How much would you pay for…the perfect jeans?

The perfect jeans: they’re one of the Holy Grails of fashion, and they’re almost as difficult to find, too. In fact, if we were given the choice between a quest for the Grail, and a quest for the perfect jeans, we’d probably choose the former. Well, at least we’d get to see a bit of the world that way: when you’re searching for a new pair of jeans, all you get to see is the inside of a lot of sweaty changing rooms.

Given the difficulty of the task at hand, then, today we begin a short series of polls in which we aim to find out just how much you typically spend on those so-called “basics”. Of course, this question is a bit of a “how long is a piece of string” one, because it depends so much on individual budgets and circumstances, but purely out of curiosity, today we want to know… how much are you prepared to spend on the perfect jeans?

the perfect jeans

For some people, jeans are one of those can’t-live-without-’em items, worn for everything from a lazy morning’s lounging, worn with a comfortable hoodie or sweater, to a dressed-up evening out, with heels and a sparkly top. For others, however, they’re never worn at all: sometimes because they just don’t fit with the person’s personal style, and sometimes because it’s just SO DARN HARD to find the perfect fit.

Why is it that the perfect jeans are so difficult to find, we wonder? Other items aren’t always easy, sure, but judging by the (totally unscientific) conversations we’ve had with friends and readers, jeans seem to be the trickiest of all. We’re sure you all know the drill:

1. They fit in the waist, but the legs are so tight you feel like a sausage.

2. They fit in the legs… but the waist is either so big you get a bad case of “builder’s butt” every time you sit down, or so tight you can’t sit down at all.

3. They fit in the waist and the thighs, but the legs are so long you’d need stilts, or so short you look like you’re wearing someone’s hand-me-downs. (And yes, you can always have them hemmed in the first scenario, but let’s face it: you’d rather not, wouldn’t you?)

4. They fit just fine (Yes, this is unlikely, but just go with it…), but they’re acid wash, or have a truly obnoxious level of distressing on them, or some other detail that makes you more likely to go out in public nude than wear them.

You get the picture. We’re sure you do.

Just say you manage to find the perfect jeans, though. They do exist, though. They’re out there, somewhere, and SOMEONE has to find them, so let’s just imagine it’s you. How much would you be prepared to spend on them, do you think? Would you see them as investment piece, and be willing to drop a large amount of cash in order to bring the quest to an end, or would you think, “Well, they’re still just jeans?”  and turn your back on them unless they were less than a certain amount?

How much are you prepared to spend on the perfect jeans?


  • March 20, 2013


    What I tend to find is that the perfect jeans do not STAY perfect. This has happened when I have changed shape (i.e. losing weight, becoming more muscular) or they do (changing in the wash and through general wear). I do not trust jeans.

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  • March 20, 2013

    Liz in Paris

    My favourites are Angels, a German brand. I have 3 pairs in different colours/washes and am off to Germany again soon with a shopping list! They cost around 70-80 euros a pair and it’s money well spent. Great quality and they wear well over time.

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  • March 20, 2013


    Balmain. £400 a pop. Even in a sale. I might be having a mid-life crisis…but, oh, I love em more than chocolate. Scary, scary things to wear though. All thick cotton and intricate detailing and gorgeously cut. The first shocker was that they arrived on their own hanger, in their own bag, which for a pair of jeans is just mental…Second thing I noticed is that everyone checks them out. People might comment on how nice my t-shirt or jumper is, but they’re actually staring at the jeans. Quite unnerving. I don’t eat in them or wear them when I have a period and I never plan on washing them. Wear ’em for a couple of hours a month, and then hang to air, spot dry-cleaning where necessary. I read years ago about people putting good jeans in the freezer to kill bugs rather than washing them and I thought that was a bit obsessive compulsive, but now I understand…
    I wear SOS jeans which I snag off eBay for a tenner, when putting the bins out and gardening etc. I’m not completely crazy.

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  • March 21, 2013


    I hate jeans. I have yet to find a pair I don’t need altered, cause I’m really small and even the petite version is always too long on me. I always have to have them hemmed, always. I regard them a necessary evil, and would never pay more than, say, £40, ever.

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  • March 22, 2013


    I’m still on the hunt for the perfect jeans…
    So far the best ones I found are classic Levi’s 501 or 505 and I’m always trying to find them on ebay for cheap. So far I haven’t paid more than € 20,- for a pair.

    I’d go as far as about € 50,- for a new pair, but those jeans would have to be absolutely perfect in every respect. (They don’t last much more than a year anyway, so why pay hundreds of Euros for them? )

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  • April 27, 2013


    Could someone please tell me where they find these outrageously long jeans? Becaus appart from long tall sally i’ve never had a pair long enough, and long all sally always seem to be completley the wrong shape for me! any help would be well recieved!

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  • June 16, 2013


    Levis 629 were great. High waist to stop the muffin top look which I loved! Then, in their wisdom Levis stopped making them so now its Levis demi curve. Still a good fit but not perfect. I pay around £80 they last about 3 years before I decide they’re past their best. Wash inside out, hang to dry, don’t tumble dry or iron.

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