand: AG Jeans
Bestselling Style: The Legging Ankle Contour

AG's signature skinny is made with Japanese denim that combines stretch with shape retention and comfort for a perfect fit. The slight whiskering near the pockets gives this pair that worn-in look — even if you're wearing it for the first time.
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Brand: Frame
Bestselling Style: Le Color Rip Skinny Jeans

A signature style in the collection, this specific jean has rips all the way down the legs, but the pair manages to not sacrifice on taste. The tears are discreet enough to keep your overall vibe put-together — with a proper edge.

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