I’d like to say that I’m somewhat of a denim expert. I call California home, and jeans are pretty much the uniform around here. Beyond that, I just really love wearing a great pair of jeans, and they end up being part of my outfit at least three or four days each week. And as a fashion editor for Who What Wear, I’m lucky enough to be able to try new jean styles from denim brands pretty regularly. I have a tall stack of jeans in my closet, and I’d estimate that there are at least 30 pairs I’ve tried in the last year alone.
As someone who likes to have a streamlined wardrobe, though, I decided to try each and every pair to figure out my favorites. After slipping into each and every style, I was able to narrow my essential everyday jeans down to five key picks. Ahead I’m breaking down the five best-fitting jeans I’ve ever worn—including the pair I always wear to the airport.
The perfect tapered ankle
I often struggle to find jeans that are tailored with a flattering hem at the ankle. Some are too wide, and others feel too tight. This pair from Anine Bing, though, is perfect.
A wedgie cut
These jeans are named the “wedgie” because they are actually designed to give you a butt lift. And yes, they live up to the promise.
The ultimate '90s-inspired jeans
If you’re obsessed with ’90s style like I am, these are the jeans for you. These Re/Done jeans were designed with Cindy Crawford to re-create her favorite pair from the decade, and they’re just perfect.
You can't go wrong with a classic
You’ve probably heard of Levi’s 501 jeans—and for good reason. They’re a classic cut from decades ago, but this pair has been updated with a tapered leg that makes them feel very 2018.
Meet my favorite airport travel jeans
Do you want to know something life-changing? These are the most comfortable pair of jeans I’ve ever worn. They’re a skinny jean cut that resembles leggings, but they look more dressed up. And they’re the perfect travel jeans that you’ll always catch me wearing at the airport.
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