Save or Splurge: Denim jackets

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  The Fashion Police have long been of the opinion that a good pair of jeans are worth spending money on. We’re not saying you should remortgage your house for them, or anything, and we’re also not saying the best jeans are always the expensive ones (we like River Island’s efforts, personally), but given how much we tend to wear them, they do tend to be one of those items we’d be spending a bit more on, because once we find that elusive perfect fit, we’re not going to want to walk away from it.

Is the same true of denim jackets, though, we wonder?

We’ve spoken before of the return of the denim jacket to Fashion Land, and there’s no doubt that there’s even more of them around at the moment than before – particularly the mid-wash variety, as shown above. We’ve also admitted to quite liking these, especially during the summer months, when they can look good thrown on over a cotton dress. Sure, it’s all a bit 90s, but it’s a 90s look we don’t have much objection to, and it’s still better than all of the acid-wash 80s horrors that are floating around at the moment, so we can live with it.

Would we be willing to pay a lot of money for it, though? Well, probably not. We don’t think the “perfect fit” argument applies here in quite the same way it does for jeans, so while we like the look of the Current/Elliot denim jacket on the right of the picture above (£200 at NET-A-PORTER ) better than the £45 Miss Selfridge version on the left, we’d probably buy the Miss Selfridge version – assuming we were going to buy one at all.

What about you? Would you Save or Splurge?

9 Comments

  • February 12, 2009

    b.

    I’m not really a fan of denim jackets, but I would save on this one. The cheaper one has got a nicer cut, smaller pockets (I hate big pockets on jacket fronts), and generally – unlike the other one – looks less like a shirt and more like a jacket.

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  • February 12, 2009

    gokarm

    Oh my, yes, save.

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  • February 12, 2009

    Evelyn

    I like the cheaper one too. I love the needlework on the pockets!

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  • February 12, 2009

    Janet Christian

    I’d also go for the cheaper one. Besides, the designer of the expensive one has placed the brass pocket buttons in a rather inappropriate location. I don’t really want to look like I have protruding brass nipples, thank-you-very-much. And Evelyn is right, the needlework on the cheaper jacket’s pockets is quite nice.

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  • February 12, 2009

    Carol

    About 7 years ago I purchased one very similar to the splurge version (better placed buttons, though) for about $20 at Target. I’ve worn it manymanymany times since and it still looks great. If they still had them I’d buy one in every color!

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  • February 12, 2009

    Celeste

    I’m gong to agree with everyone else and say ‘save’. Besides, while I like the idea of denim jackets, I almost never wear the one I have. mostly because I’m usually wearing jeans, and even if I’m wearing khaki’s or a skirt I usually forget about it and grab a sweater.

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  • February 12, 2009

    Natasha

    Not too keen on either. Actually, I don’t really wear denim jackets. If I really needed one, I think I’d save. the design is similar enough, and as far as quality is concerned, that’s not normally a problem with denim. Ironically, the only denim item of terrible quality I have ever encountered was the pair of Miss Sixty jeans I paid through the nose…

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  • April 14, 2009

    Roseanna

    cheaper, its more fitted and i love the pockets.

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  • May 30, 2009

    Diandra

    Splurge, I think the save one looks a little cheap, to be honest. I like the polished look of the designer one.

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