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Smarty pants: The best jeans for cool summer days

Boyfriends, skinnies, sailors, motorcycles. Buying a pair of jeans isn’t as easy as it used to be. Here are the top picks from an increasingly diverse bunch.

  • Syd Beder

    And with most of Lileo’s Women’s denim on sale at up to 50%off what a great time to buy onea boyfriend,skinny, etc.

  • winners_works_for_me

    Are you serious? $410 for a pair of jeans? Please. It’s disgusting that in this economic climate you’re running a story suggesting jeans that cost this much.

  • Wendy

    This article does a great job of showcasing different styles (leg widths, rise, colour) and price ranges. Thank-you for reminding people there is something for everyone!

  • MiLe

    Toronto Life, it’s like you’re increasingly out to lunch or in a bubble. First you publish a ridiculous article in your July edition about how the rich have been “affected” by this recession (“One well-heeled Rosedale woman…recently found herself haggling for the first time for a 10 per cent discount on a $3,000 designer dress at Holts.” – um, were we supposed to feel sorry for her???) and now you run a story featuring $410 jeans. What planet are you from where this makes sense?!

  • thesnap

    MiLe: What planet is Toronto Life from? Um, they are from Toronto. Just because you don’t want to spend four hundred bucks for jeans, doesn’t make them any less good or stylish or interesting. Lots of people in this city will happily pay that much for high quality stuff. Besides, 3 or 4 of these selections are under 100 bucks. funny to say, but the cheapest ones here and the most expensive are the two ugliest, in my opinion. The Over the Rainbows are the winners.

  • chimmy

    $400 is too much for a pair of jeans that you will get sick of after a few months.

    What I dont understand is why people have such a hate on for people who can afford them. If they have money, they can spend it as they please. If someone has more money then brains I dont know why some people take it so personally and get their panties in a knot over it.

  • MiLe

    thesnap: The question was rhetorical. I thought that was obvious, but I guess common sense is not so common. And I never said the jeans were not good/stylish/interesting. It’s just that showcasing $410 jeans in this economic climate seems out of touch with reality.

    chimmy: I’m not wearing any panties. Anyway, I don’t have a “hate on” for rich people. I have a “hate on” for rich people who are being thrifty because it’s “trendy”, whereas the majority of the population are being thrifty out of necessity.

  • polly

    I dont understand why no one has realized what a gem Jean Machine is! Its the one stop shop for all denim needs and then some and it is 100% Canadian owned. You dont find stores like this in Canada anymore and we should all support such local businesses.

  • Howard

    The best jeans I found were in Rome (Italy). I had tripped on the cobble stones and ripped my pants (and skinned my kneees). I needed replacement jeans. I found a shop selling Italian-made jeans, two pair for €10. Including VAT. Stylish and durable.

  • Syd Beder

    well now I too would like too offer my two cents…all of the retailers in the article have a selection of jeans to suit anyones budget. Buying jeans,like buying many things, allows the consumer to express not only their personal style but ‘philosophical’ view points. Where are the jeans made?Fair trade? What is the denim fabric made of? Is it organic? I could go on for ever…To me buying the right jeans is like buying great cotton bed linens. I wear my jeans longer uring the day than I sleep in my bed!

  • Sexton Blake

    What about mens’ jeans? What about us? Should we just stick with our 501s??

  • cutieslug

    @MiLe – I couldn’t agree with you more! I’m not a “hater” and respect people from all walks of life, no matter how rich or poor they are. But you make a valid point. There are people who are struggling to make ends meet, living paycheck-to-paycheck and we are supposed to feel sorry for someone who shops at Holts? Please. I’ve spoken with other who agree that Toronto Life only represents a small percentage of wealthy and powerful Torontonians. My friends and I rarely relate to anything they print, which is unfortunate. I’d love to find a publication that keeps me connected to issues that reflect Toronto as a whole.

    I do appreciate and purchase quality items (I have one pair of jeans, $200 Seven that I wear all the time – great investment). I encourage everyone to buy less but invest in quality, classic items that can be used for a long time. It’s better for the environment and you’ll end up spending less in the long run. Whatever you buy and how much you spend is your business. It is sad though, to see the increasing divide between the have and the have-nots. Our economy is a bit out of whack, and stories that feature fashion at the price some people pay for their rent seems a bit excessive.

  • lisa

    i think its very hard to determine which jean is the best. every body is so different that if one skinny fits doesnt mean that its going to fit the next body. if you ask 100 people about their fav jean im sure youd have about 50 different names. its not price that counts, but denim, fit and wash. denim never was worth $400.00 so why is it surprising so many people now? did it have to take excessive ridiculous spending for people to get this?? who was ever impressed with someone wearing the number 7 on the butt? not me…………..

  • strawberry snow

    Your super-wicked picks may be sartorially savvy, but they are offensive to my wallet. The majority of these jeans are over $200..given the current economic climate, this is a rather exhorbitant price point.

    How about a selection of fantastic denim for under $70?? If you really want to flex your fashion muscles, how about searching for excellent fitting jeans on a budget? Now there’s a story.

  • Legal Eagle

    Strawberry snow said it beautifully-now there is an article I would like to see.

  • Lee

    Everything—including jeans—is far more expensive, here in Canada, than in the USA. May I recommend driving to Buffalo (visit L&T, Macy’s), or to Michigan (visit Nordstrom’s, Saks), where the jean selection is fabulous and cost is a fraction of what it is here in Toronto. Honestly, I wouldn’t shell out $400 for a pair of jeans even if I won the lottery!