Over the years jeans have become quite a status symbol with a lot of technical jargon – origin, selvedge or non-selvedge, raw, etc – but with these details, comes higher prices, for the most part. There’s no fret though as a good pair of jeans doesn’t have to break the bank account. Brands like Levi’s and Wrangler have been staples for many for over a century for their durability and versatility. They aren’t the only ones and there are many other brands that won’t cost you over $100 that you can wear from the office to a night out.
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Premium denim has gone from premium price and quality to — in some cases — just premium quality (without the huge price tag). Check out some of the best styles for under $100 below.
The trademark Slim Fit by DSTLD is a cut that’ll suit many body types. They also come in a dark wash with slight fading that provides versatility.
A clean dark blue is and should be a staple in all closets. These by Everlane have a smart look of raw denim without the breaking in and rigidity that has become synonymous with Japanese denim.
UNIQLO offers selvedge denim without the heavy price tag – even at a lower price point than even what you would expect from lower priced selvedge. These are a lightweight style with subtle stretch to allow movement without sacrificing the look.
The Unbranded Brand offers raw selvedge styles that any denimhead will love without the higher price points.
GAP has always offered styles that rival the most premium brands without the heavy price points. Their GapFlex styles offer stretch without the elasticized plush look that is common with stretch jeans.
The Straight-Leg is a standard cut that suits just about anyone and not to mention very on-trend at the moment. This pair allows you to try out the dad trend and without taking the trend literal.
J. Crew takes pride in offering premium pieces without the heavy price points and everyone needs that perfect medium to light wash – these are it. They are that perfect pair for the days off and can even work for the office
White jeans should be more of a staple than most think. As many can be on the more sheer side, these have the opacity that’ll give you a smart look that even some of the most premium brands still don’t get right.
The 511 is one of Levi’s most popular styles. They are in pretty much in every guys closet and in a black wash, they will go with everything.
The pair that started it all and still killing the game. Enough said.
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