|1. Forever 21 // 2. Old Navy // 3. Mossimo|
4. American Eagle // 5. Gap // 6. Madewell
7. Paige // 8. Adriano Goldschmeid // 9. J. Brand
One of my resolutions I made for 2015 is to focus on quality, not quantity. I have a habit of stocking up on cheaper items, then discarding them after a season when they don't hold up so well. Case in point: my Forever 21 black jeans. I've been buying these jeans for years (hey, they're only $8), and they fit fine the first few wears...and then they slowly start stretching out, rapidly fading, etc.
Rather than just grabbing another pair of these wallet friendly jeans on my next trip to the mall, I decided to try a variety of other options, ranging from $8 all the way up to $185. After trying on several pairs and comparing finishes (I was looking for a true black, no distressing), and rises (mid-rise...adios ultra low-rise), I found that the Paige Skyline Skinny Jeans (#7 above) fit perfectly and were sooo comfortable. Priced at $169, there were definitely more than I normally spend on denim, but I was willing to make the plunge if it meant a great pair of black jeans that I'd be able to wear for seasons on end.
However, I happened to check out the jeans at Target the same day and discovered the Mossimo Mid-Rise Jegging Jean in Modern Fit (#3 above). I kid you not...these looked nearly identical to the Paige jeans! Same fit, same rise, same wash...and they were just as comfortable! Priced at $27.99 they're only a fraction of the price of the Paige jeans, which is always a bonus!
In the end I decided to return the Paige jeans and took home the Mossimo jeans instead. Time will tell if the color and fit hold up with a few washings, but I'm excited to try them out this week!
What about you? What is your favorite pair of black jeans...do you have a wallet friendly staple or a designer favorite?