Styling Tip

Ever wonder how to pull off the elusive "jeans with a suit" look? Allow Simon Spurr to explain.

The Washed Denim Spectrum

With winter on its way out, the raw denim you bought at the season's start can probably use a rest. Opt for a pair of comfortable washed jeans for the coming spring. The light colors and ease of broken-in denim are seasonally appropriate, and ready for the coming warm weather. Having a pair is ideal if your raw denim hasn't broken in the way you wanted it to—or you need something to tide you over while your favorite jeans get repaired or hemmed. Don't worry, your pre-washed secret's safe with us.


Gap, $65

The 1969 jeans have been lauded for their fit. And this wash keeps the minimal branding and slim-straight silhouette of the selvedge version, but lowers the price.

J.Crew, $98

This is perfect for guys who want a dressier jean with a rise that isn't too high or too low. The dark worn wash has a very natural fading at the pockets and knees.

Rag & Bone, $195

Made in LA with a classic fit, these come with slight whiskering and honeycombs behind the knees. Just enough to be broken in, with plenty of opportunity to make them your own.

Levi's Vintage Clothing, $285

This washed version of the iconic 501 uses selvedge fabric, with just enough fading and natural whiskering to make it seem like they were grandpa's favorite pair.

Simon Miller, $345

Known for its great cuts and premium fabrication, Simon Miller's jeans are made in the US with a slim fit, heavy fade and some realistic paint-splattering details.

Simon Spurr, $395

These washed jeans are made from 100% Pima cotton, with signature yellow selvedge lines. Made in Los Angeles, they're worn in using authentic practices like hand sanding.


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March 6, 2012

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