Originally Posted by Brian SD
If $100 is the limit, I'd look for sale stuff. Try Sak's Off 5th, Neiman Marcus Last Call, and try on the Earnest Sewns they have their. Like $85 at the outlets, but originally some $200.
Seconded. Also, Saks Off5th around me carries Paper Denim Cloth, Diesel, Edun, Seven, and some others that are slipping my mind right now at $100 or less. IMO worry less about the specific brand and more about the fit.
Also, check one of those stores that sells old mall-brand stuff. You might get lucky and find some decent jeans there. For example, a week ago I found a pair of Gap 1969 jeans in my size, the old AG-designed, selvedge, Italian-made ones. For ten bucks. I've also seen selvedge US-made RRL raw jeans in such places, albeit never in my size. I wouldn't have looked twice at them before I started reading this forum, admittedly, but I'm glad I do now.