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While your shopping list is likely in summer mode right now—think Pinterest boards filled with short shorts, chunky sandals, and maxi dresses—there's still a ways to go before we have truly hot weather. That makes the month of April the perfect time to stock up on old standbys like denim, since a good pair of jeans can be worn all year in New York City—from cool summer nights to downright frigid polar vortices.

So we've rounded up 23 of the best places to shop for jeans, whether they're blue, white, black, or any other color of the rainbow. Check out our map after the jump to see where you should head to blow wisely invest that tax return.


Additional reporting by Chinea Rodriguez

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1. Uniqlo

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666 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10103
(877) 486-4756
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Though the Japanese fast fashion company has previously come under fire for not offering products that fit the "American body" (read: we have curves), their super-affordable selvedge denim, jeggings (for both sexes), and other styles have already won over many shoppers. [Photo]

2. Paige denim

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869 Washington St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 807-1400
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Former fit model Paige Adams-Geller is celebrating the tenth anniversary of her namesake line this year that boasts its day-to-night versatility. Check out her Meatpacking District shop for high-quality jeans that will work on literally everyone—she even launched a maternity collection. [Photo]

3. Madewell

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115 5th Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-5172
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Endorsed by It girl and spokeswoman Alexa Chung, the J. Crew sister line has garnered several fans for its comfy fit and sleek look. Get fresh for spring with a skinny pair that's cropped at the ankles. [Photo]
122 5th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(917) 408-5580
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The company that's been offering instantly classic denim since 1969 is still going strong decades later. Their behemoth Flatiron row of shops can knock out an entire family's jeans-wearing needs for years. [Photo]

5. Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren

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99 University Place
New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-1895
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Though you were likely distract by the store's often-muraled exterior, don't forget the great selection of jeans that are housed inside. And while Ralph Lauren's name is attached to it, you don't have to worry about designer-label pricing: certain styles start at just $70. [Photo]

6. Atrium NYC

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644 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
(212) 473-9200
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The 20-year-old flagship institution sources its denim selection from the top contemporary designers, which includes Current/Elliot, R13, BLK DNM, and J Brand for women and Nudie Jeans Co. Public School, and Naked & Famous for men. [Photo]

7. Civilianaire

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55 E HOUSTON
NEW YORK, NY 10012
(212) 219-9966
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The California-based company made its New York debut early last year, featuring its own line of American-made denim. That includes a stretch fit for women in a bunch of different colors for $235 and a range of men's fits starting at $220. [Photo]

8. Rag & Bone

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73 East Houston
New York, NY 10012
(212) 777-2210
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Sure, they run on the more expensive side for what's available in the denim world, but the contemporary brand's jeans selection has attracted many celeb and fashion fans in their short existence. Keep an eye out for their sales, where you can grab a pair for as little as $100. [Photo]

9. AG JEANS SOHO

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111 Greene St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 680-0581
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You'll find Adriano Goldschmied jeans at any boutique or department store that sells quality denim, but true fans of the brand should head to their Soho flagship for the best selection—you'll find every fit from extreme skinny to flare in all of the blue hues you could imagine. [Photo]

10. A.P.C.

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131 Mercer St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-9685
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Calling all raw denim fanatics: A.P.C. is basically your mothership. However, "the time has come for inevitable historical compromise," the brand writes on its site. "There are now more feminine styles, stonewashing, and even some stretch denim." Also click over for the genius "washing recipes" to make your denim last. [Photo]

11. Diesel

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135 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 625-1555
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The brand may have lost its Union Square spot to make way for a Reebok, but you can still shop for denim that is priced all the way up to $698 at their Soho spot, plus at their kid's store on West Broadway and the dedicated Black Gold store on Greene Street. [Photo]

12. Seven for All Mankind - Soho

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394 W Broadway
New York, NY 10012
(212) 226-8615
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An old standby, sure, but the denim brand has really stood the test of time in coming up with quality pants in fits that work on everyone. It's definitely worth having a pair of "Sevens" stashed in your wardrobe for when you just need that classic blue jean. [Photo]

13. Joe's Jeans

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77 Mercer St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 925-5727
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They have the word "jeans" in their title, so you know it's their specialization. The Los Angeles-based company offers a style for every body, whether you're looking for a classic dark dress jean or a pair that's already been faded and ripped to perfection. [Photo]

14. Raleigh

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211 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 334-1330
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Started by a North Carolinian husband-and-wife team who employ a factory staff to make every pair of jeans by hand, Raleigh landed on Elizabeth Street in 2012 to shake up the city's premium denim offerings. Styles are a bit pricy, starting at $215, and no two pairs are exactly the same. [Photo]

15. Levi's Store

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495 Broadway
New York, NY 10002
Chances are you've owned a pair of Levi's jeans at some point in your life, and there's no reason not to go back to the label that created the classic American wardrobe staple. And with styles starting at just $40, you're able to grab a few styles without guilt. [Photo]

16. Acustom Apparel

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330 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 219-8620
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Though the start-up that uses a 3-D body scanner to get your most precise measurements offers several suiting piece, founder Jamal Motlagh originally wanted to create the best-fitting bespoke jeans for men. And with the technology available, guys can grab that perfectly customized pair (with their initials sewn into the pocket) for only $225. [Photo]

17. Acne Studios

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33 Greene Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 334-8345
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The Stockholm label has made a huge splash onto the scene in recent years, and their denim selection has been at the forefront of that. They're covering the behinds of fashion editors everywhere, and while buying a pair may mean sacrificing a happy hour or four, consider it an investment in your denim future. [Photo]

18. Scoop NYC

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473 - 475 Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 925-3539
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The boutique that pairs down luxe department store's offerings specifically for that "New York cool girl" vibe makes no exceptions with its denim selection. You'll find Rag & Bone, AG Jeans, 3x1, and Mother stocked on its shelves on any given day. [Photo]

19. Self Edge

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157 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 388-0079
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The beauty is in the details of the brands stocked here, which includes several hard-to-find Japanese labels and a house line that's manufactured in the USA. "We were definitely the first retail store to go this deep into every single detail of the garments we sell," cofounder Kiya Babzani previously told us. [Photo]

20. 3x1

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15 Mercer St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 391-6969
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Only the highest-quality elements go into making these luxe jeans from founder Scott Morrison, who also helmed Earnest Sewn. You can select one of six gendered fits off the rack, design your own custom pair, or get measured for a bespoke fit. [Photo]

21. Blue in Green

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8 Greene St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 680-0555
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This Soho store specializes in the mystical creation that is Japanese denim—in fact, they're the exclusive agent and distributor for certain brands. Stop by for expert advice on the best fits, washes, and how to properly take care of your jeans so that they'll last. [Photo]

22. Brooklyn Denim Company

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85 N 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(718) 782-2600
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Again, if there's denim in the store's name, there's a good chance you're in the right place to get some quality jeans. You'll find a huge selection from brands like James, Imogen + Willie, Raleigh, MiH, and a lot more that will guarantee a great fit. [Photo]

23. Mavi

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205 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
This Turkish import landed in Park Slope last year with plans for American domination. That includes housing a "denim kitchen" in store that shows what's needed to craft the perfect pair of jeans. The 2,400-square-foot space houses both men's and women's styles. [Photo]

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1. Uniqlo

666 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10103
Though the Japanese fast fashion company has previously come under fire for not offering products that fit the "American body" (read: we have curves), their super-affordable selvedge denim, jeggings (for both sexes), and other styles have already won over many shoppers. [Photo]
666 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10103

2. Paige denim

869 Washington St, New York, NY 10014
Former fit model Paige Adams-Geller is celebrating the tenth anniversary of her namesake line this year that boasts its day-to-night versatility. Check out her Meatpacking District shop for high-quality jeans that will work on literally everyone—she even launched a maternity collection. [Photo]
869 Washington St
New York, NY 10014

3. Madewell

115 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003
Endorsed by It girl and spokeswoman Alexa Chung, the J. Crew sister line has garnered several fans for its comfy fit and sleek look. Get fresh for spring with a skinny pair that's cropped at the ankles. [Photo]
115 5th Ave
New York, NY 10003

4. Gap

122 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011
The company that's been offering instantly classic denim since 1969 is still going strong decades later. Their behemoth Flatiron row of shops can knock out an entire family's jeans-wearing needs for years. [Photo]
122 5th Ave
New York, NY 10011

5. Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren

99 University Place, New York, NY 10003
Though you were likely distract by the store's often-muraled exterior, don't forget the great selection of jeans that are housed inside. And while Ralph Lauren's name is attached to it, you don't have to worry about designer-label pricing: certain styles start at just $70. [Photo]
99 University Place
New York, NY 10003

6. Atrium NYC

644 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
The 20-year-old flagship institution sources its denim selection from the top contemporary designers, which includes Current/Elliot, R13, BLK DNM, and J Brand for women and Nudie Jeans Co. Public School, and Naked & Famous for men. [Photo]
644 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

7. Civilianaire

55 E HOUSTON, NEW YORK, NY 10012
The California-based company made its New York debut early last year, featuring its own line of American-made denim. That includes a stretch fit for women in a bunch of different colors for $235 and a range of men's fits starting at $220. [Photo]
55 E HOUSTON
NEW YORK, NY 10012

8. Rag & Bone

73 East Houston, New York, NY 10012
Sure, they run on the more expensive side for what's available in the denim world, but the contemporary brand's jeans selection has attracted many celeb and fashion fans in their short existence. Keep an eye out for their sales, where you can grab a pair for as little as $100. [Photo]
73 East Houston
New York, NY 10012

9. AG JEANS SOHO

111 Greene St, New York, NY 10012
You'll find Adriano Goldschmied jeans at any boutique or department store that sells quality denim, but true fans of the brand should head to their Soho flagship for the best selection—you'll find every fit from extreme skinny to flare in all of the blue hues you could imagine. [Photo]
111 Greene St
New York, NY 10012

10. A.P.C.

131 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012
Calling all raw denim fanatics: A.P.C. is basically your mothership. However, "the time has come for inevitable historical compromise," the brand writes on its site. "There are now more feminine styles, stonewashing, and even some stretch denim." Also click over for the genius "washing recipes" to make your denim last. [Photo]
131 Mercer St
New York, NY 10012

11. Diesel

135 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
The brand may have lost its Union Square spot to make way for a Reebok, but you can still shop for denim that is priced all the way up to $698 at their Soho spot, plus at their kid's store on West Broadway and the dedicated Black Gold store on Greene Street. [Photo]
135 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

12. Seven for All Mankind - Soho

394 W Broadway, New York, NY 10012
An old standby, sure, but the denim brand has really stood the test of time in coming up with quality pants in fits that work on everyone. It's definitely worth having a pair of "Sevens" stashed in your wardrobe for when you just need that classic blue jean. [Photo]
394 W Broadway
New York, NY 10012

13. Joe's Jeans

77 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012
They have the word "jeans" in their title, so you know it's their specialization. The Los Angeles-based company offers a style for every body, whether you're looking for a classic dark dress jean or a pair that's already been faded and ripped to perfection. [Photo]
77 Mercer St
New York, NY 10012

14. Raleigh

211 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012
Started by a North Carolinian husband-and-wife team who employ a factory staff to make every pair of jeans by hand, Raleigh landed on Elizabeth Street in 2012 to shake up the city's premium denim offerings. Styles are a bit pricy, starting at $215, and no two pairs are exactly the same. [Photo]
211 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012

15. Levi's Store

495 Broadway, New York, NY 10002
Chances are you've owned a pair of Levi's jeans at some point in your life, and there's no reason not to go back to the label that created the classic American wardrobe staple. And with styles starting at just $40, you're able to grab a few styles without guilt. [Photo]
495 Broadway
New York, NY 10002

16. Acustom Apparel

330 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013
Though the start-up that uses a 3-D body scanner to get your most precise measurements offers several suiting piece, founder Jamal Motlagh originally wanted to create the best-fitting bespoke jeans for men. And with the technology available, guys can grab that perfectly customized pair (with their initials sewn into the pocket) for only $225. [Photo]
330 W Broadway
New York, NY 10013

17. Acne Studios

33 Greene Street, New York, NY 10013
The Stockholm label has made a huge splash onto the scene in recent years, and their denim selection has been at the forefront of that. They're covering the behinds of fashion editors everywhere, and while buying a pair may mean sacrificing a happy hour or four, consider it an investment in your denim future. [Photo]
33 Greene Street
New York, NY 10013

18. Scoop NYC

473 - 475 Broadway, New York, NY 10013
The boutique that pairs down luxe department store's offerings specifically for that "New York cool girl" vibe makes no exceptions with its denim selection. You'll find Rag & Bone, AG Jeans, 3x1, and Mother stocked on its shelves on any given day. [Photo]
473 - 475 Broadway
New York, NY 10013

19. Self Edge

157 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
The beauty is in the details of the brands stocked here, which includes several hard-to-find Japanese labels and a house line that's manufactured in the USA. "We were definitely the first retail store to go this deep into every single detail of the garments we sell," cofounder Kiya Babzani previously told us. [Photo]
157 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

20. 3x1

15 Mercer St, New York, NY 10013
Only the highest-quality elements go into making these luxe jeans from founder Scott Morrison, who also helmed Earnest Sewn. You can select one of six gendered fits off the rack, design your own custom pair, or get measured for a bespoke fit. [Photo]
15 Mercer St
New York, NY 10013

21. Blue in Green

8 Greene St, New York, NY 10013
This Soho store specializes in the mystical creation that is Japanese denim—in fact, they're the exclusive agent and distributor for certain brands. Stop by for expert advice on the best fits, washes, and how to properly take care of your jeans so that they'll last. [Photo]
8 Greene St
New York, NY 10013

22. Brooklyn Denim Company

85 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Again, if there's denim in the store's name, there's a good chance you're in the right place to get some quality jeans. You'll find a huge selection from brands like James, Imogen + Willie, Raleigh, MiH, and a lot more that will guarantee a great fit. [Photo]
85 N 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11249

23. Mavi

205 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
This Turkish import landed in Park Slope last year with plans for American domination. That includes housing a "denim kitchen" in store that shows what's needed to craft the perfect pair of jeans. The 2,400-square-foot space houses both men's and women's styles. [Photo]
205 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217