Dirty Little Secrets of a Denim Debutante: Paying Full Price

by Jaime on January 22, 2010

I touched on this with my guest post over on Bonne Vie, but I thought that all of you would like to know this, too.

We’re all aware of my ridiculous quantity of denim and, while some of it does come to me through the perks of being a denim writer, I do still buy pairs fairly often (much to the chagrin of poor C.). What I don’t do, however, is pay full price… and here’s why:

1. Denim “Trends” Come and Go: Sure, if you want to snag the latest pair of tie-dye, ombre (oh, be still my heart) or any other fashionable style, then paying to get it as it arrives on the scene may be something that’s important to you. For the rest of us who just like our basic blues… wait for “last season’s” jeans to hit the sale rack.

2. You’re so Last Season: This mirrors almost exactly what I said on Bonne Vie, but it’s worth repeating: unless you’re a denim writer (like me) or someone who is wholly obsessed with denim (also like me), there won’t be much of a difference between “Last Season” and “This Season” when it comes to jeans. If someone tells you otherwise, they’re probably trying to sell you something.

3. What Works for You: Sure, you can save $120 by buying those super discounted jeans… but are you going to wear them? At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how well-priced the pair was; if you’re not going to wear them, you’re taking a loss. So, know your style (as well as your price range) and don’t go beyond that!

Have any tips you’d add to the list? Leave them in the comments… I’ll post the best ones in a Part Two of Dirty Little Secrets (and credit you with the tip, of course)!


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