Wednesday, February 12, 2014

My recent jean “splurge”


I haven’t really had a valid excuse to buy more jeans.

Until now.

Yes, I’m too small for my maternity jeans (thank you, Jesus!), but I’m not quite back to my pre-baby size. To squeeze into my old skinnies, I’d need a hope, a prayer, and a wire hanger, and even then it’s a longshot. So I needed a few temporary pairs to get me by; kind of like the sartorial equivalent of training wheels.

I love wearing used jeans. In fact, I haven’t purchased a pair of jeans brand new since 2009 when I bought a pair of Chip and Peppers from Marshalls for $60 (which I consider a steal because I love me some Chip and Peppers, but I digress.) I have a gazillion pairs of jeans – one, it seems, for every different look I want to create, depending on the day and my mood. I primarily buy used jeans for two reasons: One, I like my jeans a bit worn; broken in, if you will. And two, I have so many that, if I bought them all brand new, I’d go bankrupt. I’m funny about jeans: Every time I buy a new pair, I swear that I’ve found the holy grail of denim, only to grow tired of them weeks later. That’s when they are relegated to the back of my closet and will likely never see the light of day again. Then the process of searching for a new pair begins all over again.

I found just what I needed by way of a clothing Web site called Twice. The story of Twice is an interesting one, and you can read it here. But the short story is this: Twice is basically a higher-end online retail clothing consignment site that sells pristine used clothing for up to 80% off retail prices – and with free shipping. I’ve ordered from them many times, and their clothes – which arrive in pristine condition – and customer service are to die for. (And they’re selling handbags now!) Twice’s motto is “Find cash in your closet” and you can learn the details on how this works here

I recently bought the jeans pictured above (from left): a pair of The Gap Medium Blue Skinny Jeans for $17.95, a pair of Ann Taylor Loft Skinny White Jeans for $16.95, and a pair of Cheap Monday Medium Blue Skinny Jeans for $16.95. (Cheap Monday is a Swedish label that used to be available at Barney’s New York; they are known for their superior comfort.) This is what they looked like straight out of the box:


Unfortunately, the Cheap Mondays didn’t work out. They simply didn’t fit right. (Two out of three ain’t bad.) So Twice e-mailed me a free return shipping label, and back off to Twice they went. No muss no fuss. Turns out, I love the pair from The Gap so much that they are now my go-to jeans. I mean, really, this pair has true staring power.
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14 comments:

  1. Oooh, thanks for the heads up -- I've never heard of twice, but I'm heading over to check out the site right now. :)

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    1. Hi, Sara! Thanks for commenting. Twice is, quite simply, The Bomb. I love them, and can ALWAYS find something...or two...or ten...that I want from their site. Oh, and I forgot to mention that they ship lightening fast, too!

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  2. Wow! I never hear of Twice, I definitely have to give them a try. Love your denim picks! You go mamma :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. And thank you, Monisha, for visiting and commenting! I cannot wait to wear the white Ann Taylor ones with a pair of brown leather flat sandals and my beige cotton crocheted summer sweater. I'm counting down the days...

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  3. Courtney I love you so much right now for this share!!!! Must check it out, thank you. I love jeans like you I don't buy them often and mine last for years I love them so. Thanks again for share:)

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  4. Hi, Mari! And you are welcome! After I had received my first Twice purchase in the mail I thought, Where have you been all my like? lol Twice is too good to keep to myself. I had to pass the word on. :-)

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  5. This is the first time I have heard of them...interesting! I will check out the site. I totally agree with what you said about finding the 'holy grail' of jeans and then getting tired of them. Then i wonder 'how did i think these were so awesome???'. You can never have enough jeans.

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    1. I know, right? Don't all the jeans we buy start out with such promise? Then...I don't know, something happens. I admit to being part of the problem: I overlook flaws when I really *want* to like a pair of jeans. But, alas, sometimes, it's just not meant to me. (sigh)

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  6. I have never heard of Twice before, I wonder if they're like thredUp? Anyway, I have never bought used clothes before and tried to go thrifting in my local area but never can find anything cute.

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    1. Morning, Louida! I've never heard of thredUp, but Twice is *worlds* different from thrifting. For starters, they only accept higher-end labels, and they have to be in PRISTINE condition. (Visit their site, and you'll see. ;-) The jeans lined up in the top photo are the exact jeans I received...and they look even better in person. I'm telling you, when these clothes arrive they look brand new -- and even better than new clothes I've bought off the rack at stores. Try them; you won't be disappointed. Especially if you love a good bargain. Thank you for commenting!

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  7. Congrats on new (or almost new) clothes! They look great in the plastic and I bet they look even better on, and you got them at a good price. What's not to love?

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    1. Marhaba, Lexa! And thank you! I'll be rocking the Gap skinnies tonight when Scott and I take the kids out to dinner. You are so right -- what is not to love about this bargain?! Read my reply above to Louida's comment, as I explain a little bit more about the condition of Twice clothes...) Thank you for commenting!

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  8. This is such awesome information, I think I'm in love! Thanks million Courtney!

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    1. Yes! Try them. (I actually just ordered something else from them last night; you could say that this is a mild addiction. ;-) If you do try them out, let me know how everything worked out for you!

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