These Are the Jeans We Want for Spring

And half are under $100.

By Hannah Zahner

I end up wearing some sort of denim almost every day. Whether paired with heels or a worn-in tee, jeans never let me down and continue to be a laid back way to feel sartorially on top of it while still being laid-back. We’ve seen a resurgence of every vintage denim style out there over the past few years to the point that now, almost anything goes.

The only downside from being able to wear everything from 70s wide legs to 2000s low-rise flares? You may be feeling a little overwhelmed when choosing your jeans for spring.

We’ve taken the guesswork out by breaking down the six denim trends you’ll want to try out in 2020, including a splurge and a save (that’s under $100!) in each category. This year’s silhouettes are simple, straightforward, and seasonless — but never boring. Scroll on for our picks that perfectly nail that cool girl vibe.

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denim slim legSlim Leg

If you just can’t seem to put the skinny jeans down, this is the pant for you. Think of them as an upgraded skinny jean. Not quite as body hugging as the 2010 super skinny jean = more universally flattering.

Splurge: Paige PAIGE High Rise Sarah Slim Jeans ($229)

Save: Mango Mom Slim Jeans (these are on sale for $22!!)

denim straight leg

Straight Leg

Here’s what is quite possibly the most stylish denim of 2020. Somehow perfectly riding the line between a slimmed legged jean and an 80s mom jean, this silhouette is ultra flattering. The perfect fit should hug the booty and skim straight down the leg. Bonus: the thicker fabric is ultra-forgiving.

Splurge: SLVRLAKE London Jeans ($319) 

Save: Everlane The Super-Straight Jean ($78) or the classic Levi’s 501 Skinny Jeans ($98)

mom jean

Mom jeans

Reminiscent of the pants your mom wore in the 80s, this vintage cut hugs the butt and tapers evenly at the leg. If your butt leans towards nonexistent, this cut highlights your waist and creates the illusion of curves.

Splurge: AGOLDE Pinch Waist High Rise Kick Jeans ($178)

Save: Madewell The Momjean in Downey Wash ($79.50)

culotte denim


Culottes have been making a revival in denim format for the past couple of years. Cropped and wide-legged, dress them up for work or dress down for a comfy everyday look.

Splurge: Mother Denim The Zipped Greaser Loop ($248)

Save: Mango Culotte Jeans High Waist ($59.99)

paperbag jeans

Paper Bag Waistband

Perfect for easy tucking, this pant pairs well with a bodysuit or fitted crop. Thanks to the black denim, these pants find the balance of being both polished and laidback, which brings a refreshing twist to your usual denim wear.

Splurge: Mother The Greaser Paperbag Pleat ($238)

Save: Mango Paper Bag Jeans Black Denim ($79.99)

90s ripped jean

90s Loose Leg Distressed

With a little edge from the distressing, these ankle skimming pants are surprisingly flattering. Pair with sneakers and a tee for an ultra I-didn’t-even-try cool girl look.

Splurge: Agolde ’90s Jeans ($208)

Save: Mango Straight-fit Decorative Rips Jeans ($79.99)