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, 12 Marie Claire editors and contributors weigh in on the best jeans they've ever worn, from life-long favorites to recent flings. Bonus? Many of the styles listed are affordable guilty pleasures, which just shows that it doesn't take designer denim to feel comfortable and chic.More
"I only have eyes for two kinds of jeans: the baggiest of boyfriends and skinnies so tight they could function as a tourniquet. Anything in between does nothing for my hourglass figure, and I've ripped the belt loops off of many pairs to yank slouchy, stretched-out waistbands back up over my hips. Unpopular opinion? Broken-in denim sucks. Since college, I've worshipped at the altar of Rag & Bone: their offerings compress my thighs and lift my ass, never lose their shape, and hit the optimal length for my long legs (that cropped business makes me look like an overgrown Keebler elf)."
RAG & BONE High Rise Skinny, $198
BUY IT: rag-bone.com.
"I love denim more than it loves me. But for all my struggles being short-torso-ed and relatively long-inseamed in a world that doesn't always carry odd-number waist sizes, I've still found some brands that are always there for me. AYR makes a cropped style with a subtle kick flare (nothing similar available right now, unfortunately) that's super soft and stretchy, while Topshop's mom jeans are exactly the sort of long-crotched, man-repelling denim go for. And because they're classic and carve out a thigh gap like no other, J. Brand. Forever."
MOTO Mid Blue Mom Jeans, $70
BUY IT: topshop.com.