I recently realized I was in need of some new jeans for the first time since switching to ethical shopping, and little did I know what a monumental task finding ethical and affordable denim would be. I love dark and mid wash skinny jeans with a higher rise for their classic and comfortable feel, so I had a good idea of what I was in search of. I took to Google, researching the ethics codes various denim brands, and attempting to find something in a lower price range. Most brands I found ranged from $175-$250, and while I do consider jeans a place to invest, I just can’t spend that amount at this point in my life. After a lot of searching, I was able to find three fair brands who make dark wash women’s skinny jeans all coming in at under $100! In this post I’ll be sharing the options available from these brands, as well as the jeans I ended up choosing for myself. Spoiler alert, I love them.
Grab a cup of coffee and a measuring tape, and let’s do some jean shopping.
When I first started researching fair fashion brands, I was surprised to see how often Patagonia came up. I had a vague awareness of the brand for their winter jackets a lot of my friends owned, but that was the extent of it. Fast-forward a year, and I’ve been so impressed not only by their humanitarian and environmental efforts, but also the garments they have available. Their Women’s Slim Jeans are made of 98% organic cotton and 2% spandex. I love the dark wash, classic pocket styling, and mid rise. The sewing is certified Fair Trade, and the jeans are available in sizes 24-32. $99.00
Monkee Genes is a brand based out of England featuring many styles and colors of jeans. There are several organic options available, and the jeans are made fairly in England. The brand was founded in 2006 as an alternative to fast fashion denim with the goal of being on trend as well as socially responsible. My favorite jeans on the website are the Classic Skinny Jeans which are available in three washes: black, indigo, and beat. They are available in sizes 28-36. $81.34 (converted from pounds)
PrAna is a brand that focuses on sustainable materials and fair worker treatment. They use fabrics like organic cotton and recycled polyester to reduce environmental impact, and are members of the Fair Labor Association. They also have several styles that are certified as Fair Trade. In the jeans department, prAna offers several options including some in fun colors! My favorite style is their London Jean, made of organic cotton, lycra, and recycled polyester. It’s a classic skinny jean available in two washes, three inseam lengths, and sizes 00-18. This is the style I ended up choosing for myself, but more on that in a minute! $99.00
My new jeans
I chose the prAna London Jeans in the Antique Blue wash, and I love them! It’s difficult for me to find jeans that fit well because I have really long legs and a short torso. Throw in my super scrawny ankles, and skinny jeans that fit are hard to come by. Many of the reviews I read on the London Jeans said that the ankles remained slim all the way down which was good news for me as that area is often too big in the jeans I try on. I was also happy to see that jeans came in three inseam lengths as finding jeans that are long enough for me can be an issue as well. I ordered according to the size chart, and my new jeans fit me exactly how I wanted them too! I love the slight stretch, and the organic cotton is so comfy and breathable. The rise is fairly high, which I like, and I’m also happy to say that the knees seem to keep their shape– a pet peeve of mine with skinny jeans.
I definitely want to order the dark wash style as well sometime in the future, and I think these will be my go-to jeans as I replace my older pairs over time.
I hope you found this post helpful if you are in the market for some new jeans, and if you have a brand that you love, I’d love to hear about that as well!
Great jeans you can feel good in and good about. It’s a win-win!