The Ultimate Denim Sourcebook

Our exhaustive guide to the best and easiest places to shop online for the coolest, most flattering jeans.

Plus! The best-looking trends in jeans—from soft pastel to sexily studded.

designsbystephene.com

Designsbystephene.com



An excellent source for popular names like Hudson Jeans, True Religion Brand Jeans, and AG Jeans, this site really lures you in with its methodical organization. Special sections highlight bestsellers and celebrity looks, or you can browse the extensive customer reviews. Its Denim Fit Guide supplies incredibly specific sizing by brand—including long and plus sizes—and to top it all off, there's free shipping on orders over $100.

designsbystephene.com

Gap

Gap



This site boasts one of the most advanced Web experiences out there—graphics practically leap off the screen, and it even has video so you can see how the denim moves. The pieces here are extremely reasonable and come in tons of fits and washes. Its trendier styles go toe-to-toe with any high-priced rival, from patch-pocket sailor jeans to cute little capris with just the right amount of fade.

gap.com

Shopjake.com

Jake



This Chicago retailer has an elegantly modern aesthetic and a keenly curated list of European brands like Barbara Bui and Radcliffe. The picks are handily sorted by silhouette, and the Denim Fit Guide extensively outlines the critical differences between all the available shapes—be they skinny stovepipes or sweeping trousers—even suggesting which lines do each one just right.

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Kate

Kate



Thoughtful descriptions accompany all the options here—including styling suggestions for most pairs—giving the impression that each piece is specifically hand-selected. Emphasizing quality over quantity, its stock highlights sophisticated-yet-casual looks—lots of dark washes and trouser cuts by Raven Denim, Notify, and Red Engine.

kateboutique.com

National Jean Company

Nationaljeancompany.com



With more than 130 labels on its roster, this website offers a truly encyclopedic experience when it comes to selection. If you're feeling overwhelmed, take advantage of the site's meticulous Fit Guide, which breaks down the most popular lines' trademark characteristics and bestselling items (from Chip and Pepper's "Stella Bootcut" to Serfontaine's "Skinny Minny"), or take a peek at the blog devoted to the latest styles.

nationaljeancompany.com

Net-a-porter.com

Net-a-porter.com



Bookmarked on many a fashion editor's browser, this gorgeous spot is the ultimate source for high profile designer denim, with a deep selection from marquee names—Marc by Marc Jacobs, See by Chloe, Made in Heaven, even Karl Lagerfeld—and a well-chosen range of offerings from more wallet-friendly lines like Juicy Couture and True Religion Brand Jeans. Plus, they deliver to over 170 countries—most overnight.

net-a-porter.com

Nordstrom

Nordstrom



Sift through the nearly 400 pairs on sale at this department store by rise, label, leg style—and also in the plus, petite, and maternity departments. Or you can search by designer—from Calvin Klein and Juicy Couture to the environmentally conscious Edun. A fantastic new option even lets you buy online and pick up at the store if you want to avoid paying for shipping.

nordstrom.com

Oaknyc.com

Oak



The online home of this Brooklyn-based minichain has an undone chic that's really appealing, and it's one of the very, very few places we've seen that sells denim from cutting-edge brands like Corpus and Rick Owens Drkshdw. The focus here isn't on a huge array, but rather on a smart selection of of-the-moment looks that make an impact. And, in a nice twist, the model is a relatable, real-life-seeming size.

oaknyc.com

Revolveclothing.com

Revolveclothing.com



With free two-to-three-day shipping and seriously easy returns, Revolve provides one of the most fuss-free Web shopping experiences out there. Hosting more than 80 designers—including Taverniti So and revival '70s line Dittos—it really goes the extra mile to help you find the right pair, supplying customer reviews, fit guides for each brand, and what size each model is wearing.

Ron Herman

Ron Herman



One of the original pioneers in trend-forecasting for denim, Ron Herman's Jean Bar has been stocking the most up-and-coming names since 1976. Even now, buyers look to the dozens of labels this California-based store carries for a look at what's going to be popular, an idea that's reflected in this online experience, which is arranged by theme: Skinny Jeans, Colored Denim, and Summer Whites.

ronherman.com
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