Back in the mid-90s, when the weather became cool enough to break out my jeans, my dear friend Ashley had a tried-and-true technique to finding the ultimate comfort and fit. Instructions below (*not at all patent pending*): 

  1. Slip on jeans –  do not button or zip closed 
  2. Grab a medium-sized pillow 
  3. Stuff pillow into the front of the jeans  
  4. Continue to squish pillow until you condense entire thing into the jeans 
  5. Attempt to zip/button the jeans regardless of pillow constraints (tip: grab a pair of pliers & prepare to endure calluses) 
  6. Unzip/unbutton jeans and remove pillow 
  7. Breathe 
  8. Enjoy the perfect fit 

While I stand by this innovative method, I am truly grateful that I no longer need to use it. For all its faults, in the year 2021 you can find a great pair of jeans without using pliers. It is a veritable jeans bazaar out there! With so many choices to sort through, I’ve narrowed down the best brands/fit for your age group and budget. No pillow necessary. Now, let’s all take a brief moment and thank the jean Gods for this ample selection.

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Paige Hoxton Ankle – Rivers Spencer $219 |  Eden High Rise Straight, Monomin $118 


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Agolde-Riley Crop-whip – Jean Therapy $198 | Paige Margot Ankle, Rivers Spencer $189


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Khaite straight-leg jeans – Weinstein’s $380 | RE/DONE Mid Rise Crop – Pied Nu $265 


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Mother Tripper-Getalongs – Jean Therapy $238 | Mother Superior Jean – UAL $78 


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Lafayette 148- Reeve Jean  – Ballins $368 | Agolde-Pinch Waist Placebo – Pilot & Powell $178