Bridging the Jean Gap
I do not know if Scottsdale is unusual in the jeans catergory but people buy and wear many different types and styles that can easily cost in the $100-200 range. Maybe we are too close in proximity to Hollywood, California but the big name brands are all the rage.
Me, I am somewhere in the middle. I like both the "regular" and the "designer" jeans. Personally, I get really tired of seeing so many folks wearing jeans 24/7. I know, I just aged myself terribly. They just aren't that attractive to me. Especially for work. That's a major turn-off for me, unless it's Friday and you have on jeans and a nice white button-down shirt with a good belt and shoes accompanying the pants.
Here's how I attempt to bridge the family jean gap:
Me: "Hi, honey. Laura wants a pair of designer jeans for her 19th birthday. They will cost up to $200."
Bill: "Oh my God, that's ridiculous! What a waste of hard-earned money."
Me: "I know. Is it okay, or not?"
Bill: "Fine, (spoken beneath his breath: but it's going to cost you!)."
Me: "Thank you. I love you."
Ah, the joys of being some one's Mommy AND some one's Wife.