If you’re anything like us, you have a closet stocked with denim. The weekend staple is always working its way into our outfits, and we’re always on the hunt for cool new styles—and they don’t have to be expensive. Designer denim at high prices will always be a thing, but more affordable jeans can also be found in incredible fits and washes.
In our opinion, French girls always seem to find silhouettes that feel fresh but lived-in—somehow a hybrid of vintage denim in a modern fit. They have really perfected the hunt for stylish denim. To find out exactly which pairs they’re wearing, we reached out to five stylish French girls for the affordable jeans they’re snapping up. From cropped flares and skinny jeans to raw hems and the best selvedge denim, find out the best style to buy for under $150.
Keep reading to see where French fashion girls buy the affordable jeans they wear on repeat.
“I am always wearing vintage 501 Levi’s—I usually buy them in vintage stores where I pay €30 for them. I also really love the new wedgie model by Levi’s. Topshop and ASOS have a great selection as well.”
Anne-Laure Mais suggests taking one size down in this style.
A direct-to-customer brand, Sézane is able to offer great prices.
These are finished with a frayed hem.
“I’ve been buying vintage jeans for years now. To me, a good Levi’s 501 is irreplaceable. I have quite a few in several colors and they usually cost no more than €10. Sometimes I cut them or have them re-tailored for a different fit. Since I’m fond of vintage, I also love a good high-wasted flared jean. I’ve found some nice pairs from Rolla’s and Wrangler.”
Wear your flares with a pair of slingback heels.
Style these with a basket bag and sandals.
Swap out skinny jeans for a flared silhouette.
“When it comes to jeans, my favorite brand is April77. Their collections are inspired by alternative music and the rock aesthetic. Their denim is minimalist, androgynous, and high quality—everything I look for in a brand. I particularly like their skinny jeans in indigo and black—they are very flattering. I also love the Lou Ronnie Ashbury—it’s a great classic with a little twist.”
Finished with an exposed button fly.
Wear yours with a vintage T-shirt.
We love this rock ’n’ roll–inspired style.
“Levi’s are definitely a classic for me. I can wear them for years and love the vintage 501s. The new Wedgie one is amazing and can be worn with high heels or flats. Also, Monki has always been a brand where I know I’ll always find a perfect pair that I can wear nonstop. They fit perfectly AND are kind to my wallet.”
We love the uneven hem of these two-tone jeans.
Anne-Laure Mais also loves this exact style.
“All of these jeans are complementary. I can wear one of them each day. They fit well and look totally different from each other!”
This style comes in three colors.
The perfect light blue wash.
Get this style while it’s on sale.
These jeans look incredibly comfortable.
We love the unfinished hem.