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So I've been looking around on different forums and at different shops and have been trying to get a feel so I can get a really good pair of jeans. After Christmas sales will be starting soon and I can afford 1 really good pair. Problem is, I've seen a lot of different opinions and I'm not really sure what to do.

 

Right of the bat, I don't want raw denim. It's too much work and I'm not interested in the payoff. I'd rather get one wash and not deal with massive shrinking. That being said, this is my question. I have $200 to spend on jeans. I'd like to be able to get more than one pair, although I know that might not be possible. There are some brands that I have been looking at and I'd like to know which of these I should get. I'm a 32 waist with a 30 inseam and like straight leg jeans.

 

1. Raleigh - I like these because they are basically local. Even though it may not be the "best" pair on the list (not that I would know because I don't), it'd be pretty cool to say that I know where a piece of clothing I own was made.

 

2. Nudie - I've seen some posts on here that say that these aren't great, but these are within my price range. From the times I've felt them, they feel pretty durable. Also, unlike N&F, I feel that I can actually wear them to work without feeling like a weirdo.

 

3. APC - I know almost nothing about this brand but I've seen some good reviews. I've never actually seen them at the stores around me but I'm sure I could find it online.

 

4. 7's/AG - I really don't want 7's or AG. They don't really look any better than normal regular jeans to me. If convinced that they're better than the other ones I listed, I guess I could get them.

 

and finally

 

5. Good ol' fashioned Levi's - I have so many pairs of Levi's it'd make your head spin, but I don't have a Levi's Made in the USA or Vintage. I could get one of those off of Levi's website or possibly Nordstrom's if it's on sale.

post #21227 of 21424
maybe worth taking a punt on epaulet, for $75 you can't really go wrong?

http://epauletnewyork.com/collections/sale/products/wilshire-jean-indigo-selvedge-denim-clearance
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Those look pretty nice. I'm not really a big fan of (I don't know what it's called so forgive me if I sound stupid) of the bottom thing sticking out. I like it to be flush with the rest of the denim.

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Those look pretty nice. I'm not really a big fan of (I don't know what it's called so forgive me if I sound stupid) of the bottom thing sticking out. I like it to be flush with the rest of the denim.

The hem rolled up? Me neither, just get them tailored to correct length.
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So this is my first pair of raw/selvage. They fit everywhere except for my hips (waist is actually a touch loose). I'm not sure if they'll stretch enough to be comfortable or if this type of cut just isn't going to work for me and I should return. Advice?
Warning: Tucked in t-shirt! (Click to show)

(Obvs. I wouldn't wear with that big of a cuff. Or a tucked-in t-shirt. It's just to take fit pics.)
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So this is my first pair of raw/selvage. They fit everywhere except for my hips (waist is actually a touch loose). I'm not sure if they'll stretch enough to be comfortable or if this type of cut just isn't going to work for me and I should return. Advice?
Warning: Tucked in t-shirt! (Click to show)

(Obvs. I wouldn't wear with that big of a cuff. Or a tucked-in t-shirt. It's just to take fit pics.)

Let me tell you now-those are going to be forever uncomfortable. They are too tight in your lap, hip, and probably upper thigh. You look like you're bulging out of them. Return them now.
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Originally Posted by Van Veen View Post

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So this is my first pair of raw/selvage. They fit everywhere except for my hips (waist is actually a touch loose). I'm not sure if they'll stretch enough to be comfortable or if this type of cut just isn't going to work for me and I should return. Advice?
Warning: Tucked in t-shirt! (Click to show)

(Obvs. I wouldn't wear with that big of a cuff. Or a tucked-in t-shirt. It's just to take fit pics.)

Let me tell you now-those are going to be forever uncomfortable. They are too tight in your lap, hip, and probably upper thigh. You look like you're bulging out of them. Return them now.

Thanks for the honest advice. The quest continues.
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Thanks for the honest advice. The quest continues.

Look at a Fullcount 1101 or 1105
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LVC 1937 picked up thrifting today. Tagged 32/32, measures 36/35. Guessing that they are raw unsanforized, but I can't be sure. Considering I hopefully will be able to shrink them, what do you think of fit? (I think this cut might work well for me because of the rounded top block.)

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The '37 is fairly forgiving, but with those measurements you're correct in the assumption they're unsanforized. They'll shrink down to a 33 waist or so. Length down about 2 inches too.

Unsanforized denim is a gamble I (and many on the boards) have been burned too many times on to attempt. One-washes forever at this point - then you know right off the bat if it'll fit over time or not.

Fit is decidedly better than the last one. Still looks like the crotch/thighs might be constrictive - and that'll only get smaller with unsanforized denim. Plus it'll never stretch back out like the waist may be prone to do.
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Should I soak and dry with them on? Or should I take the gamble and soak then let dry fully?

If I can't wear them, I'm out less than a Jefferson. I'll just have to cut back on beer-drinking for a weekend.
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@Van Veen you're killin me man. First unsanforized raw denim is not a gamble. Simple math will tell you the results and it's one hundred percent worth it. Why spend money on jeans that have been already washed. They haven't been hot soaked a couple times to get all the shrinkage out. It's definitely still there, they get a light agitation luke warm bath to make them more TTS. First exposure to hot water and then the real shrinkage occurs. Being in total control of the entire process is the only way to go. Unsanforized wears the best, fits your body the best, fades the nicest, has the richest color complexities and always turn out looking like a for more superior looking pair of denim, fit and aestheically.

 

Van if you dry with them on, unless you stand straight up til they are completely dry, your jeans will be fucked. You sit down, and you'll get knee bags, the ass with sag, parts with stretch because the cotton is still wet. You never wear them to dry cuz you run the risk of fucking up the jeans, plus you'll be getting blue on everything you touch. You soak them and then you don't touch them until they are bone dry. Then you wear and wear and wear. 45 minutes boiling hot tub. Drain tub. Fill tub with boiling hot water again. 45 more minutes. Hang dry till 100% dry. They will be like fucking cardboard but they'll break in and do so beautifully.

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Okay.
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@Van Veen
 you're killin me man. First unsanforized raw denim is not a gamble. Simple math will tell you the results and it's one hundred percent worth it. Why spend money on jeans that have been already washed. They haven't been hot soaked a couple times to get all the shrinkage out. It's definitely still there, they get a light agitation luke warm bath to make them more TTS. First exposure to hot water and then the real shrinkage occurs. Being in total control of the entire process is the only way to go. Unsanforized wears the best, fits your body the best, fades the nicest, has the richest color complexities and always turn out looking like a for more superior looking pair of denim, fit and aestheically.

Van if you dry with them on, unless you stand straight up til they are completely dry, your jeans will be fucked. You sit down, and you'll get knee bags, the ass with sag, parts with stretch because the cotton is still wet. You never wear them to dry cuz you run the risk of fucking up the jeans, plus you'll be getting blue on everything you touch. You soak them and then you don't touch them until they are bone dry. Then you wear and wear and wear. 45 minutes boiling hot tub. Drain tub. Fill tub with boiling hot water again. 45 more minutes. Hang dry till 100% dry. They will be like fucking cardboard but they'll break in and do so beautifully.

Your post demonstrates how new you are at this.

Yes. Take an entire afternoon to sit in a bathtub with your pants on, then stand motionless until they're dry so they don't stretch out afterwards.

Right.

Been there, done that. Not worth it. Buy one wash - one and done.
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