You already own jeans. Heck, your bedroom floor is probably carpeted in pairs awaiting the washing machine at this very moment. But what you might not realise is that this year has seen a step-change in the wealth of styles available to men with an appetite for quality denim.
So what better time to talk you through the strongest cuts, fits and washes to style out the rest of summer, and the year…
In an ideal world, you’d break in your own jeans (or have enough money to pay someone else to do it for you), allowing authentic creases, abrasions, gouges and rips to form naturally over time. But in reality, it’s easier to just pick up a pre-distressed pair already equipped with these said knackered elements which lend a pair of jeans that distinctly laid-back, grunge-infused feel.
This year, you’d be hard pushed to find a retailer who isn’t pedalling this kind of patched up and artfully distressed denim on its shop floor. There are, however, brands that do the 1990s stonewashed thing better than others.
At the upper end, Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, Levi’s and AllSaints produce quality jeans with exploded knees and just the right number of patches. At the lower, wallet-friendly end of the scale, high street favourites Topman and ASOS are churning out skinny and slim styles that come preloaded with enough rips to suggest you’re capable of manning a cattle ranch or erecting a barn, if required.
Wear yours with a fresh riff on rebellion, like how Saint Laurent styled theirs forautumn/winter 2015, and combine with a neutral tee, pair of Chuck Taylors and bomber jacket for a look that’s put-together but errs on the side of effortlessly cool.
DARRING's Distressed "Troubadour" Jean Available on this site