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There are few exercises more trying, or generally demoralising, than shopping for a new pair of jeans.
Which is probably why I have been wearing the same styles — straight-leg, zero-stretch, gently cropped pairs from Levi’s, Agolde and (in more recent years) the Los Angeles brand Slvrlake — for the better part of a decade. I pair these with an oversized blazer, a cashmere jumper or T-shirt, and thick-soled boots or loafers, which take me pretty easily from the FT office to fashion weeks and dinners out.
Originally, I bought a few of these pairs new, but being concerned about the climate crisis, subsequent pairs have been sourced for a fraction of their retail cost on eBay and second-hand site The RealReal.
These I wear until they are as stretched out as possible, and then cart to Pinnas & Needles on Lexington Street in London, which is run by…