I always saw these in the Express store, but was reluctant to buy them because they cost so much. Now that I have a "real" job, I make a little more money, but also need to dress a little nicer, so I decided to buy a few pairs. I must say that I am in love, and they are now the only work pants I buy. I have them for ever season, cropped, tweed, slim fit, wide leg, and in every color imagineable.
Although the price on these is up there, you really are getting what you pay for. They look as good as new forever. You can throw them in the washer and dryer and they are still perfect. The colors don't bleed or fade, and they don't shrink. They also have such a HUGE selection of colors and styles that you can find a pair to go with pretty much anything.
I've looked for lower priced alternatives that come close to comparing with the quality of pants from Express and I haven't had any luck. If you want to make them more affordable though, I strongly suggest signing up for the Club Express credit card. I get TONS of great coupons in the mail since I signed up for it, and you don't need to use the credit card to use the coupons (although getting the reward points is nice). They also let you combine coupons. I went there this weekend armed with coupons and got $230 worth of merchandise for $150. That's a free pair of pants right there!