A really very picky jeans post

ag jeans

All I’m interested in looking at right now are jeans in dark washes, with little or no whiskering, fading, or distressing. A tiny little bit of that stuff is OK. Good even, because it gives jeans character, and can even cause a pair to be more flattering. But too much of it—and there is so so much of it out there—is way overdone. There are few things I think a person necessarily has to age out of, but super worn-in-looking jeans is for the kids, I really believe.  This pair from AG has a nice straight cut, and such a clean wash you could wear it to work, just about.

topshop jeans

This high-waisted dark-grey pair from Topshop has a lot of slouch appeal.

madewell jeans

A very all-American choice, from Madewell.

universal standard jeans

Universal Standard makes the best jeans in extended sizes, and I’m having a tough time finding others I like as well. Thoughts, ladies?

citizens jeans

These cropped jeans are nice  and neat-looking, and I like that the waist is high, but not too high.

levis grey jeans

These Levi’s are just a good kick-around-on-the-weekends option.

mother jeans

A nice inky-dark take with a step hem, from Mother.

everlane boyfriend jeans

Everlane’s boyfriend jean in pitch black is another one I’d consider for the office.



j crew jeans

This pair, from  J. Crew, has the just-right amount of whiskering—which is to say, very little.

goldsign jeans

A very excellently 70s mom option.

absolution jeans

A well-priced pair of boyfriend jeans.

transcend jeans

If you’re looking for something black and skinny, you could do worse than these.

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Nili Lotan’s boyfriend jean has a nice, trouser-ish cut.

everlane jean

Everlane’s High-Rise skinny jean has such a good dark indigo wash. They remind me of APC.

veronica beard jeans

I like Veronica Beard’s line, and so I’m curious about her jeans. These have a pleasingly saturated wash, and a not-distracting amount of whiskering.


Here’s a post I did a little while back on boyfriend jeans.

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Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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