There’s a lot about denim that you may not know. For example, the word "jean" comes from the French city of Genoa, Italy, where denim trousers were first produced. And while jeans come in many styles and colors, blue pairs are particularly ingrained into American culture—and associated with the Old West in particular. So the next time you pull on your favorite pair of skinny jeans, take a moment to thank those cowboys who got the whole thing started!
That said, why have just one—or two or 10—pairs of jeans? Click through the slideshow above to stock up on the season’s best skinnies, wide-legs, colored, coated and patterned jeans—all under $50!