I love jeans. I practically live in them, even in the summertime – I’ve never been much of a shorts girl. I have always liked nice jeans, but am much too practical to spend too much on them, so I would categorize myself as a “fashionable, but not HIGH fashion” jeans girl. I’ll spend $50 on a pair of good jeans, but usually no more than that.
Back in December, I received an unexpected gift card in the mail for Saks Fifth Avenue. It was for $25 off a $100 purchase. On a whim, I thought it would be fun to go there and see if I could find a pair of designer jeans on sale for $100, then use the $25 off, and splurge a bit to get a pair of designer jeans for $75 (for the men out there who read my post – ahem, Dad – designer jeans usually run from $150 – $600). It just seemed like it would be fun to have ONE pair of designer jeans in my life.
So Chris and I went one night on a date and scoured all of the racks of overpriced jeans, looking for one pair that was waaay marked down. Chris was the one who found them – (don’t I have a nice husband??) – a pair of “Genetic Denim” jeans (which, of course, I had never heard of), originally marked at $220, and marked down to $68, plus 30% off of that!!! I couldn’t believe it. After my $25 gift card, they were $22!!! And, miraculously, they didn’t make me spend $100 to use my gift card. What a deal! A pair of designer jeans for 90% off!!
I was so proud. They looked awesome!! Of course I’m sure that I thought that they looked more awesome because I knew how much they were “worth”. They were way too long, so I spent the $22 over again to get them hemmed. Then they were just awesome. For about two months. The denim was really thin and cottony feeling, which was great, except that it took no time at all for it to develop tears and holes. It started out around the hem, which was fine – that’s stylish anyway, right? Then I started getting a pull on the leg. I went to Hancock and bought stuff to patch it from underneath to reinforce it. That didn’t work so well. Then it started to develop more weak spots, so I quit wearing them hardly at all.
We were getting pictures made last Thursday, and since I thought they were so much more flattering than all of my other jeans, I decided to wear them. Plus, my shirt was really long, so I knew it would cover all of the weak spots.
We took our family pictures first, and then after that all of the ones of just Ali. One of the times I was bending over to try to get Ali to stay still AND smile at the same time for at least half a second, I heard a loud and long “R-I-I-I-I-I-P”. Good thing I had a super long shirt on!! My designer jeans are definitely done for.
Yet I have another pair of jeans, which I bought at Lerner for $40 around the same time I bought my designer jeans (and have worn them much more since my designer jeans were so fragile), and they are not the slightest bit “worn”, and certainly not ripped!!
The moral of this story: Just because something costs $220 doesn’t mean it is worth $220. Although it was nice to feel “special” in a pair of designer jeans (that lasted all of 7 months), I wouldn’t pay more than $22 for the experience.
OK – maybe I’d pay a little more than $22. I do love jeans.