How To Shop: Denim

Many people, especially men, are in the habit of building wardrobes. Unlike are female counterparts, men are a little more limited when it comes to fashion or work attire. We have suits [quiet pause] well, that’s all we have; a men’s professional wardrobe is nothing more than a suit and any accompanying accessories. A good shirt, tie and even a flashy pair of cufflinks, these can all help to add to the look. What some men don’t consider though is the limitations and restrictions when it comes to the casual side.

We often ask for [associate] help when we are choosing our business attire, so why not casual? Although post-work drinks or even home spent time should be simple, there are still basics. Those basic building blocks that help to create the perfect look, the effortless look and ultimately a clean look — yes, we hope your clothes are too –. These are those pieces that you can’t leave the store or your house without; the fundamentals of men’s fashion, aprés-business.

Denim, one of my favourite basics in any wardrobe. It is that functional bottom half that can either make, or break, an outfit. Through wash, colour and even contrast stitching; denim has the ability to transform its look for the simplest detail or to an overall style. The problem, per-say, because it is such a basic is to what do we deem to be a basic? What wash, colour, cut, style, length, detail, fabric and any other possibility that goes into how the jeans are made or possibly how you pick them off the rack.

Go simple. Simpler is not always better but in this case it can be; why have specific pants for specific looks, blend. There is nothing worse than having a piece in your wardrobe that requires its own [wardrobe] to be able to wear it. It only goes with black, or those shoes and with these accessories, not the most reliable. Instead, you go for the denim that just happens to be the right colour and style that it can pretty well mix with anything you have in your wardrobe — or plan on adding later –.

Not that I am a denim guru or expert by any means, I’m not that guy that know’s all his standard cotton’s from his Japanese raw pieces. No, I am just your average Joe consumer that happens to have a few pair’s — or 60 — and just speaks from experience. How many times have I got myself all worked up, so thrilled and only disappointed when I brought home yet another pair of jeans. It’s not that I don’t like them or needed them, just they don’t fit. No not the size, or length, but the overall style. I’ve spent thousands of waisted dollars on fad styles or ones that have faded from my wardrobe.

— Part of my denim collection —

How do you fix this though? Simple, know what works best for you and best for your wardrobe. Although this seems like one of those easier said then done sayings, it really can be. You should already know what’s in your wardrobe and what you wear most — I hope –, so make use of this. Know that if you’re a sweater and shirt kind of guy, simple and dark is the way to go. Or if you’re the vintage sweater and cowboy boots kinda guy, medium and faded — with a few rips — is the way to go. You may as well buy the pair that speaks to your style instead of to “why am I part of this outfit?”

Now that you’ve got the idea though and even the right style in mind, there is one more part – less is more. I know I’m not the only one when I admit — shamefully — how many pairs of jeans I have, it was an addiction. And now as time and my style has evolved I look back in shame, with empty pockets. Where did all my money go and why don’t I see it in my wardrobe; from spending useful dollars on useless pants, I’ve left myself short in-terms of the amount of love jeans I have over just-okay’s. You don’t need to have 30, 20 or heck even 12; all you need is a few good pairs to last you through each season. As the colours change as well as the temperatures, different styles now become seasonally appropriate. The only thing we have to learn as time passes on, is learning how to pass on passé pieces.

Jake Wilton

P.s. One of my favourite styles [now] is any basic dark skinny denim. Do away with all the heavy sandblasting or even rips/holes, just something nicely cut that lets the top do all the talking! (Nudie, Citizens and Taverniti all make great options for this!)

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One Comment on “How To Shop: Denim”

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    February 20, 2012 at 11:54 AM #

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