Boy wearing jeans

Great looks that last

It's no secret that kids are tough on jeans. In fact, as fast as they grow, your kids can probably wear out their jeans even faster than they can outgrow them. To lessen the impact on your wallet, opt for sturdy jeans, available for both boys and girls, that will look great and last as long as you need them to.

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Levis jeans

Levis jeans are always a classic, and always in style. They come in several dyes and even more cuts, so no matter what style your little guy or gal is going for, they've got the fit you need. They're durable enough to last through the season (and even longer if your kiddo doesn't outgrow them!). Pick up this pair of 505 Straight-Legs for $23 everyday at JCPenney.

Lee Dungarees Relaxed Bootcut jeans

Lee dungarees

Your little boy will be ready for a day of heavy-duty rough and tumble, and he'll look good while he's at it if he's sporting these jeans! Lee dungarees relaxed bootcut jeans have a relaxed and distressed look that's always in style, but they're sturdy enough to hold up to the roughest play. They're not bad on your wallet at just $36 from, and the adjustable waistband means they'll fit just about any shape and give him a little room to grow.

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Arizona Straight Leg Jeans

Arizona jeans

Talk about a deal! These Arizona straight-leg jeans for girls are just $10 every day from JCPenney. They're tough enough to last the whole school year, and they'll look just as great after months of wear. We like them in this dark rinse, but they're available in several colors — for that price, you can grab them all! Arizona makes jeans for boys, too, and they're available from JCP for the same low price.

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Girls’ Hazel Flare Medium Wash

DreamPop by Cynthia R. Lucy

She wants to look like a rockstar, you just want a pair of jeans that are going to last. You'll both be happy with DreamPop by Cynthia R. Lucy Jeans. These jeans are hip in every way, avaialble in different cuts, washes and even bright colors. The rhinestone logo gives each pair a touch of glam, and they're tough enough to make it through gym class. Snatch this dark stonewash pair from JCPenney for $30.

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OshKosh B'Gosh

They call themselves the "World's Best Denim," and that's a title they've earned. OshKosh B'Gosh jeans are always comfy and stylish, and they're made to last. In fact, they'll probably get you through more than one kid, so they're a good investment if you have more than one child. They're available for both boys and girls, in several fits and shades. Pick up these bootcut jeans in a Bozeman blue wash for $34 from OshKosh stores or online, or from several retailers nationwide.

Bootcut Jeans in a Bozeman Blue wash


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Comments on "Durable denim finds for elementary school"

janine July 20, 2012 | 8:06 AM

I buy all my kids' jeans at Old Navy. They fit great, are adjustable, and last forever. Plus, I can usually pick them up on sale for about $10. Bonus!

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