Denim is the staple of wardrobes, and come September I begin pulling my jeans back out from storage. For years, the “good” denim was priced above $200, and I could never bring myself to bite the bullet and buy a pair. Even for daily staples, that high price tag is hard to swallow. That’s why I’m so happy to share that well-made, high quality, ethical denim in classic shapes is affordably priced too.
Having stocked my closet with several pairs, I’m so eager to share these options with you all! So, here are my top three places to shop for denim…
Known for their quest for the highest quality fabrics, Grana has made a name for themselves by offering gorgeous clothes shipped direct from Hong Kong. By cutting out storefront and warehouse middlemen, they can sell incredible pieces at lower prices. I love this brand and have become a huge fan over the past year.
I own 3 pairs of Grana denim. They use Japanese denim, woven in a mill that has been making denim since 1893. The fabric is ring-spun and rope-dyed using traditional methods, and as a result they are more durable yet softer than usual jeans. This method means each unique pair will age beautifully. My jeans feel thick and comfortable, not like leggings…in a very good way.
Grana denim tends to run a tad small, so I would recommend sizing up. While I wear a 26 in Madewell jeans, I order a 27 from Grana. I own three pairs of high rise skinnies, but they just released two new styles – distressed crop jeans and girlfriend jeans that look really great. Also, their guys’ denim is equally as good. Priced at $59 a pair, plus get an extra 10% off your first Grana order using my link.
If you’re shopping for more variety – especially on-trend styles – FashionABLE’s new line of denim delivers. Don’t miss their styles – The Vintage, The Skinny Ceidi Wash, and The Kick. While I haven’t purchased a pair yet, I’m loving the effortlessly cool look of each pair. One reason I prefer to shop at FashionABLE is because they combine fashion with social justice. They create jobs for women who have often overcome extraordinary circumstances. By empowering women, they seek to end generational poverty. I own multiple pieces from their leather line and have been so impressed by the durability, beauty and practicality combined. Priced at $128 a pair.
On September 7th, Everlane launches their first line of denim. With a modern, ethical bent on wardrobe staples, Everlane began with a $15 tee. They have spent two years researching and designing jeans, and I can’t wait to see the end result. One of their main concerns was the impact on the environment during production, so they have partnered with a factory that generates little to no pollution. Distressing and ripping aren’t in the design – these are built to be worn today and 10 years from now. They will offer 5 silhouettes for women and men – fairly minimalist and awesome, as usual. They include high rise skinnies, mid rise skinnies, and boyfriend jeans. Priced at $68 a pair.
So there you have it! Three excellent denim options, not even close to the $200 mark. Thank goodness, right? Let me know if you try any of these, sizing notes, or other questions you might have.