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Best Brands of Denim under $150

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by dieselman89, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Senior member

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    I've started to do some research on the forum looking for the best brands that make jeans under $150. Some of us cannot justify spending over $100 on denim while others pend up to $300. As far as value, the names frequently mentioned are Uniglo and Levis 501s. Does anyone else have any good value brands?

    I've seen APCs marked down to $100 from time to time...
     
  2. omgitswes

    omgitswes Senior member

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    Naked & Famous has served me well. Pretty sure they can be found under 150
     
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    trum01 Senior member

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    Nudie (says general consensus, not I ... I don't really wear jeans).
     
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    The Unbranded Brand @ $78
    Naked & Famous Denim @ $130 to $170
    Levis may also work for you.
     
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    jmaudi0 Senior member

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    for $150 price point best bet is Naked & Famous imo.
     
  6. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Senior member

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    Has anyone ever tried J Crew denim compared to Naked and Famous? Most of the things I've read on SF say J Crew denim is not worth $100. Also, Levi's has a Made in USA line, any thoughts?
     
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    aperson Well-Known Member

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    501s if you like the fit. Not really much point in anything else in that price range. The difference between a $120 pair of jeans and 501s is little to nothing.

    The only thing you might find that is any real difference is labor standards. You could pay $150 for a pair of jeans made by a factory where people get benefits and a reasonable wage, or you could pay $60 and get a pair made in a sweatshop. The actual quality of the denim and the construction is about the same.
     
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    +1 on N&F

    but if you can find a pair on sale below $150, I suggest APCs.
     
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    +1. I'm not the biggest denim junkie and about $200 is my upper limit. I own 3 pairs: APC New Cure, J. Crew 484, and Naked and Famous. Quality of the APC and N&F is higher than the J. Crew. I bought the J. Crew one solely for the wash.
     
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    bl@ster Senior member

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    Gap selvedge in straight fit.
     
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    This is usually the time when people throw Uniqlo selvedge into the ring, but since I haven't handled it, my endorsement is for gap slim selvedge. The poster above me mentioned straight fit but from my experience it isn't as good as the slim fit. I can't remember now to well but when I was in store the slim model seemed to have better denim and details and didn't have pocket details. Either way, sub $100, gap all the way.
     
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    What is the fit like on N&F slim guy? I have some APC New Standard and was told to size down 2 sizes. That proved to be worthwhile. They aren't any stores that carry the jeans near me..
     
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    I dislike the slim guys. It's not as slim as it sounds and the thighs are quite baggy.
    Weirdguys are much, much better in my opinion. It's slim yet not too skinny and has a pretty good appealing silhouette.
     
  16. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Senior member

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    I will need to try on in store then. What other jeans do you wear that you would compare the slim guys to? I like clean jeans that are basic. Thats what I enjoy about J Crews denim. The fits are nice and they are good washes. Just not great quality apparently.

    These look great fit wise

    http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/denim/484/PRDOVR~19135/19135.jsp

    http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/denim/484/PRDOVR~18975/18975.jsp

    http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/denim/484/PRDOVR~30367/30367.jsp
     
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    I don't really know what to compare the slim guys to. Maybe 501's?

    If you really like the J crew jeans, then by all means get them. I wouldn't say they are shit quality but just a little overpriced.
     
  18. dieselman89

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    I've narrowed down the search to

    Unbranded Brand
    Levi's 513 (currently on sale 30%)
    Uniglo

    All of these jeans are less than $80 a pair.
     
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    TACO_FLAVORED_KISSES Senior member

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    1) Gap if they are back to normal
    1b) Uniqlo
    2) Used APC's
    3) U.S. made levi's with 40% off coupon.
     
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    I've got a couple pair of Taylor Stitch denim and I like them at 128 bucks. I like the fit, they're tapered but not close to being skinny. Only thing is you might not be able to get your size, they don't seem to restock denim very often. Also N&F is great for the price.
     

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