To proclaim “these are the best jeans I’ve ever bought” is almost on a par with discovering the holy grail or finding a way to not press snooze every morning. I still haven’t found my ultimate pair—and you can imagine how often I meet different designers, trial brands and go shopping. For all the millions and trillions of denim creations out there, uncovering the dream ticket,—that style that fits you perfectly, and stays perfect, wash-after-wash, year-after-year, trend-after-trend—is nothing short of a miracle.
Which is why for Who What Wear UK’s Denim Week we wanted to grill a select group of trusted arbiters on how they met their best denim friend (because really, no person can emotionally support you in quite the same way a pert butt can) in order to get you one step closer to the end goal. From the perfect silhouette a British Vogue editor still mourns from her teenage years through to the reworked vintage style Whitney Port can’t get enough of, scroll down to see and shop the fashion elite’s favourite jeans of all time—and remember, this denim is for life, not just for spring 2016.
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"The best jeans I’ve ever bought are Re/Done’s High Rise Crop (from £178). THEY FIT MY BUTT SO WELL! They actually make me look like a I have one! And since they are already vintage and worn in, they are the comfiest too. I can dress them up and down, like in the street style shot where I’m wearing a crop top and flats, or with a spaghetti strap cami and pointy ankle boots! They are so versatile."
"I stopped wearing jeans for years as I couldn't find a style I felt were flattering on me (I sadly wasn't blessed with the longest legs in the world!), but I tried on this pair at Sandy Liang's studio last September and I fell in love with them. They're high-waisted, a solid wash and have the perfect frayed ends. It sparked my love for denim again, I've worn them so much—with heels, with flat sandals, and my favorite Vans. And I have now found other amazing pairs I love from Simon Miller (worn-in and relaxed) and Sonia Rykiel (more like amazing fitted trousers than jeans, which are perfect for meetings)."
Keep up with the New York–based stylist and creative consultant on Instagram @real_kate_foley.
"The best jeans I ever bought were some vintage Levi's 501s from Reformation on Ludlow Street in New York. Reformation tailor their vintage jeans for a slightly more modern fit than the super old-school style so they don't bunch as much around the thighs and waist, and they have a seam running down the back of them where they've been cinched in slightly. I chopped off the hems a little to suit my frame and have been living in them ever since. With the exception of Re/Done (another favourite brand for reworked jeans), I've yet to find a vintage pair quite as good. They're probably not the most flattering of jeans but they feel great on, which is the most important thing. I love wearing them with embroidered white tops and sandals on holiday or with silk shirts, boots and my leather jacket in London."
I will tell you the jeans I have been living in for the past year: Current/Elliot Cropped Straight Leg Jean (£161). They are the best because they are the perfect light shade of denim, sit high enough on my waist without looking mumsy, wash really well and have got a shorn edge with a dyed detail that is subtle but still effective. You'll find me wearing them with a silk blouse and a jacket with either Roger Vivier sneakers or fun stilettos. It’s all about the shoe with these jeans."
"My New Look baby kick flares. I bought them when I was fourteen, having just had a huge growth spurt. My lanky legs were wildly out of proportion with the rest of body, thus making it incredibly difficult to find clothes to fit my frame, and I tried these on in the Watford branch changing room and instantly felt relief flooding through my body. They fit me perfectly, had a slightly ‘out-there’ baby kick flare and were in a flattering dark wash, and I wore them pretty much every weekend for the next two years. I wept when they finally had to go in the bin—worn to death, quite literally.
"I’ve recently purchased another pair with a little kick from M.i.h Jeans that remind me of those old favourites, although the new version is slightly cropped and frayed at the hems. They look good with a small block heel to balance out proportions."
"Saint Laurent's high-waisted jeans are just the most amazing fit. Because of the high rise, you never get right-under-the-belly-button muffin top, and being in good, sturdy denim, they tuck in and hold in everything that needs to be tucked and held—not to mention the amazing effect they have on your bum. I usually wear them with a good, masculine blazer, a pair of pointy flats and a T-shirt. Maybe even a skinny scarf for that ultimate rock chic reference!"