The thing about great jeans is that once you find the right fit (the ones that don't need tailoring and fit like a damn glove), it's hard to quit. Here, 10 Marie Claire editors and contributors weigh in on the best jeans they've ever nabbed, from life-long favorites to recent flings. Bonus? Most of the styles listed are affordable guilty pleasures, which just shows that it doesn't take designer denim to feel casually chic.More
"When it comes to pants, I have somewhat…problematic (read: larger) thighs. So I've always struggled in the denim department. Generally, I look for a stretchy jean in a dark wash. When I first moved to New York, I had a part time job at Gap while interning (gotta pay them bills) and fell in love with their jeans.When they introduced their True Skinny jean, I was skeptical about leaving my favorite cut (the Legging jean) behind, but now I'm so thankful I did. The True Skinny is basically the Legging jeans but better, with a higher rise (AKA looks great from the back) and a skinny fit through the ankle. I have far too many pairs, mostly in black."
GAP Stretch 1969 True Skinny Jeans, $42; gap.com.
"The only jeans I can function in are by Anne Taylor Loft (yes, feel free to judge me)—more specifically, their mid-rise skinny jeans. I am very tall at 5' 11", and finding jeans that fit is the actual worst. But there's something about Anne Taylor jeans that make me look shorter without actually shortening my legs. I don't know what their deal is, but I can only assume they're magical. The jeans are insanely flattering on the butt, hit just above the hip bone, and fully hide any muffin top emergencies that might happen depending on how much pizza I've consumed. Plus, they are literally always on sale. I don't know why Anne Taylor isn't promoting the hell out of these, so I guess I'll do it for them. This has been a PSA."
Ann Taylor Loft Sateen Skinny Jean, $80; loft.com.