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Are cheap jeans a false economy?

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EldonAve Wed 08-Jul-09 16:44:43

Are the expensive ones that much better?

foofi Wed 08-Jul-09 16:49:12

In the case of the pair I am currently wearing, I would say yes. Am putting these in the bin later! Keep glancing at my reflection and thinking 'What was I thinking buying these?' grin

foofi Wed 08-Jul-09 16:49:41

Are you thinking of any particular expensive ones?

GrapefruitMoon Wed 08-Jul-09 16:53:20

I think it depends on your shape - the only jeans that fit me properly are Gap L&L (and even that's gone a bit odd since they changed their sizings) and once had a pair of Ralph Lauren Polo (cheap in the US) that fitted well too. But they still tend to wear out quickly (I tend to wear a couple of pairs a lot until they give out and then replace them rather than have lots of pairs on the go...)

If I could wear any old jeans I would.... don't think I could bear to spend ££££ on designer ones.

HolyGuacamole Wed 08-Jul-09 16:53:50

I have cheapo Primark ones for running around the house and garden but nicer ones for wearing out. Ok the Primark quality isn't great but they are ok for their purpose.

wonderingwondering Wed 08-Jul-09 16:54:20

I used to buy Gap, which I thought were fine. Then I started buying seven for all mankind, and they are marvellous. They are slimming, wear well, wash well. As I'm a SAHM I wear jeans a lot, so I justify the expense on the basis that they are my equivalent of 'work' clothes.

So yes, whereas I'd buy countless pairs of jeans for £45, now I buy two or three a year for £150 each. But they look so much better.

bluebump Wed 08-Jul-09 16:55:18

I quite like Gap ones and they seem to last, but i'm equally happy with £10 New Look ones as that way I can get more styles for less money and they tend to last ok too.

nikki1978 Wed 08-Jul-09 17:06:31

My favourite ever jeans are from Matalan and cost £14.99. They are amazingly flattering (and my bottom is quite large so this is quite a feat!) and they have lasted ages without even fading (they are indigo). I have actually bought a few pairs just in case. I could never spend £150 on a pair of jeans as I am the sort to drop tomato/oil/blood on them and never be able to get the stain out.

EldonAve Wed 08-Jul-09 17:27:03

Two people have suggested to me I should buy seven for all mankind instead of buying cheap ones

I'm apple shaped and currently between sizes so couldn't find any to fit me in Gap or M&S

New Look ones used to be ok but now they are v thin material

randomtask Wed 08-Jul-09 17:35:47

I'm amazed by what people are willing to pay on jeans but then I'm scraping through money wise so they're low on my list of important things.

Got given £30 for my birthday by PIL so I went jeans shopping as my last pair were falling apart (Next) where I sit cross legged and my feet wear holes. Went to Next, went to Next Clearance, went to DP, went to Gap, went to Top Shop and went to Tesco in despair. Bought a pair in Tesco that fitted better than all the others for a whole £6. Felt guilty about child labour but as Mum pointed out, Gap are even worse and so are most of the designers. They're lasting well, haven't faded, have kept their shape and are still comfy but neat enough for nights out.

Should have bought 3 pairs!

brokenspacebar Wed 08-Jul-09 17:47:35

The most expensive jeans I have bought were diesel ones... I buy from the high street, prefer Topshop, I used to like River Island - but they have gone a bit weird imho... then I bought from New Look, had some really amazing cords from there, but I have tried their latest cheap jeans and they are fine around the house, but I don't really like them, they are really scratchy... though last year I bought a pair of organic denim shorts from New Look which are incredibly soft. I have bought monsoon, which are a bit thin/limited styles for my shortness.

Fat Face too long even in short length, and don't really find them flattering...

I think buying on the high street is hit or miss, if you find a pair you love buy more than one pair, because companies seem to change the style very regularly.

BodenGroupie Wed 08-Jul-09 17:50:17

TK Maxx - I'm an odd shape - extreme hourglass - and just try on as many pairs as I need to. I've got a couple of pairs of Seven for All Mankind and love them - £25 a pair - £150 according to the label shock

foofi Wed 08-Jul-09 18:04:32

Ok, spurred on by this thread I have purchased some 7 for all mankind jeans from at a bargain price. Never even heard of that make before - fingers crossed they fit.

EldonAve Wed 08-Jul-09 19:11:10

foofi - I look forward to hearing what they are like

passionfruity Wed 08-Jul-09 19:20:27

For work I usually shop at Hobbs but when it comes to jeans I don't think you can beat Topshop, particularly if you're a shortie like me. £30 a go and I've got several pairs that fit perfectly and have lasted years.

Celery Wed 08-Jul-09 19:28:05

Top Shop for me, every time.

EldonAve Wed 08-Jul-09 20:16:52

Topshop too low rise for me I think

triffictits Wed 08-Jul-09 21:19:41

I love 7 for all mankind jeans, but really find that they are too low rise - does anyone else find this?
I do have a gorgeous pair of high rise 7 for all mankind, but they only do one style in them and the demin is quite think and they wear out.
Have just bought some Armani jeans and they are fantastic - £100 so cheaper than 7's. They are very long in the length though.

VoodoNotdoit Wed 08-Jul-09 21:24:42

I am sitting here in my much loved Tesco £4 sale jeans, dark blue and slouch fit

Upstairs I have my new smaller size Tesco £6 Cherokee jeans...

the most expensive pair I have had for years are my £14 from Matalan.

dh gets dearer ones, but he wears his less and they always fall apart quicker, so go for cheap every time.

EldonAve Wed 08-Jul-09 23:08:28

I have some cheaper ones that have worked out okay but for every pair I have 2 that I wear for 4 hrs and then they start falling off

Is there anything between the £50 and £150 mark?

LaurieFairyCake Wed 08-Jul-09 23:10:27

I'm a fatty so I really like the M&S £12 ones, they have stayed nice and dark for six months so far.

I love the HULA New Look ones but they fade too quickly for me (I hate waste)

tigerbear Wed 08-Jul-09 23:44:04

The ones I have now are the best ever - grey skinnies. - £8 from Primark. Very flattering and have lasted about 3 years (and I wear them at least 3 times a week!).

muggglewump Thu 09-Jul-09 00:08:08

I've three pairs I live in atm. Normal, low rise bootcut from Next, skinnies from H&M, and boyfriend from M&Co kids. The second two pairs came from the charity shop too!

Surely it's about the fit?

All three pairs I have mentioned fit me really well, and I can't see the point in paying more, unless they were the exact same fit but would last ten times as long.
I've never worn out a pair of jeans yet so I doubt it's be worth it.

foofi Thu 09-Jul-09 00:13:03

Really Mugglewump? Mine wear out in the crotch blush

EldonAve Thu 09-Jul-09 00:34:20

I agree it is about the fit

I do wear them out though - mine get holes

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