If you're on a fast-fashion budget but crave a designer-denim look, we're here to offer a solution (eight solutions, that is). There are several things to look for when seeking out affordable denim that looks designer and even more ways you can give some jeans that special attention to detail that's characteristic of designer versions. And luckily, a slew of wallet-friendly retailers are creating solid denim in every style imaginable these days, making it easier than ever to find a pair that suits your needs.
Keep scrolling to see our tricks to help you achieve a designer denim look, and shop our favorite affordable pairs of jeans along the way.
The personalized touch that monogramming lends to a pair of jeans makes them so much more special. Not to mention that this is a big trend among fashion girls right now. Order a pair from Madewell or J.Crew to take advantage of their in-house monogramming service for $10 a pop, or send them off to Denim Therapy—they'll come back infinitely cooler than before.
A better fit makes any piece of clothing look more expensive, denim included. Whether it's a simple hem or a nip at the waist that's needed, it's an easy fix that will ultimately make you more comfortable and eager to wear the jeans.
High-end denim brands have been designing jeans with this special hem detail for several seasons now. Try a DIY version on your affordable denim for an authentic feel. Here's how it's done.
Similar to the undone and frayed hem method, slits at the hems are a fresh trend that the fashion crowd has adopted and is showing up more and more on designer denim. Bonus: They solve the problem of a too-long length sans alterations. Here's how it's done!
If you want your affordable jeans to retain their inky color, wash only when absolutely necessary, and with The Laundress's genius denim care set.
Fact: Distressed denim is hard to get right, so it tends to look cheap on non-designer versions. Stick with an even wash with minimal distressing, and they'll easily look higher-end and polished.
A belt instantly fakes a better fit if you haven't made a trip to the tailor. Choose a simple, expensive-looking leather version to add polish and effortlessly elevate your jeans.
You may have noticed that many designer denim brands these days opt out of putting labels on their jeans, which leaves you with a clean, minimal look as a result. Mimic this characteristic by removing any telltale labels with a pair of sharp scissors, starting at the threads. Alternatively, shop for affordable brands that also often leave off the labels, like COS and Mango.
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