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Trying to find the best jeans to work with your wardrobe is something that some women spend a lifetime (and a small fortune) trying to do. Be honest: How many pairs of jeans do you have in your wardrobe right now? And of those, how many do you actually wear?

One thing for the denim-hoarding among us to remember is that we’re not alone. According to research by Mintel, women are more than twice as likely as men to find it difficult to find jeans that fit them properly. And of course, men don't have the sartorial struggle of tracking down the best bras or the best shapewear either. 

Whether you’ve recently changed sizes, feel stuck in a denim rut, or simply want to switch up your trusty skinnies for a new style, we’ve put pairs upon pairs of denim through their paces to find you the very best jeans on the market.

How we selected the best jeans

Shopping for jeans is a personal decision. But to help you find the best pair, we started with a list of the most popular denim brands within the w&h team. Then, we chatted to colleagues, friends, and family to see which brands they loved, and which ones were sitting on their wardrobe wish lists. 

Once we had an extensive list, we got our hands on as many different styles from as many different brands as we could to try them for ourselves. It's no exaggeration to say our fashion editor’s home was overflowing with jeans samples—she had to store the excess in her car!

We wore them for working and walking, and we’re 100% confident that these are the best jeans worth spending your hard-earned money on. Our ratings and reviews are a reflection of:

  • What we believe are the star pieces from each brand
  • The quality of the denim
  • Whether the sizing is reliable
  • How comfortable they are to wear 

The best jeans as reviewed by our experts

The best designer jeans

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best jeans: Citizens of Humanity Olivia jeans: the best jeans for high waisted fans

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best jeans: Citizens of Humanity Olivia jeans: the best jeans for high waisted fans

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1. Citizens of Humanity Olivia High Rise Slim Jean

Best high-waisted jeans

Specifications
RRP: From $238 / £260
Sizes: 23in-34in
Leg lengths : 26in-33in
Reasons to buy
+Sustainable processes+Wide range of styles 
Reasons to avoid
-Come up a little small 

Founded in 2003, Citizens of Humanity does denim a little differently. 

Instead of outsourcing the manufacturing of their jeans, nearly all pieces are designed and produced in Citizens of Humanity’s very own sewing and laundry facilities in LA and Turkey.

A standard pair of five-pocket jeans can take up to 50 different steps to produce, meaning each pair made by Citizens of Humanity has been carefully crafted by 250 of their sewing experts. Impressive, eh? 

Tiptoeing the line between clothes and shapewear, a good pair of high-waisted jeans will draw attention to the smallest part of your waist, not to mention making your bum look perkier and your stomach smoother.

Citizens of Humanity's Olivia High Rise Slim Fit high waisted jeans are a thing of beauty. Thanks to the slim leg, they’re slightly more forgiving than skinny jeans, but without adding any extra volume to your frame. The fabric composition varies slightly from wash to wash, but you can expect them all to be super soft and comfortable to wear.  

Even better, Olivia is available in tall and petite leg lengths, too, making them suitable for all heights.

See our full Citizens of Humanity jeans review

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PAIGE Sarah Straight Jeans: the best jeans for fans of straight cut

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PAIGE Sarah Straight Jeans: the best jeans for fans of straight cut

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2. PAIGE Sarah Straight

Best straight-leg jeans

Specifications
RRP: From $229 / £250
Sizes: 23in-34in waist
Leg lengths: 28in-34in depending on style
Reasons to buy
+Wide range of styles to choose from+Good selection of washes 
Reasons to avoid
-Can’t select a different leg length for each style

Style and wash are obviously important, but the fit of your jeans is the real deal-breaker.

Paige is all about fit. In fact, their founder, Paige Adams-Geller, launched the brand after working as one of the fashion industry’s top fit models. Being hired by brands to try on a wide range of clothes, she saw first-hand just how hard it was to find brilliantly fitting denim.

It's no secret that breaking in a new pair of jeans can make for an uncomfortable job. Fortunately, every pair by Paige has been prewashed and treated for that 'lived-in' softness, long before you’ve slipped them on.

A classic shape that’ll more than earn its keep in your wardrobe, the Sarah Straight is made predominantly from sturdy cotton. Not to mention, it only has just 2% elastane, with just enough stretch to keep them comfy. 

The brand boasts everything you’d expect from straight-leg jeans, as well as a high waist and slightly cropped length. Bag yours in light blue for a retro feel. 

See our full Paige jeans review

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Frame ali high rise cigarette jeans: the best jeans for skinny fans

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Frame ali high rise cigarette jeans: the best jeans for skinny fans

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3. Frame Ali High Rise Cigarette

Best skinny jeans

Specifications
RRP: From $225 / £213
Sizes: 23in-34in waist
Leg lengths: Varies by style, on average 29in
Reasons to buy
+Good mix of classic and fashion-forward styles +Super-soft fabrics
Reasons to avoid
-Amount of choice is a little overwhelming!

If you’ve never heard of Frame before, let us fill you in. Conceptualized by branding experts Erik Torstensson and Jens Grede, they launched in 2012 with just a single pair of jeans—the blue skinny. 

Celebrity fans followed, with A-listers including Kate Bosworth, Miranda Kerr, and Katie Holmes all spotted in their jeans. 

Frame might have branched out from being a denim-only brand over their years, but their jeans remain topnotch. 

We’ve tried on an eye-watering number of jeans for these reviews but found you just can’t beat Frame’s skinnies when it comes to comfort. Stretchy and soft, these are jeans for people who hate wearing jeans, letting you hop, skip and jump without even a hint of restriction.

Sitting at the top of our wishlist is a pair of the Ali High Rise Cigarette jeans. Not only are they a joy to wear, but they work miracles to create the illusion of slimmer legs and a perkier behind – no gym time required. They are slightly shorter than their Ali High Rise Skinny though, so might not work for longer legs. 

See our full Frame jeans review

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7 For All Mankind jeans: the best jeans for fans of flare styles

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7 For All Mankind jeans: the best jeans for fans of flare styles

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4. 7 For All Mankind Kind To The Planet Mid Waist Bootcut Jeans

Best flare jeans

Specifications
RRP: From $200 / £160
Sizes: 23in-32in
Leg lengths: No options
Reasons to buy
+Exhaustive range +Soft fabrics 
Reasons to avoid
-Vast variety can be overwhelming

Founded in the year 2000, 7 For All Mankind is a pioneer in premium denim, leveraging quality craftsmanship and fabrics. Today, the brand, often referred to as "Sevens," has evolved into a household name—donned by a host of A-list stars like Emma Stone and Jessica Alba. 

7 for All Mankind recently launched its Kind To The Planet range, using Tencel made from wood pulp fabric over cotton. With this fabric change combined with all-new sustainable laundry techniques, the brand has reduced its water consumption by an impressive 7,000 liters per pair. 

Our favorite piece in the range is a revamp of the bestselling bootcut, which is more of a flared-style than a traditional bootcut. The retro shape is surprisingly flattering, making your frame look longer and your thighs look slimmer. Still, those petite in size may want to take the pair in for alterations.

The best mid-price jeans

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best jeans: Wrangler mom jeans

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best jeans: Wrangler mom jeans

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5. Wrangler Mom Jeans

Best mom jeans

Specifications
RRP: From $98 / £80
Sizes: 24in-34in waist, 34in-44in waist plus-size range
Leg lengths: 30in-34in
Reasons to buy
+Made from quality denim+Available in plus sizes 
Reasons to avoid
-Come up small

An oldie but a goodie, Wrangler jeans might have been outshone by the high street in recent years, but they’re well worth revisiting if you’re after structured, classic denim that won’t sag, bag or stretch.

Easy to spot, thanks to the logo-embossed leather patches on the back pocket or waistband, copper-toned stitching, and hardware, all pairs have a distinctly retro feel, with a splash of cowboy cool thrown in, too.

Of all their styles (and there are plenty, from flares to skinnies), we think Wrangler’s Mom Jeans deserve the spotlight. Crafted from 99% cotton, they hold their shape really well, making the most of the straight, tapered leg. They do come up small and require a little wiggling to get into the first time around, but quickly give the more you wear them. 

See our full Wrangler jeans review

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Levi's 311 jeans: the best shaping jeans

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Levi's 311 jeans: the best shaping jeans

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6. Levi’s 311 Shaping Skinny Jeans

Best shaping jeans

Specifications
RRP: From $30 / £80
Sizes: 23in-34in waist, plus sizes 14-24
Leg lengths: 26in-34in
Reasons to buy
+Inclusive sizing +Wide range of styles 
Reasons to avoid
-No cons that we can find!

You will not find a more authentic denim brand than Levi’s. It's the original jeans brand and, 150 years later, you can’t accuse Levi’s of resting on their denim-clad laurels. 

The brand has made some of the best jeans for curvy women and, in line with consumer trends, has made great progress towards more sustainable fabrics and manufacturing processes. Levi's also offers a wide and inclusive range of sizes.

It’s true, you can buy good jeans cheaper than Levi’s, especially if you’re a standard size. But if your proportions don’t fit what the industry deems as “the norm," it's the place to go for a fantastic fit—and if for some reason you can’t find that straight off the shelf, their in-store tailoring service has got you covered. 

The plus-size range offers a wide range of jean shapes, from the classic straight 501 to bootleg. Our top pick is the 311 Shaping Skinny Jeans. Made from a cotton and lyocell mix with a dash of elastane and viscose thrown in, too, they stretch in four different ways for a comfortable, flattering fit. 

See our full Levi's jeans review

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Arket wide leg jeans: best wide-leg jeans

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Arket wide leg jeans: best wide-leg jeans

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7. Arket Wide Cropped Jeans

Best wide-leg jeans

Specifications
RRP: From $79 / £58
Sizes: 25in-32in
Leg lengths: All one length
Reasons to buy
+Available in odd waist sizes for a reliable fit +Trend-led styles
Reasons to avoid
-All one leg length 

If you’ve yet to enjoy a little browse around Arket, then you’re missing out. It's one of the high street's best-kept secrets, with high-quality, classically cut denim. 

Another member of the H&M family, the brand is all about Scandi minimalism, producing the kind of pieces you’ll wear over and over again. Think muted colors and fuss-free shapes. 

That’s not to say the brand is not into trends. Arket's Wide Cropped Jeans (there’s a non-cropped option, too, for the taller among us) have been a staple for a while now, flaring out from the fitted waist into wide, structured legs. 

Great for anyone looking to make more eco-friendly fashion choices, all Arket jeans are made from organic cotton that’s grown and harvested without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

The best cheap jeans

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Topshop Jamie Jeans: best black jeans

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Topshop Jamie Jeans: best black jeans

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8. Topshop Jamie Skinny Jeans

Best black jeans

Specifications
RRP: From $70 / £40
Sizes: 24in-36in
Leg lengths: 28in-34in
Reasons to buy
+Wide range of styles+Fashion-forward shapes 
Reasons to avoid
-Can sell out quickly 

Once you’ve found a great pair of jeans, there’s always the temptation to snap up a spare. But unlike some brands, Topshop stocks the same signature styles season after season, so you can rest assured you can always get your hands on a replacement. Although Topshop's stand-alone stores and website have now closed, you can still find their clothing at ASOS. 

While we’d rate all of Topshop’s jeans offering, they are our go-to for an affordable pair of black skinny jeans. 

The first thing to remember when buying black jeans is that the more you wash them, the quicker the color will fade. The good news is that black jeans won’t show stains in the same way a white or acid-wash pair will, but if you do notice a mark, try to spot-treat the stain instead of putting them straight in the machine.  

Topshop jeans in plain black hold their color really well, but if you like that lived-in look, buying one of their deliberately faded, washed black pairs will save you the trouble. 

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Weekday voyage jeans

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Weekday voyage jeans

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9. Weekday Voyage High Straight Jeans

Best high-street jeans

Specifications
RRP: From $60 / £30
Sizes: 24in-44in
Leg lengths: 28in-44in
Reasons to buy
+Fashion-forward styles+Affordable prices
Reasons to avoid
-Certain leg lengths sell out quickly 

Part of the H&M family, the Swedish brand Weekday specializes in streetwear, lauded for androgynous shapes and bright colors. Still, the brand offers timeless denim worth owning—at an affordable price. With these best cheap jeans, shoppers can experiment with different styles and washes without making a huge financial investment. 

Moreover, Weekday's denim collection is vaster than Levi's, with more than 180 styles available. This much variety can be overwhelming, so allow us to point you in the direction of Voyage. 

Voyage is a classic high-waist, straight-leg jeans that'll flatter almost all figures. This pair retains its shape with continued wear, as it's made of rigid and stiff denim.

If you're particular about color, Weekday’s color range is extensive. The Voyage jeans come in five different blue washes, so you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for.

The best jeans under $30 / £30

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V by Very jeans

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V by Very jeans

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10. V by Very The New Taylor Boyfriend Turn Up Jean

Best casual jeans

Specifications
RRP: From £28 / not available in the U.S.
Sizes: 8-22
Leg lengths: All one length
Reasons to buy
+Relaxed fit+Affordable, yet high quality
Reasons to avoid
-May come up big

Very might be best known for its celebrity and influencer collaborations. However, the brand's own label denim is worth browsing.

The range is extensive, with a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes in several different washes. Styles come in at $40/£40, so you can try new denim without maxing out your credit card.

Overall, our top pick is the V by Very The Taylor Boyfriend Turn Up Jeans, which offer quality fabric, a flattering shape, and a relaxed fit. Plus, the sizing is consistent and thereby simplifies online shopping to a science. 

Still, as it goes with most denim, these jeans may need to be tailored, especially if you're petite. Fortunately, we have a simple (and free!) solution. To avoid alterations, simply roll the pair up a second time.

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Gap jeans: best boyfriend jeans

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Gap jeans: best boyfriend jeans

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11. Gap Mid Rise Boyfriend Jeans

Best boyfriend jeans

Specifications
RRP: From $45 / £21.99
Sizes: 2-18
Leg lengths: petite, regular and tall
Reasons to buy
+Wide range of jeans+Often on sale 
Reasons to avoid
-Sizing can be inconsistent 

Launched by style-conscious couple Don and Doris Fisher in 1969, the Gap brand was first created in response to Don’s struggle to find well-fitting jeans (rumor has it).

And although they might be better known for their namesake hoodies that boomed through the 90s and 00s, Gap’s denim offering is still well worth exploring.

Their specialty is laid-back designs that’ll help form the building blocks of a great outfit or capsule wardrobe. They do make structured skinnies and statement flares, but it’s their boyfriend jeans that get our vote. 

Slouchy but never saggy, the fitted, mid-rise waist stops the roomy shape from overwhelming your frame. In fact, we found them more flattering than some figure-hugging skinnies. Buy yours in a light blue wash and wear it with a white T-shirt for a fuss-free everyday outfit. Girlfriend fit provides the same feel, with a slightly tapered leg. 

Want to get your jeans even cheaper? Gap regularly runs site-wide sales, so keep an eye out to bag a bargain. 

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best jeans – cheap jeans, F&F jeans

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best jeans – cheap jeans, F&F jeans

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12. F&F Grey Contour Jeans

Best stretchy jeans

Specifications
RRP: From £22 / not available in the U.S
Sizes: 6-22
Leg lengths: petite, regular, tall
Reasons to buy
+Sustainable cotton+Body sculpting
Reasons to avoid
-Can come up big

F&F may not be a popular destination for denim, but the brand certainly has great options across styles, sizes, and shapes. 

It's normal to believe that supermarket jeans wouldn’t be sustainable, given the price range. But lo and behold: all F&F jeans are made with 100% organic cotton. The brand recently revamped its supply chain, minimizing its consumption of chemicals, water, and energy. Not bad eh?

The brand's contour jeans nearly stray into jeggings territory, thanks to super stretchy fabric. Still, the pair hugs and hones your shape for a flattering finish and fit. These jeans wash well and hold shape, with no sagging or bagging over time.

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ASOS jeans: best cheap jeans

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ASOS jeans: best cheap jeans

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13. ASOS Curve High Rise Stretch ‘Slim’ Straight Leg Jean in Brightwash

Best plus-size jeans

Specifications
RRP: From $40 / £18.35
Sizes: 18-28
Leg lengths: 32
Reasons to buy
+Comfy fit
Reasons to avoid
-Limited leg lengths

ASOS is one of our go-to labels for nailing clothing trends without breaking the bank, and their jeans section is awash with fashion-forward styles. The brand is inclusive too, with a dedicated Curve range that runs from a size 18 through to 30.

We like the Curve High Rise Stretch ‘Slim’ Straight Leg Jeans (try saying that three times fast!) for the fact they’re a hybrid. They’re not quite straight, not quite skinny, with a narrow cut that hones your frame from hip to hem. For this reason alone, we'd rate them as some of the best jeans for curvy women. The high-waist is super flattering, while the pockets earn extra brownie points for practicality. The fabric doesn’t have much in the way of give but will become softer the more you wear them.

Unfortunately, ASOS sizing can be unreliable in terms of both fit and length, so be prepared to try a couple of sizes before you find the perfect pair.

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New look jeans: best super skinny cheap jeans

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New look jeans: best super skinny cheap jeans

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14. New Look High Waist Hallie Super Skinny Jeans

Best super skinny jeans

Specifications
RRP : From $26 / £15.99
Sizes: 6-18
Leg lengths: 30-34
Reasons to buy
+Snug fit+Responsibly sourced
Reasons to avoid
-Limited sizing

On a single day at w&h HQ, you’re likely to find at least one member of the fashion team in a pair of New Look jeans. Why? Because we know they deliver on fit and fabric, with a purse-friendly price tag to boot.

The Hallie jeans are our current favorite, in no small part thanks to their versatility. The super-stretchy, streamlined shape means they work just as well for tucking in tops as they do sitting pretty beneath oversized shirts and jumpers. Even better, they’re part of the New Look’s Kind range, which makes eco-friendly adjustments such as using less water in production.

Stock levels of these popular jeans can deplete quite quickly, so move fast to avoid missing out on new season washes.

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George at ASDA jeans

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George at ASDA jeans

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15. George at Asda Dark Denim Wash Straight Leg Jeans

Best supermarket jeans

Specifications
RRP: From £10 / not available in the U.S
Sizes: 8-24
Leg lengths: short, regular, long
Reasons to buy
+Bargain buy+Comfortable fit
Reasons to avoid
-Small pockets

Jeans for £10? We know, it sounds too good to be true. But believe us when we say that Asda’s purse-friendly jeans more than stack up against some far pricier denim. Don’t believe us? Just note the countless five-star customer reviews they’ve garnered on-site, alongside our own endorsement.

It’s not just the price tag that’s impressive, but the fabric. Sturdy and stretchy all at once, they’re comfortable to wear without feeling restrictive. The mid-rise waist will suit most frames and makes the overall shape suitable for petite and taller frames alike. As a general rule, the darker the denim the slimmer you will look, which is partly why this dark indigo pair is so flattering. 

How to shop for jeans online 

Sadly, we're not always able to put our jeans through their paces in the fitting rooms. To find your perfect match, consider these factors when shopping online:

Check the fabric composition: If you want a pair of jeans that fit like a glove, interrogate the fabric. When it comes to rigid mom jeans, choose a pair made of 100% cotton—no spandex, no elastane, no stretch. However, you'll want precisely the opposite with the best skinny jeans.

Know your style: We're all for testing the latest clothing trends, but when it comes to jeans, choose a style that you know suits you. This especially rings true if you want to spend more than usual on a pair.

Read the reviews: Many retailers now have a dedicated section of consumer reviews, which highlight the reviewer's size, fit, and overall recommendations. Do a quick Google spot check before splashing your cash.

Order two sizes: Jeans often come up slightly too small. So as a general rule, order the size you'd normally opt for, as well as one size up. Check the brand's size chart against your own measurements, as every retailer is different. Lastly, be sure the retailer you're ordering from offers free and convenient returns.

Can cheap jeans ever be sustainable?

Luckily, a lot of high-street brands, such as Marks & Spencer and F&F, are making moves to be kinder to the planet, teaming up with the Better Cotton Initiative to support sustainable cotton practices that benefit farmers, too. Look out for Topshop Considered, H&M Conscious, and Levi’s Sustainable for planet-friendly pieces.

Remember, you'll still need to max out on how many times you wear your denim to offset the carbon footprint and make them a truly sustainable jeans purchase. But something tells us that won't be a problem thanks to these seriously flattering styles. 

Brittany Romano
Brittany Romano

Brittany Romano joins the Real Homes team as their U.S. E-commerce Editor, based in New York City. From her start as a freelance fashion market assistant at Marie Claire to building a highly profitable commerce vertical at Us Weekly and AMI brands, Brittany has produced award-winning content covering everything from celebrity beauty hacks to must-have items from online sales. She is a graduate of New England College. When she isn’t writing, you can find Brittany indulging in yet another DIY project or cheering on her beloved Boston Bruins. Find her on Instagram at @Rammmyyy.