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Here's the Difference Between Cheap and Expensive Jeans

Find out how to find the best quality denim jeans.
Here's the Difference Between Cheap and Expensive Jeans
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Find out how to find the best quality denim jeans.

Always wondered what makes denim jeans more expensive than other bottoms? Or maybe you're just looking for that one pair that'll make your money's worth, A.K.A. denim pants that don't loosen at the waist after two washes. Either way, here are a few things things to look out for before purchasing your next pair of denim jeans, according to Teen Vogue's Rajni Jacques, and denim expert Benjamin Talley Smith.

Selvage

Selvage or self edge, according to Benjamin, is the edge produced on a fabric to keep it from easily unraveling. A jean with a selvage seam usually takes double the amount of fabric to produce, making it more expensive.

A jean with selvage seams (left) vs a jean without (right).
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Teen Vogue
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Rigidity

A good quality jean is durable and holds your body well without stretching out or losing its shape over time.

Stitches per inch

Stitches per inch refers to the number of stitches per running inch along a length of fabric. Want to know if the pair of jeans your purchasing is worth the price? More stitches per inch pertains to a higher quality as opposed to those with wider stitches. Sewing time for jeans with more stitches per inch take longer to ensure they're tightened properly, resulting in a longer lasting product.

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Whiskers

Whiskers are those faded lines across your pants. They originate from the way you'd wear jeans, A.K.A. the creases that form when you sit down. A good pair of jeans usually have a lot of whiskers with uneven leveling seeing as they're sandpapered on by hand. Cheaper jeans have somewhat evenly placed whiskers, patterened through a computer, and burned off by lasers.

The whiskers of a cheaper pair of jeans (left) vs the whiskers of a more expensive pair (right)
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Zippers v.s. Buttons

Perhaps the most basic telltale sign of expensive denim is the make of its fly. Jeans with buttons tend to be more expensive, seeing as zippers actually cost less than the former.

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