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A common question - just looking for some (affordable) flattering Jeans


Jun 26, 2011
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So, jumping right into it: I'm a 23 year-old college grad looking to generally update my wardrobe, and surprisingly one of the harder parts is finding the right jeans for me. At a little over 5"10 and around 175 lb, I have an athletic build. It used to be that Levi's were perfect for me (I have particularly fond memories of a few old pairs of 501s and 511s), but that was when I was slimmer, around 155 lb. Now, with a 31 waist and 30 length, jeans that "fit" tend to have back pockets that are low and bulky, and so are unflattering to my derriere. Any suggestions? I have proportionate legs and ass, not crazily muscular, but I'm still questing for a good quality, affordable, flattering dark wash (and same in black, if possible). Not looking for skinny, just slim and wearable.

Hope this message wasn't too crazy long. Thanks for the help!



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Jul 6, 2013
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I'd look into raw denim selvedge options. They're more expensive than most jeans, but they will also last longer, so it probably evens out in the end. There are some options that are lower-priced but still very good, like Gustin, Naked and Famous, and Unbranded. The latter two you can find on sale, as well. All brands will offer multiple types of fits, if you don't want it to be baggy look for ones with a lower rise. Measurements should be readily available online.

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Mar 8, 2002
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Normally, this would get shunted off to another thread, but this is a question that comes up so often that I've decided the it deserves its own thread.

First of all 5'10" and 175 ls a pretty typical build, and with a size 31 jean, you are probably in decent shape. I'm not sure what weight of jeans you are looking at, but if you want the typical 12-14 ounce jeans, I would highly recommend spending a bit extra, and raising your budget to $200, which opens up a host of options.

The "tapered" cut from Japan Blues (at www.blueowl.us, among other places) might work for you. They come in at just over $200. And you get good denim at that price. The denim is also not particularly stretchy, so if you get the size that fits you from day 1, you don't have to worry too much about your jeans stretching out.

The "slim fit" from Big John is another decent alternative: http://www.nomanwalksalone.com/index.php/slim-tapered-jeans-14-oz-raw-denim-2500.html again, a bit above $200, but with the styleforum code (go to their affiliate thread in the classic menswear section to find it: http://www.styleforum.net/t/358758/no-man-walks-alone-official-affiliate-thread, you'll dip under $200, with free shipping and returns, so it's a no-risk proposition. It's not actually very slim at all, from personal experience (and I am 23" around the upper leg)

There is also a black model, but it's final sale, so make sure you like the non-sale model first.



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