I find Levis to run true to size. They usually offer a more rigid denim that after a few wears really molds to your shape. I think they offer the best high-rise-fits and not-see-through white denim!
There is no hiding I love BlankNYC denims shorts. The perfect fit and distressing. They also make great fashion denim and a price point – think racer stripes and crop flare silhouettes. BlankNYC runs true to size for me.
Hard to pick favorites but AG is definitely one of my favorite premium denim brands. I usually size down if in between in AG because they have a good amount of stretch. AG is known most for their classic silhouettes with a slight twist like a raw hem or interesting wash. Also, if you are in the market for maternity denim these are the best splurge!
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I love Madewell jeans because the fabric is unlike any other. Not too stretchy, but also not too rigid. Their washes remind me of a California girl, but their fits are all New York. Basically the best of both worlds.
Mother, Paige, Good American, Frame, Liverpool, Kut from the Kloth, American Eagle, Daily Ritual… just to name a few more favorites. With these brands it is not always “you get what you pay for”. It is really all about finding the fit/wash/silhouette that you love!