WWD reports today that blue jean sales have dropped significantly. They speculate the money women used to spend on jeans has gone instead to handbags and shoes, which have replaced status denim as the "It" things that every woman wants. We think there are a few other factors too, like... *Sack dresses outshining denim on the runways *Climate change leaving less room for spring and fall, when jeans are most comfortable *Cheap Monday, Ben Sherman, and Proenza for Target making great jeans for under $100 *The O.C. going off the air How much will you spend on a good pair of jeans? And does cost really make them better?