Today's Everyday Fashion: Designer Jeans

Inspiration:  PopSugar

Inspiration: PopSugar

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These are my favorite skinny jeans. I bought them at H&M about 8 months ago, a rare find as their pants never seem to fit me correctly! I love them, but like with all inexpensive jeans (they were $40, I paid $32 with a coupon) the color has started to fade. My designer denim (Hudson, Joe's, 7 For All Mankind) on the other hand, has held up really well over time. I've had my bootcut Hudson's (last seen here) for 6 years and they look good as new. Having to buy new, "less expensive" jeans every year can actually wind up costing more since you have to replace them repeatedly, so designer jeans can be a good investment!

Having learned this lesson the hard way, I started the hunt for a pair of dark skinnies two years ago. I've only shopped at bargain stores so far, namely Nordstrom Rack and NM Last Call. After coming up short for so long, I've resorted to Plan B, which is using a coupon at a "regular" store. Piperlime is my favorite because they post coupons fairly regularly, and Macy's Friends & Family is another way to get a deal on designer brands (happens twice a year, 25% off everything). I ordered these Joe's The Skinny in Bridget (mentioned in my last budget post) with a 25% off Piperlime coupon. They were $158, but with 25% off ($40) and minus $65 gift cards leftover from Christmas, it came to $61.21. Not too shabby! Unfortunately though I didn't like the color in person. I saw them at Macy's but I must've written down the style # wrong, because they were a lot darker than the ones I saw. It's back to the drawing board for now, so I've shared some of the pairs I have my eye on below! 

What are your favorite websites, stores and tips for getting a good deal on jeans? Do you ever buy "designer" denim and if so why or why not? Which brands are your favorite?

Jacket: Zara, $90 (similar, similar)
Top: Rock & Republic c/o Kohl's, old (similarsimilar, similar)
Jeans: H&M, $32
Heels: Chinese Laundry c/o, old (same <-- on sale for $36.99)
Flats: Miss Me/Marshall's, $28 (similarsimilarsimilar)
Purse: Calvin Klein/Saks Off Fifth, $130 (similar,  vegan)
Bracelets: My Stella & Dot 123
Rings: My Stella & Dot, $39

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