High Low Distressed Jeans

High Low Distressed Jeans

I love the look of a slightly distressed jean. It adds an edgy, modern element to an otherwise basic jeans outfit. Because my day-to-day is casual, this style works well for me. I’m embarrassed to admit, though, that I have spent an obscene amount of money on a few pairs. Because of my height, designer cuts have always fit me best. So over the years I’ve grown accustomed to spending more on jeans and then find other ways to balance my budget.

For the last few years, I have exclusively worn AG’s Raw Hem Legging Ankle Jeans. They are comfortable, wash well and offer a fit that works for my disproportionally full rear end. To ease the impact of the price I buy one pair at a time and wear them into the ground. I wasn’t thrilled with the price point, but always thought I got my “price per wear” so I was satisfied.

That was until a few weekends ago at the Henri Bendel event, when Lauren showed up in identical jeans, by Articles of Society (AOS) for only $64. I was blown away. They looked just like my pricey AG’s but as Lauren said, “cost less than Gap jeans.”

I’ve tried just about every brand of lower priced jeans. I have never felt they offered enough style, fit or quality to replace designer versions until now. In this particular style, AOS are a pretty good option if you don’t want to spend the money, or want to try the look without making a big investment.

Regarding fit AG’s version has a lower rise while AOS sits higher on your waist. Both have a nice bit of stretch, but AOS feels like it will stretch out more so size down at least one size. No matter what kind of jeans you are purchasing, they should always feel tight when you buy them knowing they will grow over time.

Verdict? I’ll continue to wear my AG’s since I recently picked up a new pair, but the AOS pair is also in my rotation. When the time comes for a fresh pair, I’m going to save $170 and go with the Articles of Society jean.

Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

  1. Another great post thanks Thanks for the suggestion of trying an affordable brand. I wonder how they would fit with my body type. I’m jean snob but find at times I struggle to find good fitting ones. I’m border line petite, have a small waist but thighs & calf area are more athletic. I have had luck with lucky brand, White House BM & Just black. I also find a lot of them are lower waisted. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    1. I would give these a shot (you can always return!). They stretch a lot, which may work well for thighs and calfs. You may need to fit them and then take your waistband in a little bit for a perfect fit.

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