One member of the everyday wardrobe has remained unchanged for more than 50 years — the humble pair of jeans. Popularised by way of rebellion in the ‘50s before becoming more accepted as a day-to-day garment around 10 years later, thanks to its ubiquity in popular culture, this is a category of clothing that just won’t — and shouldn’t — die.
A pair of classic jeans won’t be going out of style any time soon. Nowadays, with such variety in styles, cuts, weights, and washes, there’s a pair of jeans for everyone and at pretty much every budget. That means that if you’re looking to spend less than $100 on your denim, you can.
We’ve picked out the best blue and light blue jeans under this amount to keep your wardrobe looking classic. From denim giants like Levi’s to modern-day icons inccluding Carhartt WIP, this roundup is all about getting the most bang for your buck in terms of both style and durability.
GAP shot up from ‘nothing special’ to ‘must-have’ recently after Kanye announced his collaboration with the retailer. Regardless of Ye’s endorsement, GAP has been doing its thing quietly for decades, and this pair of jeans proves it. Slightly tapered with a light wash, this pair is a guaranteed win.
If you’re looking for something with a more distinctive workwear edge, opt for this pair of BDG Lous Skate Jeans. A paneled construction makes reference to painter pants while a wider leg adds laid-back appeal.
Cut to a wide fit like the previous selection, this pair differs in that it features no embellishment to the leg. A classically pared-back aesthetic is made more intriguing by a slightly bowed cut.
Having proven itself over more than enough time, the Levi’s 511 cut has become one of the brand’s most iconic silhouettes. This slim cut isn’t too slim and we’re loving it in a bohemian light-blue wash.
Bootcut jeans have had a hard time in recent years, and we think it’s unfair. GAP’s Boot Jeans show that the style is still a classic with attitude and a more intriguing shape if you can style it out.
Legendary workwear purveyor Dickies enters the fray with this pair of Double-Knee Carpenter Jeans. As the name suggests, this style is favored by carpenters who need reinforced knees panels. Luckily for us non-carpenters, this makes for a characterful addition to the denim repertoire.
If there was ever a pair of jeans that was fuss-free, it’s this pair of Carhartt WIP Newel Pants. Cut from heavy cotton denim, the relaxed shape makes a versatile and durable new arrival to your wardrobe.
Denim grew to become what it is today not through luxury embellishment, but by being low-maintenance and completely adaptable. That’s why we recommend jumping into this pair of Levi’s as soon as possible — as far as everyday pants go, this is as multifaceted as they come.
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