person holding a stack of several pairs of jeans
Jade Small
Jade Small
March 24, 2024 ·  4 min read

Fashion Experts Say You Should Stop Wearing Jeans Once You Reach This Age

We all have that favorite pair of jeans, that one pair that just fits like a glove. The pair that has outlasted the fanciest, the most expensive. No matter your age, chances are, a good pair of denim is a staple in your wardrobe. Well, we have bad news for you because according to “experts”, you should stop wearing jeans when you get to the age of 53. Yes, you read that correctly…

Now, we are not too sure why anyone would want to ban this wardrobe classic after a certain age. Everyone looks good in a well-fitting pair of jeans right? Apparently, according to a 2016 survey by parcel delivery and return service firm CollectPlus, Jeans are just not the perfect pants. What? Let us explain what they found.

Blue Jeans Side by Side

It’s not easy to find the perfect pair

While we have to disagree here, according to CollectPlus, people in the UK just can’t seem to find denim that fit them properly. According to them, some people spend up to five whole days just finding a pair that fits just right! That’s not all, they claim that the amount of stress caused by jeans shopping is not worth it. Apparently, 6 percent of shoppers end up in tears when they can’t find the right fit.

The study also revealed that most of us will try on at least three pairs before settling on the perfect pair of pants. Some people, however, need to try on at least six pairs! Apparently those who try on six or more while searching are one out of ten.

Out of the 2000 British people who partook in the study, a whopping 24 percent say they have never found that perfect, magical, just-right pair of jeans. We feel sorry for them, because nothing quite feels as good as ye old faithful blue jeans! That said, most of the 2000 people also said that once you find your perfect pair, you stick with them for as long as you can!

Selective Focus Photography of Blue Denim Bottoms Hanged on Gray Metal Hanger

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One out of five people hold onto their jeans for five years

For the majority of those in the study, three years was the cut off time. However, for five percent of the participants, they will hang onto their favorite pair for around ten years before finding a new pair. Jeans have taken the world by storm, and most of us will grab a pair for any occasion. The movies, a date, you name it. Some people even said they would wear their jeans to a funeral or job interview.

According to the study, unsurprisingly, women take twice as much time when shopping for denim pants when compared to men. That means that females take up to eight and a half days looking for the perfect pair, while men need around four days.

So. What’s the deal with the age limit?

According to the research produced by CollectPlus, most people felt that you should stop wearing jeans at the age of 53. Yeah, we don’t get it either. Who in their right mind would suggest such a thing? We agree with Catherine Woolfe, Marketing Director at CollectPlus when she said:

It’s surprising to see our research reveals that many people think jeans are the reserve of the younger generation, suggesting that we should all put denim back on the shelf at the age of 53.

‘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.

‘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 can often be seen in a pair of jeans.

‘With so many styles available our online denim guide will guide you through the best cut for you whatever your age or shape.’ 

Blue-washed Denim Bottoms

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We reckon jeans can be worn by all! Have a look at some other clothing items that apparently have an age limit

Wondering what other clothing items have an age shelf life? While we do not agree and think that everyone should wear exactly what they like, we found an interesting list on Everyday Health. Here’s what to chuck and what age:

Slogan T-Shirts

Apparently, by the time you are 30, you need to get rid of your message t-shirts. Hmmm, maybe?

Super Short Skirts

First jeans, now skirts? Age 40 is the cut-off date for the micro-mini. According to the article, they just might not be age-appropriate.


Got a dress or top that shows off your cleavage? Well, say goodbye by the time you are 50. Apparently boobs arent fun anymore then. Oh, and you should opt for a tweed jacket now. Uhm…

Hair Accessories

If you are a scrunchy lover, you may need to donate your beloved hair ties and accessories when you hit 30. Sorry, but I don’t think I can part with my hello kitty hair clips!

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  1. “Why you should ditch your denim at 53: Research suggests jeans should be left for younger generations.” Daily Mail. November 2016
  2. Top 10 Items You’re Too Old to Wear“. Every Day Health. Rachel Fischer Spalding. November 2017