Distressed Jeans and Used Jeans – What’s the Difference?

When you scour through the seemingly endless supply of websites a Google search yields raving about the latest popular designer jeans you will find one thing in common: their price. Designer jeans for whatever reason are going to cost you hundreds of dollars in the most popular department stores and high-end boutiques. There is one more common trait, it seems, having to do with the style of designer jeans. Holes, rips and tears, threads fraying on edges, all mutilated by a machine and labeled appropriately, according to fashionistas, as “distressed jeans”. Ironically, people still pay the markup on designer jeans beat up with these unnatural wears. But designer brands wouldn’t associate themselves with poor quality denim, and it appears that their quality jeans do hold up for years and years despite their “used” condition out of the box.

If style is what people are truly after, wouldn’t it make sense to find a pair of naturally worn jeans, since this is the precise style designer brands try to mimic? After all, pre-owned jeans cost a fraction of the price of new jeans and we all know that jeans last a lifetime. In fact, denim to this day is the most durable pant material since Levi Strauss made jeans so famous with gold miners in the West. Could you picture the typical response after telling one of those hard-working miners that in the future, young rich kids would be buying torn and tattered jeans for 5 times the price of your average jeans?

You can never question fashion because it is a statement, so we won’t talk about the reasons why distressed jeans have become so popular. Quite simply, distressed jeans are a hot commodity. Men and women alike can show off a little more skin with a tear here and a rip there. Celebrities started wearing ripped jeans and people caught on to their fashion trends. But who wants to pay celebrity sized prices on a pair of jeans? The truth is most of us are not celebrities and we don’t make as much money as we want to. You may feel comfortable in that pricey pair of designer jeans, but just think about how comfortable you will be when your credit card bill arrives in the mail. We are already in a bind with the current state of the economy. Many people are trying out as many ways as they can save and scrape in a little more money just for some peace of mind. You can too.

If a new pair of jeans is what you are after, but don’t want to pay as much, I would recommend a few places online. Craigslist. Underneath the “for sale” section you will find “clothing+acc”. Within this category search for “jeans” and you will find a gold mine of savings. People are selling all sorts of jeans here in your hometown – used and new, all bargains. For example, just now searching I found a used pair of True Religion designer jeans, my size for $20 in excellent condition. You really couldn’t beat that. eBay would be another great place to search for used jeans, but they also have new designer jeans for much lower than retail. The great thing about eBay is that you don’t have to drive around town to locate your seller – eBay sellers ship to your doorstep. eBay also has a much larger selection of jeans to choose from, and you are most certainly going to be able to find your size. Lastly, I developed my own website (featured below) that is focused on the pre owned jeans niche and makes it really easy for people to find their sizes and their favorite brands, which are all used jeans you can buy right now on eBay. With these three recommended websites, you are on your way to take your style one step further while saving loads of money on jeans. You could also hop on the band wagon and start selling your used jeans on Craigslist and eBay, to effectively fund your future used jeans purchases.

I hope you will never have to buy another pair of expensive jeans again. Jeans are meant to be worn until they can’t be worn any more. Jeans can last a lifetime. If you get tired of them, you can give them to charity, sell them on eBay or hand them down to a loved one. A pair of Levi’s over 120 years old sold on eBay in 2005 to a Japanese collector for $60,000. I’m sure they could still be worn today. Start buying pre owned jeans from a reputable source, the person who bought them from the store, brought them home and wore them originally. That way you’ll have a complete history if you really wanted it. The only thing you need to do to make jeans look new again is put them in the wash, because if they come ripped and torn on retail racks, your new pair of jeans may as well be in someone else’s closet, or better yet being worn by someone else.