Originally Posted by slappysloopy
First, I'd like to thank Kenn, crosswound, listi, Lel, and a few others for some useful comments. While I have a lot of people's attention I'd like to ask what are some brands of jeans to look for (preferably same color or darker and no more torn up jeans, I promise). I would like to spend under 150 or so for a pair of jeans and maybe splurge and get one pair of nudies, APC, iron heart, etc. Also keep in mind that this isn't the only outfit I own, it's literally what I was wearing today. Also I read that Levis has a few different lines if I go that route, is there a major quality diffeence between capital E, LVC, basic, red, and if so what would I notice?
Unless money is an not an option, start with a single pair because honestly you can wear them every day and no one will notice/care. For "entry level" jeans there are tons of options. APC, Crate, Naked & Famous are all around similar price ranges. Check the affiliate links and threads and look into each brand, the affiliates are great resources and offer good discounts, not to mention they are usually very helpful in providing information and advice.
Yes there are major quality differences between the various Levi branches but to be honest, they've been in the denim business for a very long time so even a pair of Levis you pick up at Macys for $20 will be durable. Just focus on fit. Honestly, as long as everything fits nicely, it doesn't really matter what you wear (in terms of colors, patterns, dressy-ness, etc). Just keep looking around for looks/fits that you like.