How many times a week do we wear denim? In the past four days, I've worn jeans three times. They're something that nearly everyone sells. Something we take for granted because they're always there. Now we have more options than ever - skinny, boyfriend, straight, bell bottom, and recently even overalls - with prices ranging from Forever21's impossibly low $7.80 pairs to Nudie Jeans' $200 pairs.
At face value, the Forever21 option seems like a steal. A pair of jeans for less than the price of dinner?! But as we've discussed, the true cost of clothes goes way beyond the price. There are so many social and environmental factors that we quickly forget when we walk into a bargain bin. Thankfully, Refinery29 examined our favorite staple piece to determine exactly what the difference is between a $20 pair of jeans and a $200 pair of jeans. No surprise, the $200 pair is made with better cotton and more stitches in a fairer and more environmentally friendly factory. (Note: Not all $200 pairs are better quality or more ethically made, but the two listed below are!)
Two top-notch brands that Refinery29 highlights, and that we love, are Agave Denim and Nudie Jeans. Agave Denim jeans are crafted in California of Italian denim. Nudie Jeans are made from organic cotton and the company is certified by the Fairwear Foundation and members of the Textile Exchange, amongst other great things. Plus, Kit Harington (aka Jon Snow) was spotted wearing them!
See Refinery29's graphic for a more in-depth look at your jeans.