Denim Advice: Why Should I Buy Premium Denim?

by Jaime on March 4, 2010

You’ve probably been reading this site for a while, but you might not own a pair of high-end denim yet… and that’s fine. In the next few weeks, I’m going to give you a little bit of information on why you should consider taking the plunge. I’ll try to do it bit by bit so that I don’t overwhelm you, because I’m extremely passionate about the power of perfect jeans.

Maybe it will change your mind (or, adversely, it might make you more set in your ways, which is fine too!) and show you why an investment in a pair of jeans is an investment in yourself. Here are the top five reasons you should buy high-end denim!

1. Have a not-so-standard shape? We’ve got a jean for that. The benefits of having such a denim-heavy fashion market is that there really is a little bit for everyone, and you really should be able to find the perfect pair. It might take a little time, and it might cost a little money, but you can find them… and they’ll make all the difference. I’ve talked to so many women who HATED jean shopping until they found what worked for them (and stopped wearing what didn’t). It’s such a change.

2. Inseams an issue? I gripe a lot about the lack of multiple inseams, but there are far more options when you get into premium denim. I’ve seen everything from a 28″ inseam to a 37″ inseam… and while those aren’t standard (standard, from my experience, is about 32″), they’re definitely available. I still have to hem jeans every now and again, but it’s worth having that $25 (at maximum, guys! Don’t spend more than $25, even for an original hem.) to get them altered.

3. Need a little self-esteem boost? Now, I’m not saying that you should be basing your self-esteem and self-worth on some indigo fabric, but there is something to be said about a perfect fitting pair of jeans. When I put on a pair that makes me feel amazing, it actually changes my day. What’s the perfect pair for me? A slim-fitting, soft skinny at the right inseam… well, at least for now.

4. Quality over quantity. I’m probably not the best example of this (since you’ve all seen a part of my ridiculous denim collection), but there’s a special trick when it comes to buying jeans: if you buy quality, you don’t need to replace them as often. This doesn’t always work (for example, if you’re C. and you wear your Paper Denim & Cloth jeans when you’re messing with battery acid… no, I’m not bitter), but 90% of the time, you’ll be able to keep these jeans for a longer time. If you commit the money, you’re not going to treat them the same way that you do your crappy pair and I can actually tell you that I’ve had jeans that lasted… six years. One pair. It’s worth the investment.

5. Cost doesn’t need to be an issue. We all know that I’m broke, and it’s a running joke around my day job (and from C.) that I listen to financial radio shows and am in the midst of reading a bunch of financial books (I’m reading The Millionaire Next Door. My father is so proud!). So, how to I balance that with my desire to wear the best jeans? Sales. If it weren’t for sales, I wouldn’t wear nearly the amount of denim I do. If you have a pair you want, but don’t have the money, decide what they’re worth to you and wait until they’re on sale at that price. If they don’t hit your target, it wasn’t meant to be… there will always be another pair.

Too much to take in at once? Don’t worry… I’ll be breaking them down in the upcoming weeks and, if you have any questions or concerns, you know where to reach me!


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