Editor's Pick: The Best Pair of Jeans

Buying a new pair of jeans is like dating in New York: there are so many options, you’re reluctant to make a commitment in case a better deal comes along.

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  • Fortunately, we’ve recruited a panel of experts (our lovely Who What Wear and Byrdie editors) to steer you in right direction. Think of them as the (kinder, gentler) Patti Stanger of designer denim.

  • “I recently became obsessed with Hudson's Nico Mid-Rise Super Skinny ($189) in Abbey. If I could, I would wear them every single day. They fit like a dream and hit just above the ankle, which gives them a classic yet modern feel.” – Alex Taylor, Director of Content and Social Strategy

  • “I love my Citizens of Humanity Avedon Skinnies ($198) in Savanna because they're high-waisted, super skinny, and the perfect medium wash.”- Britt Aboutaleb, Byrdie, Editorial Director

  • “I am so loyal to my Paige Skyline Ankle Peg Jeans ($158)—if I could, I would wear them every day. I find that Paige jeans have the best fit for me, plus they last forever." – Jessica Baker, Managing Editor

  • "Urban Renewal Vintage Levi’s 505 & 501 Jeans ($59) have all the glory of vintage Levi's (perfect fade and distressing), without having to search through a million pairs at the flea market."– Kat Collings, Associate Editor

  • “Jeans are not really my thing—give me a skirt and I’m happy—but Madewell’s new High Riser Skinny Skinny Ankle Jeans ($125) are a revelation. They are so wildly flattering; you should buy them in all washes, immediately. I did.”-Hillary Kerr, Co-Founder/Editorial Director

  • “I'm always on the hunt for a good high-waisted jean and my new favorite is the 3x1 High Rise Skinny ($235). For me, when a high-waisted jean fits properly, it's like a corset for my lower half, which I'm really into right now. “ – Laurie Trott, Fashion Director

  • "My denim heart belongs to Levi's, so it was a big deal for me to welcome a pair of Madewell Skinny Skinnies ($89) into my wardrobe this year. But they're too awesome to resist—the jeans make my legs look so thin, people think they're bespoke! (The jeans, not my legs.)" – Danielle Nussbaum, Entertainment Director

  • “I love my James Jeans Couture Skinny Jeans ($185). They're the most flattering jeans I've ever owned, thanks to the strategically placed seams, pockets, and perfect ankle opening. Seriously, they're amazing.” -Lexy Lebsack, Byrdie, Editor

  • "I love my Frame Denim Skinny Jeans ($220) in Fairfax because they kick-started my obsession for light denim this season. Right now, that's all I wear!" - Michelle Scanga, Fashion Assistant

  • "My life is so much better with a pair of Paige Denim Verdugo Ultra Skinny Jeans ($199) in Black Silk Coating. The fit is comfortable, and they pair nicely with a chunky sweater and loafers during the day or a t-shirt and heels at night." –Nicole Kliest, Senior Editor

  • “Strom’s Tio Skinny Jeans ($189) in Wolf Black are the perfect distressed, skinny style, and they come in a blackish-gray wash that I am obsessed with. The designer is an ex-model and she definitely knows a thing or two about fit.” –Nicky Deam, Market Editor

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