The ideal pair of jeans
Nowadays, department stores have set aside large sections for jeans of all kinds. As you walk through the myriad of choices, you see options such as boot cut, low rise, cargo, faded, ripped, torn, with holes, without holes, skinny, acid wash, stone wash, relaxed, straight-cut and high-waisted. Where do you begin? It seems as though everyone is trying to put a spin on jeans.
Believe it or not, I did not own a pair of jeans until college. I don’t remember the reason for the delay, but now that I have discovered them, I will never go back. In fact, I can still remember my first pair of jeans. They were Levi’s and felt so comfortable. Through the years, I randomly tried all kinds of jeans with no thought to appearance. Fixated with comfort, I neglected to see how bad many of those pairs looked. And even worse, I wore each pair until they practically disintegrated.
So, where should you start? What should the ideal first pair of jeans for you look like? In my mind the ideal pair possesses five main qualities. They are (1) solid dark blue, (2) straight leg cut (or boot cut for boots), (3) free of holes/tears, (4) not distressed/faded, and (5) fit perfectly. I call these jeans ideal for a couple reasons:
Versatility. This style of jeans can be utilized in lots of ways. Wear a nice dress shirt and a sport coat to assemble a perfect dressed up casual outfit for a night on the town. Or, throw on a black crew neck t-shirt to dress it down a bit for ultra-casual hanging out with friends. Or, pair them with an untucked dress shirt (roll the sleeves up above your elbows).
Classic. Believe me when I say this version of jeans will remain in style. In the same way men will be wearing black oxford shoes 50 years from now, they will also look favorably on classic jeans. In fact, I cannot envision a time when jeans will drop off a man’s must have list.
Jeans convey quintessential American grit. I think of James Dean, Ralph Lauren or Steve McQueen – men being men. When blended with awesome shoes and a sport coat, they transform into a mix of refinement and earthiness. With this article, I am not saying this is the only pair of jeans to be owned. I merely offer you a starting point. Personally, I own jeans in various colors and even some with a slightly more slender pant leg than straight leg. In fact, I frequently get comments about a bright blue pair I wear to liven up the day. It’s one more arrow in your sartorial quiver. If you need a few starting points, try Banana Republic and Calvin Klein.
P.s I know I sound like a broken record, but make sure those jeans fit properly!
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