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5 Jeans Under $50 That Look Anything But Cheap

No-frills denim that will get you through the weekend.

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As far as denim goes, selvedge reigns king. It’s just durable as hell. But most examples you’ll find will run you back more than $150 and they take a while to break in. Fortunately, the bottom end of the market is filled with jeans that look good and fit the second you put them on — no break in required. They might not last a lifetime. But they’ll get you through the weekend.

Gap Slim Fit Jeans


Gap’s slim black jeans are a steal. Note, however, that they fit on the looser end of slim, so they look more tapered than full-on skinny. The black hue makes them a great anchor for double-denim pairings.

Buy Now: $35

Wrangler Cowboy Cut Slim Fit Jean


If you want to hop on the stonewashed bandwagon without dishing out big bucks for brands like Acne, these Wranglers are a solid option at a good price. Plus they’ll pass muster in South Texas, which counts for something.

Buy Now: $37

Levi’s 501 Jean in Optic White

The biggest mistake with white jeans is to treat them too kindly. But Levi’s classic 501 fit in Optic White is a straight-fit jean that looks best a little busted up. At $40, don’t be afraid to get these dirty. You can always buy another pair.

Buy Now: $40

Lee Modern Series Slim Tapered Jeans

Once upon a time, Lee and Levi’s were the two biggest names in American denim. The former has faded from glory, but still makes a solid jean for under $50. The brand’s straight leg fits run a bit wide, so opt for their Slim Tapered Jeans, which fits closer to a 501 than anything.

Buy Now: $48

Uniqlo Stretch Selvedge Slim-Fit Jeans

Buying a pair of selvedge denim jeans for $50 would be impossible if it weren’t for Uniqlo. Like most clothes from the Japan-based retailer, the fit is trim and flattering without being tight. Uniqlo’s clothes also last longer than other fast-fashion brands’ wares do, so you’ll hold on to these jeans for a few years if you treat them right.

Buy Now: $50

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