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Designer jeans

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by stylingazn, Feb 4, 2004.

  1. stylingazn

    stylingazn Active Member

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    Hey guys,

    I was just wondering, what do you think are the biggest differences between designer jeans and a cheap pair of jeans? Obviously quality, but do you feel better wearing a brand name than a cheap pair? Discuss..
     
  2. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    There's many big differences.

    Quality is always one of the big differences. Top designer jeans are made in Italy, the US, or Japan. Cheaper jeans are made in Asia. While this doesn't always mean that Asian jeans are lower-quality, many top-notch jeans like Paper Denim and Cloth have hand-set pockets and hand-created washes and fading (vs. mass-produced chemical treatments).

    Styling is also up there. Designer jeans have a variety of cuts and styles to choose from. If you fit a certain body type (relatively slim to average), the jeans will fit especially well. Also, certain brands are known for a specific fit.
     
  3. Alias

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    Know of any brands that make jeans with a low-rise and not-girly-skinny legs?
     
  4. High_Roller

    High_Roller Senior member

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    I find PDC to be very generous in their cuts. If you want lots of room in the leg with a low rise, go for a pair of those.

    Also, I totally agree with everything Versace said. Designer jeans just have more unique qualities to them than mass produced pairs.
     
  5. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    Diesel Rabox. I have a pair. Fairly low rise, not too tight, they look really nice. The wash is great too, dark with just a small amount of fading down the front.
     
  6. ken

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    If you don't want to spend $150, or if you're not 6 foot so you can't wear PDCs (elitist bastards.), Levis 529-low rise straight-are a helluva good pair of jeans. Really low rise, pretty wide leg, and the Levi's red tab on your backside to boot.
     
  7. VMan

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    I like all the little details and stylish touches the nicer designers (PDC, Seven, Levi's Premium, Diesel) add to the jeans, to me that makes them more worth the price. Also, the added benefits of great washes that get better with age (instead of rinsing right out) and elements of quality mean that I can wear these jeans a lot longer than lesser brands.
     
  8. High_Roller

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    Can't be less than six feet to wear PDC? I'm a mere 5'6 and mine fit me fine. Although I do have to cuff them about two inches. Heh.
     
  9. shoreman80

    shoreman80 Well-Known Member

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    This is a little off topic, but sifting through a thrift store I found a pair of old, still tagged Sear/Roebuck Western Wear jeans. They're "Cut to fit over boots," and while I'm generally a 34, these are a 36 and fit great (70's styling, I suppose). The rise is a little long, but it's a great find, and I just wanted to crow.
    The best part is the artwork on the large tag, looks like Burt and Loni circa Smokey and the Bandit.
     
  10. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Differences are principally cuts and finishes (usually very noticieable) and to a lesser extent, the quality of the denim. I personally swear by the denim used by Paper Denim, but similar arguments could be made for Rogan, Evisu (although I'm not a fan of the styling,) True Religion (one of my new favorites,) and A.P.C. and Helmut Lang, the original designer super stiff and distressed jeans, respectively.

    Especially for men's jeans, there are not a lot of good choices if you opt for jeans in a lower price bracket. Women are much luckier in this regard.

    For a guy with bigger thighs, the best low waisted, bootcut jean is probably the Paper Denim GTO.
     
  11. sirhc

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    Levis, Levis, Levis. Maybe Wranglers if you want boot-cut. There is NO NEED for expensive designer jeans...
     
  12. Valmont

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    J.Lindeberg, most of jeans would probably fit the bill. You Americans, however, might not appreciate his collection as they are usually kinda fitted, not like disgustingly tight but more than average...
     
  13. VMan

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    Know of any brands that make jeans with a low-rise and not-girly-skinny legs?
    J.Lindeberg, most of jeans would probably fit the bill. You Americans, however, might not appreciate his collection as they are usually kinda fitted, not like disgustingly tight but more than average...
    There's a 'high-end' store targeted at 18-25 year olds (they carry Diesel, PDC, Seven, G Star, Gsus, some obscure European and Japanese brands, etc) a mile or so from campus that carries this line. From what I've seen the designs are very nice.
     
  14. Alias

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    I'm Asian [​IMG]
     
  15. High_Roller

    High_Roller Senior member

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    Don't bring up J. Lindeberg jeans. I bought a pair this past summer and lost weight as right after I got them. Never wore them once. It's a sad tale. If anyone wants to buy them off me, let me know. They have no tags, but I've only put them on once in the fitting room.
     
  16. VMan

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    What's the size?
     
  17. High_Roller

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    They're tagged a 36, but they're very slim cut and fit more like a 33-34. They're a lower rise faded black jean (and when I say faded, I mean faded to almost grey. Neat color going on) with a slim leg and slight flare right near the bottom. They have burgundy stitching on the back of each leg in a zig zag pattern. Not for conventionalists, I suppose. I think the inseam is a 34.
     
  18. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    Damn, they sound really cool, but I take a 31/32. I don't think there's any chance of them fitting [​IMG]
     
  19. High_Roller

    High_Roller Senior member

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    Well I told you they fit before I lost weight. You think I would have needed to lose anything if I was a 31? LoL.

    If anyone is interested, though.. let me know.
     
  20. Brian SD

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    On the subject of designer jeans - some general guidelines are: PDC - fit perfectly and comfortably, and they are stitched to eliminate certain unsightly qualities that other jeans may put on your body, and give you a truly stunning sillhouette (not to mention being extremely comfortable). Hand-done fading lines in the most perfect areas, and absolutely impeccable (sp?) color-fading. PDC jeans tend to run a little large on the waist. Sevens - Super trendy and of course you won't go wrong wearing these around (you'll probably get more brand-oriented compliments than PDC, as they are much less subtle in their design), but in general they do not fit as nicely as PDC does. Diesel - Extremely trendy, very comfortable, but the general absurdness of their washes will go out of style quickly I think. They are generally tighter and lower rise (some down to 7.5" rises). Dolce & Gabbana - I don't know what to say about these, they look nice and are generally much slimmer than other jeans (I.e. I can fit a 28w with PDC, but 30w with D&G is about right too). They are nice jeans but I wouldn't recommend them, as the only ones in the same price range with the afformentioned designers (PDC, Diesel, Seven) are not very special or nice-looking. The higher end Dolce jeans are just way too expensive to buy unless you can casually spend upwards of $400 for jeans. Levi's Premium - They are very nice, but for the same price you can get lower-end Sevens, and for $30 more you can get PDC. I don't know anything about J. Lindeburg but from how they were described earlier I definitely would like to investigate them. I hope this helps. [​IMG] Edit: PDC jeans usually only come in 34" inseam, you can get them tailored to your height, but I wouldn't try to if I was under 6', because you would lose the fit of the jean by moving the inseam too far up the boot leg.
     

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