Splurge vs. Steal - Denim Edition

I always love the "splurge vs. steal" sections in magazines and have wanted to do some of my own here on the blog.  I wanted to come up with some creative catchy title - unfortunately my brain is fried, so for now we'll roll with Splurge vs. Steal.  For the first edition, I decided to do jeans - for one because we live in jeans and two there is such a wide range of prices.  I mean I found a pair below for $7.50 - literally less than I paid for lunch.  Read on and let me know which are your top picks!  

SKINNY JEANS: I mentioned this before but believe it or not I fought the skinny jean trend when it first came out.  Now it's morphed into more of a staple than a trend and my drawers are crammed full of the wonderful skinny jean.  The options below range from a low of $7.50 to a splurge of $198.  My blogger top pick are the high rise roller skinnies from Free People.  They fit well, are super soft, don't stretch out - and with a price tag of $68 I can still afford to eat more than Ramen for the rest of the week!  Oh and they come in nine colors and a regular length that is perfect for us shorties and a long length!  Everyone wins!

SKINNY JEANS:  Splurge - AG 'The Farrah' High Rise Skinny Jeans - $198 / Steal - STS Blue 'Piper' Skinny Jeans - $39 / Blogger Top Pick - Free People High Rise Roller Skinny - $68 (comes in 9 colors!) / Best Sale - American Eagle Hi-Rise Skinny Jean - $39.95 - sale $19.95 / Costs Less than Lunch!! - Forever21 Skinny Ankle Jeans - $7.90 (that's not a typo!)

BOYFRIEND JEANS: Next up: boyfriend jeans.  I'll be honest - I always see pictures of girls looking effortlessly glamorous and pulled together in boyfriend jeans but when I try them I look dumpy and even shorter than I am - lol.  So for me, the search for the perfect boyfriend jean continues.  However, I did just order the blogger pick below - One Teaspoon denim and I am crossing my fingers that they will be the answer to my boyfriend jean prayers!

BOYFRIEND JEANS:  Splurge - Paige Denim 'Jimmy Jimmy' Boyfriend Jeans - $259 / Steal - Forever 21 - Distressed Boyfriend Jeans - $29.90 / Blogger Top Pick - One Teaspoon Awesome Baggies Distressed Denim - $148 / Best Sale - STS Blue 'Joey' Boyfriend Jean - $54 - sale $35.40

OVERALLS: I am absolutely dying to try a pair of overalls, but I haven't taken the leap yet.  I unsuccessfully attempted short overalls this summer - those quickly got returned.  However, I think I am ready to give the longer version a try.  Gone are the days of the early 90s when jean overalls were loose and baggy and worn with one strap undone.  Today's overalls are fitted, cropped, distressed and totally on trend!  Free People wins the blogger top pick in this category as well with these adorable overalls that come in a bunch of awesome colors!

OVERALLS:  Splurge - Paige Denim Sierra Overall - $299 / Steal - Mossimo Denim Overall - $34.99 / Blogger Top Pick - Free People Washed Denim Overall - $98 / Best Sale - ASOS Denim Lightwash Full Length Overall - $77 - Sale $47 / Laid-Back Black - Cheap Monday Dungaree - $115 / Bonus Top Pick - Madewell Skinny Overalls - $158

WHITE DENIM: We've all heard the rule " no white after labor day."  I tend to disagree - all of these awesome white denim options can be worn now and well into the spring and summer!  The key to wearing white denim in January is simply what you pair on top.  You aren't going to throw on a summery floral print blouse, but instead pair them with a chunky knit sweater, chambray or plaid button-up, or long wool coat.  Think neutrals on top of neutrals and lots of layers!  I posted a few of my favorite looks from Pinterest below to give you a little inspiration! My top blogger pick in this category - ASOS Noisy May skinny jeans.

WHITE DENIM:  Splurge - AG The Stilt - $245 / Steal - Life in Progress Mid-rise Skinny Jeans - $19.90 / Blogger Top Pick - ASOS Noisy May Eve Low Waist Skinny Jeans - $55 / Best Sale - American Eagle Super Super Stretch Hi-Rise Jegging - $49.95 - Sale $29.99 / Boyfriend - BlankNYC Distressed Straight - $62 / Overalls - Citizens of Humanity Audrey Overall - $244

How to Style Your White Denim in Winter:

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