If there’s one thing in your wardrobe that’s worth splurging on, it’s a pair of quality jeans. Think about it: You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn’t worn jeans in the last month—or week, even. They’re the most ubiquitous piece of clothing we can think of, and with good reason: they’re as appropriate for a day of errands as they are for a night on the town.
Even still, shelling out hundreds of dollars on denim isn’t insignificant. You want a pair that will still look stylish after this year’s trend cycles—not to mention, won’t break down after multiple wears and washes. That’s why we set out to find the best of the best designer jeans; the ones that are worth every last penny.
How We Found The Best Designer Jeans
This isn’t your everyday Top 10 list; this list was curated through science. At Rank & Style, we like to do our due diligence, which is why we only feature products that meet the requirements set by our algorithm. The result? Ten pairs of designer jeans approved by shoppers just like you. Start scrolling to find your next favorite pair.
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AG Ex-Boyfriend Relaxed Slim Jeans
WHY THEY MADE THE LIST: If your ex left you with a pair of jeans similar to these, at least that relationship was good for something. The rich blue wash and relaxed fit give these a classic denim feel that will complement every top in your closet.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO NOTE: Some reviewers recommend sizing down due to the purposefully roomy fit these have.
Rag & Bone Dre Low Rise Boyfriend Jeans
WHY THEY MADE THE LIST: Something about these feels familiar, almost as if you know they’re going to be your new favorite pair of jeans before even trying them on. The slightly frayed hem adds a grungy vibe that will look fantastic with a pair of your favorite booties.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO NOTE: If length is somewhat of a concern for you, you should know that these have a shorter inseam (27”) than your typical jeans. That’s great news for all of the shorties out there, and for the rest of us: more space to show off your shoes.
Re/Done High Rise Stove Pipe Jeans
WHY THEY MADE THE LIST: These invoke the elation you get when you find a pair of vintage jeans at the thrift store, only better, because you can ensure you purchase them in your perfect size.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO NOTE: Vintage quality denim has little give, and that’s true for this pair of jeans as well. In fact, RE/DONE recommends sizing up if you’re worried the rigidness of your usual size will be uncomfortable.
Re/Done 90s High Rise Loose Jeans
WHY THEY MADE THE LIST: Where are all of our bootcut fans at? If you’re present, this one’s for you. With a light wash and distressed edges, these are sure to be your new pair of statement jeans.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO NOTE: Once again, we’ll reiterate that RE/DONE’s denim is rigid, which helps give it that popular ‘90s look, but it can be uncomfortable if you don’t opt for a size that gives you a little extra room.
Mother The Hustler Ankle Fray Jeans
WHY THEY MADE THE LIST: Not only do these jeans come in one of the most stylish silhouettes we can imagine, but they also come in a variety of styles, including a ripped version, a dark wash, a light wash, and a black denim style.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO NOTE: Unlike the RE/DONE pairs above, these do have a little bit of stretch thanks to the elastic fabric blend they’re crafted from.
Citizens Of Humanity Charlotte High Rise Straight Jeans
WHY THEY MADE THE LIST: “Distressed” is an adjective that’s only positive when it refers to jeans. One look at this ripped pair from Citizens of Humanity makes it clear why: they’ve got just the right amount of grunge to give your ‘fit a little attitude.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO NOTE: These jeans feature a straight-leg silhouette with ripped knees and a faded wash. Oh, and the denim isn’t very stretchy, so make sure you account for that when choosing a size.
Mother The Insider Crop Step Fray Flared Jeans
WHY THEY MADE THE LIST: A little bit of fringe goes a long way, as evidenced by these Mother The Insider jeans. Plus, the short inseam (26”) makes for a great opportunity to show off a pair of statement heels.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO NOTE: Whatever your wash of choice is (acid, dark, faded), we’re confident there’s a version of these jeans in it.
SLVRLAKE London High Rise Straight Jeans
WHY THEY MADE THE LIST: Nordstrom calls these jeans “perfectly casual-cool”, and we have to agree. Super straight jeans like these are possibly the most classic of denim styles, and they look dang good with a pair of mules.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO NOTE: These jeans are available in a variety of washes and versions, including some with ripped knees. Also, they’re made in the USA with denim imported from Italy—multiculturalism at its finest.
AGOLDE Nico High Rise Jeans
WHY THEY MADE THE LIST: Skinny jeans have gotten some flack as of late, but we’re confident that you’ll receive nothing but positive feedback when wearing these. They’ve got a flattering high rise and slightly distressed hems, and they come in several different denim washes.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO NOTE: There are going-out jeans and there are running-errand jeans. Miraculously, these are both thanks to the good amount of stretch.
AGOLDE '90s Mid Rise Loose Fit Jeans
WHY THEY MADE THE LIST: Queue up some Destiny’s Child, because these are the jeans of your ‘90s dreams. Ripped and faded to perfection, we’re already fantasizing about pairing these with platform sneakers and a graphic tee.
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO NOTE: These are loose fit, meaning they’re designed for a slouchy look. So if you vacillate between two different sizes, our bets are on the smaller one for this style in particular.