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Denim buying priorities?

Discussion in 'Style' started by misteraven, Dec 23, 2004.

  1. misteraven

    misteraven Administrator

    Joined: May 7, 1999 Messages: 8,963 Likes Received: 402
    I'm kinda curious of people's opinions on what's more important in the denim purchasing decision. Do you place more emphasis on the cut (fit), or on the wash/dye? granted both are imporatnt, but which is the biggest deal breaker in dropping money on denim? obviously, this isnt intended for the type of person that buys whatever's cheapest or on sale, but rather someone that really appreciative of a finer product and willing to pay for it ($160+).

    also how important are the trims and detailing? do you prefer simple and classic, or do you appreciate extra detailing/branding? i don't mean over the top stuff, but rather the details that help distinguish a brand. example: the hand painted seagull motiff on (some) evisu, or perhaps the unfinshed edges on the rogan belt loops. granted most people don't like the super crazy stitch patterns and patches all over the place, but as far as small touches, you prefer to see them, or do prefer a solid pair of denim without the frills or need to advertise?

    just curious.
  2. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,277 Likes Received: 235
    ha. i should not include myself in this, but i will anyway just so your OCD 'refresh' pressing will prove fruitfull.

    first thing ive been looking for is wash i guess. i look to see how much extranious shit has been done to the jean, then immediately cut out anything that looks too 'doctored'. i dont want holes and paint splatters on my jeans. thats why i buy new jeans, because my old ones have paint on them. i dont want them whiskered to the point where it looks like a zebra is giving me a lap dance. i dont want sanding so severe that it looks like racing stripes that end just below the knee. no thanks. i like jeans because they're timeless. start pulling that shit and it dates them.

    i really like little signature details. it's what makes jeans extra fresh. people cant go over board though, or do something thats completely unecessary. i like the little diesel logo on the change pocket. the energie one is dope also.

    one thing im being really fucking annoyed by is people not making jeans long enough. fuck a 33" inseam. i'm 6'3", 33" aint gonna cut it. 34 barely does, and if they shrink, im screwed. another thing i'd like, is guys jeans in stretch denim. maybe it's just cause i do alot of karate kicks, but stretch is hellof comfortable. you probably wont feel it, being a purist and all, but it would be nice to have as an option.

    and just think, two months ago i knew nothing.
  3. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
    first thing always - FIT

    I dont care if the color is perfect, if it doesnt fit, it doesnt fly.
    Then I suppose the dye/fade. I look for subtle sticthing but
    that's just my tastes. I like it when there is a distinguisable
    design to them, but too much is just too much. The designer
    jeans that most people seem to rock are too trendy to last.
    Jeans can last for ages, so buying ones that will go out of
    fashion is not something I will do.

    I know they arent really designer jeans anymore,
    but I can never go wrong with a good pair of Calvins.
  4. MrChupacabra

    MrChupacabra 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Oct 10, 2001 Messages: 10,940 Likes Received: 683
    Yes. They should really start making more shirts AND pants in stretch. So comfortable. Even if they just make them so they can stretch a little bit, its nice.

    I don't buy ridiculously expensive jeans, but i'll drop my opinion anyways. Personally when i go into a store looking for jeans, the first thing i notice is wash. Solely because i choose what i want to try on based on looks, so i don't find out about fit until after i've already decided i like them enough to try them on. Its wash that will decide whether i even try them on, but in the end its going to be fit that decides what jeans i will buy. I like my jeans to be comfortable, but i also don't want to look like i just painted a house and then rubbed them on a barbwire fence.

    As far as little details go, i like them as long as they remain small. Some nice detailing or a little bit of added stitching can make a pair of jeans look even better, but lots of brands just go over the top and look ridiculous.
  5. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
    I did 300 karate kicks this morning before my coffee.

    I'm doing a thousand kicks for charity (getting sponsors)
    in january and I need to get the numbers up there.

    MESTHREE Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Apr 11, 2000 Messages: 2,902 Likes Received: 35
    Its really not ever going to end. you know that right?

    I just want some plain jeans that fit really well. Fit is the most important thing to me. I like little details that are subtle. I like tasteful stiching.

    If a pair of jeans fits perfectly but the wash is wack forget it. You know vice said it best. I dont want to be wearing a pair of jeans that makes it look like I pissed my pants. I want denim that is soft like its been worn in but yah... I dont want any stains, holes and only really minimal fraying.

    Finding jeans without alot of shit on them is hard... anyhow.. I also wouldnt buy a pair of jeans that was a perfect wash but didnt fit well. Wash and fit are pretty equal in importance.

    I dont need to advertise anything. if a pair of pants fits well and looks fresh I dont give a shit who made them.
  7. seeking

    seeking Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: May 25, 2000 Messages: 32,277 Likes Received: 235
    just found out lucky makes stretch jeans for men. they're dope. go buy some and kick the fuck out of peoples faces.
    kicking is awesome.
  8. Nekro

    Nekro Elite Member

    Joined: Feb 19, 2003 Messages: 2,568 Likes Received: 1
    Wash gets me to try them on, fit and detail sell them.

    I don't like or want to wear jeans that look old. I can always tell when peoples' jeans are pre-faded and it just seems super fake to me. I'd rather just get a pair of nice dark jeans that fit nicely and wear them until they're broken in and somewhat faded out.
  9. GucciCondom

    GucciCondom Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 29, 2003 Messages: 5,558 Likes Received: 168
    I like denim that looks like this:


    Then after I establish that it has good color I must try them on. The fit is really important. I don't like jeans that are sort of tight or cling to your leg in spots. I like mine to be wide, and all the way down. A lot of times they get a little tighter towards the bottom, this is no good.

    I also like the pockets to be wide and really deep because I keep so much shit in them. On my Girbauds I can carry a full bottle of alcohol, or a can of 25% more Rusto in them and you can't even notice.

    Then what comes last I guess is the overall design on the pants. The stitching, the patches, whatever. I don't really care what they look like as long as they meet my other criteria.
  10. justaname

    justaname Member

    Joined: May 18, 2003 Messages: 807 Likes Received: 23
    first and foremost i look for the fit in the jeans. i don't like mine too big and saggy that's why i always buy those levi's regular fit jeans ($20 bucks). they fit me pretty well but the only thing is the blue jeans color usually bleed on to some of the bright color shoes i have like the green and yellow DC. does anyone in here know how to fix that problem? well, everything else is not that important to me, i don't like too much detailes in a jean. i like it simple. is there any other brand out there that fits like the levi's?
  11. Ski Mask

    Ski Mask 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Apr 11, 2000 Messages: 11,114 Likes Received: 209
    I gotta cast another vote for fit as my first priority. Most of my purchases are vintage, either Lee Riders or Wranglers if I can find them in decent shape. Aside from the fit the next biggest factor is the type of denim. both jeans use broken twill stitching, which uses a heavier denim, but resultls in a softer feel that wears and fades really well. I really hate the pre-fading thats out everywhere now, but most of my purchases are "naturally pre-faded" from use, so its not an issue.
  12. GucciCondom

    GucciCondom Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 29, 2003 Messages: 5,558 Likes Received: 168
    I feel Justaname on the bleeding shit. Every pair of shoes I own that isn't black has all kinds of blue dye all over them. Shits annoying.
  13. misteraven

    misteraven Administrator

    Joined: May 7, 1999 Messages: 8,963 Likes Received: 402
    only think you can do us put masking take inside the cuff so the denim doesnt rub against the sneaker. happens a lot with some of the higher end denims using organic dyes.
  14. trackstand

    trackstand Senior Member

    Joined: Jun 21, 2004 Messages: 2,262 Likes Received: 3
    Basically, I am on a tight budget, but I have only about two pairs of jeans... I want to start shopping for jeans soon, but I can't spend too much money. Are their any stores besides the obvious like old navy that make a sturdy, nice pair for a reasonably low price?
  15. GucciCondom

    GucciCondom Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 29, 2003 Messages: 5,558 Likes Received: 168
    good lookin' raven ill try that

    trackstand..do you have stores like TJ Maxx or Marshalls? You can find nice jeans for cheap in there. The brands will depend on where your from. I've seen Polo and Nautica and stuff in the ones here, but down the shore they had Enyce, Diesel, Droors, Zoo York, all kinds of shit.