Pocket details can make or break a pair of jeans!

About two years ago, I discovered an amazing secret. 

You can find designer denim for the same price as regular jeans.

It’s totally true!  I have found jeans that retail for close to $200 for under $20!  If you’ve never even thought about trying designer jeans, it can be very intimidating:  What brands should I try?  What cuts will look good on me? How long will it take me to find my perfect pair?  Trust me, I went through the same thought process!  If you’re thinking about trying out designer jeans, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Why Buy Designer?

Before you can begin this journey, you have to understand the motivation.  This was my biggest stumbling block – why should I buy designer when I can get regular jeans for cheap?  With the help of some great friends, I have learned that it is a better financial decision to go with better quality pieces – it’s just a happy circumstance that the prices can be great!  Take my word, designer jeans really do fit and flatter better than others.  Think about it… a brand that specializes in making jeans should understand the customer and product much better than brands that do not.  Not only will designer jeans last longer with proper care, but also the cuts are better, the stretch is better, the variety is better… the list goes on and on.

What Brands are Best?

The answer to this will almost certainly vary based on who you ask.  However, since I have quite a collection, I feel like I can provide some decent advice.

Here’s a quick list of designer denim brands that make my heart skip a beat:

  • Red Engine – flattering for all ages; my mother and aunt each have a pair, and my sister and I each have several.
  • William Rast – you can’t beat the Jerri Skinny cut.  They’re a bit lower rise, but look great under boots in the winter.
  • Proportion of Blu – skinny jeans that fit like a glove.
  • James Jeans – no-nonsense back pockets and quality fabrics.
  • Black Orchid – one of the more affordable brands of designer denim.  I have several styles, but the Riders are a personal fave.
  • Adriano Goldschmied (AG) – flattering cuts that fit without being constricting.  Plus they have a neat snap-in-place button on many styles!
  • Lucky Jeans – a bit more affordable and perhaps a good “first step” into the designer market.  They aren’t my favorite but I know many folks who love their Lucky Jeans.

Please feel free to add to this list in the comments – I’d love to hear what you think!

Prepare for Purchase

I would recommend preparing for your purchase by trying designer denim at a boutique near you or a department store like Nordstrom.  Bring a notebook (or smartphone) with you and take notes on different brands – inseam, waist, denim texture and quality… all that jazz.  Make sure you note what size, style, and brand you tried on.  I keep my denim file on my Droid phone so I always have it with me – it can be a real life saver when you’re not sure how you liked a certain brand or cut.

Coming soon…

Where to buy designer denim for cheap and other tricks!

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5 Responses to Designer Denim, Part 1

  1. Hayley says:

    Love this post! Especially since we got into designer jeans at about the same time 🙂 And I love finding awesome deals, even if they’re not in my size, for other people. It’s like the equivalent to finding something awesome at a thrift store for me, haha.

    • Erin says:

      Thanks Hayley! I know what you mean — I bought my sister some Black Orchids just because it was such a great deal 🙂 There’s a huge benefit to knowing everyone’s size haha

  2. Darcie says:

    Great post! Having lost 30 pounds, I am definitely looking for a new look and some new jeans. I’m a little on the frugal side, so I can’t wait to see the next part!

    • Erin says:

      Oooo – if you ever need advice, let me know! One of my favorite resources, which I’ll mention in the next post, is DenimDebutante.com – she’s the true guru 🙂

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