I’ve come across many quickly deteriorating consumer products, such as headphone-jack-frayed iAudio 8805 Metallic Earphones (+two pairs of iPod earbuds but their low quality were a given) and the odd Old Navy wardrobe-filler purchase, but I really didn’t expect to spend almost $100 on a pair of denim jeans that wouldn’t even last me 6 months.
I was just doing some weekend cleaning and came across a pair of Lucky Brand vintage straight (style# 7M10130, cut# 101876 08 F) I purchased in late 2008. Even though they were the most comfortable fit I’ve tried, I had to retire them in spring of last year after they developed massive holes you see above. They’re pre-distressed to attain the design’s vintage look, so that does weaken the garment. However I didn’t exactly wear these every day while rotating on a slab of sandpaper. I’m the type of guy that is reluctant to wash denim, only throwing it in the laundry after a spill or particularly sweaty day out. So I definitely took good care of the jeans before a small hole appeared and decided to go viral.
#denim_care To prevent growth of a hole in your jeans, try painting the edge of the hole, (just after the fray), with clear nail polish
Many men would love to claim they have brass balls, but there’s no way their potential abrasion could explain the crotch’s rapid widening. My trust in the brand’s product and lack of manicure tools proved to be my downfall. Even when not purchasing from a store’s clearance section, sometimes the best solution is to try more brands and hope more durable items can stick in your rotation.
My (cheaper) Levis 511 skinny jeans are still going strong.