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?

For the $30 Old Navy Jeans, click here for oldnavy.com

For the $189 Habitual Jeans, click here for barneys.com

For the $850 Stitch’s Jeans, click here for shopkitson.com

To see more denim trends click here

Photo: Alex Cao; John Lawton(2)

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Tiffany on

Ridiculous! Those Stich’s hardly look their supposed retail worth… but even more surprising: no one has yet to mention the KING of denim (IMO) – DIESEL! I have over 30? pairs of designer jeans… the cheapest of them being these awesome DKNY skinny jeans I purchased for $50… my most expensive being the Victoria Beckham Rock and Republics and my Dolce&Gabbanas… but the FAVORITES being hands down all 10 pairs of Diesels… jeans are a LIFESTYLE… the more you pay, the more iconic your look becomes!

And it is all about the label and back pocket design… America is the jean capital of the world, REPRESENT, people!

Nish on

With all that is going on in the world we live in, I think it’s outlandish to pay $850 for a pair of jeans. We also tell ourselves that the more expensive the better fit, quality, etc; to justify paying that much. By the way, truly wealthy people, don’t even pay that much for jeans.

Caitlin from Memphis,TN on

I love Seven jeans…but i only have 2 pairs and I can only buy them on a rare occasion! Other than that its always BKE jeans from Buckle or Abercrombie jeans, there awesome~

Lisa on

I live in an area where expensive jeans ($100+) can not be found (such as Seven For All Mankind or True Religion). So I don’t know what exact size I am or how they fit.

Sometimes my local TJ Maxx gets a shipment of these jeans, but by the time I get there, they are all picked over.

The most expensive pair of jeans I own are my Gap dark wash bootleg ($54). I have a few Calvin Kleins that I love and bought at TJ Maxx (read = cheaper than retail).

If my jeans go out of style, I usually pack them up and save them. Because the styles always come around. So, yeah, I could see myself spending $120-150 for a pair of jeans if they fit right.

Cheapy on

Give me Levi’s anytime. The most I will spend for jeans is 35.00, and that is pushing it.! Shopping at Kohl’s is the best!

jill on

I have about 55 pair of $200-$400 jeans-(Rock & Republic, True Religion, SFAM, People’s Liberation, Joes, Citizens, Sass & Bide, Salt, etc) I always buy what ever I like and want and it happens to be more expensive. I own several pair of couture pants that are $900-$1500, and my shoes range from $300-$1000.00 on up/ purses are another story- my cheapest is the Louis Vuitton Fuschia Baggy PM or the Speedy 25 Cerises (Cherries)…both about $1050…it only goes up from there, Chanel, Dior Gaucho, Fendi Spy, Runway edition Louis Vuittons- I have personal shoppers thet pull the hottest newest stuff for me before it hits the public… I buy my 16 year old daughter the same brands too- we love clothes- and spare no expense…

Amber on

The most I would pay for a pair of jeans is about $80-90, but sometimes you can get really nice(cheap) pair of jeans at Walmart for like $12 and thats just great; money still needs to be in are banks and we all need to save for things so when theres a great price for a stylish outfit(even if it is not band name) it is still just as good as any of the designer(expensive/brand names) out there.

Jay on

Most of my jeans are in the $200-300 range. I was a skeptic for quite some time but after I tried on my first pair of designer jeans, I was hooked. I think that they really do make a huge difference. After years of wearing inexpensive jeans, I had pretty much given up on even wearing them because I just didn’t find them flattering. After I discorved 7 for All Mankind and Rock & Republic, I was hooked. They are expensive, yes, but I do think there is qutie a difference in the quality of $200+ jeans and that of $60 jeans. I am not convinced that the $850 jeans are any better than those in the $200-300 range.

Christina on

I’m a premium denim addict (over 25 pairs) and I think that how people want to spend their money is up to them. I personally spend on average $200+ on jeans (Paige and Hudson are my favorite.) I see a lot of people spend money on things that I consider junk, but to each their own. It was only in the last few years that I started buying premium denim. I see a big difference in how less expensive jeans fit. Bottom line: I work hard to afford the things I want and I don’t want to be told it’s right or wrong or feel judged for it.

Tara on

Pretty much all of my jeans are from Vanity. They cost anywhere between $19.99 and $29.99 on average. They come in 37″ inseam (which is great since I am tall) and they all fit GREAT! I used to buy jeans at the Gap and other places like that for twice the price and they wouldn’t fit right. I don’t know what I would do with out a Vanity in our mall!

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