Bargain jeans rock my world
As I noticed in my essay Recessionista, “Go ahead, put a $200 price tag on a pair of “designer” jeans: it means nothing to me unless my ass looks absolutely fantastic, the seam aligned perfectly with my thigh and the hem adjustable by a tailor accordingly.” However, when force fed magazine images of preternaturally perfect rumps in expensive designer jeans we automatically assume that such jeans are the golden ticket to looking good. Like a good friend, The Vogue City is here to dispel the myths that swirl around this denim dilemma by presenting you with brands that give you the most (booty) bang for your buck.
Alias Denim, a recently-launched premium denim brand based right in New York City, sprung out of the designers’ inability to score great fitting jeans with a price tag that “won’t burn a hole in their jean pockets.” Their Sweet Dee jean is a richly hued, dark denim bootcut style with a gentle low rise that perfectly hugs hips and thighs without gaps or the ineffable muffin top.
Details – back pocket accents, a light crease down the calves and button closure – make all the difference. With a $40 price tag, we had enough change leftover to grab a light lunch at Cipriani. (Stealing from the bread basket and tap water counts as a “light lunch, right?)
Gap hits spring squarely on its flower bud head with these trouser jeans, seen on this season’s runways from here to Paris.
The cut is generous yet streamlined, with styling that works well in the office or on the town. Currently on sale for slightly under $45, these jeans left enough in the kitty for a fitted blazer to even out the wide legged hem. Meow.
For a taste of Britain, look no further than Topshop, London’s Kate Moss-infused version of H&M. Scheduled to open in NYC in April 2009, their denim selection carries an air of utter coolness that only the world’s most sought after supermodel can brig. We especially liked their Harper vintage boyfriend jean, a style seen on Katie Holmes, Jessica Biel and Eva Longoria in recent memory.
Just don’t come crying to us if Tom Cruise shows up on your front door with a box of chocolates and plane tickets to Paris.
Discount denim is no bargain without proper upkeep. Wash your jeans inside out on the cold setting, and aim for 3-4 wearings between washings to preserve dye and elastic stretch. You may be a Material Girl, but Madonna is the only one who makes acid wash look cool.
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