Sure, you could spend half your paycheck on a pair of jeans—lookin’ at you, Vetements—but with all the wearable, affordable options out there, we can think of a few other places we’d rather put our money (like, for instance, a European vacation on which to wear them).
Finding your new favorite pair of jeans is cause for celebration no matter what, but when they ring in at less than $100, it can feel like a small miracle. While I’ve loved plenty of designer denim over the years, some of my all-time go-tos have been budget-friendly buys from the sale rack at Urban Outfitters, the bottom of a vintage store pile, or an unexpectedly great mall brand. And, as it turns out, many of my fellow editors feel the same way. Ahead, find seven STYLECASTER staffers’ favorite jeans under $100.
"I swear this is the most absolutely perfect pair of distressed high-waist skinny jeans—ever. There’s just enough stretch to hug you in all the right places (but not too much, so they maintain their shape!), and the distressed detailing is intentional without being overdone. Perfection, indeed." –Jessica Teves, Editor in Chief
721 High-Rise Skinny Jeans, $88; at Levi's
"My all-time favorite jeans—cheap or otherwise—are from Urban Outfitters’ private label, BDG. I’m partial to styles with a high waist, which flatters my 5-foot-3-inch frame, and I love the selection of colors, lengths, and washes. They’re $59 a pair, but the store frequently offers denim deals where they’re marked down to $39. Boom." –Perrie Samotin, Editorial Director
BDG Twig High-Rise Skinny Jean, $59; at Urban Outfitters
"I'm not going to lie: I hadn't been in an American Eagle store since high school, and then last year I tried on a pair of the brand's skinny jeans and was instantly smitten. They fit well, they're super comfortable, and they're half the price (or less!) of most of the denim I buy." –Hilary George-Parkin, Fashion Editor
AEO Denim X Skinny Jean, $49.95; at American Eagle
"In the spring and summer, I basically live in Old Navy’s Mid-Rise Rockstar Skinny Jeans. They fit like a glove and have retained their stretch despite the fact I wash them after every single wear because they’re white. Also, I can wear them with reckless abandon—if I accidentally spill sangria on them or get a grass stain, who cares; they’re only $35." –Cristina Velocci, Managing Editor
Mid-Rise Rockstar Skinny Jeans, $30; at Old Navy
Cheap Monday Spray-On High-Waist Skinny Jeans, $80; at ASOS
"I pretty much exclusively wear Levi’s, most of which are vintage and found on eBay for $20 or less. Though 501s and 505s are classics, my favorite style is the 551 in Petite with the tapered leg. These just have a perfect 'mom jean' fit, and I have multiple pairs in every wash. The 28-inch inseam fits incredibly well on my short frame, and I can always roll them up, cut the bottom with scissors, or get them hemmed if I want a more cropped look. (But 551s also come in regular and long inseams, too!) Just search 'Levi's 551' or 'vintage Levi's 551' (and 'short' and/or 'petite' if you’re on the shorter side) and shop away. " –Jinnie Lee, Editor
Levi's 551 Relaxed Fit Tapered Jeans, $39.95; at eBay
"Slimming white jeans are hard to find, but this pair was an instant winner when I tried them on. They have a tiny bit of stretch (necessary for all pants as far as I’m concerned) and were super flattering on my butt and legs. I generally buy my jeans on sale or at outlets in the suburbs, and this pair happens to be 60 percent off." – Hannah Hickok, Lifestyle Editor
Citizens of Humanity Avedon Skinny Jeans, $67.20; at Shopbop