No matter what look or sexual avatar you’re going for, a staple item in any man’s wardrobe should be a good pair of jeans. Jeans are one of the most versatile items out there– they can be super casual or even semi-formal, and the right type of jeans go good with anything, whether it’s a t-shirt, dress shirt, or blazer.
Some of the best types of jeans to get are designer jeans. These are higher end jeans from brands like 7 For All Mankind, Rock and Republic, and Evisu that are much higher quality than the typical pair of jeans at Target, and often come with cool washes. Problem is, they also come with higher price tags.
Luckily, there are ways to get designer jeans at significant discounts.
1) Shop on eBay
One of the best places to get more affordable designer jeans is eBay. There are tons of merchants on eBay selling designer jeans these days, and you can find discounts that range from 40-60% off retail price. There are also merchants who deal exclusively in designer jeans, so if you browse their stores on eBay, you can find tons of variety from different brands.
Of course, one of the most important things to look for in a pair of jeans is fit, and that’s something that’s difficult to measure when shopping online. There are two ways around this.
The first solution is to go to the mall, and try on the designer jeans that they have at the store. Once you find a pair of jeans that you like, take down your measurements and buy the exact same pair of jeans off of eBay. This way you get to try the jeans on beforehand, but get the great prices of shopping on eBay.
The second solution is to just buy the pair of jeans based on your waist size and leg length, and then get the pair of jeans made to measure at a tailor, so that it fits you exactly. This is a great way to get jeans that fit perfectly, for only about $15-30 more for the tailoring.
The one thing to keep in mind, is that when choosing the size of your jeans, err on the larger side. It easy for a tailor to cut down a slightly large pair of jeans, but nearly impossible for them to make small pair of jeans larger.
2) Shop at Nordstrom Rack
Nordstrom Rack is the off-price division of the expensive retailer. Basically, Nordstrom Rack carries out-of-season clothes, overstocked clothes, and other items, often at significant discounts. This includes designer jeans.
Go to Google and search for the nearest “Nordstrom Rack” and get shopping. The selection can be a little limited, but the price is right. The stores are constantly getting new inventory, so check back every few weeks to see if there is anything new.
3) Shop Off Season
Clothing prices tend to follow seasonal patterns, so you can get designer jeans and other items at great prices by waiting for the right time. The most obvious ones are Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving) and the weeks leading up to Christmas. These are the biggest shopping days of the year for most stores, so they will drop their prices to entice customers.
Other great times to go shopping are post-Christmas sales in late December and January. These are typically the slowest times of the year for retailers since everyone is shopped-out from Christmas, so they will offer big discounts to lure customers back.
Another little known trick is to go shopping on Thursdays, 6-8 weeks after an item of clothing has been out. 6-8 weeks is usually how long a typical store will carry an item, so by the end of the cycle they will start offering discounts to get the old products off the floor so they can bring in new merchandise. This cycle is different from store to store, so be observant, and even ask the store staff when they expect new stuff to be coming in.
Why Thursday? The stores usually start offering their weekend discounts on Thursdays, so it’s the best time to get in on the deals before everyone else has had their pickings on Saturday and Sunday.
4) Shop at used clothing stores
I don’t mean Goodwill, unless you live in a particularly affluent area. There are used clothing stores that specialize specifically in high end clothes, such as designer jeans, that you can go to for big discounts.
Two stores that are common on the West Coast are Crossroads Trading Co. and Buffalo Exchange. These stores will vary based on your location, but try searching for “used clothing store” or “thrift store” and then figuring out which stores carry high end stuff.
Used clothing stores can be great places to go for some incredible prices, but the selection and sizes tend to be pretty limited. The plus side is that they are getting new clothing in all the time, so you can find different stuff every week. If you’re looking for a little serendipity while shopping for designer jeans, hit up a used clothing store.
Hopefully the suggestions above have given you some ideas on how to shop for designer jeans while avoiding the designer prices. As a poor college student myself, I religiously follow all of the precepts above. If I missed any tips on how to get great prices on designer jeans, post it in the comments.
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