Published on January 14, 2021—  Leave a comment

16 Denim Brands That Will Elevate Your Jean Collection

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The truth is you can’t talk about jeans the way you talk about other articles of clothing, there are way too many factors to consider. Which wash best tells the story of your outfit? Which rise will best complement the top in question? Distressing or classic? Boyfriend or skinny? Just wow. It’s no surprise that when people get a hold of their fave pair or fave brand the grasp is quite tight. Fortunately, it’s a new year and if you need ideas on how to elevate your denim selection or if you’re in search of the best jeans, read on to learn about 16 of the best denim brands that could easily live in your closet.

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1. Levi’s

When you think of denim as a whole Levi’s is most definitely one of the first brands that comes to mind. Levi’s jeans were birthed during the gold rush in San Francisco, making jeans for gold miners who rushed to Cali in the hopes of making it big! Since then, the brand has become one of the most trusted names in denim, creating jeans that come in every size, shape, and style. Levi’s creates women’s petite jeans, jeans for curvy women in classic styles and everyone in between. Whether you’re looking for something with a loose-fit, high-rise, or classic skinny they have endless options. 

2. Madewell

It’s in the name folks… Madewell makes it effortless to find the one! A perfect pair of Madewell jeans that is (wink wink). We all know online shopping is a gamble when you don’t have the material to feel out in front of you. Madewell allows you to see all their denim on models of different sizes so shoppers can get a better idea of how it will look on them. With tons of styles, stretch levels, rises and washes there’s no doubt the one might even find you first.


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3. Old Navy 

Old Navy provides affordable fashion for the entire family, and their denim selection is no different. If you’re back-to-school shopping for your little ones, or getting yourself a new off-duty pair of jeans, Old Navy has the denim selection you’re looking for. From skinnies to flares, you’ll find the perfect fit and wash for any occasion. Jeans aren’t the only denim styles this brand is known for. They also make super cute denim skirts and denim jackets that are always on trend.

4. Lucky Brand

Lucky Brand is another one of those denim brands that has been making jeans with your body in mind since the dawn of time, the ‘90s. Their newest line, Extended Sizes, expands their plus size repertoire to new horizons, not to mention the new mid-rise boyfriend wash will be the first in your cart,no doubt. With their broader selection and wide range of styles you’ll definitely get lucky! 



5. GAP

GAP has some of the best jeans and denim jackets for women because of their wide range of washes, and stretchy fits. They are known for creating classic wardrobe staples, and their jeans are no exception. With a slightly stretchy fabric, you know your jeans will fit flawlessly, making you feel confident when you step out of the house. Opt for a lighter denim on your weekends or go for a classic black or dark wash for the office from Gap.

6. 3×1

Stock up on 3×1 jeans! With noteworthy fabrics, craftsmanship, and remarkable fit, they nailed the best quality jeans. If you’re in the mood for stand-out distressing, a classic fit, a pop of color, embellishments etc.. You name it, they’ve made it. These are undeniably jeans that you should get your hands on if being fashion forward and having longevity are what you are seeking in a wear-often pair of jeans.  

7. AG Jeans

As one of the leading designer jean brands, it’s safe to say that AG knows their way around the denim world. They were the first denim company to plant roots on the West Coast back in 2000 and the rest is well…really great fitting jeans. They’ve stuck with their classic fits while continually innovating new must-see styles, breaking comfort boundaries and maintaining top notch construction. 



8. Hollister

No one makes don’t-think-twice-about-it cozy jeans like Hollister. With mom jeans that you’ll want to LIVE in, boyfriend jeans with ‘90s reminiscent silhouettes and bootcut jeans so cozy you might even consider running errands in them, there’s too many options for you not to own a pair. Psst… also we won’t judge you for accidentally taking a nap in their jean leggings #cozyvibesallday. Get some Hollister jeans in your closet.


Let’s face it, we’re all praying that high-rise jeans never go out of style and if shopping brands like RE/DONE provides the reassurance needed to press on as well, please pull up a chair we’ve been waiting for you. Truly a superhero of circular fashion and upcycling culture as a whole. Quicky catch-up if you don’t know, but all of their jeans are made out of vintage Levi’s jeans and the length of the rise only enhances that throwback feel. Anyone else have the goal to own a pair in every wash? Long live the high waist! 

10. American Eagle

American Eagle Outfitters combines comfortable fabrics and trendy styles in all their clothing. Their jeans are loved for their  flattering stretch denim that instantly gives you a boost of confidence while still feeling like you’re wearing PJ’s! Truthfully, American Eagle Outfitters’ jeggings should be a part of everyone’s wardrobe. The stretch makes them comfortable all day while their wide variety of styles and washes lets you create any outfit, from dressy to casual.



11. Mother

When you think of cozy, cropped and goes with everything Mother denim is the first to come to mind. Not only are Mother jeans super cozy and stylish, but their perfectly placed distressing adds a flare of edge to any of your outfits. They literally make all types of jeans for all types of bodies (love love love) and with the range of vibrant colors they offer you could add a whole other element to flaunting your denim. 

12. J Brand

Want to add some color to your denim collection? Shop J Brand to find jeans in every silhouette—from skinny jeans to flare—in fun colors and prints. Try styling a plain T-shirt with a floral print jean from J Brand for a completely new look. Let the denim be the statement piece of the outfit—shop red, white, or even pink jeans from J Brand. Aside from their fun colors, J Brand also has classic washes from light blue to black denim.



13. Current/Elliot

If you’re about that designer jean life then you’ll want to check out Current/Elliot’s jeans ASAP. Their acclaim to denim fame comes from their excellent execution of the Boyfriend jean and their perfect denim tailoring that hugs your body with grace. Since 2008 they have been creating super chic jeans that transcend fads, go with everything and are bootie-ready at all times. Check and see if there’s any of The Original Ankle Boyfriend Jean in our inventory because that fit truly calls for an instant heart/instantly in cart situation! 


If you love a good raw-edge trim sitch then GRLFRND jeans will absolutely be the correct next move. The L.A. based denim brand has beautifully combined edginess with femininity. They manage to put their signature touch on every jean while having enormous variety in silhouette at the same time and it speaks volumes when it comes to the infinite ways you can style their jeans!



15. rag & bone

rag & bone jeans are perfect for any personality and any outfit! Having tons of options to pick from makes the jean shopping experience way more enjoyable and exciting when you realize just how many outfits you can style with them. From super low-rise to super high-rise, you can find any kind of fit to match your preferred length in rise. It doesn’t matter if you just want a classic pair to dress up or if you’re in the mood to play with color, rag & bone has a premium selection that will allow your jeans to take center stage in any outfit.

16. 7 For All Mankind 

7 For All Mankind has the classic blue and black designer denim you love, but they also have a wide range of colorful washes too! If you want to mix up your denim options, check out their colorful jeans and jackets with fun prints and embroidery. You can accomplish a cool denim on denim look with two different washes. You can also find mini and midi denim skirts from 7 For All Mankind, that can be worn casually with a T-shirt or dressed up a bit with a chambray button-down shirt.

What are your fave top designer jeans? The possibilities are endless! Also learn from our thredUP ambassadors easy ways to have eco-friendly new year!