Should I duplicate?

So, I'm wondering if I should duplicate a pair of jeans. The reason I'm hesitating is that they are skinnies. know. Skinnies. I'm getting sick of skinnies after a winter of nothing but skinnies. 

The reason I'm tempted is that they are my "perfect" skinny jean. Perfect!!

  • Low rise (much lower than I thought I could wear, but surprisingly comfy). They do create long torso effect, but I don't mind that as long as I wear my booties with low heels. 
  • Not calf-sucking.
  • Decidedly slim fitting... yet have a smidgen of ease. (I sized up and am glad of it.)
  • Perfect length for me; ankle length on model, don't need hemming on me. 
  • SUPER comfortable fabrication. 98% cotton, 2% elastane. Not too heavy, not too stretchy and thin. 
  • Cool whiskered wash that works with a lot. 
  • Don't bag out. 

Here are the jeans. 

Here are the jeans on me.

By the way, I already duplicated the style in taupe -- got those on ebay at a good price. And they are also great, although I won't wear as often as the blue. 

Reasons against: 

  • I need other denim -- really want a faded denim. (These pants come in another wash that's lighter but I think I'd rather have faded BF jeans vs. skinnies.) 
  • They are...skinnies. 
  • They are pricey (though could perhaps find on ebay as well). 

I almost never duplicate. I want my wardrobe to be fairly lean and efficient. But in a case like this, I wonder. Would you? 

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  • Tanya replied 6 years ago

    Hmm, this is a tough one.  I say wait : tll you look for the faded ones, or find a good deal on e-bay, or something along those lines.  I probably would not duplicate at the full price for the exact same pair.

  • Adelfa replied 6 years ago

    Yes, I would wonder! I often contemplate duplicating. My experience has been that I almost never get optimal use out of a duplicated item. But I know that anxiety that comes from having the perfect item and worrying that it could rip or wear out and then not be replaceable.

    I would recommend doing something that I don't think we're supposed to do, and that is to let price influence the decision. If the price of the second pair feels easy and relatively insignificant in the context of your total clothing budget, then you're not losing much by going ahead, and you're gaining a great reduction in anxiety about having that important wardrobe hole filled (you didn't mention anxiety, I am totally projecting).

    If the price seems like a lot to you, I recommend taking your chances and passing, because the likelihood is that you either won't need the second pair, or that your tastes will well and truly move on before you get your use out of them, and then you'll have an expensive pair of unneeded jeans reproaching you from your closet.

    Maybe look for them for fun on ebay!

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Found a pair on ebay at half the cost. Hmmm. Makes it even tougher! 

  • Kristin L replied 6 years ago

    I don't think you should duplicate this one. The main reason is that you keep saying "but they're skinnies." It sounds to me like you might be ready for a change. Plus, the lighter wash is not exactly what your looking for. I think you should keep an eye out on ebay for them, but I'd pass on they for now.

  • Kristin L replied 6 years ago

    Ohhhh, half price on ebay. How much wear would you get out of them? 

  • Adelfa replied 6 years ago

    Yeah, I would probably pounce at that point. 

  • Tanya replied 6 years ago

    Now half a price makes it really tempting.  I would ask if right now you would rather have the duplicated pair or put that money towards the faded jeans in a cut that you want.

  • Isabel replied 6 years ago

    Oh boy, this is tough. I duplicated a pair of skinny ponte pants and jeans. I then found that they last a really long time and haven't worn out in any way. I also found that I don 't wear them to the point where there is no time to wash them before another, necessary wearing. So that has not been useful for me and so i would ask you about that. BUT, I am a SAHM.

    I also feel that even at half price, thy take away money from something else you need or want. I am shaking my head yes to what Adela said. Sometimes it is more a fear of missing out ( FOMO ) more than anything else. If you found them on eBay today, you could proably find hem next year or after.

  • replied 6 years ago

    I would Suz as long as you have it in your budget.

    Given your preference for jeans and as long as your winters last...I definitely would. Half price is even better!

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    I vote wait. You are going to be out of skinnies soon - weather permitting. 

  • Janet replied 6 years ago

    My instinct is to duplicate when you have the perfect jean that you reach for again and again. However, I am enough of a difficult fit that I am kind of a jean hoarder. ;-) I'm always afraid the designer will discontinue or change the fit of my favorite jeans. That's why I recently got a new pair of my favorite Paige skinnies.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Thank you all!! I'm going to sit on this decision for today...Isabel, you're right that the money can go towards something else for the summer, and if I found these on ebay now I will probably find them again. No need to pounce this minute, anyway. Thank you for offering good counsel! 

  • replied 6 years ago

    Janet that is a great point! I NEVER find jeans that fit so I would duplicate pair. If you don't have as many problems finding jeans then that is a whole different story.

    I triplicated (?) a pair of jeans this winter because I have such a hard time fitting jeans.

  • leopardluxe replied 6 years ago

    Based on what you're saying, I say wait and just spend some time stalking them on ebay (set up a saved search for that model in your size and it will email you if the item gets listed. You can then see if the price is cheap enough to merit buying and bid/buy accordingly). I do this all the time and it's how I've obtained several pairs of AG stilt crop BF jeans in a few different finishes for around $30 each).

  • Jules replied 6 years ago

    Well I've often admired those on you. They are pretty much perfect. And if the predictions are correct, we might be in skinnies for another 2 months if not more. At the eBay price, I'd do it. Mostly because I almost got burned when I delayed duplicating my perfect jeans and they stopped making them (I eventually found stock and bought two pairs, no regrets whatsoever although I now have 3 pairs).
    In our climate, I really hope skinnies are never going away for winter. They just make so much more sense than bootcuts or even straights, which just don't tuck into boots as well.

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    Sounds like you have a decision ---- I'm finding myself a bit flummoxed by the late spring.  It makes it harder to imagine and prepare for warmer seasons.  Someone cue the leaves and grass and flowers now, please!  They're late for their entrance!

  • Joyce B replied 6 years ago

    I think you look fabulous in those jeans.
    I would probably go for the ebay ones at half price as long as they are returnable. At that price your size may sell-out.
    Even if you don't duplicate you still have a perfect pair so you cannot lose here.

  • Gigi replied 6 years ago

    I probably would not duplicate. As someone else pointed out, jeans generally last a long time, and you can wear them a few times before washing. So it's not the same as, say, a form-fitting top that might easily get soiled at the underarms and neck after one wearing, leaving you without a valuable staple to use in creating outfits. 

    I duplicated a pair of jeans early in my style journey, and I haven't ever worn the duplicate pair! It's just sitting in my closet. I have found that I have enough other pants and jeans that I am not forced to wear the duplicate pair, plus the original pair can be worn enough between wash cycles as to make the need for a dupe unnecessary.

    I am like you, Suz, in that I too want variety in my closet. If I duplicate something, it makes me feel like I need to wear the thing even more often to justify the dupe pair. So it's actually less freeing to me emotionally. Also, with pieces that I have duplicated, I invariably come across something else that I would rather have purchased instead. 

  • gryffin replied 6 years ago

    Suz - I am a big fan of duplication. But it's your thoughts that count.  You only need to ask yourself one queston:  If those jeans were destroyed tomorrow and you could not get another pair would you be heartbroken?  If the answer is yes, get them immediately.  If your stomach does not hit your feet, if you do not start to sweat and hyperventilate, then you might want to wait.  I would have already hit "buy."  When else will have find a low rise that gives you a fab long torso and still makes your legs look a mile long.  It's the mother of all sweet spots.  But only you can know best.  Good luck, whatever call you make will be for the best!

  • columbine(erin) replied 6 years ago

    I'd probably duplicate, but I admit that it's so very hard to find perfectly fitting pants for myself, that's what I would do if I could afford it. 

  • texstyle replied 6 years ago

    I often duplicate, but usually not a really high priced item. At half price, it would be tempting. How are these wearing? Will they last through another entire season? And then sometimes, 2 pair of the same exact size still fit differently.

  • rachylou replied 6 years ago

    You should probably listen to Angie. I have to admit, tho, I'd be incredibly tempted and would no doubt succumb... those are truly your perfect skinnies. They are fantastic on you.

  • Debra replied 6 years ago

    If you can get them 1/2 price .......pounce on them.
    I always duplicate a well worn favorite if the opportunity arises. :)

  • Sharon replied 6 years ago

    How often are you in the situation of wanting to wear your skinnies but finding that they are in the wash? If it is weekly, then I think you could make a good argument for duplication. But if it is more that you love the jeans you have and are wearing them a lot, I think wait and allow room for the possibility of a new love.

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    This is a hard one. I was going for duplicating with the half price ones but Angie is so wise about these things. I'm thinking that in your climate you may need them in future winters to tuck into boots. Will you be looking for skinny jeans next winter?
    I duplicated a pair of a Lucky jeans soon after losing weight but the duplicate pair had little wear. I gave them to someone who needed them more than I did.

  • carter replied 6 years ago

    You may have already made up your mind, but I'd duplicate those in a heartbeat, especially at half price! They look absolutely fantastic on you. Honestly, when I look at them, I see straight leg, not skinny. Probably because they're not calf-sucking. I'd so buy another pair.

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    I have panicked and duplicated stuff that has been a waste (see the BF jeans I should never have bought at my skinniest moment). But in a different color I would get the same style if it worked. Sounds like you have decided!

    For those who duplicate - I've asked this before - do you put both in rotation or hoard the spare till the first item is done for?

  • Day Vies replied 6 years ago

    YES YES YES. I have duplicated magic jeans in the past. Although you'd prefer a lighter wash, I don't think you'll ever regret having an extra pair of these -- you can always add your light washed jeans but you'll get more wear & pleasure out of a second pair of these.

  • sarah replied 6 years ago

    I think they look fantastic on you. But I vote wait. You may tire of the wash or the fit or something by next fall. I feel like whenever I duplicate, I grow to regret it, even if it seems like a great idea at the time.

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    I would wait, at least until summer gets going and then see if you are still interested in duplicating for fall. 

    On another note, these are the very same jeans I was thinking of ordering a few days ago. What stopped me was the low rise. I don't mind low rise, but I prefer an inch below my natural waist. Are these lower than that? Sometimes low rise jeans feel like they're falling down on me. 

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Karie, it's hard to say because the lowness of the rise will depend on your own rise. If you know what I mean. 

    Mine is  long proportionately for my height. 

    And these jeans have a low rise by anybody's standards -- about 7 inches in front. 

    But for some reason it works. That's because the waistband is contoured. It's 12 inches or more in the back. And they never feel like they are falling down. Mind you, they probably couldn't fall down over my substantial thighs. 

    With other low rise jeans I sometimes got the "it's cutting into my hip bone" feeling. Even if they fit, technically speaking -- they felt awful. But not these. 

    ETA: I should add, these would be really short on you. Definite ankle jeans. 

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    Suz, the length was the other reason I didn't get them. A 29" inseam is definitely an ankle length on me, and these don't come in a tall size. I do like the ankle length in pants, but not so much in jeans - I prefer those to be either full length or rolled BF length.

    And, "substantial thighs?" Where are you hiding them? You're too teeny tiny to have substantial thighs! Now me, on the other hand...

  • shiny replied 6 years ago

    I have been tempted to duplicate my current favorite skinnies as well, but I am waiting because Angie's right, soon we'll be out of jeans, and by the time the Fall rolls around, it's VERY possible that trends will change away from skinnies and towards boot cuts and even flares. I am thinking about the runway images and all those super wide legs. Not saying skinnies will disappear -- just saying that you may find yourself craving and ISO the perfect wide leg jeans instead.

  • Aziraphale replied 6 years ago

    I don't know. Everybody's saying wait, but those look really fantastic on you. Can you get those AND a pair of faded boyfriends?

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    Did you see that the racer comes in faded washes as well?

  • Makrame replied 6 years ago

    I don't know that I would duplicate but they certainly look amazing on you!

  • Neel replied 6 years ago

    Ummm ... Jeans last for a very very long time. At least mine do. I won't duplicate the same jeans even if it was the perfect jeans .... I would get bored! But those do look fantastic on you Suz.

  • Catnip replied 6 years ago

    I duplicate frequently and never get full use of the second item (unless it's something like underwear or tee shirts).  Five years ago I bought two bright blue cashmere turtlenecks because I loved the color and was afraid the first sweater would wear out.  I've never worn the second sweater.  I don't know why I keep doing this.

    If it is true that skinnies are on the way out, then buying two pairs may not be the best use of your funds (even at a very good price).  I hate wearing skinnies in the summer because they are too hot, and summer is not far away.  Unless you have purchased everything else on your spring and summer shopping lists, I would hold off.

    Now if I could only follow my own advice.

  • Gaylene replied 6 years ago

    For once, I have no opinion :) :) :)

    But this thread is such an interesting read because it lists so many arguments for duplicating, and for not duplicating, that I'm really starting to question my own duplication inclinations. Historically sometimes duplicating has worked out well for me, but at other times it was a waste of money,  so I guess my decision is always on which scenario is uppermost in my mind when I'm facing the decision to duplicate, or not!

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Wow, thank you all!! I still have not absolutely decided. I'm wearing the taupe ones today and loving those just as much as the blue, honestly, it's still tempting me. I almost never duplicate and almost never want to duplicate. So the fact that I am even considering it sort of interests me. 

    Rae...I did see the jean comes in lighter washes. But, here's the thing -- it's a different fabrication. And if there's one thing I've learned it is that when it comes to me and jeans, fabrication is next only to cut in importance. If it's the wrong material, it won't work. Plus, as Catnip so intelligently points out, I won't want to wear skinnies in the summer anyway (and I want the light wash for summer.) Truth is, I won't want to wear JEANS in summer, but BFs are slightly more likely to get wear then. 

    Well, I'm still pondering. Thank you all for your thoughts; I have found it a very interesting read. 

  • Lisa replied 6 years ago

    A great question.  I am a fan of duplicating items, especially when they are my hard to fit pieces.  However, I never do an exact duplicate.  I will purchase two of the same style of item, but it has to have some difference between the two pieces, usually a different color or different wash.  Even with my workhorse pieces, I have found when the item is 100% identical, I get tired of it twice as fast.

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