In defense of expensive denim - why I willingly spend $200 on Rag & Bone jeans

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  • As I've grown up, I've realized that it's better for my closet and my wallet to invest in certain pieces rather than buy cheap throw-aways.
  • Denim is one such item, as I've noticed that there really is a difference between high-quality and budget denim.
  • I present to you my defense of expensive denim - specifically, the pairs I love from Rag & Bone.

I have to admit, I have a vice. But, it's probably not what you think.

I don't even feel guilty about how much I love it, much to my wallet's chagrin.

Denim - it's one of my favorite things to buy, and of course, wear.

Not just any denim will do, though. Over the years, I've dabbled in it all. From sub-$20 pairs at Forever 21 to the kind of splurges that took months of saving up allowance and babysitting money, my shopping adventures have taught me a lot about what to look for in my denim and what is most worth my money. Over the years, I've come to the conclusion that expensive denim is worth it - and I'll tell you why.

Why jeans are worthy of an investment

There are many reasons you may find it smart to invest in a good pair of jeans for yourself. For the purpose of this article, I'll let you in on my philosophy. The "less is more" principle is surely nothing new, but as I've aged, it's become particularly relevant for many reasons. We're living in a time where the environmental impact of our habits is becoming clearer than ever - and the picture isn't so pretty. Choosing to buy investment pieces that we'll use for years rather than fast fashion throw-aways is one small step to being a more conscious consumer.

Personally, I find that investment pieces are usually more wallet friendly in the long term, too. Yes, spending $200 on just one item can feel like a lot, especially when that money could buy you multiple cheap pieces, but often, when buying cheap pieces you may feel less of an obligation to wear or use them for an extended period of time. Wearing a $200 item 50 times is more cost-effective than wearing a $20 item just two times. Longevity really does make an item more affordable in the long term, and jeans are a style you'll get years of wear from.

rag and boneRag & BoneJane Super High-Rise Ankle, $225.

Additionally, jeans are one of the clothing items where I've noticed a significant difference when choosing between cheap and expensive pairs. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, but in general I've found cheaper pairs are quicker to rip at the seams, fade at the knee, stretch out, pill, and tear. Part of this is due to shoddy construction, or the fact that most cheap jeans are not made completely of denim- many pairs include some percentage of spandex or elastic.

Rag & Bone jeans are the best I've found

When it comes to splurging on a pair of jeans, there are many ways to do it. My personal favorite brand is Rag & Bone. The jeans (which are mostly non-stretch denim) are comfortable, the styles range from trendy to timeless, and while the denim is expensive, it's durable enough to last years. Prices are undeniably high, ranging from $190 to $375, but like any other brand, you can often snag good deals on their pieces whether its on their site or at a department store like Nordstrom or Bloomingdale's.

rbjeansRag & BoneRuth Super High-Rise Straight, $295.

Every pair of jeans I've had from Rag & Bone have lasted me seasons, which keeps me coming back for more. But there are a few other reasons for my brand loyalty. One is the styles. Everyone should have a few pairs of the basics: a good pair of dark wash jeans, a skinny, maybe even a ripped pair, depending on your style. But, it's just as fun to spice up your wardrobe with some more unusual cuts, washes, or patterns. Rag & Bone has a great combination of both, making it a fun spot to pick up classic and contemporary pairs. With an ethos that oozes effortless cool, Rag & Bone is always a place I want to shop.

When it comes to sizing, Rag & Bone actually runs pretty large. They offer sizes 23 to 32. I am usually size down a size or two when I shop there, so if you're new to the brand I'd recommend trying on a few sizes in-store to see which you like best. But, regardless of size, I always find their pairs to be comfortable. They wear in well, not showing scuffs or holes for a long time (if at all). Eventually, all good things must come to an end, so when your Rag & Bone jeans meet their end and are truly unsalvageable, you can bring them back to the store to recycle them and get 20% off your entire denim purchase that day. Another great way to save some money and feel a little better about your shopping trip.

Bottom Line

Expensive denim may seem unnecessary when you can buy pairs for $50 or much less, but in the long run, it's usually a good decision. Everyone's experience will be different, and maybe the jeans that you feel best in are best for your budget too. I often like to go for budget pairs myself when I'm choosing trend-driven pieces. But, if you want to invest in denim that'll only get better with age, I can't recommend Rag & Bone enough.

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