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Low Price And Right Fit Will Drive More Jeans Into Our Wardrobes, Reports Mintel

CHICAGO, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Most of us have our favorite pair of jeans, the ones that are comfortable and perfectly worn in in all the right places. But, just because you have the perfect pair, doesn't mean you don't need more. According to Mintel's latest report into the jeans market in the US, you can never have too many pairs. More than three in 10 American adults say they own between four and six pairs of jeans. Meanwhile 19% own seven to nine pairs and a surprising 17% own 10+ pairs of jeans.

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"While jeans tend to be a fairly static item in most consumers' wardrobes, the category itself has been dynamic in terms of innovations in style, brands, features and overall product offerings," says Ali Lipson, senior retail and apparel analyst at Mintel. "With such market triggers as more casual work environments, the obesity epidemic demanding plus size jean options and the growing Hispanic population and their purchasing power, we can expect to see this clothing category continue to grow."

Nearly half (46%) of all jeans owners say they have spent between $25 and $49.99 on a single pair of jeans. Furthermore, 39% say they spend less than $25, while the average amount to spend on jeans is just over $34. This low price point is important for retailers to recognize if they want to reach the mass market.

In addition, nearly 60% of Americans who have purchased jeans in the last year did so to replace an old or worn out pair, while some 35% say they bought them to update their wardrobe and 28% bought them for no particular reason (they saw jeans they liked and bought them). Some 19% say they bought them to wear to work, which is an indication that office environments are allowing a more casual dress code or offering a dress down day for employees and another 19% bought a pair to wear when going out. Jeans are no longer just a casual article of clothing, but are often used when dressing up, too.

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