Jean Therapy: The Top 5 Denim Stores in Philadelphia

Jeans are every wardrobes classic go-to. Paired with a flirty top or work-ready blazer, they can complete any outfit and any look. But where denim earns points for flexibility, it can cause issues for the uneducated buyer. Do you look best in bootcuts or boyfriends? Dark wash or distressed? Next time you add another trusty set of jeans to your closet, do yourself a favor and allow one of these Philly-area shops to put you in the perfect pair.

Charlie’s Jeans

Step inside this popular shop and be prepared to be waited on. The staff at Charlie’s is jean savvy, and can turn your measurements into the perfect pair of denim. With more than 30 popular premium brands in stock in sizes for everyone from the petite to statuesque, you are certain to walk out with a bag in hand.

Charlie’s Jeans is located at 233-237 Market St., 215.923.9381 (women’s) and 215.627.3390 (men’s), 1735 Chestnut St., 215.564.2495,

Tag Denim

Manayunk’s main drag is home to this boutique, which in addition to a serious display of denim, offers tops, dresses and jackets for both men and women. The perfect spot when the many chains populating Main Street are leaving you looking for something a little more unique.

Tag Denim is located at 4358 Main St., 215.482.9656

Very Bad Horse / Kim Montenegro

Northern Liberties’ Very Bad Horse was the go-to for a pair of jeans with personality until they sadly closed their doors this spring. All has not ended, though, as daring designer Kim Montenegro is still creating skin-tight masterpieces that are anything but boring. Order online for now, and rumors say a new shop may be arriving soon.

Denim Habit

The Main Line’s top pick for jean knowledge is this well stocked store, where you can find everything from 7 For All Mankind to Hudson. The staff is known for their approachability; when the dressing mirror makes you want to ask if the pair makes something look too big, they will gently let you know, and suggest a different style if need be.

Denim Habit is located at 47 Saint Geogres Road, Ardmore, 610.649.3419,


Sleepy and sweet West Chester is also a college town, and those co-eds need a destination for duds that make the grade. Blink does the job, with jeans lines like Citizens of Humanity and Paper Denim & Cloth, as well as tops from staple-brand C&C California and edgy pieces from Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow.

Blink is located at 136 West Gay St., West Chester, 610.431.2212,