Complete denim newbie seeks advice

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Holdfast, May 8, 2006.

  1. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    And I mean a complete denim newbie - I used to be a fair bit overweight, so the idea of tight jeans horrified me! [​IMG] I've since lost the excess weight and got into better shape but believe it or not never really got round to buying a pair of jeans...

    So I'm completely new to denim and toying with the idea of buying a pair. But the range is staggering. I'm looking to the experts to point me in the right direction in terms of the different brands' fits and which they'd recommend for me.

    A bit of background - I certainly don't want anything paint-stained, ripped, torn or otherwise heavily distressed. Some light wear is fine. From what I've read I don't think raw denim is right for me; sounds like too much trouble for me.

    I'm in my (very) late twenties so can't pull off a "hip young thing" look; I just want something slightly more casual and slightly younger looking than my regular chinos, etc. A dark blue rather than a sky blue please.

    I'm a 31" waist, fairly wide hips with fairly muscular thighs and calves so can't have anything "skinny". Re: the legs, I also don't want a flared look. Tapering I doubt I could pull off with my figure; for what it's worth my suits have a 17-17.5" cuff circumference and I'm happy with that. I guess that's a straight leg. I also have a short inseam of about 28" (should jeans be longer than regular trousers?)

    Price not really an issue to be honest, but nothing totally insane please!

    I appreciate this post is much more basic - and boring -than the usual discussion, but please take a moment to help this suit-savvy but denim-desperate guy out! Thanks! What brands and sizes should I be looking for?
     


  2. DNW

    DNW Senior member

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    It sounds like something Diesel makes is suitable for you. They have a range of washes, some not so crazy. I notice that you're in England, you might get access to some washed Nudie Regular Ralph or Straight Sven for a decent price. If you want something more subtle, APC makes a pair of washed standard jeans that's decent and well priced (they might not fit you well because of your muscular thighs). I also like Rogan, but they might be a bit too "fashion forward" for your taste because their cuts are fairly unconventional. Lastly, Levi's makes some decent washed jeans in their LVC collection and possibly some in the Capital E collection (I'm not familiar with the latter).
     


  3. tweedlesinpink

    tweedlesinpink Senior member

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    I second the Diesel choice. They're good comfortable jeans that make all sorts of cuts, so finding a straight with a nice wash wouldn't be a problem at all. if you're looking for diesel, though, i'd point you to the HonestForum, where they have a whole section dedicated to Diesel, and tonnes of dieselfreaks to recommend stuff. Just let them know what you're looking for, and they might even snag you a brand new auction.
     


  4. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    Thanks guys - I'll check out the double recommendation for Diesel and also the others DarkNWorn mentioned.

    What size should I be getting for a 31" waist? I gather denim will stretch? Should I be going a size down?

    And what about hemming - on regular trousers I wear a half-break. What length should jeans be hemmed to and should I wash them before to see if they shrink.

    Thanks again!
     


  5. DNW

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    That would depends on which brand you go with. Diesel makes their jeans fairly true to size. If you're buying a washed pair, you won't have to worry about shrinkage as long as the jeans are washed in cold water. As for hemming, it depends on how you wear your jeans. I like mine to be about 1" longer than my dress trousers, which gives them a slight break.
     


  6. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    You're a star. Thank you very much!

    Now to actually go find a pair... [​IMG]
     


  7. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    how about an apc rescue?

    !luc
     


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