I bought my first pair of Nudie Jeans in a good department store in Dublin about 5 or 6 years ago. They are still in good nick and still get wear. Several other pairs have followed since. I have no hesitancy in recommending them to you. The denim that Nudie do always delivers.
Nudie jeans are a Stockholm-based brand that specialises in denim. Founded in 2001, their ethos is that denim improves with wear. They even offer repairs in their own stores. Unfortunately, there are none outside of London in the UK or in Ireland either. An excuse for a trip to Sweden if ever I heard one…
What you get with these denims is really good quality at a competitive price. I have paid all sorts of money for denims from very cheap to expensive enough. Using boxing parlance Nudie Jeans perform very well in the “pound for pound” stakes when you are considering which denims to buy.
Ideally you should try denims on before you buy. We are all different body shapes between backsides, thighs, calves etc. Good thing about Nudie is the range of fits they offer. It is comprehensive. Once you try on a pair or two you will know your fit for a long time (middle-aged spread maybe a factor here). Everything from “painted on” skinny to a baggy jean. This is best illustrated on the “fit guide” on their website.
The slimmest fit I would personally go for is the Thin Finn. This is a pretty slim jean, so you wouldn’t want to have thighs like Sir Chris Hoy or you would be heading to the Nudie repair store faster than a lap of the keirin on a fast track. Great fit for the slimmer of thigh and not attention-seeking tight. There are several fits looser than this and surely one of them will be a good fit for you. The denim is really nice and will mold to your own shape, regardless of what shape that may be.
Several different weights of denim are available, with limited editions popping up every so often. For starters the basic Nudie jean is a great buy. This would come in around £100. You can feel your way into the brand after this if you like. Everyone puts different values on things, but I look upon £100 as a good deal for a pair of jeans that will be used several times a month (maybe more) for years. Some will baulk at such figures for men’s clothing. You get what you pay for. No doubt about it. The adage remains the same when it comes to t-shirts, jeans, shoes, suits. Buy the best you can afford.
Shades of denim vary. The darker the denim the smarter it looks and so you get versatility with it too. If you want a rounded selection of denims then have a couple of darker indigo pairs, a good black pair and maybe a grey pair as well. I notice on my Instragram adventures that a stack of ripped denim is still out there. I still find it slightly ludicrous that you would pay up for pre-ripped clothes, but that’s fashion I suppose. Madness comes in all shades and forms in the fashion world. Still, if it’s your bag then go on ahead. I don’t see many men my age knocking around in ripped denims right enough. That is not to say you couldn’t carry it off, but proceed with caution. Sometimes the line is a fine one between being THE man in the bar and being THAT man in the bar.
You can get Nudie jeans in department stores with a good men’s range, online via their own website and via online stores such as Mr Porter & Asos.
Thanks for reading and stay stylish!