Rosemary Mac Cabe

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On cheap jeans and priorities

I have found myself, over the past fortnight, purchasing not one, not two but three pairs of jeans. This is not unusual because I am a thrifty, cautious spender; this is unusual because I’m not a huge jeans fan. Being …

Wed, Feb 15, 2012, 10:00

   

I have found myself, over the past fortnight, purchasing not one, not two but three pairs of jeans. This is not unusual because I am a thrifty, cautious spender; this is unusual because I’m not a huge jeans fan. Being on the curvier side of 14, jeans are not really my go-to item – no, that would be my brand new muu-muu – and they are something that I find difficult to buy in the right fit and finish. Which is why what I’m about to say may shock you: expensive jeans are not necessarily better.

I loved these Victoria Beckham Denim jeans – but couldn’t justify the €350 price tag. In the end I went for J Brand’s Maria, the wonder jean! High waisted and Spanx-alike, amazing.

I know, I know! It goes against everything the Gods of capitalism have taught us. But I have anecdotal evidence to back this up: I spent more than an hour in BT2 this week trying on Victoria Beckham jeans and Salsa Jeans and J Brand jeans and even a pair of Dr Denims, though I despise the name, and, regardless of the fact that I was willing to spend €305 on a single pair of jeans (I had a voucher*), I found it no easier to purchase jeans in BT2 than I did in New Look or Topshop.

I bought these jeans (above), from New Look, in a lilac colourway for the grand price of €24.99 – and I didn’t even try them on. There’s very little stretch in them, so I’m not sure how well they’ll wear but my initial verdict is that they’re gorgeous – and such a bargain.

These Motel babies aren’t for everyone, but I love them – even if they do make me look like the court jester. Again, I bought these blind from Topshop.com; the high waist is really flattering, although the stripes do twist a little so they give my legs and odd, rubberized appearance.

What do you think? Do you invest in jeans or do you have any cheap pairs that you swear by? (My money, if you’re interested, is on Zara, Topshop’s Jamie jeans and Warehouse’s high-waisted skinnies.)

* This voucher was given as a press gift during the BT2 Spring/Summer show; I would have given it away on the blog but for it had a week-long expiry period and so I felt duty-bound to spend it.

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