The right denim fits most of my criteria for a good wardrobe investment: a durable fabric that builds character over time, a timeless design that can be worn for years and years, and a versatile garment that can be worn with everything from a t-shirt to a bespoke jacket.
In my opinion the perfect denim wardrobe consists of only five pairs of jeans:
For your raw indigo pair, have them tailored to fit like your trousers, because you’re most likely to wear these with tailored jackets. These APC jeans, for example, have been hemmed with no-break making them ideal for loafers and sharp dress boots.
If you haven’t scooped a pair of white jeans, tis the season. You will be surprised at how much these amp up your Spring/Summer wardrobe. I like mine cropped for the warmer weather, although hem break is largely a personal preference.
For your black pair, make them a little skinnier and a little longer – don’t be afraid of a little pooling at the ankle. The distressing around the knees is very current and on-trend, but can be tasteful if done subtly.
A good light wash pair can be hard to find, since so many of them look weirdly and fakely distressed. I picked up these vintage Levi’s 501s from a vintage shop and have been wearing them with everything – yes, including a cream DB linen jacket. 1970’s inspired.
Medium grey in a cool hue – arguably as versatile as the dark indigo, but much more rare and underrated.
Things to avoid when buying jeans:
- Back pocket “designs”
- Embellishments of any kind (rivets, heavy stitching, paint splatter, etc)
- A low rise jeans that doesn’t fit your natural waist
Things to know when buying jeans:
- They will stretch out, a lot. When you first buy them they should be very snug in the waist, seat and thigh.
- Wear them several times before you have them tailored, you want to make sure they are fully broken-in out before altering the fit.
- Some people have crazy rituals with washing their jeans…you’ll have to find what works for you.
Thanks, as always, for reading.