I'm with nightowl and Bradford. Â Jeans are casual pants, no matter how you slice it (and I don't recommend slicing them, either). Â Khakis are casual, too. Â As are cords. Â And the rest. Â I save my money for tailored clothes. Penney's has the standard $29.99 always going for 505s and 550s; that's fine for me. Â I wear them when grocery shopping, cleaning the tub, mowing the lawn; you get the idea. Â I'm not walking a runway. Bill's Khakis, on the other hand.... Â Well.... Â Nice pants, but I still feel a bit guilty doing yardwork and the such in $90 trou.
Bear in mind that for some of us "casual" is pretty much the standard mode of dress, while tailored clothing is more the exception. Given that parameter, and the fact that we still love clothes, it would stand to reason that we look for expression and individuality within the realm of casual clothing. There is a vast range of expression in casual clothing styling and design as well as quality, much as there is in tailored clothing. To lump all jeans ,cords, and khakis (save for Bill's...) into the same category is akin to saying that all suits or dress shirts are more or less the same; Hugo Boss equals Attolini or Borrelli. I suppose in part it is a question of priority: I don't mind spending money on high-end casual stuff, because that is what I wear, however at the same time I'd also prefer Attolini, Kiton, Brioni et al, in tailored clothing.