15 Pairs of Jeans We Want to Splurge on Versus 15 We're Saving On

With the plethora of denim brands on the market today, it can be a bit of a challenge to find jeans that are high-quality, on-trend without being too trendy, and flattering. It's a process of trial and error that can take years, which is why we're here to make finding denim easier for you by sharing what brands have worked for us. We Who What Wear editors are not the same—we wear different sizes, are tall and petite, and have mixed preferences on style and fit. But despite all that, there are specific denim brands we collectively love and have decided are the best of them all. As editors, we've been able to test out a variety of affordable and pricier options, and we have favorites from both.

Below, you'll find the best jeans to buy right now that'll work for any budget. Whether you're ready to invest in a high-end pair or on the hunt for under-$100 jeans, you'll want to keep scrolling.


Agolde has been a long-standing editor favorite and is often the first brand we recommend. It championed the crisscross style, and even though it's a detail that leans trendy, this pair will still remain a classic in your closet for years to come.

If you love the feel and look of vintage jeans but wish they fit better, Re/Done jeans are for you. This pair has the perfect light-to-medium wash and is a straight-leg option that can go with almost anything.

While Reformation has a variety of staple silhouettes, we prefer its unique and trendier designs because they offer something you can't find anywhere else. The designs are always thoughtfully done and will add a fun element to any ensemble. (Plus, the fit is phenomenal.) This two-tone pair is high on our wish lists.

When you look at a fashion editor's designer wish list, a Totême product is probably somewhere in there. The quality is unmatched.

Mother's denim has impeccable quality but also feels soft and comfortable on the skin. It's hard to find denim that's both sturdy and soft, but this brand has managed to find the balance. This ultra-flattering pair is constantly sold out, so we were pleased to find it available at Nordstrom in many sizes.

Fresh white jeans are a must-have for the summer, and this Goldsign pair is the best I've seen. It evokes the '90s in the best way possible.

Although Slvrlake is known for its more modern and cooler silhouettes, this cropped pair is one we can get behind. It has the perfect cinched waist, slightly loose leg, and cropped hem that pairs well with flats or ankle boots.

We know we've already discussed fashion editors' love for Agolde, but if there's one specific pair that most of them own, it's this one.

Didn't we tell you that Reformation makes the best trending jeans? This pair is just too adorable for the summer.

This AG pair strikes the perfect balance between straight and skinny jeans.

From the frayed hem to the gray-black wash, these jeans remind us of the vintage jeans you'd probably spot on celebrity street style and immediately google where they're from. Even with a simple tank and cardigan, these jeans look cool. Not to mention they have the perfect straight-leg fit, which is our current favorite style here at WWW.

While many designer jeans offer structure, they lack stretch. That's not the case with Frame. Frame offers both, and that's why people are willing to pay the price tag. If you don't believe us, just read the customer reviews on this pair.

We've yet to meet someone who doesn't like Good American jeans—because these jeans really just look good on everyone.

Pistola Denim is for you if you like your jeans with a little edge. The rips aren't subtle, but they're not in your face either, and we approve.

Wandler makes excellent shoes and handbags, so we weren't surprised when it launched denim of the same quality.


H&M's collection of classic denim styles will never steer you wrong. Plus, for that price? We'll take the lot.

We've tried many affordable jeans, but Zara has to be top-tier. The denim always feels expensive but provides the comfort you want in a pair of jeans. The wide-leg silhouette is a top denim trend right now, and you'll get so much wear out of this $50 pair.

Yes, Zara has an excellent selection of staple denim, but don't miss its trendier variety. Plus, they usually sell out fast, so act quick.

For true denim lovers, Levi's will always be a classic favorite. The legendary brand has managed to remain a top denim contender for 200 years, winning over even the pickiest shoppers.

If trendy is what you're looking for, Urban Outfitters is the denim pick for you. From cargo-inspired styles to standout colorways, it has it all.

Another great relaxed option from H&M.

While we love a pair of white jeans, this ecru option from & Other Stories is the polished pair we've been looking for. 

You're welcome. We found your new favorite summer jeans.

If you've read any of our Nordstrom roundups, you know Topshop jeans are a favorite of ours.

When it comes to finding pieces that are luxe-looking and trend-forward, Mango is the destination, even for denim.

While we love the classic Mango pair above, we can't stop thinking about this cargo-style option. If there's a pair of jeans that is perfect for summer 2022, it's this one.

This cargo style leans more Y2K, and we're into it.

If there's one brand that makes the best baggy jeans, it's Urban Outfitters. No wonder Gen Z loves UO's jeans so much.

We don't expect this H&M pair to stay in stock for long.

What did we tell you about Zara's trendier options? This pair is so fun yet versatile.