Ask Belle: Denim is Addictive
Oct 10, 2012
Belle-I’m hoping you can settle an argument on how many pairs of jeans is the appropriate amount of jeans to own. I say 10 is a good amount (the number in my closet), while my friends think I’m crazy and the number should be closer to 2-4. If 10 is too many, maybe you could give a good rule of thumb as to what are the types of jeans that should be part of a complete wardrobe?
No lie, I chose this question only so I could show you this photo.
I snapped this pic while we were cleaning out and reorganizing Miss M’s closet (two people, four hours). There were dozens of pairs of jeans, in every conceivable wash, style and brand. But, I have to give M credit, she knew the difference between them.
I would hold up a pair I wanted to send to a new home at Goodwill and M would jump in with, “But Belle, those are the William Rast Sadies.” And I would reply, “Wait, I thought these were the William Rast Sadies?” And she would come back, “Yes, but those are the Castaway wash.” And then, I would go cross-eyed.
So while you have Miss M on the addicted fringe of the denim spectrum, I live on the opposite side. For years, I couldn’t wear jeans to work, so I own three pair–one skinny (Joe’s Marla Skinny Jeans), one slim bootcut (AG Ballad jeans), one trouser cut (7 Dojos). And I am really considering picking up a pair of Paige Premium Skyline jeans and replacing a pair of AG Angels that I wore until the seams fell out.
What I’m saying is that you should own as many jeans as a) you’ll wear enough times to justify the cost and b) you can buy without charging up a storm on your credit card. If you wear jeans four days per week or more, you should probably own 6+ pair. If you rarely wear them, you don’t need that many. But when you get to the point where your friend is on the phone with Betty Ford saying, “What do you mean you only take alcoholics with serious addictions? This is an emergency!” it’s probably time to cut back.
And if you do need to trim down, don’t worry. Lightly-used denim is a big seller at Mustard Seed resale in Bethesda and on eBay.