A great pair of jeans is a staple every woman should have in her wardrobe.
Our favorite place to buy women’s jeans is Everlane because the denim fits well, is affordable, and is made transparently.
If there’s an equivalent in your closet to, say, butter in your refrigerator, it must be your favorite pair of jeans. Is there a food that butter does not improve? No. Is there an outfit that a good pair of jeans does not make better? Absolutely not. Is butter a necessary part of life? Yes. Do you need jeans to get through society? Surely. You see, the parallels are uncanny.
While there exists no shortage of stores from which to purchase your new favorite bottoms, there are a few places that we turn to without fail for a great pair of long-lasting, comfortable, and good-looking jeans. And that’s because they satisfy a few key criteria.
First and foremost, you’ll want your jeans to be incomparably comfortable. After all, I practically live in my favorite pair, and that’s only the case because wearing them and wearing leggings are about equal when it comes to mobility and stretchability (though leggings, are not, in fact pants).
Second, you’ll want to think about your favorite cut. The boot cut, believe it or not, appears to be making a comeback, though other classics like the straight cut or skinny cut are also great options. Be sure that your favorite jean purveyor offers more than just one jean varietal — after all, you’ll need different jeans for different occasions.
Of course, you should also keep price point in mind. While a great pair of jeans will last you for years on end (and as such, can justify a high price tag), it simply is not the case that buying a great pair of pants requires you to pay an arm and two legs.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you’ll want to pay attention to the type and quality of denim used in your jeans. Given that the fabric can make or break your pants, this is certainly no place to skimp. Be sure that your favorite jean purveyor sources its denim from top of the line suppliers, and know how to take care of this durable material. After all, the longer you own your jeans, the better they look.
No matter which of our favorite stores you choose for your next shopping spree, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.
Here are the best places you can buy women’s jeans:
Best place to buy women’s jeans overall: Everlane
Best place to buy comfortable jeans: Mott & Bow
Best place to buy plus-size jeans: Warp + Weft
Best place to buy petite jeans: Madewell
Best place to buy high-end jeans: Rag & Bone
Best place to buy skinny jeans: Liverpool
Best place to buy performance jeans: DUER
Updated on 11/13/2019 by Remi Rosmarin: Updated prices, formatting, and links. Added Madewell and Rag & Bone as new picks. We also added other brands we love for your consideration.
The best place to buy women’s jeans overall
Somehow, Everlane’s wide selection of jeans looks great on just about everyone. Coupled with the brand’s radical transparency and affordable prices, Everlane denim is a hit.
Perhaps the reason that Everlane jeans look so good on so many women is that it incorporate elastane into its fabric. That means that your jeans are just stretchy enough to ensure that you’re always comfortable, and always look your best.
Everlane’s defining trait has always been its transparency, and it prides itself on informing customers exactly where its products are made and how much it costs to make them. When Everlane first started making denim apparel back in 2017, it managed to attract a waitlist that was 40,000 people long. And now, nearly two years later, its jeans are still just as popular. Like Warp + Weft, Everlane ensures that its LEED-certified factory in Vietnam recycles 98% of its water. The plant also uses alternative energy sources to further reduce its carbon footprint.
When it comes to Everlane’s styles, I’m a big fan of both the High-Rise Skinny Jean and the Kick Crop Jean. As a petite person, I’m always a bit skeptical of “crops,” which tend to look like, well, full-length jeans on my frame. But the Kick Crop Jean somehow works on a variety of different heights, which is a feat in and of itself.
The vast majority of Everlane jeans incorporate some amount of elastane in them for that trademark stretch. The Slim Fit has just 2 percent elastane, which is enough to notice the difference in feeling, but not enough to make your jeans lose their shape. You can always opt for other pairs with more or less elastane depending on just how stretchy you’d like your jeans to fit.
Pros: Affordable; stretchy (which makes them universally flattering); comfortable
Cons: Jeans with elastane tend not to last as long as 100 percent denim
The best place to buy comfortable jeans
Mott & Bow
Mott & Bow makes some of the most comfortable jeans around, and with just a few styles to choose from, you won’t be paralyzed by choice.
If you’re looking for jeans that you can literally live in, you’re looking right at Mott & Bow. The brand’s founder, Alejandro Chahin, was born and raised in the denim business, and the Honduran denim factory from which Mott & Bow gets its fabric is the same factory that his family founded. That means that this denim is time tested and truly some of the most comfortable material out there — so much so that I’m sometimes sad to replace my jeans with my PJs at the end of the day.
This is a sentiment shared by other folks at Business Insider as well. Our senior director, Breton Fischetti, once wore them on a six-hour flight as an alternative to sweatpants.
I’m also a particular fan of Mott & Bow for its straightforward approach to jean styles. Unlike other brands, which run the risk of overwhelming you with the sheer volume of jean options, Mott & Bow only has three offerings from which to choose: straight, slim, and skinny. And for you jean purists out there, you won’t have to worry about distressed looks or odd paint splatters that are meant to make you look handier than you are. Rather, Mott & Bow jeans are simple, sleek, and classic.
Folks are also particularly taken by Mott & Bow’s free try and return service, which is exactly what it sounds like: pick a pair of jeans, get them sent to your doorstep to try them on, and if you don’t like them, just send them back. It’s like turning your own home into your dressing room. And if you need any additional help, you can always turn to Mott & Bow’s phenomenal customer service reps.
Pros: Straightforward styles; incredibly comfortable fit; high-quality material; great customer service
Cons: If you’re looking for more variety in your jeans, Mott & Bow may be too to-the-point
The best place to buy women’s plus-size jeans
Warp + Weft
Warp + Weft makes some of the most comfortable jeans I own, and with several beautiful styles, even more beautiful washes, and sizes ranging from 00 to 24, they’re a great place to turn when replenishing your jean supply.
You may not have heard of Warp + Weft yet, but believe me, you’ll be hearing of them for years to come. The brand comes from the creative director of DL1961, and it’s quickly made its way into my heart and closet. Aside from killer looks, Warp + Weft also boasts eco-friendly production methods, soft and comfortable fit, and inclusive sizing.
And when we say eco-friendly production, we mean it. Alas, most jeans are not particularly kind to the earth, as a traditional pair of jeans actually requires 1,500 gallons of water to produce. Warp + Weft, on the other hand, has somehow slimmed down its production to require just 10 gallons of water per pair, and recycles 98 percent of that water.
The jeans that come out of this process are some of the softest I’ve ever worn. For years, I decried jeans, determining that they were far too stiff and immobile for me to live my best life. But Warp + Weft has changed my mentality altogether. It seems to be thanks to a proprietary cotton wrapping technique, which makes all four of the company’s core fabrics extremely soft and surprisingly breathable. Despite this level of comfort, they still look structured and sleek, and no matter how many times I’ve run them through the wash, I haven’t made them look like jeggings instead of jeans.
When it comes to variety in selection, Warp + Weft has more than enough to go around — whether you’re looking for a relaxed straight jean or a pastel boot cut, you’re in luck. And with sizes ranging from 00 to 24, just about anyone can find a great fit here. Plus, the brand sells both women’s and men’s styles (and kid’s too!), so you and your entire family can go out on the town in matching jeans (if you’re into that sort of thing). I also love the different washes that Warp + Weft offers, particularly the Seine — it’s a dark blue that looks effortless and timeless, and would be just as appropriate for work as the weekend.
Somehow, everything still costs under $100, with most jeans priced at $98, and outlet deals cost even less.
Pros: Inclusive sizing (00 to 24), incredibly soft denim, wide selection of styles and washes, affordable price point
Cons: If you prefer a more traditional raw denim feel, the softness of Warp + Weft may be a bit much
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