Today, we bring the good news that it is possible to find denim gems in ukay-ukays—you just need to know where to look. Since it does get tiresome to riffle through hangers and hangers of jeans in physical thrift stores—sometimes, the finds are awkwardly proportioned or come in outdated styles—we turn instead to curated ukay-ukays on Instagram. These online shops are run by dedicated fashion enthusiasts who do all the legwork, and regularly update their pages with carefully handpicked pieces ready for the taking!
If you've been dying to cop a new (or not-so-new) pair of jeans, consider heading straight to a curated secondhand shop. To get you started, we've listed 5 of the best ukay-ukays for jeans we've found so far. Scroll on!
SHOP: 5 Online Ukay-Ukays to Check Out for Jeans
1. Delargo PH @delargo.ph
Bacolod-based shop Delargo PH offers a youthful selection of baggy and wide leg jeans. Check them out if you like denim cargo pants, flared silhouettes, and tattered styles. They come out with new collections weekly, so make sure not to miss out! Their price range typically hovers around P349-P899.
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2. Caroline @dearcaroline_
Caroline is not a jeans-only shop—they curate a variety of pants and trousers, so you'll definitely want to hit the follow button if you're looking for an affordable hub for fashionable bottoms. Watch their space for straight cut jeans, trendy ripped jeans, tailored pants, and cream-colored trousers. If you're lucky, you may chance upon items that go for as low as P150. Plus, their price points rarely exceed P550!
3. Shop Potatoes @shopotatoes
Love culottes and wide pants? The Tacurong City-based Shop Potatoes will surely be your cup of tea. They release new collections every one to two weeks, and always make sure to include trendy silhouettes, like bootcut jeans and Korean-style wide leg jeans. What's more is that their available items are filed under hashtags that correspond to waistline, so you'll be able to easily browse through their inventory according to your size! Their prices range from P490 to P750 only.
4. Closet Steal @closetsteal_
Source your '90s-inspired mom jeans and boyfriend jeans from Closet Steal, a shop based in Nueva Vizcaya. The store's curator seems to be partial to classic, true-blue washes, so give them a follow if you like timeless styles. Jeans typically start at P450. (They also periodically come out with excellent shoe collections, so you should watch out for those!)
5. Chatique @chatique__
Koronadal City-based shop Chatique hosts a very diverse and extensive selection of jeans and trousers—you'll surely be browsing their page for minutes upon minutes! Their offerings come in virtually every wash and silhouette: You'll get Y2k-inspired styles, paperbag pants, and a variety of palatable high-waisted styles. Their prices typically range from P400 to P800.