DENIM DUTY: Finding the Perfect Skinny Jean

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J.Crew recently relaunched their men’s denim line – updating cuts and finishes. The line consists of three different cuts: 484, 770 and 1040 (and 7 available washes). The line features premium Japanese denim from world renowned denim mill Kaihara; using a special in-house rope dying technique. Although I am not normally a fan of washes or finishes ( I like my denim raw), J. Crew manages to make whiskering and distressing look natural (their secret is doing it by hand). I got to check out the preview and tried them all on, here is the low down.

1040 selvedge jean in Fairfax wash - $198


484 is the slimmest fit in the line. The 484 sits below the waist and features a narrow leg. This is the perfect jean for the guy who appreciates a skinny jean but isn’t about to adopt the denim leggings popularized with the hipsters. For the technical guys: a 14.5″ leg opening.This is a grown up skinny jean. Interesting fact, named after the J. Crew Men’s store in SoHo – if you are a SoHo guy, this is probably the jean for you (this is the jean I went with in the end).

770 raw selvedge jean in raw indigo - $175

770 The 770 occupies the perfect space between a straight cut jean and a skinny jeans. The jean is cut straight through the hip but still slim in the thigh and leg. This is the a great fit for almost any man. For the technical guys: a 15″ leg opening.This cut is named after the address of the corporate office in NoHo – so think of this as the fashion forward corporate jean ( I got this pair for those days I want skinny but not too skinny).

484 selvedge jean in Fairfax wash - $198

1040 Although the brand likes to say that this cut is for guys who prefer a traditional fit with more room to move in – this isn’t what you think of when you hear those words. It is not loose cut or a boot cut – these aren’t your dad’s jeans. The 1040 falls straight through the hip, thigh and leg. For the technical guys: a 16″ leg opening. Named after their store on Madison – this jean is perfect for the Upper East kind of man.      

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