Ask a stranger on the street about the one thing she wears most, and we'd hazard a guess that she'd choose jeans. The humble staple is a key element in our day-to-day wardrobes—a far cry from denim's origins as work pants—with every season presenting a new take. But we know that having too many choices can feel more stressful than having no choices at all (ah, the paradox), making shopping for denim a bit tricky.
Our solution? We tapped seven women in the fashion industry, from editors to stylists to models, to share the jeans they've made the anchor of their rotation. Below, you'll find a tried-and-true list of jeans in-the-know women wear on repeat. While finding your own personal "magic" jeans isn't a perfect science, here's hoping some inspiration can make your search just a little bit easier. See their picks below, along with a few extras that we love.
"I discovered these babies [by Tortoise] on my trip to China over the summer, and I've been in love ever since! They're the best high-waisted, directional, comfy pair I own, and I'll never break up with them! The wash is on point, and the rise is perfection."
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"My favorite denim for spring is the Wide Leg Crop by Re/Done. They have everything I love right now—they're high-waisted, have a lighter wash, and feature a frayed hem for an undone vibe. The cropped length allows you to wear them with any shoe style (like a sneaker or ankle boot), and I think a wide-leg style really makes a statement. Re/Done kills it!"
"I love boyfriends. I love to dress them up and down, playing them super boyish or sexy depending on the mood. They are ALWAYS comfy, and that's my main concern when buying jeans. I love Levi's and Good American because they offer quality basics in a variety of styles."
"My favorite pair of jeans right now is Anine Bing's Jackie jeans. I discovered them in Paris over Thanksgiving, and they've been my go-tos ever since. I'm obsessed with their fit—they're super flattering and the perfect high-waisted straight-leg jeans. The Jackie jeans are essentially what I've always looked for in a vintage pair of jeans, except no alterations needed."
"I find my body type lends itself to mom jeans. You'll never find me in any denim that's skin-tight or super skinny at the ankle. So when I'm not wearing my classic Levi's 501s, you'll find me living in Agolde's mom-style jeans in various washes. They're not too tight and not too loose, hit right at the waist, and have just the right hint of stretch. The brand is actually a sister brand of Citizens of Humanity, but since it's still lesser-known, it's like my best-kept secret (not anymore, I guess!)."
"My go-to jeans are the plus-size version of Levi's boyfriend cut. It's so hard to find good, non-skinny-cut jeans above a size 14—not to mention ones that don't feel like leggings. These are made of a 97% cotton, so they look and feel much more like a true denim than their competition. When it comes to fit, they sit snug on the hip and then fall straight down without bunching. I was gifted this specific pair from the brand, so their in-house team distressed them for me, which made me love them even more. If and when they rip in the inner thigh—the no-thigh-gap struggle is real, people—I'll be getting out my own scissors on the next pair."
"The silhouette of Grlfrnd's Natalia jeans is MAGIC. They make my legs look a million miles long, and the high-waisted button-fly creates that 'S' line women chase. I have a few friends with different body types who also have these jeans, and they look amazing on all of them."