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Depends on you shape Veronica and and what type of jeans you are looking for (skinny, flared, bootcut). Personally I always find you have to try jeans on some look good and others awful depending on how much stretch they have etc. take me for example I am not very tall and have huge thighs so would not/should not be caught dead in skinny jeans even if the were designer.
I love expensive jeans and really do think they are worth the extra money. I have 7 for all manking, armani and have my eye on a pair of James too. They dont last any longer than cheaper jeans, but just seem to look better as they are much better cut.
Depends what you want them for - if they are just for everyday round the house/school run then it isnt worth spending a lot, but I wear mine to go out in quite a bit too.
Buy them from John Lewis or Selfridges.
Paige are another nice brand - not had any myself but they are lovely.
You can sometimes get good designer ones in TKMaxx a lot cheaper.
I agree about River island, they hold their shape and don't do that annoying baggy knee thing. Although I haven't found any recently in there, my three years old ones are still just about wearable which I think is impressive with a small child around (jeans often go through at the knees I find).
i have about 15 pairs of jeans, my favourites are the expensive ones, Rock and Republic, True Religion and then my FCUK ones (which I always get complimented on, they're a great fit). I think it's worth paying more for a great pair that you wear a lot for a long time, than a cheaper pair that arent really as nice (i have loads of these as well!)
Ooh lots of relpies, haven't been back as I was actually doing some work for a change!! I picked up some lovelt bootleg and boyfriend jeans from Diesel. I was very surprised but they are a really good fit. Last time I wore Diesel I was a size 10! I do love River Island as well but everything seems to have really odd designs on the back. I'm not in England so I have never been to John Lewis but I am due to visit a friend this month so I must take a look. Thanks for the suggestions, now to find a way to change the shape of my legs so I can buy jeans anywhere next time!