I haven't spent more than $100 on a pair of jeans since high school aka the early-to-mid aughts aka the height of designer jean mania, when it seemed like I would die if my jeans weren't Seven or J Brand. Since then, it's been Cheap Monday, Urban Outfitters, or Madewell (while I worked there and got a discount, making them technically under $100).
That is, until I was home in Seattle recently and went to Nordstrom, which I think may be the root of my prior expensive jean problem (in high school, I lived in Seattle and shopped there pretty much exclusively). I tried on a few pairs, then the sales girl threw in a few more, and somehow these Citizens of Humanity jeans ended up on me--and I could not believe how flattering they were.
They're super slimming and just seem to hold everything in the right place, if you know what I mean.
Plus, the wash is super versatile (but they also come in an equally cute faded black wash that I would have also bought had I been able to afford both); they're totally comfortable; they never seem to stretch out; and I've gotten compliments just about every time I've worn them (which is extremely often). After about a month and a half of wearing them, I've finally come to the conclusion that, while they were expensive, they were worth it.
Invest in a pair here.