While I know that wearing non-name-brand jeans can be totally dorky, a girl's gotta save a buck somewhere.
If your summer or back-to-school budget doesn't leave room for True Religion or Joe's Jeans, I have personally road-tested these bargain alternatives, and can vouch for their style, fit, and comfort:
JC Penney isn't the hippest place on earth, but I've found two styles of jeans there that are fab.
First of all there's Levi's Too Superlow Skinny Jeans, which I like in a dark wash, above. They're on sale for $29.99! They fit great, just buy them extra-tight because they stretch out a lot.
The second Penneys jean to which I want to give a personal plug are the Arizona Favorite Flare Rinse Jean, which are on sale for $24.99 to $26.99. They come in Short, Average, and Tall, as well as Plus.
They're a great-fitting low-rise jean that doesn't have the stretching-out problem we all hate so much.
I have a pair, and I can attest that they're real jeans, looks- and fit-wise! There's nothing about them that screams "I only spent $12.50!" They look perfectly fine on.
Wearing these jeans might not make you the envy of other girls, but the guys won't even notice your "no brand" jeans. They'll just think you look hot!
No need to break the bank, or invest all your allowance, in premium jeans unless you absolutely have to! --Fashion Girl