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Jeans, popularized in the 1950s, are considered a timeless wardrobe staple that will never go out of style. With endless cuts and washes to choose from, everyone needs a few pairs of reliable denim trousers. As a comfortable go-to, and a pant versatile enough to dress up or down for almost any event, jeans are invaluable. The cost per wear on discounted denim is guaranteed to prove designer jeans are worth every penny, and at these area shops, you know you’ll get a great deal.

Barney’s New York CO-OP
3040 M St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 350-5832

While the Barney’s CO-OP in Georgetown may be a small store, the savings are huge. The designer jeans at this location are business-appropriate for casual Fridays or ideal for a night on the town. In its 2011 Georgetown Shopping Guide, The Washingtonian suggested Barney’s CO-OP for edgy Olsen-twin style. A visit to CO-OP leaves you feeling like you’ve just shopped on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, without the guilt of outrageous price tags.

1603 U St. Northwest
Washington, DC
(202) 265-1930

Perfectly nestled in the trendy and up-and-coming U Street corridor, Caramel is a thriving shop that sells international, national and local brands. Women’s denim by Brazilian designer Beija Flor is a steal at $180. Men’s denim includes Alkemy, Joe’s Jeans and Report Collection. Caramel offers a handful Red Engine styles for both men and women. Familiarize yourself with this shop’s unique designers, try something new, and start sporting a not-so-traditional jean. Caramel was the City Paper’s 2011 reader’s choice for best clothing boutique in D.C.

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Current Boutique
1809 14th St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-7311

Current is a recycled-wardrobe heaven for men and women in search of discounted designer denim. Northern Virginia magazine named Current one of the best boutiques of 2011. Shop from a selection of new clothing, and enjoy hand-picked consignment clothing that’s only gently used. Consignment items look brand new, making it hard to distinguish from the new and used inventory. Shop three locations Clarendon, Old Town Alexandria and Logan Circle. A Bethesda location is coming soon.

Mustard Seed

7349 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 907-4699

For designer and contemporary labels at a fraction of the cost, visit this women’s clothing shop in Bethesda. Mustard Seed sells new, used and vintage clothing. Used clothing is accepted on consignment daily. All consignment items are in season and in excellent condition. J.Brand, Joe’s Jeans, Citizens of Humanity, True Religion and 7 For All Mankind are among the well-known designer denim brands offered here. On average, jeans range from $30 to $100. Mustard Seed was featured in Bethesda Magazine’s Best of Bethesda 2012.

Second Time Around
3289 M St. Northwest
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-2355

The Second Time Around motto is, “retail goes upscale.” Not only are clothes sold on consignment, at a fraction of the original price, but the store often offers hard-to-beat sales. Select designer jeans are priced at less than $20 and there is no shortage of sizes. Second Time Around is extremely organized and the denim is grouped together, making it simple to navigate.

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Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and a minor in Journalism. Follow her on Twitter at @kellyfrancess. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.