Pricey, quality jeans might cost quite a bit up front, but think about them from an economic perspective. If you buy a pair of $30 jeans and they only last one season, then you’re practically throwing money away! A well made pair of jeans should last several years. Splurge now on the perfect pair of jeans and save money by not having to buy another pair next season.
The substitute slack
Perfect for casual Friday, a pair of dark wash bootcut jeans (HudsonJeans.com, $187) can easily replace a standard pair of slacks with a hint of dressed up attitude. When you’re going quality, it’s easier to skimp on items that look classy, but cost little more than a few pennies like this girly, professional peplum top (AllyFashion.com, $25), hinge bracelet (Windsor, $11) and tribal earrings (SimplySoles.com, $24). Top it all off with some seriously adorable accessories, including studded ballet flats (Forever 21, $25) and this two tone Christian Siriano bag (Payless, $27) at a super low price from a high end designer.
Skinny jeans are a trend that’s here to stay, so you might as well find the ultimate pair. This high-waisted pair (ShopZoeOnline.com, $180) can be the base for any outfit, from crop tops, as seen here (TopShop.com, $20), to button downs and tunics. Add a trendy grandpa cardigan (Uniqlo.com, $20) to tone down the sex appeal, then accessorize with red rose earrings (SourpussClothing.com, $5), a cobalt blue cross body bag (DSW, $30) and some surprisingly versatile mustard wedges (ModCloth.com, $38) for a fashionably mismatched look.
Jeans don’t have to be blue to be neutral. A pair of khaki colored straight leg jeans (ShopZoeOnline.com, $178) can play the same role of blue jeans without the monotony. Add in a breezy white tank (MissSelfridge.com, $48) under a military-inspired jacket (Delias.com, $15) for naughty-meets-nautical style. Toss in a few blue and beige accessories like these chandelier earrings (MaxAndChloe.com, $28), tassel clutch (ASOS.com, $32) and nude wedges (Boohoo.com, $50) for a nod to the nautical look without venturing into the realm of costume.
Lounge around denim
After work and on the weekend, these are likely to be the jeans you wear the most. Get the most out of them by purchasing a multi-use, quality pair like these casual bootcut stunners (HudsonJeans.com, $198). Keep the casual theme in hippie-dippy style with this twisted tribal-inspired tank (Patagonia.com, $39) statement suede bag (Zara.com, $40) and edgy combat boots (Target, $40). Keep tribal style with these triangle earrings (ASOS.com, $14) and a chunky stone bracelet (FantasyJewelryBox.com, $38) to top it all off.
The perfect statement
You know your style better than anyone. Therefore, you know what you’re likely to wear a couple years down the road. Colored denim has decided to stick around for several seasons, so if you spot the ideal pair like these 7 for All Mankind yellow skinnies (StyleBop.com, $230), make the splurge! Keep the look interesting with a navy polka dot tank blouse (Madewell.com, $40) and the rest of the outfit in neutral nudes like this tassel bag (DorothyPerkins.com, $69) classy button earrings (BananaRepublic.com, $18) and ultra simple patent pumps (ModCloth.com, $33). Then, spice it up with a wild ring (Charlotte Russe, $6). Too cute!