Wardrobe Staples For The Fellas: Denim

Most of you guys should know this by now… But for those who don’t, open up your eyes, put on some clean underwear and get ready.

Now… As far as I know, you cats have legs. And if you have legs, you wear pants of some sort. At least I’d hope so. But, if there were one pair of pants that you definitely need, it’s a good pair of jeans. Plus, they look good. You can wear them with t-shirts or button ups.

I’m not gonna say head out to Kiya’s shop, Self Edge and drop some coin on a pair of jeans (well, maybe you should…) But every man or boy inspiring to be a man, needs a good pair of jeans. And none of those True Religion, make your man-ass look like Kim Kardashian, type jeans. But some good, sturdy, jeans that you can wear every day , do whatever you have to do, and be masculine in.

Now, there are many jeans out there. Many with different cuts, rise, tapers, boot cut, straight leg, slim cut, indigo, black, Zimbabwe cotton, blah blah blah bippity-boppity-boo. There are just a shit ton of jeans out there. And of course, different price ranges.

But nothing beats the plain and simple straight leg 501 cut jean. Don’t worry fellas, the rise is just right, so it won’t show off your tramp stamps. It’s got enough room in the thigh for the skinnies, chubbies, and fatties alike. The leg opening is just right for sneakers or boots. It won’t swallow up your Vans like your old JNCO jean did.

Here are my 501s.

The angle makes me look like I have Hulk thighs. Which I sort of do, but not the way the angle exaggerates it. Look at that Moose Knuckle! I seriously look like I’m 5’3″ in the mirror.

They’re just a plain, properly fitted, masculine looking jean. I don’t have diaper ass, my tribal butterfly TAPOUT tramp stamp doesn’t show when I bend down to tie my boots, and I don’t look like I’m ready to go to a psychedelic rave with my Dungeon and Dragon friends.

Now you know what cut to look for, here comes the hard part. WHICH PAIR OF JEANS SHOULD YOU BUY? American made? Japan made? Levis? Levis Repro? Indigo? Black? Selvedge? Non-Selvedge? What?

Whatever fits your budget man, that’s how you should gauge it. If you can’t spend up to $300 on Japanese repros… Hey, no problem. No one is judging you. Levis offers the plain Levis STF (Shrink To Fit) 501s. And when you head to any rockabilly gig, you can bet you’ll see many cats rockin em with high cuffs.

If you’re ready to drop some pretty coin on some jeans, Levis also offers their LVC (Levis Vintage Collection) line, that gets a little more specific. You’ll see numbers like ’55, ’66,  etc etc. Those are the years that Levis has has specifically (slightly) altered the cut of the 501s. Of course, the cut has been altered many times over many years, but those years are just a little more notable. Very minute changes, but noticeable to those denim and Levis enthusiasts alike. So if you want era, go check out some LVC. Be ready to drop around $230 +/- for a pair.

Now… If you really wanna get serious with this… Head over to Self Edge, and get some history instilled in ya. Kiya probably knows as much about denim as hot rodders know about engines. Now, if you’re talking to the proper hot rodder, you’ll know that they know the ins and outs of automotive vehicles. Well, Kiya knows the same amount of information about jeans and the process of em. Is he in the Webster’s Dictionary yet?

While may of the jeans they offer are Japanese branded, it’s they’re probably closer to Levis original 501 cuts than Levis itself. Why? Simply put… The Japanese fuckin love Americana. Since those companies have nearly every single American made machine to make American made (in Japan) denim… Well… You get the picture.

You’re almost there fellas. Just gotta do some math with your wallets, and you’re gonna have thee staple in every mans wardrobe.

Trust me, when you have a good pair of jeans, you can do anything.

I’ve been hit by trucks on a bicycle, tore down walls with my bare hands, moved ridiculously heavy furniture, played with chalk on the sidewalk. Spilt beer, sauces, meats, piss and shit (not my own of course… Now, that sounds even weirder. I’m a dad, what can you expect?) and my jeans are still holding up strong. And will last me quite a few years.

So when I say that a good pair of jeans is a mans staple, I mean it’s a mans staple.

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