How 2 Shop: Denim

I talk so much about denim I figured I would share some of my secrets for getting the good stuff for the great prices. While I am a denim addict, I am by no means loaded with cash. Because of that and the fact that I was taught to shop sales growing up, I pretty much refuse to pay full price for anything.


Denim and designer denim is actually really easy to find on sale at good prices, and most of the time I buy it on sale from being on sale with coupon codes that are sent to me or sale events that are happening for an extra percentage off.


My current collection of denim is the result of about 3 years of seeking out those sales and good deals to find what I want. In those couple of years I’ve found a few brands that I’m now pretty loyal to. My favorites include:

  • Current/Elliott – based out of California, they have some of the softest and most flattering jeans on the market. Each pair gives off this cool girl americana vibe that I just love.
  • Rag + Bone – also made in the USA, these are great jeans if you want little to no spandex and really cool cuts. They also have the most amazingly flattering fit.
  • Joe’s Jeans – my last two pairs of black jeans have been Joe’s and I’ve literally worn them to the point that people think they’re blue jeans at this point. Whoops.
  • 7 For All Mankind – my first ever pair of nice jeans were from 7FAM so I still have a certain loyalty to them.


Now, there are some great places to find denim at discounted prices, especially online. Once you know your waist size it’s easy to determine which ones will and won’t work, usually high-end denim brands have pretty consistent sizing across the board. For reference, I wear the same size for low and mid rise across all brands, but when I look for high waist jeans I always go down one size because I don’t want that annoying gap around my actual waist.


Nordstrom Rack,

This is a great place to shop for denim especially during clear the rack when you get an extra 25% off of clearance. Usually I go to the denim section, fill out my sizes, then sort everything by “best value”. This way I know I’m getting the good deals. Things tend to go quickly on this site, especially after more markdowns, so I usually act fast.

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 Yoox has some great steals for things other than denim, but they’ve got a pretty good selection. Although they’re guilty of some pretty gnarly photoshopping and lots of awkward posing (YIKES), if you can manage to sift through all of the bad stuff you can find some good stuff. It’s usually easiest to use Yoox if you know what you’re looking for. Start with maybe a brand you’re interested in, and then go from there with narrowing the specifics, like fit, size, and wash. Sizes tend to be pretty limited but if you can manage to find the good stuff it’s worth. Like I said before, the pictures can be pretty gnarly, so here are some links but there’s no way I would post those here.

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Saks Off Fifth,

Saks Off Fifth is the sale site for Saks Fifth Avenue and is filled with great stuff. Their denim section is pretty substantial and you can find good deals on a lot of the current denim trends of today, like a distressed hem, for usually more than 50% off.

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The Real Real

This site is a resale site for luxury fashion with a great selection. I’m not into buying used shoes (nah) but considering the fact that fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world, buying recycled clothing in a gently used condition is good for your wallet and good for the earth! You can also search items that are “new with tags”, which are being sold for a reduced price with little to no wear.

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Some other good sites to peruse include:,, and Happy hunting!


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