Eva Mendes is a woman after my own heart. Earlier this year, she confessed in an interview for Flare that she hates jeans.
“I’m always in dresses, in skirts — I think they’re so easy. People are always saying, ‘I love jeans, they’re so casual and easy,’ but I think jeans aren’t easy. They’re my worst nightmare.”
Though jeans are considered a wardrobe staple, many women, even stylish women like Mendes, feel intimidated by jeans. Whether jaded by the unflattering ultra-low-rise pants of the early 2000s, struggling to find a pair of affordable pants that actually fit our womanly curves, or simply under the impression that jeans can’t match our personal style, a lot of women are choosing to live denim-free lives.
But because jeans are such a fashion essential, it seems remiss to avoid them altogether. After all, not only were jeans featured on Anna Wintour’s first Vogue cover. And despite so many articles trying to convince us otherwise, jeans aren’t going anywhere.
If you’ve been missing out on fashion’s most ubiquitous, most comfortable bottom, it’s likely that you simply haven’t found the right pair. Not all jeans are created equal, and for those with pickier taste, it’s hard to find a pair to fall in love with—but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. So as a long-professed denim-hater myself, I did some research and found jeans that even I like. My biggest problems with jeans were always fit, comfort, and that I’m not really a fan of that “All American Look.” But I managed to fond three different jeans solve those problems. Here they are:
1) DSTLD. If you haven’t heard of DSTLD, put down what you’re doing right now and check out their website. DSTLD is an online-only denim seller that knows premium denim is way overpriced, so they’re combatting the typical 4-7x markup most stores have. By cutting out the middle man, and letting you do in-home try-ons, DSTLD can offer really incredible pants that are actually very affordable. And for women who avoid denim, their biggest asset are their fabrics, which are so soft they don’t even feel like jeans.
2) A.P.C. Raw denim is pretty hip these days, and the idea is that you buy them super tight and waddle around for a couple of days until they stretch to perfectly fit your body. APC’s unisex Japanese raw jeans do this perfectly. Over time, they fade based on your body and movements and fit so well they look like they were custom-made for your shape. It’s hard to get more flattering than that.
3) Rialto Jean Project. These jeans solve the “denim is boring” problem. Rialto jeans are all hand-painted and vintage, which makes them super unique and eco-friendly. They’re more of a statement piece than a staple. Plus, according to their website “proceeds from sales going directly toward Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for innovative, art therapy programs for children.” Very cool.
Do you struggle to find jeans you like? What experiences (good or bad) have you had? What brands have you found that you like? Share in the comments!