I have a love-hate relationship with jeans. Yes, they're reliable, acceptable, and versatile, but they're also constricting, hard to shop for, and even unflattering. Especially that one pair we've all had that seems to stretch two sizes bigger shortly after you put them on. It wasn't until I moved to New York that I discovered that jeans, however much I may resent them, are an all season staple, so finding a reliable pair is essential.
We've put together a list of our favorite jeans, all made here in the United States, to make shopping consciously even easier. From warm weather looks like shorts and summer whites to ultra comfortable boyfriend jeans and jeggings to classic skinny jeans, there's a pair for every mood and every body type.
You'll look like a rockstar in these jeans, according to Vogue who says that these channel Stevie Nicks and the bohemian sway of her flares. And just like a true bohemian would want, these pants are made of recycled water bottles, and use eco-friendly dyes!
Beija Flor, Eco-Friendly, Recycled, Fair Trade
A fun pair of denim shorts are a summer essential. Re/Done salvages old Levi's and gives them new life by restitching and restyling them to give them a modern twist. Plus, you can shop by size on their website to find a pair that is right for your body.
Re/Done, Made in USA, Upcycled
These stretchy skinny jeans, designed for the Fisher Project, are fashioned from an organic-cotton blend, making them soft and easy to move in. The Fisher Project is the initiative at Eileen Fisher to bring 100% of their products to meet a higher sustainability threshold.
Eileen Fisher, Made in USA + Organic
When you want to give off the 'cool but not trying too hard' vibe, distressed boyfriend jeans do just the trick. They're loose, comfortable, and airy, and if you play your cards right they can even transition from day to night.
7 For All Mankind, Made in USA
These jeggings nearly give you the feeling that you're slipping into your favorite pair of leggings, with the benefit of looking like pants. You can stick with the classic black or branch out and choose one of thirteen other colors.
American Apparel, Made in USA
Frame is a collection of essential every day wear which brings together the quality and heritage of manufacturing in Los Angles with a London sense of cut and fit. The edgy shredding and lightly faded wash gives these jeans a slightly rough-and-tumble look, while still remaining structured enough for a casual day at the office.
Frame Denim, Made in USA
Alex Heinz is the Managing Editor at RowandRue.com. She is passionate about raising awareness about the human rights and environmental struggles in the fashion industry through creative storytelling. Alex is also the Creative Assistant at Modavanti, a sustainable fashion e-commerce site. Previously, she worked with the conscious brands Della and Krochet Kids intl. where she learned about the power of alternative production methods and relationship building. She has also worked with independent New York designers Ryu Ryu and Nomia, as well as the CFDA incubator program.
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