I Found the Most Perfect Straight-Leg Jeans, and They're Only $27

I know most of you are here in disbelief from reading that I actually found an all-around great pair of jeans for only $27. Maybe you even clicked just to see if I made a typo. First of all, I don't blame your doubt because denim at this price is almost entirely unheard of. Second of all, I am so delighted to say no mistakes have been made and no lies have been told.

The denim in question is a straight-leg style discovered at Walmart (and immediately shared with me) by Tyla Lauren. (My bank account thanks her.) She's already put these Free Assembly jeans to the test and confirms the fit and quality are impressive, which isn't really all that surprising knowing they're from this new editor-approved brand of everyday essentials. See the effortless spring outfits Lauren created with the affordable jeans, and then shop them for yourself.

It turns out Lauren has been an expert at finding (and styling!) affordable clothing items, denim included, for years. "I prefer affordable fashion over high-priced pieces," she says. "My mom taught me how to look good on a budget, and that has always stuck with me."

Lauren describes her perfect pair of jeans as "high-waisted with stretch and a straight leg," so I'm not surprised she landed on this ankle-grazing style that matches her description to a tee.

Making a pair of black jeans look spring-appropriate can be a challenge for even the most seasoned fashion person, but Lauren expertly pulls it off by topping her all-black look with a white utility jacket. Not only is this style on trend, the pop of white really stands out and feels fresh for spring. Pro tip: Size up in this jacket (or any jacket style, for that matter) to get that cool, slightly oversize fit.

If you've been wondering what washes these jeans are available in, I apologize for holding out on you for this long. Behold the second color, which is a perfect deep blue. Lauren advises that every wardrobe deserves at least one pair of black and medium-wash denim for endless outfit options, and I couldn't agree more.

Lauren's second look is a classic jeans-and-tee combo made cooler, yet again, by a fun jacket. In this case, a sage-green lightweight parka. "I buy new jackets every season because they tie every look together," she says.

This outfit is ideal for everyday wear this spring, rain or shine. Just add spring-friendly footwear like slide sandals or high-top sneakers (Laurens preference du jour) and be on your way.

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Distressed skinny jeans are another spring-friendly denim style.

This short-sleeve dress is so versatile. I like it best paired with leather slides or chunky sneakers.

This oversize cardigan comes in three other colors, but I'm partial to the soft blue.

When it's warm out, style this knit tied around your neck or waist.

If you live somewhere warm, put these to good use ASAP.

This structured blazer elevates any spring look. Wear it with your new $27 jeans à la Lauren or over a slip dress.

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