I Currently Own 29 Pairs of Jeans, But These Are the Only 7 I Actually Wear

It’s been 14 years since living together in New York, but my ex-roommate still loves to tell the story of “Judith’s Jeans.” My bedroom in Apt. 27 was essentially a glorified closet, yet a quarter of the small space was taken up by a mound of jeans quite literally from floor to ceiling.

Fast-forward 14 years to my apartment in L.A., and not much has changed (aside from more square footage). My denim obsession remains resolute. What can I say? I love jeans, and when I find a pair that fits well and looks good, it’s hard to resist. I currently own about 29 pairs (some gifted, some scored secondhand, some I scooped up in sales, and some investment jeans I’ve splurged on), yet I fully acknowledge that owning this many is not exactly normal (and, to be honest, a tad embarrassing). I came up with this article idea after cleaning my closet, and as I sifted through my denim collection, I realized even though I like all of them, there are actually only seven I love to wear on repeat. Go figure!

So below, I’m highlighting my seven favorites that I wear all the time. Not only are they comfortable, but their silhouettes hit me right, they flatter my body, and I love the quality. Now, I’m off to Goodwill!

Citizens of Humanity: Charlotte High-Rise Straight Jeans

Photo:

@joiedejude

Citizens of Humanity is one of my favorite denim brands because of its excellent quality and fit. (As you'll see, they appear on my top-seven list more than once.) While they tend to be on the pricier side, they're worth every penny, as I wear them so darn much. The Charlotte is the perfect straight-leg silhouette, and the high rise hits my waistline just right. I also love the vintage-inspired wash that combines well with everything in my closet. Moreover, they're surprisingly super comfortable despite being non-stretch.

Citizens of Humanity: Olivia High Rise Slim Ankle Jeans

Photo:

@joiedejude

Okay, another Citizens of Humanity pair coming at you—and I could seriously rave about these jeans all day. If you're looking for a stretchy pair with a slimmer cut (but not über-skinny), then these are ideal. First off, they are supremely comfortable. (Thank you, elastane.) This particular wash is perfect for so many scenarios. It's easy to dress up with heels and a nice top or pair with a chic blouse for work, and it also looks amazing with a simple white tee and sneakers. I find the high-waisted ankle-length silhouette is ultra-versatile.

Levi's: 501 Jeans

Photo:

@joiedejude

I absolutely love the vintage look and feel of these classic Levi's 501s. I actually scored these at a vintage market, but after a quick search, they're pretty easy to find online. These are rigid and non-stretch, so at first, they may seem a little uncomfortable, until you wear them in. I don't usually get compliments on my jeans, but when I wear these, I always (graciously) receive a ton.

H&M: Super Skinny High Jeans

Photo:

@joiedejude

When it comes to skinny jeans, I tend to wear two on rotation. This gray wash from H&M and a Madewell pair (which I'll talk more about below). This pair from H&M is super stretchy, comfortable, and fits really well. They're easy to throw on with blazers and boots or with sneakers or sandals. Plus, you can't go wrong with the price!

Madewell: 9" Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans

Photo:

@joiedejude

The other pair of skinny jeans I wear a ton are from Madewell—another denim brand I love. These super-soft black skinny jeans are extremely versatile and easy to move around in. I like styling them with knee-high boots in the colder months and minimalist sandals in summer.

Agolde: Vintage High-Rise Flare in Absolute

Photo:

@joiedejude

I've really loved the resurgence of the '70s flare and wide-leg silhouettes, which have been trending for the past few seasons and are set to be huge for fall. Agolde's vintage high-rise flare jeans are my favorite, as the silhouette is wonderful, and they're made of 100% organic cotton, which is super soft to the touch.

Paige: Noella Straight Caballo Inseam

Photo:

@joiedejude

I've been leaning into casual, loose-fitting jeans a lot more lately given our current circumstances, and Paige's Noella Straight style has been my go-to. It has a cropped silhouette and is slightly distressed, giving it a relaxed feel. But the best part? It's seriously comfortable.

Shop More Jeans I Love:

If you're looking for a straight-leg style, these have "new favorite pair" written all over them.

Ivory jeans are having a major moment this season.

Levi's Wedgie Icon jeans remain a fashion-girl favorite.

Related Stories