It's 2015 and the selection of denim has never been bigger. Denim has been a part of North American culture for a long time now and we've experienced an increasing number of consumers becoming more educated on what separates the good from the bad.
We've compiled a list of the most important factors that should be considered when buying a new pair of jeans. After all, a solid pair of jeans can last for a very long time depending on the brand and it's craftsmanship.
There are three main fits that everyone should be aware of before purchasing a new pair of jeans:
Straight leg/Relaxed fit
Starting off with the first one, the slim fit cut is meant to slightly hug your knees and thighs and they're one or two steps away from being skinny. This style of pant is best for a more casual fall outfit, paired with a chunky sweater and a pair of sneakers or boots.
The Skinny fit is similar to the Slim Fit, however instead of loosening more and more towards your ankles, this style tapers all the way down to your ankles. The skinny jean has been dominating the mens fashion scene for several years now with no end in sight.
The third fit is called the straight leg/relaxed fit. This is more of a classic style of jeans which does not taper down the ankles at all. Instead, this cut of jeans is loose fitting and provides more room for flexibility.
Although these are the standard labels for fits, most brands such as NEUW and Naked & Famous have their own names for these styles.
For example, Naked & Famous jeans come in the Weird Guy and Skinny Guy. These styles can be compared to the traditional slim fit and skinny fit. NEUW denim calls their skinny jeans the Iggy and their slim/tapered fit is called the Ray.
Almost every denim brand features their own unique detailing. This can be as simple as the stitching patterns on the pocket, but some brands take it even further and add subtle details that are unique to their jeans. NEUW denim is the best example since their jeans feature a surprising amount of unique detailing. Perhaps the most noticeable detail is the key ring on the front right pocket, custom zig-zag stitch detailing on the back right pocket and the darted taper on the back heels of the denim. Other brands such as Nudie Jeans have their own signature back pocket stitching.
Key ring detail on a pair of NEUW denim
Custom pocket stitching on a pair of Nudie Jeans
Another major factor to consider before you invest in a new pair of jeans is the wash of the denim. We will go over three different kinds of washes (Raw, Rinsed, and Vintage/Washed).
Raw denim jeans are the purest form available. This kind of denim is unwashed and untreated which leads to a rougher touch. The benefits of buying raw is the fact that you can watch the denim age naturally and adapt to your lifestyle which will result in a personal, one of a kind pair of denim.
Rinsed jeans are very comparable to raw denim. Often times they will have the same dark shade of indigo, however these types of jeans typically have gone through at least one wash. The benefits of the wash is the fact that it becomes much softer and more wearable from the start, as opposed to raw denim which can take weeks to be fully broken in.
The third type of wash is the Vintage/Distressed wash. These types of jeans are for people who aren't patient enough for their jeans to break in and want the aged look right away. Other reasons as to why you might prefer these jeans is the softer feeling of the material and the unique look that is only attainable through either prolonged wear or multiple washes.
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