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

1. Levi’s 721 High-Rise (Sustainable)

For a black wash jeans refresh, we're looking at you Levi's Mile-high & Everlane Authentic Stretch. May the most flattering denim win — find 'em here.
For a black wash jeans refresh, we're looking at you Levi's Mile-high & Everlane Authentic Stretch. May the most flattering denim win — find 'em here.

Levi’s 721 High Rise $98

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

For a black wash jeans refresh, we're looking at you Levi's Mile-high & Everlane Authentic Stretch. May the most flattering denim win — find 'em here.

Everlane Authentic Stretch ($68)

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.

3. Everlane Authentic Stretch with Exposed Button Fly 

For a black wash jeans refresh, we're looking at you Levi's Mile-high & Everlane Authentic Stretch. May the most flattering denim win — find 'em here.
For a black wash jeans refresh, we're looking at you Levi's Mile-high & Everlane Authentic Stretch. May the most flattering denim win — find 'em here.

Everlane Authentic Stretch with Exposed Button Fly ($78)

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!

For a black wash jeans refresh, we're looking at you Levi's Mile-high & Everlane Authentic Stretch. May the most flattering denim win — find 'em here.

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Which were your favorite?

Besos,

Julieta 

7 COMMENTS

    • Not really, I’ve had them for maybe 8 months now. The way you wash them is really important, so I usually wash in cold water and hang to dry, so the heat of the dryer machine doesn’t damage the stretchy fibers.

  1. I’m also curious about Everlane sizing for these jeans. What’s your take on sizing up or down with these? And, ankle vs regular length? Thank you!

    • I’m between sizes and went down. But they’re very stretchy and TTS. I think the main difference would be the waist circumference, Shana and I are pretty much the same size but she went for the size up for more space and comfort in the tummy area. SO it depends on your body and preference. Also! I got the ankle length! I’m 5’2″

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