At what age should you stop wearing jeans?

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A British study on the habits of those who wear jeans has revealed how long it takes to find the perfect pair, how long we wear them and the age at which we should stop wearing them.

A survey of over 2000 Britons revealed that most people spend up to five days to find the perfect pair of jeans. On average, each pair of jeans comes with $50 extra in hidden costs for things such as fuel, parking and postage costs (if bought online).

Around six per cent of shoppers will actually cry in frustration before they find the right fit.

Usually, we’ll try at least three pairs, but up to six or more before we find the jeans we like.

And after all that, 24 per cent of shoppers admit that they have never found the ideal pair of jeans. Almost 30 per cent have given up on the dream of ever finding the perfect pair.

Typically, a pair of jeans will last three years – or at least that’s the average time between new pairs. One in five will wait five years and only five per cent of respondents waited 10 years before buying another pair.

Women will spend around eight and a half days trying on jeans – more than twice as long as men, who spend around four days to find the perfect pair.

And the age at which we’re supposed to stop wearing jeans? Well, according to those surveyed, it’s 53.

Marketing Director at online shopping site CollectPlus, Catherine Woolfe, is surprised that respondents think that denim is reserved for the younger generation.

“Denim is such a universal material and with so many different styles available it’s a timeless look that people of all ages can pull off,” she said. “This is highlighted by the fact that 55-year-old George Clooney came third in our list of most inspirational male celebrity denim wearers and the ever-stylish Mary Berry [81-year-old presenter of Great British Bake Off] can often be seen in a pair of jeans.”

Ms Woolfe suggests that the number of available styles means you should be able to find a pair of jeans that suit you no matter your age.

The poll also revealed Britain’s favourite celebrity jeans-wearers (age in brackets):


1. David Beckham (41)

2. Daniel Craig (48)

3. George Clooney (55)

4. Prince Harry (32)

5. Justin Timberlake (35)

6. Tom Hiddleston (35)

7. Callum Best (35)

8. Jeremy Clarkson (56)

9. Craig David (35)

10. Jude Law (43)


1. Michelle Keegan (29)

2. Cheryl Cole (33)

3. Kate Middleton (34)

4. Victoria Beckham (42)

5. Rihanna (28)

6. Myleene Klass (38)

7. Kate Moss (42)

8. Cara Delevingne (24)

9. Kim Kardashian (36)

10. Kimberley Walsh (34)


Do you agree that jeans should go back into the cupboard at age 53? Or will you wear your denim ‘til death do you part’? Do you notice how the age of men in denim is older than women? What do you make of that?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

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Total Comments: 91
  1. 0

    As long as I maintain a reasonable body shape it’s til death. Especially as now jeans are stretch, so they are comfortable. Denim jeans go with any tops or shoes. I still have a pair of moleskins which fit but they don’t stretch and so are not so comfortable enough to wear.

  2. 0

    Quite happy wearing jeans & joggers at 69 but gave away tee shirts with slogans/pix prints at 63 only wear plain colours nowadays.

  3. 0

    “A British Study”…..well that doesn’t apply in Aus. I’m 71 have been wearing jeans since I was 11 years old. …and what’s more just because the poms give their jeans to the opp shop at 53, that’s irrelevant to me. Jeans are so versatile that I think I might even get buried in them!

    • 0

      Agree but mine will be set on fire though.

    • 0

      My first Jeans in 1955 were black high waist with silver zips on the pockets. Then in the sixties came the “hipster” skin tight jeans. Things got a bit crazy in the seventies with flairs …I even had a pair with the fly zip on the outside ….what was I thinking!!! Then in the 80s came various cool styles. For the last 20 or more years….Just basic jeans for me.

    • 0

      I am 71 and still wear a size 12.

      Still wear jeans but not skin tight ones; leggins I feel are not appropriate for me but plenty of older women wear them.

      People should wear what they are comfortable wearing.

    • 0

      Easy Rider don’t forget the sitting in the bath wearing the jeans to shrink them and walking about with blue legs for weeks after. Hahaha

  4. 0

    As long as they fit well, aren’t the type with the hammer loop on the hip (or similar accessory), and are clean, why not?

  5. 0

    I am Pomgolian born with dual UK and Australian nationality and at 61 have no intention of giving up my jeans. How ridiculous to put an age limit on something so versatile!

  6. 0

    Don’t people have better things to do with their time? What a complete waste of resources to conduct this research.
    I couldn’t care less if Prince Harry or Victoria Beckham wear jeans. The beauty of getting old is not to give stuff what people think. Please yourself and no one else. 🙂

    • 0

      Oh, yes Oldie !! It is one of the advantages of getting older – you don’t have to give a stuff 🙂 I’m comfortable, content AND careless 😉 Friends and rellies are getting used to me, when they ask an opinion of me, saying …. ‘OK, do you want HONEST or POLITE?’ They then have an option and have to accept what I say. So much time was spent in my ‘youth’ being careful (or not) about what I said to anyone in case I offended their sensibilities even though they had asked for my opinion. Learnt you cannot please some of the poeple ALL of the time 😀 p.s. I don’t say a damn thing if my opinion may hurt someone I have real affection for.

    • 0

      You are right heyyybob,
      in my working life I had to be polite in order not to offend my customers. No More. I would only add to your last sentence that I have always applied this principle to every one. Never say anything hurtful that you will later regret. Once spoken you can’t take back those words. No matter how much you regret them.

    • 0

      Exactly, Oldie83. At my age, I no longer ‘give a stuff’ what anyone thinks of me or what anyone has to say.

    • 0

      I don’t give a “stuff” either. I think most people know when to gi ve up certain items of clothing as being “a little young looking” and adapt fashion to suit their age and figure.

      But that said if you want to wear a bikini at 80+ and you don’t frighten the cows…go for it 🙂

  7. 0

    Would anyone even dare to suggest I’m too old to wear jeans – I am on the right side of eighty and love my favorite washed out denims.
    p.s and what’s more I paint my toe-nails, wear lipstick, and just had my ears pierced, so don’t even think of going THEIR!!

  8. 0

    Who tells us what we should or should not wear? Jeans rule. What else goes on so easily and looks good when worn out? Like the idea of a jeans burial. I’m 69 and numbers don’t count anymore. ????

  9. 0

    I don’t care much about jeans (blue), prefer to wear chinos which are for me more comfortable. I have never thought of wearing jeans being an age issue?

  10. 0

    Nothing to do with body shape just look at some teenagers. Lol

    • 0

      Bwahahahaaaa ozrog 🙂 Its what I say to myself as I struggle to get into my (obviously shrunken) favourite jeans. It keeps me going and enjoying them and THAT is what really matters, isn’t it 😉

    • 0

      I would dare to suggest ozrog that many, senior women have better figures than a lot of those younuns in those skin tight leggins which on some of them are just hideous.

      A look in a full length mirror would not go astray before many of them left the house.

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