Reader Question: My J Brand Jeans (and Tsubo boots)

Friday, December 10, 2010
Holly asked how I kept my black skinny jeans....well, black. I wash them inside out with some expensive hypo-allergenic laundry detergent my mom bought us when we first got married (I meant it when I said I have horribly sensitive skin!) and always hang dry them.
I think it helps that these babies were $158...definitely the most I've ever spent on one item of clothing....but SO worth it! The quality is amazing even after a year and a half of wearing and washing. I had a pair of $20 black skinny jeans from Charlotte Russe but the waist ripped, the leg openings widened, it stretched, and the color faded in just months. What a waste! This definitely taught me the value of quality over quantity.
As you guys know, we don't have a lot of money. I mean, we just graduated and now with Chase going to USC, we are getting into more school debt fast. So clothes have never been a priority for me which is why I created this blog in the first place! But it made me realize that to have a great wardrobe, you have to have a few key pieces that are classic and will last you a long time. These jeans are definitely one of them! You can grab a pair here for the same price.
I also spent quite a bit of money on these Tsubo boots...$160 to be exact. When we were living in Utah, I needed something durable, comfortable, and waterproof for the stinkin' cold. These totally deliver! If you're size 5 or 5.5, you can get them here for $76!!! What are some of your more expensive pieces? Were they worth it??

48 comments :

  1. I am an anthropology nut...but I wait till they go on sale. They post new sale items every tuesday morning...I am first in line. Great Jeans by the way. I know a girl who refuses to wash her jeans because they fit perfect...it has been 10 years!

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  2. I have the exact same jeans, in black too! You'll be happy to hear I've had mine for over 3 years and they're still in perfect condition!

    jiye
    pearlsandgreentea.blogspot.com

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  3. i love all the different ways you've been able to style the black skinnies. i definitely need to get a pair!

    my most expensive purchase was a pair of 7FAM skinnies. i usually find it hard to justify spending more than $100 on a single article of clothing, but these jeans were worth every penny. not only is the fit perfect (it's hard for me to find jeans that fit nicely because of my height) but even after several washes, they've kept their color.

    as you pointed out, i've had pairs of cheaper denim in the past that just haven't been able to last longer than a year. definitely worth the investment!

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  4. I love those boots! They look like the perfect pair of boots that could go with just about anything. I am totally into those types of boots, clothes etc that go with pretty much anything. Means I get more use out of it. ;]

    -kinsey

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  5. Hi Elaine! Thank you so so much for answering my question and linking me! You are fabulous. There is now an official piggy bank on my dresser saving money for my own J Brand jeans! Thanks again!

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  6. I like really black jeans, but I'm too skinny, and they make me look thinner!

    I think the most expensive piece of clothing I own is a pair of winter shoes for $60. Other than that, everything else I own is under $30. :)

    I guess that's because I don't care about the actual brand of the clothes.

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  7. i like this.
    because for a long time i thought... i can only buy stuff on sale. because i am saving money right?!! but really... sometimes it's better to spend a little more for a higher quality item because many times less (quantity) is more. because you only end up wearing the best of in your closet if you have too many things.
    right?

    anyway, so this is my way of saying thanks for this post. it helps me to remember.

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  8. I love J Brand jeans and think they are worth every penny. They last forever and lack any embellishments that would date them.

    I have spent the most money on a handbag. Totally worth it, too.

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  9. i feel the same. i just graduated college, got an entry level job, and got thrown into the real world but still with an insatiable need for "fine" things. i've been wearing the same outfits for the last 5 years (even some peices from high school).. black skinny jeans, thrifted blazers, striped shirts, etc.

    i have this adrienne vittadini black knit i wear everyday and probably will for the rest of my life. best part is, i got it from a consignment store in haddonfield, nj !

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  10. I also have a pair of JBrand skinny jeans (Ink color) that I love. So worth the price! I have a few pairs of skinny jeans from American Eagle (less than $20 each with sales/coupon codes)that are cute but they stretch out so fast that by the end of the day I am pulling them constantly. And I splurged on a pair of Stuart Weitzman black suede boots a few years ago and I still wear them.

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  11. I hear you on the spending money to save money.

    Often times if you spend money on classics, you just won't regret it.

    My most expensive pieces are my bras... until I year ago, I was a 2-pack from Costco girl. But then I discovered fancy lingerie, and, not to sound like a commercial, but these bras and such really make a difference in your overall shape. I love having control over that.

    Just wait until your husband graduates. Mine did in June, and I have been trying to refrain from spending money... but all these fashion wants I've had for three years keep coming!

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  12. I too agree that quality should be valued over quantity (I fall in that trap all the time). I think my most expensive purchase to date are the designer bags I feel will last me forever (at least decades) and this Reem Acra dress that I got on sale but have yet to alter. I love those j. brand jeans on you, they look perfect and brand new!

    Fast Food & Fast Fashion

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  13. adorable jeans! they mesh well with everything!

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  14. I love my black J Brand skinnies. They have served me well over the last 3 yrs. I was lucky enough to score them for $35, but I would gladly spend a few bucks on good denim. You look great in yours, I can see how much use you get out of them.

    I'll splurge on something every now and then, but honestly some of my most expensive pieces are my handbags. I love how they can add a little something to an outfit (especially if it is colorful).

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  15. I've had my J Brand black skinnies forever (maybe over 2 years?) and I totally concur - they are worth the investment. Though I don't hang dry mine so they're probably more faded. A tip I've heard to keep darks dar is to add some white vinegar to the wash cycle. Those boots are a great investment too! My more expensive pieces have to be my Burberry flat riding boots (I think I'll keep them forever), Burberry cashmere scarf (also a forever piece) and Chanel purse (gift from my Dad). One day I will invest in a Burberry trench but I'm testing the waters with a cheaper H&M version first (to see if I actually wear it a lot). Have a good weekend Elaine! Go Trojans!

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

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  16. My Steve Madden boots, first pair of boots ever, cost me just under $200 on sale and I love them! They are so comfortable and I always get compliments on them when I wear them which is a bonus!

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  17. One piece that cost me a little too much was my DKNY navy blue coat... I bought it like 4 years ago and the quality is great, it has the same shape, texture and everything remains in place (not a single buttom has fallen) sice I bought it... totally worth it!!

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  18. I LOVE my J Brand jeans! I'm actually wearing them right now, but i totally agree with you they taught me the lesson of quality over quantity. I think my most expensive piece was one pair of True Religions Jeans at $270. Worth it...umm i love the fit and fill, but at that time i was all about the name. so probably not worth it especially since they came out with a BUNCH of fake ones alittle while later.

    Thanks for all your awesome posts!

    Nikki
    Fashionsonthefly.blogspot.com

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  19. oh elaine, i LOVE seeing all these pictures together! you are the epitome of classic, sophisticated style on a budget. you always look like a million bucks and i love your mentality of quality over quantity.
    you are seriously a huge inspiration, always! xoxo

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  20. I don't usually spend a lot on jeans, but I will definitely pay more for good quality shoes. I'd rather have a few durable, comfortable pairs of shoes than a lot of uncomfortable ones.

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  21. I definitely agree with quality over quantity, especially when it comes to something like jeans. I wash my inside out as well, which really does help prevent fading.

    I'm loving those boots, Elaine! Sounds like they were a great purchase! My most expensive pieces are usually handbags. Always worth it, I think! :)

    Hope you have a nice weekend!

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  22. My favorite expensive item: my gray, double breasted pea coat that flairs out from my waist to hips, and has a really high collar. Plus, it's thicker than most pea coats, making it awesome for these dang Utah winters. I got from Nordstrom for $70. I'm pretty cheap so that was a huge deal for me.

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  23. Always a classy lady! My favorite style is with the red blouse. ;-)

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  24. Yes! Quality over quantity. You really rock those jeans every time, Elaine. :)

    xo
    Sands

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  25. First of all, I love your blog. Just had to get that out of the way.

    I definitely spend the most money on great jeans. Like you, I discovered early on that designer denim brands are the most durable and flattering. A jean in a classic cut like bootcut or straight leg can be dressed up or down and worn forever. I've also learned that I can score most of the most expensive brands on eBay - there's nothing like getting a $180 pair of Citizens of Humanity or Joe's Jeans for $40!

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  26. Washing your jeans in gentle detergent and inside out is a great tip. I'm sensitive skin as well and swear by either Dreft or Free and Clear detergents. Expensive, quality pieces are definitely worth it! You wear them again and again and they hold up. It's money in the bank! :) TGIF Have a great weekend!

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  27. There are definitely some pieces that are worth splurging on. I try to be very budget-concious when shopping and do lots of thrifting, but there are a few things I've spent money on, like my black Nine West suede boots. I have had trouble finding tall boots that fit me right and when I finally found these a few years ago, I splurged and bought them for $100. It's been worth it though because once it gets cold out, I wear them constantly, probably at least 3-4 times a week. And they've held up to that much use for two years!
    -Meagan
    http://spunkychateau.blogspot.com

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  28. I think shoes are the things I tend to feel best about "splurging" on, partially because of their versatility (on average, I wear a given pair of shoes many times more than the average piece of clothing in my closet -- though that's changing), but also because I'm super picky about my feet, and for better or for worse, cheap shoes just aren't as comfortable, and don't last as long. I live and work in a big city, and I can't always change into flats or rain boots when I walk outside, so I need things that will hold up to walking on the sidewalks every now and then, and that I can walk in -- at least a short ways. Other things I've gone hog wild on? The occasional cashmere sweater, and accessories that I hope will last a really long time.

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  29. I definitely will shell out cash on comfortable shoes - boots, flats, heels, you name it, they're prolly my most expensive items in my closet. Shoes are worth it in my opinion! They not only support your entire body but similar to other "accessories" I feel like they make or break your ensemble!

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  30. Probably my DVF wrap dress, seen here: http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs117.snc3/16450_513355948764_36300043_30497678_8328333_n.jpg

    It was a little over $50 secondhand, but it's perfect for so many occasions, comfortable, and holds up well.

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  31. i've spent big bucks on a few classic cardigans from nordstrom in high school. i freaked out when i bought them because i spent almost an entire paycheck, but 5 years later they look just a great as the day i bought them. totally worth it.

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  32. Expensive pieces I think pants from Grab and L'Oreal make-up...

    the pants from Grab has lasted for a long time and with me wearing it almost every week...it is still alive up to now...I bought last 2007 hahahha!!!

    and yes make-up I do have a sensitive skin especially my face so I do not usually buy make up from cheap stuff, sometimes I wait for my mom to buy me one but most of the times I save up for it...

    really worth it...

    kisses
    Sweet
    PensandLens

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  33. so nice of you to share! if only my shoe size were... 5-6 sizes smaller haha. but i don't have lots of money either! in some ways that makes me like clothes even more, because i appreciate them so much when i discover good finds.

    your jeans really are in good shape! well done (:

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  34. I will have to look into J brand, my favourite black jeans were topshop they were £40 which much be $80 and they only lasted a year now the zip on the leg is broke and they are totally washed out in colour.

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  35. Yea, I'm a bit sad...my Sass & Bides are starting to fade after a few years....I should have washed them inside out and stuff, haha.....
    http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

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  36. i'm definitely thinking if investing in some designer jeans once i get back to my old body. the most i've spent on jeans is $70 and it was for the gap skinny maternity jeans i have right now. and it's totally worth it. they are a staple that will carry me through this entire pregnancy plus the color is amazing. i'm now invested in the quality over quantity debate.

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  37. Hi Elaine! I was just wondering if you consider your J. Brand jeans true to size and if they stretch out? You make them look great so I've decided I need a pair myself! Thanks!!

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  38. Hi Laura! Yes, I think they are pretty true to size. I just have a hard time finding pants that'll fit my bigger butt and thighs and my smaller waist so I had to get an Instant Button. If you have a normal body, you should be fine though!

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  39. Oh my gosh, I have the SAME problem! What is an instant button?? Sounds like something I may need! Thanks for your help!

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  40. Laura, it's a button you can attach to any of your jeans to cinch them a little more! It's pretty amazing. I ALWAYS use them. You can buy them here.

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  41. That is incredible...not to be dramatic, but this may have just changed my life! ;) Thank you!

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  42. I have a pair of black skinny jeans from Wet Seal, I paid like $30 for them, but they have lasted through many washings so far :) The most expensive item in my wardrobe has to be my colorful high top Vans, which cost me $80 :/ My real Louis vuitton purse I got for a deal from someone who was just getting rid of them. Got it for $75 :)

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  43. My new boots that I bought have def been worth every penny all ready! [Syndey from The Daybook inspired me to get some!] Keep up the modesty and adorable clothes! I've only been a follower for a month or 2 but I've been so inspired by your blog and attitude. Thanks!

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  44. hmmm i was thinking of getting a pair of J Brands, and this definitely convinced me further. I think high quality jeans are a worthy investment considering how much i love wearing them.

    my Hunter rain boots was a great buy because the rubber doesnt crack in the cold slushy winters
    my longchamp tote was also worth ever penny, i lug it around everyday and when i travel and it is still holding strong.

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  45. OMG I just read the comments and I have the same problem! I just went to the instant button website!

    Also I would have to say my jeans are usually my best investment, I have a pair of earnest sewn jeans that I have been wearing they are so comfortable and they haven't faded! Plus jeans rarely go out of style... tops do :(

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  46. Yes. I've been eying your awesome jeans. I wonder when I'll be able to drop that much for jeans. My husband can, but I just feel guilty...I have decided to invest in a pair though, I just haven't decided on a pair to invest in. I've been thinking about Joe's Jeans.

    I have spent a lot on purses (they last) and leather boots though.

    JESSU @ Defining Beauty

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  47. OMG, I've been OBSESSED with your j brand jeans, and I literally squealed this morning when I checked my emails and one of the Hautelook deals was for j brand jeans! They had your skinnies for $80! I totally wanted to buy them, but I'm poor, and will have to wait until next year. I hope another sale comes around. :(

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  48. Great jeans. My most expensive piece was my blue boots at £140 but I love them and they are now down to £9.30 a wear, which is totally worth it.

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