I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: The most spectacular, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity- All I hope for in my clothes- Yves Saint Laurent
Denim is a cornerstone of our style. We would struggle to do without it. Never has there been a better selection of denim available to men. To name a few this selection includes
8oz Japanese denim
12oz Italian denim etc
Overkill? No way. The more options the better in my opinion. The most important thing is the fit of any of the above. Denim needs to fit you well to look good, otherwise we are in Dad denim territory. Happiness and comfort are important, but this is a style blog, and I myself am pretty particular about the cut and fit of my jeans.
An ill-fitting pair are an obvious fortysomething fashion faux pas. This applies to length, waist and cut. Denim dragging down the back of a shoe onto the footpath is not a good look. A smart jacket or shirt can be overshadowed by a bad fitting pair of denims. Sometimes our favourite denims need to be put out to pasture as they literally are not cut out for for social occasions. At this stage it maybe worth looking at investing in your denim stocks, which I will cover next week when I discuss a few brands I have come across that you might fancy checking out for yourself.
I like to keep it simple with my denim. At my age I can leave menswear misadventure to the younger lads and trust in what I have learned over the years. Simple style always works. So, no ripped, distressed, oddly faded denim on this guy. Although,I do have an older pair of Diesel denims that are quite faded in places in a 2004 kind of way. So, they go against my own denim protocol. They are so soft and comfortable that they make contradicting myself worthwhile. At this stage it might be good to reflect on the fact that denim may well make you feel pretty darn good How do your clothes make you feel?
What simple style in denim means to me-
- Straight leg or slim fitting
- No rips, tears or odd stuff
- A good quality denim. Provenance is important.
- Go for darker shades for a more sophisticated look
- Buy the best denim you can afford. It will give a return on the investment
The denim business seems to be thriving just now. What is especially exciting is the smaller players in the industry are getting more exposure and are bringing some superb denim to the marketplace. I am currently really enjoying investigating and trying out some of these smaller artisan denim brands that bring real quality threads to the table with unbridled passion and enthusiasm. There is outstanding attention to detail and care taken to ensure top quality denim lands with us and will last for years. Jeans that are signed and numbered by the worker who finished them in the factory. Those kind of small touches I just love!
Don’t get me wrong, I wear Levis and Edwin denim too, but it does feel good getting hold of great, small batch clothing and knowing that it was made with such care and the business you gave the company is thoroughly appreciated. One brand in particular uses old Singer sewing machines that can handle heavy fabrics especially well. My late Grandfather worked for Singer for many years in Glasgow. Such little coincidences are wonderful. He would be well chuffed. Trousers my Grandfather would have worn and they are back in fashion
With all these options there is a perfect fit out there for every one of us. It sometimes can take a bit of donkey work to find it though. It is worth the effort, so stick with it. Try them on in a shop or order online (a lot of places offer free returns if they don’t suit). Ask in the shop about brands that maybe wider or slimmer in the areas you need them to be. Check out images of the denim online. Just do your research and then take your denim days to a new level.
Thanks for reading & stay stylish!