How Much Would You Pay for Jeans?

10/04/2006 at 09:00 PM ET

In the new issue of PEOPLE StyleWatch (The Ultimate Jeans Guide, on newstands now) you’ll find denim options for every style and budget, from $30 Old Navy flares to $850 limited-edition, handmade ones from Stitch’s. And what do you get for your money? The magazine breaks it down by fabric, wash, details, even the labor involved in making them. For the record, $850 buys you jeans that are handwashed in antique barrels, spun from exclusive Japanese fibers, and have buttons with black pearl centers (and they better make your butt look good.) If you found the perfect pair of jeans, how much would you pay for them? How much do you usually spend on a pair of jeans?

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Photo: Alex Cao; John Lawton(2)

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marion frazier on

i’m a cheapo. never more that $30 and always old navy.

Sarah on

I love the irony of the cover story being about the Amish schoolhouse tragedy and then this story on the same website page “how much would you pay for jeans.” I just read a story about the tragedy, and we’re all sitting here talking about how much we’d pay for jeans. It really hit me that there’s more to life than a pair of jeans, whether or not you spend and arm and a leg to buy them.

lc on

Jeans, shoes, and jewels are the only items I will splurge on. I have several Diesel, Joe’s, James, J Brand, ACNE, Tsubi, Finns, Chloe, and the like. Jeans are a staple to everyones wardrobe and they should be bought just like other items: with quality in mind. As for $850, they better make me look hot, very hot.

Kathy on

No more than $50.00 bucks…and that is pushing it! Jeans are jeans!

laura on

i am 6′ tall and thin. it’s very hard for me to find jeans that are of a decient price and fit. since clothes designers think there are short fat girls walking the earth and there aren’t tall slender ones (like myself), i have to go to “tall girl” and spend 80-110 bucks on jeans. they fit good and look really cute but since i am cheap, it makes me cringe when i have to buy a pair of jeans cause of the price.

Lisa on

That’s funny you say this, Laura: “…since clothes designers think there are short fat girls walking the earth… ”

I tend to come across more pants and jeans for the tall, “slender” girls like you.

See…I am 5’2 and a size 7/8. Yeah, I’m short. Nope, not fat. The word “fat” is not exactly the *best* word for you to use here. No offense taken with me, tho. :-)

Sarah on

I have spent between $130-$200 on Citizens and Joe Jeans because these are the only pairs I have found that look good on and believe me I have looked. So now I just go with the tried and true!

mandy on

just looking for some advice….i’m am 5’10” and 160 lbs. what designer jeans can i indulge in?? it seems as though there are all way too tight in the thigh area. any help would rock!

ps- jill, what’s up with your spending speech? i could care less who buys you your designer duds……

Shasha on

For regular jeans anywhere from $20.00 (on sale) to $30.00 (Old Navy), and for a going out to dinner and events $60-150

Jami on

My fav’s right now are 2 pairs of skinny jeans I bought at, JCPenney online. They were a steal at $14.99 (down from $49.99) and they look better than my diesel jeans for $210. I wouldn’t buy the diesel jeans again cause I had buyer’s remorse for weeks about spending that much on myself.

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