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How to Get Cheap Designer Jeans - Real and Look Alike

Updated on April 10, 2012


I have an addiction. My addiction cannot be stopped. I see things every day that fuel my addiction. I see them while I’m out running errands. I see them in my e-mail. I see them while I’m watching TV. I’m constantly bombarded with images of designer jeans.

Now, I have to qualify the previous statements with the fact that it’s not just designer jeans that I’m addicted to; it’s also designer handbags, shoes, sunglasses, and well, anything that has a name brand attached to it. But, I’ve found ways to feed my addiction without also draining my bank account, at least when it comes to designer jeans. It takes a little work and you need to make sure that you know your measurements (not just your size) and the style (straight, skinny, bootleg, etc.) of jeans you like.

1. Look-Alike Designer Jeans

Finding jeans that look like upscale, designer jeans isn’t a problem. The problem is finding jeans that also feel like upscale, designer jeans. The big difference here is going to be the fit on your butt (after all that is part of the reason I can justify spending $200 or more on a pair of jeans besides the prestige of the brand name), how heavy the denim is, and the stretch and toughness of the denim. Let’s face it, cheap jeans just feel different, right? Not necessarily, I’ve found a few alternatives that seem to mimic my beloved True Religion jeans. The first pair I found at www.loveculture.com. This store is sort of like Wet Seal mixed with Forever 21 and is fairly new on the block. However, their jean selection (especially in skinny jeans) is phenomenal. You can get a pair of jeans with all the sparkly bling on the back pockets you could ever want for about $30. The other alternative I found was actually at JC Penney’s of all places in the juniors section. The brand name is called Truce and can also be picked up for about $30. Both brands have a nice weight to the denim and don’t feel like they’re going to fall apart the second you wash them. Plus they both have a little stretch to them that help by lifting your butt up slightly.

2. Outlet Shopping

Another trick I use to find bargain basement prices on my favorite jeans is outlet shopping. And by outlet shopping I don’t necessarily just mean going to those huge outlet malls that have all of the designer brands in one spot. I also mean stores like Nordstrom’s Rack, TJ Maxx, and Ross. These can be great sources to find cheap designer jeans.

3. Mailing Lists

It’s good to do your research online after you find jeans that you like. There’s always a sale on the internet. However, you’re never going to know about it without a ton of research if you don’t get on “The List”. “The List” is a mailing list that you can ask to be on so that you’ll be informed when your favorite site has a sale or coupon offer. This way you don’t have to keep checking for sales. This is key when trying to get the best price on designer anything as these types of items will be the first to go. Here are few great sites that always have sales on jeans: www.shopbop.com, www.bluefly.com, and www.tobi.com. Also, don’t forget your major department stores like Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Dillard’s. Jeans come in and out style so quickly that your favorite retailer will be constantly adding jeans to their sale sections.

4. Members Only Internet Sites

I love my members’ only sites. Members Only sites are sites that offer sales on certain designer items for 48 hours. Every day a set of new items from specific brands will go up and then be removed after 48 hours. However, the only way to get access to these types of sites is for a current member to invite you in. My favorites are www.gilt.com, www.ideeli.com, and www.hautelook.com. Some of the brands you can find on these sites are Rock n Republic, Paige Denim, and JBrand just to name a few.

5. Local Sales

Another way to term this is a Warehouse Sale. These sales breeze into town for anywhere to 24 hours to 2 weeks depending on which organization is running them. You can find notices in your local classified ads but, they’re mostly held in large cities like Los Angeles, New York, or Dallas. The largest organizer of denim Warehouse Sales is the Warehouse Sale (www.thewarehousesale.com). With these types of sales you have to be very picky before you actually decide to purchase as most of the time once you buy it you’re stuck with it.

6. Designer’s Lower Level Lines

Finally, a new and emerging way to find your beloved designer jeans is through major discount retailers. Several retailers are following in Target’s trailblazing path and connecting with huge designers to create less expensive lines for stores like Kohl’s, JC Penney, and even Macy’s. Recently Kohl’s just announced that they will now be carrying Rock n’ Republic’s line of jeans.

For more information on sales and deals please visit me at my blog: http://theangryshopper.blogspot.com/.


Denim Warehouse sale
Denim Warehouse sale
Rock n Republic Jeans for Kohl's
Rock n Republic Jeans for Kohl's

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    • theangryshopper profile imageAUTHOR

      theangryshopper 

      6 years ago from California

      You're welcome! And you're right, the proof is in the wearing. With regards to the look-alikes these are just the brands that I have found that I like. When I do pick out no-name labels to wear I look for three things: feel of the denim, a little stretch in the denim, and the thickness of the denim. If you get something that is a medium thickness denim that has a little stretch to accommodate your shape along with a nice broken in feel you'll get that high-end look for way less.

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      Sherry Hewins 

      6 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      You sound convincing, but the proof is in the wearing. Thanks for the info.

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