How Far Would You Go to Keep Your Favorite Jeans?

by Kristen Philipkoski

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In this disposable culture with fast fashion, it’s really rare to see someone wear something until it falls apart. I know I have only a few pieces, usually shoes that I have worn to tatters. But jeans? I remember back as a kid, people would wear jeans until they fell apart. Until holes wore through in certain places either rendering them too racy for public use or just too grungy.

On Jean Stories, a pair old flared jeans was featured which the original owner stitched and patched together. The original brand couldn’t be found, yet a back Wrangler pocket had been stitched on the front, along with various shapes and types of jeans throughout. “Perhaps the owner loved the original pair (its soft denim so thin, and now threadbare in places) so much he or she couldn’t bear to let them dissolve. Maybe it started with one patch and then more were added to keep the jeans alive.”

It just makes me realize that most of my jeans have gone out of “style” before they reached the point of becoming even remotely threadbare. The different rises (low, mid, high waisted) skinny jeans then boyfriend jeans. So many choices that I barely have time to wear them all. Don’t even get me started on my weight fluctuation.

Anyway… a pair of truly loved jeans. How far would you go to keep them? Maybe we’re not going far enough?

5 comments :

  • Sierra

    Love the idea of making a patchwork out of denim pieces. Wearable art! I feel like I want to start wearing everything (well not everything but like jeans and tshirts) until it falls apart because I love how that slightly decayed aesthetic looks. Not too grungy or scandalous but just obviously used and loved. Another great post thanks!

  • Katie / Charming City Style

    I have a very well loved pair of Joe’s jeans that I just couldn’t part with. I’d worn a hole into the inner thigh, and shelved them for well over a year. I finally invested the $5 (yes….just $5) to get them patched at the local dry cleaner. I honestly was so happy to have them back. Sure maybe they are a little more bootcut than is trendy, and the bottom hem is tattered from wearing them with everything from flip flops to high heels, but they fit like a glove, make me feel like a million bucks, and thankfully are now ready to be worn until they need another patch 🙂 Here’s to wearing out another pair of favorite jeans….

  • FashionableLena

    I wore a hole in the inner thigh of my favorite pair of jeans which, believe it or not, were from Forever21. Because I only paid $10, I went back and got two pair. One to wear. One as a backup. I love that they are so thin. I figured that they had run them course since I wore them at least once a week for three years.

  • Jennine Jacob

    @sierra … YES me too! I’ve committed to three pairs of jeans which I’ve been wearing for the last two months, and I have to say, that it’s a nice change from that “everything new” thing we’ve all been doing lately. hopefully i’ll be able to wear them all to shreds

    @katie haha, sometimes I feel like it’s just a matter of GETTING the clothes down to the cleaners! i have a pile of alterations that are just SITTING in my closet. ug!

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