How to Find the Perfect Pair of Jeans
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Jeans, since they're origin over a century ago, have become a staple in every man's wardrobe. Because of their versatility and vast selection, investing in the perfect pair of jeans can be quite a challenge. Finding the perfect pair to match your needs and body requires time and patience.
The difference between jeans and denim
Jean and denim are each different materials used in making the everyday pair of "jeans". The difference comes about in the production of both fabrics: denim is woven with two different colored yarns whereas jean is woven with two yarns that are both the same color. Denim tends to be more expensive and durable whereas jean is used for lighter clothing such as shirts. There are many companies out there such as Evisu and G-STAR RAW who use denim in its raw form to make their product, while other companies will use a blend of materials.
Factors to examine when considering which pair is right for you:
Wearing jeans that are occasion appropriate is extremely important. Jeans that have a darker wash are more suitable at posh restaurants or trendy nightclubs. They tend to be more formal in general, even at the workplace. Lighter fades are worn more during the day and early evening. Many men decide to keep fewer than five pairs as a part of their wardrobe however the more fashion forward male can experiment with different washes, fades and designs. There are endless possibilities in the market today.
The fit is probably the most crucial factor when buying a new pair of jeans. Many men make the mistake of choosing the wrong cut for their body type. Some of the standard fits include straight leg, bootcut, relaxed and slim fit/skinny. Each cut is made to fit a different body build. For example, slim fitting jeans are made for the more slender male and tend to be more snug starting from the hips all the way down to the ankle. For men who have a bigger build, a relaxed fit would be more suitable because there is more room in the legs. Choose out 4-5 pairs of jeans that spark your interest and try them all on to compare. Walk around the store for a few minutes, sit down, move around and get a feel for the pair you have on. The "Squat Test" is a good indication on how tight the pair is. The rule of thumb generally says that if you can squat all the way down to the floor (this means the top half of your legs are parallel to the floor), the pair is a good fit. Your new jeans shouldn't hug your body to the point that they become a second layer of skin. Usually, a finger or two in between the waist and waistband is a good fit. Ultimately, comfort is the determining factor for most men. If a man is going to invest in a pair of jeans, he is going to want to be extremely comfortable. If the jeans don't feel right, they're not the right pair for you.
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