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Hi Jaclyn! As much as I hate to start thinking about the fall, I'm being forced to.. and I'm on the lookout for some new jeans. As much as I've been a strong proponent for American Eagle the last few years, I'm struggling with their quality and would like to invest in some better denim if possible. However, my long inseam (35/36) seems to be impossible to find in skinny cuts. Do you have any go-to spots outside of AE, being a tall, thin girl yourself? Thank you!

- Asked by hiemilychristine

I don’t spend a lot of money on jeans so I may not be the best source for this (I love AE’s jeans too!) but I’ve had a lot of luck with the Tall/X-Long inseam denim from Gap. They’re long enough on me that I can cuff the bottoms.

The 1969 denim from Gap is the best quality for the price (especially since they have promo codes available so often). These ($69.95) are a perfect medium wash. Their black 1969 high-rise jeans are great too ($69.96). The 1969 Legging Jeans are CRAZY comfy. I’ve been eyeing this new pair ($80). I love the color. Their medium/dark blue color is marked down to $42 (from $70). You can get $25 off $125 orders or $50 off $150 orders today with code SMART

Gap’s sizing is annoying (it varies a lot, even from wash to wash in the same style) so if you buy online, I suggest getting your usual size and one larger or smaller depending on what most of the reviews suggest and returning the one that doesn’t fit.

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These super, super cute Current/Elliott skinny jeans are marked down to $90 (from $220). Still available in size 29. 

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The One Pair of Jeans Everyone Needs

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(The only problem is that they’re $218. And also a very, very dark blue—not quite black.)

Still, ripped, ankle-length black jeans are on my list as the one pair of jeans I must procure. It’s summer, it’s hot, but I don’t care. I’ll wear these. I’ll wear them with sandals and a slouchy tank. I’ll wear them with a sneakers. I’ll wear them with a slinky camisole. I’ll wear them with ankle boots or a leather jacket in the fall. WEAR THEM ALL THE TIME.

But I’m not spending $218. 

Option #1:

Distress a pair of black jeans I already own. I would do this, but the black jeans I have now are ones that I love. LOVE. Much as I want to put holes in them (and I do), I’d feel guilty. Me and my black jeans have such wonderful memories together. I can’t take a chance on ruining them. 

Option #2:

Buy a new pair. 

ASOS has several options. This pair is $60, but there aren’t many sizes left. This $60 pair is not as distressed, but there are lots of sizes. These from Topshop are $70. 

Option #3:

Distress a cheap pair of jeans. 

This pair from Old Navy ($32) is almost identical in terms of fit. I already know I’m a fan of the Rockstar style too. 

Forever 21’s black denim is just $15.80. Three lattes. 

Last: Dorothy Perkins’ black skinny jeans are $27 and are available in three lengths. Cut them to ankle length, distress, done. 

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Hi Jaclyn! I seem to be having a problem with skinny jeans/jeggings. The jeans (for example the skinny jeans from American Eagle) will fit nice and snug, but after say 30 minutes of wearing them, sag in the crotch. Not like a baggy sag, but almost more like a pair of panty hose that are too short, where the crotch is just one inch below where it should be. This problem drives me nuts! Am I buying the wrong size or what? Help!

- Asked by kateomb

Hmm. I’m thinking there could be two possible issues. First, you might have the wrong size! If you have a small waist and narrow hips, your jeans might just be sliding down as you walk and move around. In that case, you could size down, but it might be good to look for jeans that are cut more narrowly too. 

Another thing I’m suspecting is that the jeans you are buying don’t have quite the right material to accommodate the stretch and then return to their normal size. All jeans stretch to some extent as you wear them, but the higher the cotton content, the less likely they are bounce back from stretching. Often, a high cotton count jean will stretch…and then remain in the shape they’ve stretched to. Once they’re washed, they’ll do it again, though they’ll probably feel like they fit great IMMEDIATELY after washing. On the other hand, washing tends to break down denim and a lot of DENIM EXPERTS say you shouldn’t wash them at all. I’ve seen advice that says to eschew washing, put them in the freezer for a while and then turn them inside out for a bit in the dryer to reset the stretch. (I have never done this.) 

So, it’s kind of a sick balancing act: The more synthetic materials you have in your denim, the more likely the denim is to bounce back from a stretch and maintain its shape. But, the more synthetic materials in the denim, the more stretchy they are to begin with and they could continue to stretch all the way up to a bigger size. 

To try and figure out if the material in your denim is the problem, I checked the content of AE’s skinny jeans (this pair, $25). They are 71% Cotton, 14% Polyester, 14% Rayon, 1% Elastane. This is actually a pretty good denim-to-synthetic makeup if you want a lot of stretch (i.e., they’re probably very comfortable), but this might be TOO much stretch, especially if you happen to be between sizes. You could try to size down. Or, you could look for a jean that has a higher cotton content so you get more denim rigidity—they’ll feel less stretchy, but if you get the right size, they won’t stretch out and sag. AE’s high-rise skinny jeans ($40) are 98% cotton, 2% Spandex. That’s probably a better option for you. They’ll feel a bit more “stiff” than the other pair, but they’ve got enough give (thanks to the Spandex) to be comfortable and bounce back to their original shape. If you want to try a jean that’s between the two, Gap’s 1969 Always Skinny jeans ($70) are 87% Cotton, 12% Polyester, 1% Spandex. It has more cotton but less synthetic than the original pair I discussed above and less Spandex than the high-rise pair from AE, so they might be a happy medium for you. Another idea: I have several pairs of Old Navy’s The Rockstar jeans ($25) and they haven’t stretched out at all. They’re stretchy enough to be quite comfortable, but they’ve retained their shape so well. I get the smallest size I can fit into without turning myself into a human sausage. They’re 70% cotton, 28% polyester, 2% Spandex. That high synthetic count is what helps them retain their shape and the Spandex gives a comfortable stretch. I’ve also had great luck with H&M’s treggings. Once again, I buy the smallest size I can and they hold their shape and fit really well. Because they just have an elastic waistband, you don’t have the weight of a zipper and pockets dragging the crotch down either. They’re $18. The ones I have are 3% Spandex, 27% polyester, 70% cotton. 

Worth noting: I’ve read that the best high-end jeans (pairs around $200) often have a higher cotton count with a 2% synthetic material, usually polyester or nylon. That synthetic allows for a fantastic close fit and the high cotton count gives you structure that won’t stretch out or sag. See the AE high-rise skinny jeans—they have an identical fabric count to this $181 J.Brand pair.

Now, if you’ve tried all this and you’re still having issues, my last resort idea is to buy a pair that’s the next size down—even if they’re a tad uncomfortably snug—and wet stretch the areas that are too tight. This works better on jeans with a higher cotton count. Simply wet the too-tight areas (like the waistband) and then wear them around the house. Sit, stand, do lunges, stick a book between your waistband to help stretch them further. Once they are dry, the fit should more comfortable. You can repeat this as needed. 

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I NEED JEEEANS. Where do you shop for for pants? I'm looking for about a 34'' inseam, so a bit long.

- Asked by studiousadventures

JEANS! 

  • I’ve been having great luck with Old Navy’s The Rockstar jean in the tall length. They’re a good length on me and they’re almost always discounted. There are lots of colors available here and a great ripped option here. I prefer the mid-rise ones, but they all fit similarly. Love these too.  
  • Gap’s jeans (skinny and boyfriend) in tall lengths work well for me too. I have a boyfriend pair similar to these. The legging jeans ($70) are nice too. 
  • I really love H&M’s jeggings and jeans, though I haven’t bought a pair of *REAL* jeans from them in several years. The ones I have are similar to these ($40). (I don’t mind if my jeans hit me at about my ankle.) 
  • I used to wear a couple pairs of J.Crew Toothpick and Matchstick jeans in Tall but I donated them recently because they were too big. (AT LEAST THEY WEREN’T TOO SMALL) I prefer the Toothpick fit because they hit a bit higher on the ankle and are more flattering with flats/sandals/sneakers. This pair in Tall ($125) is basically the perfect everyday jean. 
  • I’ve gotten a few AMAZING pairs of jeans in Stitchfix boxes. It’s the reason I keep my subscription. Nordstrom sells a similar Kensie pair to the one I received ($75). They do hit a bit higher on my ankle than some of my other jeans, but like I said—this doesn’t bother me so much. 
  • AE’s jeggings come in long and extra-long (!!) and I love how comfy they are. Check out this pair for $45. 
  • I’ve had good luck with Target jeans in the past (they’re just $23) but the fit tends to vary a lot from pair to pair so…word to the wise!
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Long time listener, first time caller! The old high-waisted legging jeans / skinny jeans i wore have been discontinued and I'm on the lookout for new wardrobe staple to buy in multiple washes (a summer light blue and a true blue to start). Any ideas on where to look for moderately priced ones? (Note: I have declared Uniqlo Ultra Stretch a FAIL after wearing them a handful of times caused the waist to stretch 2 - if note 3 - sizes). :(

- Asked by nancysun

There are two brands that make my favorite high-waist denim: 

  • AE’s High-Rise Jegging - This lighter wash is on sale for $25 and this darker one is $50. They are so comfortable and flattering and are available in different inseams (yay!). They’re stretchy, but don’t stretch out too much with only 1% Spandex. The high-rise skinny jeans are good too and are just $40. 
  • H&M’s High-Waist Denim - I bought a pair of high waisted black skinny jeans from H&M in college and I still wear the damn things. They are my favorite pair of black pants. They’re on sale right now for $12 (from $40) sooooo I’d encourage you to try them. I love this pair with rips too ($40). 

Other places to check:

This $60 pair from Need Supply Co. is basically the perfect wash. 

ZARA has several different pairs of high-waist jeans. These are just $49.90. 

I’ve heard good things about Topshop’s high waist MOTO jeans for years. I love this wash ($70). 

ASOS has tons of washes available in their high waist Rivington style (about $50-$60 each). This is a good medium blue color. The Ridley style is similar. I LOVE these ones ($60). These white ones are awesome ($60). 

Crossing my fingers you like some of these! :) 

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I love the wash and subtle rips in these H&M jeans ($29.95). I haven’t bought proper jeans from H&M in a while (JEGGINGS ONLY), but might be time to jump back in. 

I love the wash and subtle rips in these H&M jeans ($29.95). I haven’t bought proper jeans from H&M in a while (JEGGINGS ONLY), but might be time to jump back in. 

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I wore these jeans for all the Acacia shots we did yesterday. They are great. Annnnnnd they are 30% off today at Old Navy using code THANKS. (They’re already marked down to $22.) 

I wore these jeans for all the Acacia shots we did yesterday. They are great. Annnnnnd they are 30% off today at Old Navy using code THANKS. (They’re already marked down to $22.) 

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I bought these ankle zip jeans online last week (they are just $19 from $35 from Old Navy) and I AM GLAD I DID. They are a little stretchy, so comfortable and fit really well. The wash is a nice medium blue color that I can wear with almost anything. Highly recommend! (I bought the long ones, but they’re also available in regular/petite.) 

I bought these ankle zip jeans online last week (they are just $19 from $35 from Old Navy) and I AM GLAD I DID. They are a little stretchy, so comfortable and fit really well. The wash is a nice medium blue color that I can wear with almost anything. Highly recommend! (I bought the long ones, but they’re also available in regular/petite.) 

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I live in white jeans through spring and summer. I’m planning on wearing mine with sneakers and a loose, long-sleeved tee through the cooler spring months. These from Old Navy are on sale today for just $19 each (take 10% off with code ONSAVENOW). The left pair are The Rockstar and the right are The Diva Distressed. They’re both available in regular, tall and petite sizes. 

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