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raw jeans newbie.....help me out here?

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Hey guys, first post here. I wanna get a pair of raw jeans, but I don't really know where to start. I don't wanna spend too much, so i'd rather find a pair that's on the cheaper end or on sale or something. Preferably a dark blue, and definitely not a baggy fit but I'm not into the really slim fits either. But whatever...

The thing is I have no idea where/how to find raw denim outside the internet, and I don't like buying clothes online. Where can you buy raw jeans, and how do you know if denim you find in a store is "raw" or not? I was un Urban Outfitters the other day and came across a $50 pair of BDG jeans that sorta looked like raw denim, and there was a sticker on the leg that warned about fading and whatnot. Does that mean it's raw denim? Also, if they are, does that mean if I got those jeans I should get a size or two too small?

Also, if raw denim fades a lot with wear, does that mean the ink rubs off onto furniture and other clothes and stuff? If so, then, uh......how the hell do you wear them around without ruining stuff, and how do you prevent it?

Thanks.
 

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Do they sell any raw Levis 527s? I prefer that fit (of the one's I've tried) to the 501s. And if a pair says "shrink to fit" does that basically mean it's raw?
 

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I'm new to raw jeans as well and i just ordered these levis 514 raw http://www1.macys.com/catalog/produc...Type=EverGreen

They're under "rigid scraped" color. I really like the 514 fit and they look pretty good for $32. They have a couple creases on them, but it's not that big a deal. I'm gonna wear these for about a month and maybe buy a better pair of raw jeans(apc ns probably) over winter break. They're definitely good for beginner raw jeans if you're not sure about em'.

They're a bit different from the 501 stf in fit and stuff. With the 514rigid, you don't have to worry about the shrink to fit process. They're good low maitenance starter jeans. Plus, if you screw them up somehow, they're only $32. They're slim fit, but not skinny.

 

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Shrink to Fit basiclly means it's unwashed, so yes it's raw denim.
I think the only current Shrink to Fit denim is the 501, so if you want a low rise boot cut pair then you'll have to spend some extra cash.
The Nudies Bootcut Ola should be a similar fit but those go for about $150.

Raw denim normally has tags warning about shrinkage.
 

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thanks theshonen, that clears some things up.


chronoaug- thanks, I'll look into those. Did you mean "rigid scraped" instead of "resin scraped" though? The levis site has the former but not the latter.
Not being shrink-to-fit has nothing to do with raw denim fading over time, right? And does shrink to fit mean I need to buy a size or two smaller than usual, or not?

And what the hell, you linked to macys.com, does that mean the site is working for you? It hasn't worked for me in days.


Also, I have to know, will the dye in raw denim rub off onto fabrics if I wear it around?
 

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Macy's is working for me o_O
Yes raw denim bleeds, so be careful if you plan on keeping it raw. Most people soak their unsafornized denim *denim that shrinks* to get the maximum shrinkage out of it and kill off some of the indigo that bleeds. Should'nt be too much of a problem though.
The jeans that chrono is talking about is the Levi's Red 514 Rigid Scraped. The resin wash is only avalible for the slim straight styled version which goes for $68 which is a complete rip off. Macy's already ended their sale so the 514's are back up to $45 which is still a pretty good deal considering it was originally $68.

Before buying anything just do some research. Stick around on this forum and if you're curious about something then search it or look at the second link I have in the first post.
 

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alright, cool. Giving them an initial wash won't completely prevent a 'custom' fade though, will it?

And WTF, macys.com isn't working for me at all, on either of my computers. Maybe they don't want me making online payments. conspiracy?
 

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You shouldn't really notice a diference in color except that it'll lose it's "shine" and rigidness.
Just a soak in 60 degree water, not a wash.
 

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Ok, so the continuation in my quest for raw jeans. I ended up going to Kohls to return something, and looked in their jeans section and came across a pair of Levis that sorta has that raw look/feel. I'm probably wrong. They're Levi's 517, a really dark blue. They just kinda stood out because they're a dark, solid color with a bit of sheen and felt kinda rigid/stiff. I kinda liked how they look on me, and they're only like 25 bucks. They're not raw jeans, are they? Pretty sure they're these And if I got a pair would they stretch out much? I went to Macys, and I couldn't find one pair of jeans that had any tags or anything that even alluded to them being raw denim. I saw some 514s but they didn't look 'raw', and I found a couple that looked and felt like raw denim (kinda stiff and shiny) but they weren't my size. I tried on the 514s anyway and didn't like the fit at all, so oh well. I went back to Urban Outfitters and tried on some of those BDG jeans that I think are raw...boot fit and straight fits. I found a couple I might've gotten but I still don't know if I'm supposed to get a size too small or what. Does anyone know what jeans I'm talking about though? They look and feel like they're raw, but I just wanna make sure.
 

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Originally Posted by Fat-Elvis
Ok, so the continuation in my quest for raw jeans.

I ended up going to Kohls to return something, and looked in their jeans section and came across a pair of Levis that sorta has that raw look/feel. I'm probably wrong. They're Levi's 517, a really dark blue. They just kinda stood out because they're a dark, solid color with a bit of sheen and felt kinda rigid/stiff. I kinda liked how they look on me, and they're only like 25 bucks. They're not raw jeans, are they? Pretty sure they're these And if I got a pair would they stretch out much?


I went to Macys, and I couldn't find one pair of jeans that had any tags or anything that even alluded to them being raw denim. I saw some 514s but they didn't look 'raw', and I found a couple that looked and felt like raw denim (kinda stiff and shiny) but they weren't my size. I tried on the 514s anyway and didn't like the fit at all, so oh well.


I went back to Urban Outfitters and tried on some of those BDG jeans that I think are raw...boot fit and straight fits. I found a couple I might've gotten but I still don't know if I'm supposed to get a size too small or what. Does anyone know what jeans I'm talking about though? They look and feel like they're raw, but I just wanna make sure.

The BDG jeans are not raw, they're one-wash, they will not shrink.
 

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Wth? I've never seen raw 517's. I need to stop relying on the crappy site.

Don't think of raw denim as a must. Chances are that if you're buying cheap raws then you'll end up soaking them anyways, taking away the shine. If you like the fit and color of a pair of jeans, then buy them. Raw shouldn't be a deciding factor. All that matters is how you like the jeans and how long they'll last you.
 

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If you just want a pair of dark jeans, don't worry about raw so much. Those BDG one washes you saw at urbanoutfitters will do fine. Another member here has them and they look really solid for the price. For under $50, i'd say just get those if you're looking for just a dark jean. Then you don't have to worry about the raw aspect if that's bothering you.

If you want to test the waters with a raw jean, i'd reccomend getting the levis raw 514s. Under $50 so even if you end up not liking the whole raw thing, it's not a big deal.
 

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I just wanted to find a pair of raw jeans to mess around with. I figured the fading would be more apparant with darker jeans, and I don't really have a pair of really dark jeans anyway. It's not that I "don't want to worry about the raw aspect"....that's what I've been looking for! I just wish there were a pair of inexpensive raw jeans other than the 514s. I tried those on and really didn't care for the look on me. It squishes my butt and then makes my lower legs look really skinny (which they are).
 

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