Best jeans of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

July 11, 2019

One of my very MOST popular Nordstrom Anniversary Sale posts is my BEST JEANS guide, so it's making a comeback! Nordstrom totally delivered again, because there is sooooo much good denim at the Anniversary Sale this year! I did all the research and tried on EVERY SINGLE PAIR of Nordstrom jeans included in the sale to help YOU get the very best jeans for the very best price!! Are you stoked? Let's do this.

How The Guide Works

We know some of you are exclusively shopping the sale online and those of you shopping in-store only have a quick hour or so to shop, so we categorized all the Nordstrom women's jeans included in the Anniversary Sale on a 1-5 star scale so you guys could see exactly which jeans will give you the very best bang for your buck! Let's get started so you can have all your favorites ordered and ready for you to pick up (or shipped to your house!) before they sell out in your size (because they totally will)!!

*All photos of each pair of jeans are BELOW the description

5 Stars

Wit & Wisdom Absolution: These Wit and Wisdom mid-waist jeans are a snug fit, but that's exactly what you want because they will stretch out. These skinnies run big so you want to size down TWO sizes! For real. Crazy, right?! They are very very flattering!! Like very. They suck everything in, the bum is super cute and the ankle length is perfect for summer! (The ankle length is also perfect for all the fall booties!) I looooove the dark navy wash and the very best part…they're $44.90 (reg $68). Under $50 for a 5-star jean? Yes, please!

Wit and Wisdom Absolution

Wit & Wisdom Absolution With Slimming Panels: These black jeans are bananas comfortable! So SO so comfortable. Super comfortable and super flattering is a nearly impossible combo to find when it comes to jeans, but these skinnies totally NAILED IT! I am a MASSIVE fan of these jeans. The bum is even MORE flattering with the panels (if that's even possible) and the black wash it just solid and classic! Totally 5 out of 5 from me-especially because they're also UNDER $50! Do yourself a favor and add these to your cart immediately!

Wit & Wisdom Absolution With Slimming Panels

Wit & Wisdom Absolution High Rise Jegging: If you like your uber flattering fit to come with a slightly higher waist these are your jeans! These jeggings are very very comfortable and very flattering. They do run big so size down two sizes-trust me! I love the wash and the whiskering and the price point ($44.90) is absolutely incredible! These jeans are skinny all the way down to the ankle making them a great jean for the fall and winter!

Wit & Wisdom Absolution High Rise Jegging

AG Prima Ankle Jean: AG Jeans win cutest bum FOREVER! The fabric is super buttery soft and the bum is seriously so flattering and cute. They're not quite as slimming as the Wit & Wisdom jeans, but they're comfortable and the fit is flattering. The cropped ankle length lends itself to more of a casual summer look so if you're looking to build up your fall and winter wardrobe these probably aren't the jeans for you. But they are SO perfect for summer. These run TTS. $149.90 during the Anniversary Sale (reg $225).

AG Prima Ankle Jean

Topshop Moto Joni: These high-waisted black jeans are absolutely incredible!! They feel so smooth and I love that they're skinny down to the ankle. These Topshop skinnies are going to be such an amazing winter jean! Boots or booties will pair perfectly with these. The high-waist hits just above the belly button which I love, they're flattering from the front and the back, and the price point is FANTASTIC at $39 ($65 after Anniversary). Size up one size in these jeans.

Topshop Moto Joni

Topshop Jamie: In love with the jeans. These would make a perfect summer to fall transition jean. They're $50 bucks, they suck you, and the rise hits right exactly at my belly button which is amazing. Did I mention the distressing at the ankle is super cool? I love these jeans. Be sure to size up one size!

Topshop Jamie

Frame Le High Skinny: More of a splurge pair, but the price is really, really good at $139.90 (reg $210) for designer jeans! These skinnies totally flatter the bum and I really, really like them. They're a very comfortable mid-rise and I think the knee distressing is totally on point! They do run a little big so size down one size.

Frame Le High Skinny

Good American Good Legs: My love for these jeans is already well established and I'm so happy they're part of the sale!! They fit SO well. They're a solid mid to high-rise and they fit like a DREAM! The bum is super flattering, they suck you right in, and you for sure want to size down one size!! These are a top contender for THE BEST designer jeans of the sale.

Good American Good Legs

Rag & Bone Cate: These mid-rise skinnies were my favorite jeans of the Anniversary Sale a couple years ago and I'm still obsessed. They are super slimming and incredible. If I could only splurge on ONE pair of designer jeans these would be the jeans! At $166.90 ($250 after the sale) the price is really, really good. These fit TTTS and will probably sell out so if you want them…add to your cart ASAP!

Rag & Bone Cate

Articles of Society Ankle Skinnies: This is the jean trifecta right here. They're flattering and comfortable and the price point is INSANE! These $41 stunners are a very comfortable mid-rise and have a super flattering fit overall. I love that they're skinny right down to the ankle and it does NOT get better than $41 jeans! A HUGE win in black that run TTS.

Articles of Society Ankle Skinnies

Paige Transcend: In. Love. With. These. They run true to size and they are so so soft. They are extra super comfortable and perfectly distressed. This is a great mid-rise jean that flatters the bum and is just a total denim win! 5 out of 5 from me!

Paige Transcend

KUT from the Kloth Natalie Bootcut: These bootcut jeans feel more like a flare to me, but whatever they are I've got some heart eyes for them! Super comfortable, flattering mid-rise that runs true to size and they're $60! I love that they're long enough for me, even being 5'10”! They barely skim the floor for me so I would totally wear these with flats or a small heel, but if you're shorter you could absolutely rock heels with these jeans!

KUT from the Kloth Natalie Bootcut

Madewell 9″ High Rise Skinnies: Of all the Madewell jeans included in the Anniversary Sale, these are my favorite. They're very slimming-from EVERY angle! I love that they're flattering and skinny all the way down to the ankle. Super versatile jean that you can wear year round! They run TTS and if you love Madewell jeans, you'll love these!

Madewell 9″ High Rise Skinnies

AG Ex-Boyfriend Relaxed Slim Jeans: LOVE these boyfriend jeans, they're very similar to the pair I wore in this post recently but a super good deal. They're mega comfy, cute in the bum and the small amount of distressing at the knee is perfection. If I hadn't just barely bought an almost identical pair of boyfriend jeans, these would've gone home with me for sure!!

AG Ex-Boyfriend Relaxed Slim Jeans

4 Stars

Madewell Button Front Cassia: SUCH a dreamy fit! Madewell fan girls need zero introduction to these jeans, but if you're new to Madewell jeans BUCKLE UP! The fit on these ankle length jeans is like the fountain diet coke at McDonalds. Dependable, above average and always on point. The button front is super fun, the fabric is comfortable, the high-rise is comfortable. This is a solid, true to size four star jean for me. During the sale they're UNDER $100 at $89.90 (reg $135).

Madewell Cassia

Good American Good Flare: 7th grade, 90's Corrine is jumping up and down with excitement right now! Love the distressing on these flare jeans and they feel soooo good. The fit is so so great, but they do run little big so size down one size.. The only bummer thing: they're a little too short for 5'10” me. If you're a little shorter…please BUY these! $119.90 during the Anniversary Sale (reg $179).

Good American Good Flare

Madewell Cali Demi-Boot: To me, these fit more like a cropped flare jean. They're a true to size high-rise jean that is really comfortable and really flattering. These are for sure more of a statement jean versus an everyday jean. Because they're also a bit of a splurge I would prefer them to be a little more versatile. But if you're looking for an amazing crop flare these are really good.

Madewell Cali Demi-Boot

3 Stars

Topshop Joni: I do really like the super high-waist on these skinnies. Topshop denim runs small so you want to size up one size for sure! They are not a super comfortable skinny so maybe not the best jean for all day wear, but the fit is pretty flattering and the price point is amazing!

Topshop Joni

Articles of Society: These are a pretty good jean, but definitely not the best. They're not as flattering as the other Articles of Society jeans and they are pretty thin. However, they are a great deal for $44.90 and they do fit true to size. They're super comfortable, but I prefer these in the black wash.

Articles of Society

2 Stars

AG Prima Ankle Jean with Slits: Struck out with these AG jeans as well. I found the slits to be very chic and very “in”, but they're going to be super hard to style as the weather gets cooler thanks to the slits and ankle crop. I also didn't find the fit to be super flattering.

AG Prima Ankle Jean with Slits

1 Star

Frame Ali High Rise Skinnies: I wanted to love these so bad, because leopard is my favorite neutral. However, not worth your pennies ($150), in my opinion. I think the print draws attention and accentuates the thigh in an unflattering way. They are also SUCH a statement jean that you wouldn't be able to wear them often and get as much bang for your buck. So I say def skip these!

Frame Ali High Rise Skinnies

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I tried on EVERY pair of jeans that the Nordstrom store I shopped in on Icon Level day carried, but trying on and documenting my feelings and fit recommendations for every single pair of jeans took me SO MANY HOURS that I started skipping taking pics and recording my feelings about some of my 1 and 2 star finds. So if you don't see a pair in here you're thinking about, it's pretty safe to assume they weren't good enough to make the cut for this post!

Having said that, I know there were jeans that my Nordstrom store didn't carry so if/when I get a chance to try those on, I'll definitely add them to this post with my true recommendation so come back for updates throughout the sale!

I hope this guide helps you snag the BEST jeans of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for your body type, budget, and personal taste! Now hurry before you size sells out!!

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margo pedersen:

which DL1961 jean is darker? On line they look too similar to tell. I’d like to order the darker on on your recommendation. Thank you


The DL1961 Florence Instasculpt is the darker wash! πŸ™‚


This is so helpful! Can you share how tall these girls are so I can get a better idea of how the jeans would fit me?


Of course! Jaquie (long dark brown hair) is 5’5, Auna (short dark brown hair) is 5’1, and Jenn (light brown hair) is 5’8. Hope that helps! πŸ™‚ -Kourtney


The Rag & Bone raw hem skinnies are listed both in 4 stars & 2 stars with different reviews but it’s the same link. Can you clarify the difference in jeans?


Oh I’m sorry about that, I can totally see how that would’ve been confusing! Auna who is petite rated them a 2, and we concluded after that MOST petite girls don’t love Rag & Bone. However, Jaquie who is 5’5″ LOVED these and rated them a 5, and I always feel like Rag & Bone fit amazing on me at 5’10”! Hope that helps πŸ™‚


Thank you for this, but did you not try on the AG slim ex-boyfriend jean? did it not make the cut?


Oh no, I did and I really liked them! Not sure how we missed including them in this post, I’ll see if I can dig up those pics and add them in πŸ™‚ But those are a big YES for me!!!


Are the black wit and wisdoms jeans with slimming panels TTS?


Good question! All of the wit & wisdom jeans you should size down 2 sizes!!


I loved that you tried on so many jeans and this post is helpful but I really loved how last year you had other people of different sizes ( especially diff heights) try on the jeans and give their opinions.


Hey Jenna, thanks for your feedback. I know, last year it was fun to be able to show different heights and body types. It was a tremendous amount of extra work though outfitting several different people, which was necessary since I was almost 9 mo pregnant and couldn’t fit into 90% of the clothes! This year, with the things going on in our family (Neil’s brother’s pre-murder-trial hearing etc. and having to travel and plan for that right in the middle of the Anniversary Sale opening week) I knew I wasn’t going to be up for extra work on top of whatever we needed to do to get our content ready for the blog. I hope you can understand and that what I did provide was of value to you! πŸ™‚


Oh my goodness. I am so sorrry and I feel terrible, Corrine! I definitely wasn’t trying to be critical. I thought this was a great post and I appreciate the energy and work you put into this sale (and your blog in general). I just thought last year’s was helpful and fun in a different way. I never even considered how it would be more work. I actually told my husband that I can’t believe how much time you must have spent trying on so much stuff! And, now that you’ve mentioned it, I completely see how it would be so much harder to have more people involved. You did a great job with this and it was valuable to me–and probably tons of other people too. Also, I’m very sorry about your loss and I’m sending lots of love your family’s way.


Oh no please don’t feel terrible!! I just wanted to give an honest and transparent answer so that it didn’t seem like I was blowing off whatever would be most helpful to people. I really do appreciate your kindness and understanding, and even the fact that you’re here as a reader in the first place!!! Can’t tell you how grateful we are for you πŸ™‚


Your jeans guide has been so helpful! I prefer a higher waist jean, so I took a chance on the Wit & Wisdom high-rise jeggings. Per your recommendation, I ordered two sizes down. You were right on the money! The smaller size fits perfectly. They are very flattering and comfortable. I can’t wait to wear them. Thanks again!

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