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Denim Obsession

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Edward Appleby, May 1, 2005.

  1. Edward Appleby

    Edward Appleby Senior member

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    Apr 18, 2005
    First off, let me say that I don't mean to judge anyone for an unhealthy interest in denim. I have many such fanaticisms.

    However, I just don't get the fascination with jeans. To me, the appeal of jeans is their utilitarian nature. A pair of Wrangler 13MWZs were designed with a purpose, and wearing them lends a contrasting and refreshing sense of insouciance about fashion. However, premium/hipster jeans are impractical, or at least designed without regard to utility.

    I'll probably pick up some Deisels or some Wrangler 47s, just becuase the girls like them, but I still fail to see the attraction of the more extreme and intensely studied denims. Can someone enlighten me?

  2. ringring

    ringring Senior member

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    Apr 6, 2005
    To be dweeby is the nature of men [​IMG] Denim has the same ingredients of interest as any other clothing. History, design, manufacture etc. It's the same as being interested in handmade shirts (yarn dyes, yarn counts, mercerising, handmade button holes, real pearl buttons etc), bespoke suits and suitings...food, wine, cigars, cars.... premium/hipster jeans are impractical, or at least designed without regard to utility. The same could be levelled at many items of clothing. Like a silk tie or the lapel on a jacket, the perforations in a pair of brogues... the original practical use may have been diluted or loss in time. Perhaps, like a pair of strappy Manolo stillettos or an Hermes chewing gum case, the utility now is for sexual attraction or social status. [​IMG] The attraction is what you make of it. To some people, one bottle is wine is much like another. I'm sure there's books on why people are drawn to become collectors or obsessive about some subjects. I think it's as much to do with the nature of man as the objects, in this case jeans, themselves.

  3. Geowu

    Geowu Senior member

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    Apr 1, 2005
    a more practical response:

    1. you wear jeans pretty much everyday so why not spend money on it to get it well-done?

    2. the fit on premium denim is better. This means you'll feel more confortable wearing it.

    3. depending on the quality of the jeans it will be very attractive, for instance a raw jeans will acquire a very fashionable "wasted" look, besides being an interesting piece of garnment because it changes a lot with time and the way you treat it. It is also very personal

  4. joseanes

    joseanes Senior member

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    Oct 25, 2004
    Marlborough, MA, USA
    I agree on this statement.

    If jeans are the norm on the social circle or job enviroment where you are, you tend to use them. And since you will be using them anyway, you would like them to fit well, look nice, and make you look better. I can understand that.

    Said that, I find jeans to be of utilitarian origin but I have different jeans to do yardwork than to go and visit friends. I also find jeans them comfortable, and easy to use: you don't really have to worry that much about color coordination, or what shoe may or may not go with it. People expect them to be there, no matter what you have for shirt/shoes/accessories. Drawing more attention to them (by buying luxury jeans) would make me mor conscious about coordinating them. But then again, isn't the purpose of this forum to make you spend more time thinking about what you will wear?

    However, I do not like any of the modern washes. Or very thin/lightwheight jeans. I like them heavy and with a uniform wash, like the 501s. But then again, that may be because I have never bought a PDC or Diesel jean.

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