With the abundance of denim trends stealing the spotlight as of late—kick flares, wide legs, mom jeans, bell-bottoms—cropped hems have definitely been on the down-low. But as the weather warms up and designers continue to bring us their spring and summer collections, it seems ankle-grazing styles are grabbing our attention once again, and we couldn't be more thankful. In celebration of this silhouette's return, we've rounded up a data-driven list of the best cropped jeans a girl can buy—all backed by best-selling buzz, editorial mentions, real user reviews, and more. Whether you want to show off your new spring-worthy shoes or just give your ankles a little breathing room, keep scrolling to shop the Top 10 styles that made the cut and stock up on your faves for the upcoming season. Opening image: everlane.com
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March 17, 2020
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Paige Transcend Verdugo Crop Skinny Jeans
WHERE TO WEAR: Made with Paige's performance fiber Transcend denim, these buttery soft beauties are made to stretch to the max without looking like leggings or losing their shape. Hello, airport jeans.
STYLE WITH: The generous crop on this style makes them perfect for pairing with all your new spring booties.
Mother The Hustler High Waist Ankle Fray Jeans
LOVED FOR: These are the perfect way to rock the buzzy bootcut trend. With ever-so-slight flares at the hem, they're a lot more 2020 than 2000s.
HELPFUL TIP: Mother jeans tend to run small, so we recommend sizing up if you're between sizes.
Wit & Wisdom Ab-Solution Skinny Ankle Jeans
WHAT IT DOES: Wit & Wisdom's Ab-Solution jeans are nothing short of genius. With power mesh panels to hold and mold and a waistband with interior control and booty-lift construction, they're pretty much the most flattering jeans on the market. To be honest, we can't believe they ring up under $100.
USERS SAID: "How did I not know about these jeans? They happened to be on sale, so I grabbed my size. They fit like a dream—so incredibly comfortable yet flattering. I love that they also come in petite sizes. Looking forward to getting more colors!"
Mother The Looker Frayed Ankle Skinny Jeans
BEST FOR: If classic, investment-worthy skinnies are what you seek, search no further. These celeb-favorite jeans have all the makings of a denim staple: subtle distressing, a flattering fit, and a touch of stretch for maximum comfort.
AS SEEN ON: If you're wondering where Meghan Markle gets her skinny jeans, these are them. You're welcome.
Old Navy High-Waisted Rockstar Super Skinny Ankle Jeans
WHY YOU NEED IT: Ringing up under $50 (and pretty much always on sale), these insanely flattering jeans look and feel just as good as expensive designer denim. We'll take one in every wash, please.
FUN FACT: Rumor has it Old Navy sells 40,000 pairs of these skinnies per day. Yes, seriously.
Citizens of Humanity Emerson Slim Boyfriend Jeans
BEST FOR: If you're dying to jump on the boyfriend jean train, start with these beauties. They have just the right amount of bagginess to be comfortable but still flattering, and they come with that perfectly lived-in look that you'd usually only find after hours of thrift store shopping.
USERS SAID: "I don’t know how they did it, but these jeans make my thighs and legs look so slim. First I thought I was imagining it, but then other people starting asking me if I lost weight! Love these jeans, love the color, and worth every penny!"
Levi's Wedgie Icon Jeans
LOVED FOR: Looking for the perfect pair of vintage Levi's? Go ahead and end your search here. With their high-waist, rigid denim, and booty-boosting fit, these stunners are even better than a thrift store score—no sifting through racks required.
BEST FOR: If you struggle to find jeans with a perfect waist-to-hip ratio, these are your fix. You can thank us later.
Levi's 711 Skinny Ankle Fit Jeans
WHY YOU NEED IT: Available in a whopping 20 washes, the 711 is as classic as it gets. From the flattering rise to the fitted but not too fitted silhouette, these are the jeans you'll want to wear everywhere and with everything.
USERS SAID: "I have these jeans in two colors and love them. I'll admit it—I'm kind of a denim snob, and I have been loyal to a few expensive designer brands for years. But when I tried these on in a store, I fell in love. They're completely true to size, they don't stretch out or get saggy, and they don't shrink in the dryer."
Everlane Kick Crop Jean
LOVED FOR: Everlane refers to these as the most leg-lengthening jeans out there, and according to reviewers, that claim is totally true. Short gals, rejoice.
FUN FACT: Everlane added a stay stitch to the raw hem so that it'll stay put through repeated washes. Genius.
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