Quick, seemingly dumb question...
What are currently the best regarded non-raw, "dressier" denim brands right now?
For the past few years, I have been buying raw selvege (RRL, Jean Shop, 3sixteen, etc) and wearing them down myself. I will continue to do so.
However, many of these jeans have thicker denim. The denim breaks in with wear (particularly in the top block), but often times I feel like the jeans don't have the same "dressy" feel as some of the more "designer" brand jeans I used to have. Particularly below the knee. I want to add one or two of the "dressier" denim to the rotation.
My first pair of "premium denim" I bought was a pair of Diesels back in 2003 while in college. The quality of this brand isn't regarded now, but back in the 2003, the look I had (buttondown shirt, loafers, occasional blazer, "designer" denim) was pretty good and worked well.
The question is what brands on denim now are doing what Diesel used to do (but with higher quality construction)? I'm basically looking for a thinner, softer denim (with or without wash) that could be paired with slim shows, blazers, button down shirts, etc. Is it the really high end brands like Dior and what not? How about Uniqlo?