Styling Tip

 
These smarten up nicely with a subtle patterned shirt and a pair of navy suede shoes or sneakers.

The Stonewashed Spectrum

The high-waisted, ill-fitting "dad jeans" infamously worn by fuddy-duddys and President Obama couldn't be further from the slim-fitting, light-washed styles that stylish men all over can be seen sporting these days. Most of the time, it's because guys have put in the time to break in a pair of raw denim, resulting in a beautifully faded custom pair. But there's nothing wrong with a shortcut every now and then. Quality denim mills haven't stopped producing the selvedge material they're known for—they just have it undergo a hearty wash or two before they make a comfortable pair of jeans. These stonewashed versions still fit like a modern jean should—slim at the seat and thigh with a nice clean taper throughout the leg. One thing they all have in common? They're a hell of a lot easier to wear in warm weather than a raw pair.

 

Gap, $60

Slim jeans with a light wash and just enough distressing at the thighs and knees.

 

J.Crew, $98

The slim 484 fit is done up in washed Japanese selvedge denim for the first time.

 

Club Monaco, $195

This US-made straight leg style comes with a 35" inseam for taller guys and cuff lovers.

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Levi's, $78

With a tapered leg and regular waist, this an update of the archival 505 cut.

 

Ralph Lauren, $98

Color-fading and allover distressing add an antiqued look to this straight-leg pair.

 

Nudie, $215

Cut from organic cotton denim in a slim tapered style and thoroughly washed.