Jeans, the science of their purchase! What is the most you'll pay?

United States
January 13, 2007 2:52pm CST
I took my daughter shopping around Christmas, and of course we looked at jeans. The purchase of jeans has become more like a science! Lets see, first there is rise: high, mid, low, ultra low; then there is the leg width: boot cut, narrow, slim thigh, relaxed, tapered, straight; then there is the length: petite, short, medium, average, tall. Geeze, try finding a pair that has what you need in each of those categories. It would be easier to find a needle in a haystack! However, suppose you manage to find just what you need in each of those categories...the perfect pair of jeans. Then you look at the price: the sticker shock forces you to lose control of your bowels and you soil the pair of jeans that you are wearing! What is the most that you will pay for jeans?
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@misskatonic (3730)
• United States
13 Jan 07
I buy my jeans at Goodwill. I've never paid more then six dollars for a pair of jeans. Including designer brands. I'm wearing a pair of Liz Clayborne jeans right now. I just try on what I like and if it fits, I buy it. I know next to nothing about the types of jeans out there, it's all too confusing for me. There's too many choices and I don't care what kind they are as long as they fit well.
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• United States
13 Jan 07
Oh I absolutely love digging around in thrift stores and Goodwills! My kids laugh at me, but I don't care. However,I have found and brought things home from these stores before that they loved, and they did wear them! I have found countless nursing scrubs at Goodwill. These were being sold for a fraction of the cost of new scrubs! Our town has neither a Goodwill or any type of thrift store. So when we travel I am always on the lookout! Thanks for your reply!
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• United States
13 Jan 07
p.s. you have been given a + rating!
@inked4life (4228)
• United States
13 Jan 07
You could go insane trying to buy a pair of jeans these days...my personal favourites are the ones that are already torn to shreds, patched and have grease and coffe stains all over them and go for $125. I'd be afraid to wear them at that price...I usually go to Old Navy and get mine for like $29..they are durable, comfortable, and best of all if I spill my coffee on them, they'll look like a hunderd dollar pair of pants.
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• United States
13 Jan 07
ROFLMAO! Yeah, my husband says the exact same thing. We were in one store that had the distressed jeans on display. They were selling, as you say, for an astronomical price. My husband says to my daughter, "Honey, I've got some old ones in the garage that look like that, I'll be happy to let you have them!" (he was talking about the jeans that he wears to paint and do yardwork!) My daughter did end up getting her jeans at Old Navy too. Not only were they the cheapest, but they fit her the best. They actually had a 'short' that was truly short. (her inseam is 26"!!) Thanks for contributing to the discussion. You have been given a positive rating.
@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
14 Jan 07
I used to say $20. But now I guess around $30. I tend to buy my jeans used a lot though now. I've found it is much easier to shop in mens jeans. Know your waist size? Add an inch and that's your size! Pick the length to the nearest 2 inches. Not just short, regular, and long. And there are less cuts to choose from, no skinny jeans, and button or zipper is really one of the only choices you have to make. So much easier!
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• United States
14 Jan 07
wow, thanks for that information, that is so good to know. I may give that a try! Gave you a + for your contribution!
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@Pigglies (9340)
• United States
15 Jan 07
Thanks for the best response! Yeah, as soon as I found out how easy men have it, I never went back to womens jeans. And it's not like people can tell that they are men's jeans or something.
@armywifey (883)
• United States
28 Jan 07
I usually get my jeans at a resale shop in my town where I cam get name brand jeans (the store only sales name brand items) for at the most 12.00. I never pay more than that for jeans. I am absolutely picky about my jeans, the cut, the brand, and the size and I can always find jeans that I like there. I can get the same jeans that you pay 40 or 50 dollars for in a department store for around 10.00, and they are already broken in.
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• United States
28 Jan 07
I'm envious. I love resale stores, especially nice ones as you describe.There are no resale stores in my town.
• United States
19 Jan 07
So true what you stated. First off, I like stretch and to the waist. But, my boots must fit under the leggings. I will spend $25 to $29 tops for a pair of jeans. Have you seen the torn ones? All ripped up? The run $50. and sell. :) What would you spend? Which do you like?
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• United States
19 Jan 07
Oh yeah, I was in a larger city visiting my oldest son over Christmas. There were jeans that had split/torn knees, hold at the pocket area and other places that were selling for $125 dollars!!! What a joke! Believe it or not, teens were lined up paying for those jeans! Not this ole girl! Every pair I own (all three!) together didn't cost $125!!
@irisheyes (4375)
• United States
14 Jan 07
I bought my last pair of Gap jeans from the Gap about three years ago. I like the Long & Lean jeans with the low rise waist and boot cut. I now buy them only on eBay where I never pay more than $20.00 and I try to include the postage in that price. I've bought 8 or 9 pair on line now and have been happy with them all. The last pair I bought in the GAP cost $49.00 and they were up to $55.00 the last time I checked....The ones I've bought on eBay were all like new and a few pair still had the tags attached so they are a really good deal. I'm going to bid on a couple pair this weeks.
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• United States
14 Jan 07
Great information...what a great savings! My luck, I'd order a pair that had shrunk so terribly in the dryer that they wouldn't fit! Gave you a + for your contribution.
@koikoikoi (1247)
• United States
14 Jan 07
The most I would ever pay is around 50 dollars. When I shop at Bloomingdales and I see a pair of jeans that I like and might buy them. Then I look at the price tag. The jeans, alone cost 120$. When I go shopping at Macy's I see the same jeans (same look, but different button, different button can you believe it) and it cost 50 or 80!!! dollars. Just for a different designer button!
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• United States
14 Jan 07
Sure, I can believe it. And, in most outfits, the button is covered anyway! Thanks for your contribution! + given!
• United States
13 Jan 07
Honestly, I am addicted to high end denim. Because I have the shape of a boy I am pretty picky. I love True Religion jeans and pay anywhere from $140-260 for a pair of jeans. They have a cute kids pair with holes in the right places that one of my sons really likes and if I could find them in the city I would get them for him because they are $128 and I want to make sure they fit.
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• United States
14 Jan 07
wow, I don't think I could bring myself to pay that much for a pair of jeans. However, having not tried a pair of them on, I should reserve judgement! Thanks for your contribution. You have been given a + rating!
@Dolcerina (3380)
• Hungary
13 Jan 07
In my country a GOOD quality pair of jeans is about $30-40-70 For the HUngarian paymants it is too much. We rather go to Yugoslavijato buy quality clothing, where we can buy it for $10. I live close to the border. Others goes to Wien(austria) to do the shopping because it is also cheaper than HUngary.
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• United States
13 Jan 07
Wow, that is some price difference! You are fortunate to live close to the border. Thanks for your comments, you have been given a + rating!
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
13 Jan 07
Good point. Thinking back about 7-12 years ago, I would take my teenage daughter shopping for clothes. Of course, jeans were one of her favorite things to wear. Even in the 90's, I thought prices were high. I think the most I paid for a pair for her was about $60, on sale. It was the same with shoes. Don't get me started...lol Just because it has a designer name attached to it, the price is 2 or 3 times as much. Several years ago, my daughter moved in to stay with me for a while(I was divorced from her mom). I could not believe the number of jeans that she had. She had a pair for every day of the month...and then some. I don't know how she got them all. I am sure she traded clothes with several of her girlfriends. There were always different clothes popping up at home. But, the variety of jeans is astounding. For myself, I buy them at Kohls usually when they are on sale for about 40% off. The most I would ever pay is $30. I don't know the solution to this problem unless you want to work 3 jobs to pay for designer jeans..lol. Maybe your daughter could earn some money to chip in for a more expensive pair. Considering all the styles, better plan on spending the whole day deciding on which pair to buy.
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• United States
13 Jan 07
Oh yes, believe me, she works. She has to help with the purchase of her clothes. That way, not only does she apppreciate the value of a dollar, she takes better care of them! Thanks for your thoughts/comments!
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• United States
14 Jan 07
i bought some red monkey jeans... dont even want to talk about how much those set me back -.-.
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@mkirby624 (1599)
• United States
13 Jan 07
The most I've ever paid or a pair of jeans was $85, they were a pair of Lucky's from The Buckle..then I bought some $60 Todd Oldham's...a few pair of those. They fit well, but now I only buy American Eagle jeans They have a lot of different washes and they long them in long (34" inseam) which I need because my legs are about 3 feet long. I wear the low now..it used to be ultra low, but on casual day at work (I teach), it's not appropriate to wear the ultra low unless I am wearing a tunic. I like boot cut, that way it flares over your shoes, but you don't look like you're trying to bring back 1975...or 2000, for that matter.
@mkirby624 (1599)
• United States
13 Jan 07
American Eagle jeans run from $30-50, but I usually get the $40 ones
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• United States
13 Jan 07
Thanks for your comment. So for your needs, the tall are necessary. Oh, and I'm glad you made reference to the 'wash' too. I should have added that in the list of features that are present for one to consider when purchasing!
@mkirby624 (1599)
• United States
14 Jan 07
Yeah, the wash is important for me. The lighter wash doesn't look as nice for work, so I like to buy dark wash jeans for work. My light wash jeans are just for my tshirt and jeans days.
@gabs8513 (48803)
• United Kingdom
14 Jan 07
hahaha well I am not a Teenager I am 45 but I have tosay I will only buy on style of Jeans lolbut I do have to agree with you there are so many styles now it is unbelievable but the most I will pay for Jeans is £15 and I normally buy the Good ones in the Sale lol
@grbnrj (105)
• India
14 Jan 07
inspite of 45 years old, you can also wear a jeans, you will look more nice.
@katyzzz (2902)
• Australia
13 Jan 07
No more than i have to, just get your daughter something she lookd nice in
• United States
14 Jan 07
thank you for your comment. Sounds like you are quite frugal too!
• India
13 Jan 07
i feel comfort is all what i pay for..so the jeans that i buy shud provide comfort,shud b smart n trendy...
• United States
14 Jan 07
Yes, I too must be comfortable in the jeans that I wear. That is perhaps THE MOST important feature! Thanks for your contribution to the discussion! You have a + rating
@sugarfloss (2140)
• Malaysia
11 Jul 07
Last weekend I bought a pair of jeans for only RM50(USD20).The most expensive jeans I've purchased is RM285(USD130).
@bowtieguy (5931)
• United States
9 Jul 07
Zero, since I don't wear them.
• United States
28 Jan 07
The most I think I've paid for jeans was about $60. They were from AE, and they are kind of pricey. I usually catch jeans though when they are on sale in the summer and then use them for the following Fall. I'd have to admit though I do sometimes get jeans from thrift stores like Salvation Army. They might not always have the best stuff but every once in a while you can find some really good stuff, I find AE jeans there all the time and it never costs me more than 6 dollars. Plus its fun to dig through stores like that!
@UmmZahid (324)
• United States
27 Jan 07
if the money is coming out of MY pocket i wont pay more than 25-30 dollars pending on the name brand
@carmat (2850)
• Canada
27 Jan 07
I personally buy mine from department stores, and usually would not pay more than 20-30 for a pair. I usually time it right and hit a good clearance deal and get a pair or 2 for 10-20 bucks. I think you can really get just as good a pair from a store like that minus the name brand.