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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I've been wearing jeans my whole life, but I'm a real newbie when it comes to distinguishing washes and fits, so please go easy on me and forgive my ignorance. I'm looking for suggestions regarding what might be the best jeans for me. I am 6'2" and about 185 lbs. I have a 34" waste (although I sometimes fit into a 33, depending on the designer). I have fairly well developed thighs due to regular exercise. I am 35 years old, to the extent that's relevant. I am generally a fairly conservative dresser, so I'm not looking for anything with lots of distressing or, for lack of a better word, any outlandish (fashion forward?) washes. Of course, I also don't want to wear something that makes me look 65 (or even 45 for that matter). I'm not really into the raw denim thing. I understand the appeal, but I can't justify wearing something for 6 months without washing it (ala Nudie), and I don't want to worry about my jeans bleeding indigo all over the place. I appreciate any help or suggestions that anyone can give me. Thank you. Jeff
post #2 of 15
I think Paper Denim LTD/ICN and GTO are a good place to start. Since you regularly exercise, you should have no problem fitting into low-rise jeans. The metro 2 (I believe?) wash is a dark denim with *very* light distressing - it may be what you're looking for. Compared to the GTO, the LTD (or ICN) is a bit relaxed in the seat and thighs and has a slightly higher rise, as well as a button fly. The denim is light weight and dual ringspun, something PDC swears by, and most importantly the sillhouette is very flattering. The LTD has an easy boot leg, while the GTO has more of a boot leg (almost flare, even), which you may or may not be looking for. Also, Nudie jeans do not all come unwashed, the unwashed denim is just the most talked about amongst denim nerds. I do not own any pre-washed Nudies but I heard that their durability leaves something to be desired.
post #3 of 15
You may want to size down if you choose to go with the PDC LTD/ICN's---I find that they stretch out a lot.
post #4 of 15
I would also suggest the Rekko wash jeans by Da'mage, available at www.workmens.com for the lowest online (and retail) price. The wash is dark, but not raw, what I might call an rinse wash, the color is really good, there is minimal distressing, the cut is slim but relaxed enough through the butt and thighs, and there is a very subtle bootcut. The denim is not as soft as that used by Paper Denim (PDC) but has an interesting texture. One of my favorite pairs of jeans.
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys. This is really helpful. Two more questions I hope you'll indulge: - What's the opinion of Lucky Brand? It seems that most people feel that they're a decent middle market brand, but not up to the PDC/Diesel, etc. quality. I guess this would make sense considering the lower price point for Luckys. Correct? - I hope this one won't get me banned from this forum, but it appears that Indigo Palms jeans (i.e. Tommy Bahama) are hated by jeans afficionados with the white hot light of a billion stars. I'm curious why this is. Is it because of the styling (higher rise, no really interesting washes, etc.)? Because TB is generally marketed to an older demographic? A cominbination? Just curious. Thanks again for the great advice. Jeff
post #6 of 15
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Is it because of the styling (higher rise, no really interesting washes, etc.)?
I would say because they are ugly as all get out, and made for guys who are about fifty plus pounds overweight, irregardless of age. Also, they are overpriced considering the mediocre materials, design, and construction. As for Lucky Brand, I have a soft spot in my heart for them, but the washes are not particularly good, nor is their denim. I could point you to lots of jeans just a bit over their pricepoint that are a lot better on pretty much every level. For starters, try Levi's Premium and GStar. Both companies have good, basic jeans for $110 to $130.
post #7 of 15
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- What's the opinion of Lucky Brand? It seems that most people feel that they're a decent middle market brand, but not up to the PDC/Diesel, etc. quality. I guess this would make sense considering the lower price point for Luckys. Correct?
My problem with Lucky is that the cuts and denim quality is no where near their prices, which are around $90 last I checked. $40 Levi's are a better buy. Tommy Bahama I have never personally tried on or anything, and its doubtful that I ever will. Since I really don't know, I won't talk smack
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks again guys. I really appreciate it. Jeff
post #9 of 15
I actually tried on some BR "utility" jeans the other day and they were quite nice. The fit is sort of like the PDC LTD/ICN, which you will probably want if you have bigger thighs. The dark wash that they have now is also pretty conservative. May be just what you are looking for. I can't speak to the quality of BR's denim, it may be overpriced, but it is pretty soft.
post #10 of 15
The denim used in the BR jeans seems (well, at least to my non-denimhead observation) to be exactly the same as the denim used in the regular line Gap jeans (as opposed to Gap 1969) that cost $30-40 less. I'd bet they are coming off the same line using the same grade of materials.
post #11 of 15
I like PDC. Stay away from Lucky.
post #12 of 15
Try Earnest Sewn (made by the designer who left Paper Denim). Since you're pretty skinny, ES jeans should fit you well, and they look great. STP has a few pairs now for ~1/2 price.
post #13 of 15
why did you bump a thread from march 2005??? im sure the guy found some jeans by now.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by cheapmutha
why did you bump a thread from march 2005??? im sure the guy found some jeans by now.

Actually, no. I've been walking around in my boxers all this time, so additional input is always welcome. People are starting to stare.
post #15 of 15
oh.

buy ande whalls
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