This post has been updated for 2019.
Since having my surgery (tummy tuck and abdominal muscle repair), I’ve had to replace almost all of my jeans. Putting my muscles back into place gave me a smaller waist but now, all of my jeans are big for the first time in my 5+ years as a mom. It feels good, but I’m all about embracing whatever size you’re in. It doesn’t feel like all that long ago that I was sizing up in my jeans, either.
Recently, I started by replacing my vintage fit Levi’s, but now it’s time for my black jeans. They’re the perfect wash to wear year-round. During my search, I found three pairs from my favorite brands: Levi’s and Everlane. All under $100. Ready to see?
Levi’s & Everlane: Dark Wash Jeans Under $100
One of my favorite pairs of all time (especially when I had my saggy belly) are Levi’s 721’s. They suck everything in.
What’s good: They’re very stretchy and comfortable. The fit is really good, and they’re a beautiful washed black.
p.s. Levi’s is now making 67% of their jeans with less water and their goal is 80% by 2020.
Not so good: The denim is not as thick and sturdy as I like. Remember, I love real denim. So this super-stretchy, thinner fabric is not ideal for me.
2. Everlane Authentic Stretch Jean
I tried my first pair of Everlane Authentic Stretch jeans last year and loved them. The minute I saw these, I ordered them.
What’s good: I love the fit and fabric. They feel more like true denim than the Levi’s, without compromising the stretch.
Not so good: The wash. It’s more of a dark gray than a washed black. I was looking for a true dark wash, so I didn’t keep them. The retailer pic is a bit misleading.
If you follow me on IG (@julietatorresd) you probably know these were my choice. I love them!
What’s good: I love the fabric. Thick, looks more like real denim yet still stretchy and comfortable. The washed black color is also perfect. You can choose the length; I’m wearing the ankle one. The exposed button fly is subtle since the buttons are black, too (this helps when you don’t want to draw a lot of attention to your lower tummy).
Downside: Haven’t found one. I really love them.
As a Levi’s lover, I was sad to not like the Levi’s so much. But Everlane is a great choice when it comes to skinny jeans at an amazing price.
Here’s how I’m wearing them right now!
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Which were your favorite?