Let’s Discuss: How Many is too Many?


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I recently re-watched a J. Crew video with Jenna Lyons from last year, and among being blown away as always by her trademark style and confidence, I couldn’t stop thinking about her massive shoe collection. She owns 280+ pairs of shoes, and while she admits to not wearing them all, she’s proud. When it comes to shoes, there’s the general theory that one can never own too many shoes. If you have the room, why not right? Getting dressed is that much more exciting and you’ll never have the excuse ‘I didn’t have anything to wear.’ This got me thinking about denim. How many jeans is too many? Sometimes I stare at my stack of denim (I own about 10 pairs) and the consensus is that I should add to this, not take away. 10 seems few to me. Like Jennine, I clean out my closet, almost too much and unlike Jenna, can’t hang onto pairs I haven’t worn in over a year. But I’ve learned that there are countless styles, fits and colors of jeans — the options are endless and there really is no such a thing as owning too many pairs of jeans. Maybe I need to practice more of what I preach, but my opinion is, there is no answer to ‘how many is too many.’ You can’t own too many. If they fit, and you have the space, desire, and the will power not get overwhelmed with options every morning — keep them! A closet full of countless denim is a happy one.

 What’s your opinion? How Many is too many? Is there a limit to how many pairs of denim one should own? 




  1. March 20, 2014 / 12:40 pm

    I have to say that, like shoes, there is not such thing as too much denim. I’ve fluctuated from as many as 30+ pairs to now about 15. My “favorite” pair rotates, depending on how I’m feeling about my body shape, what pair of shoes are my “favorite” and what color or wash I’m loving. While I do take the time to weed through and clean out, I always keep a hefty stack of denim. And I’m never against adding to it

  2. March 20, 2014 / 1:11 pm

    Its all relative. Celebs need all that stuff to be photographed. Instead of quantizing it by numbers, i think we should talk more about usage and does it fit your current lifestyle.

    Oh well, thats my two cents.

    End of the day, we all have that inner francophile that wants to do a 10 item french wardrobe for each season. Or is it just me?

  3. March 20, 2014 / 7:36 pm

    Oh my! Let’s see, I only keep as many jeans as can fit in my jean drawer… but lately, it’s been rough!

  4. RosieW
    March 21, 2014 / 9:21 am

    Oh boy, I am a total denim hoarder! I have a thing for Levi’s, so I’ve probably got 50 pairs. Many I’ve had for 15+ years, and it’s interesting to see how denim styles come and go. It seems that as time goes on though, we are more open-minded and creative about denim. I am lucky that I do have lots of space for jeans, so that’s great. Obviously, I can’t really wear all those jeans, so like I said, they go in and out of style. I’ll go on a streak and just wear skinnies for a bit. Then I’ll want to switch over to bootcuts or flares. It just depends on the mood. Strangely, I’ve pretty much worn the same size forever, so that’s fortunate. Yes, I think I have too many jeans, but I don’t think that’s the worst problem to have!!

  5. March 21, 2014 / 9:48 am

    Wow! That’s great! I’ve pretty much been the same too (though I fluctuate) But what a great idea to keep the classics! I regret getting rid of a few pairs (Helmut Lang in the 90’s jeans for example)

  6. RosieW
    March 21, 2014 / 12:49 pm

    Yep, I can’t seem to part with my Levi’s, no matter how old they are! One tip I can pass along is that whenever I get my jeans hemmed (I am super short, not quite 5 feet tall) I ask the tailor to give me back the cut off material. In my case, sometimes they are taking off like 2 or 3 inches, so that’s a lot of denim scraps! I use them to patch holes, and it’s fun to use a dark material to patch a lighter wash pair; it’s creates a cool effect. So, with all my old old Levi’s, I’m patching any that really need it… it’s fun!! And with the help of your DIY section here, who knows what I could make? Cool!!

  7. March 21, 2014 / 5:22 pm

    I have maybe 3 or 4 pairs but I only wear one of them, solid most days. Then when I need a new pair I’ll pick some up, maybe once every 8 months. Always Levi’s for me too, they fit my shape best.

    Mat @ Buckets & Spades

  8. March 30, 2014 / 11:07 am

    Love all these comments. Totally on the same page re: Levi’s, nearly half of my collection are Levi’s I’ve either had for some time or replaced with older pairs I got rid of.

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