I’ve always had a complicated relationship with jeans. On one hand I love a classic “Americana” look of blue jeans and a jacket. On another, a lot of jeans that I had experience with in the past had some sort of flaw – some were too stiff and restrictive to wear, some were simply unflattering to most body types and did not “hug” you in all the right places. And the quality of a lot of fast-fashion jeans left a lot more to desire. So I stuck to pants and skirts for most of my sartorial choices. However, in 2019 I’ve revisited a lot of my presumptions about denim and I was pleasantly surprised with the quality, ingenuity and most importantly fit that a lot of brands – some old and some new – are creating in this space. Without further ado, here are 6 such brands whose jeans I’ve been loving this year:

Jen 7

Made in L.A., this sister brand of 7 For All Mankind, offers a more traditional approach to premium jean making – with focus on the fit and tailoring rather than the latest fad. All of their jeans feature one killer feature – a contoured waistband to prevent the dreadful gapping at the waist.

Wearing: High Waisted Coated Ankle Skinny Jeans

American Giant

Ok, so these aren’t technically “jeans” but if you are looking for weekend pants made with a thicker fabric that won’t look out of place at a weekend hangout, at the yoga studio and still make it to the office on Monday, look no further. And they are made in the U.S. and sold online with Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) model to save you $$$.

Wearing: The Pant in Super Black

CLOSED

This German brand that is still family-run began in 1978 and 40+ later still caters to”IT” girl with “French imagination. Italian craftsmanship. And German tradition.”

Wearing: Baker High Indigo Denim

Everlane

Another Direct-to-Consumer brand on the list. In addition to saving you dough online, Everlane style can be described as modern and hip workwear. They just opened an outpost in the heart of Brooklyn where they will cater to their clientele of young professionals, artists and creatives.

Wearing: The High-Rise Skinny Jean

J Brand

Another cult jeans brand out of L.A. Their soft and stretchy jean fabric will hug you in all the right places. This is what made this brand famous to begin with.

Wearing: Maria High-Rise Super Skinny In Seriously Black

Levi’s

An American Classis is still going strong after all these years. One of the rarest brands that has never lost it’s “cool” factor.

Wearing: 501s

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