Denim uberpost

There are two new pairs of jeans in the .Bro family - a pair of euro-hip Nudie Straight Svens and a pair of classic-Americana Levi's 501xx Shrink-to-Fits.

Let's meet them -

Nudie is a Swedish brand, but their jeans are made in Italy and I ordered them from a Swiss retailer. It took a hair under three weeks for kitchener.ch to ship them to WI, which seems slow in this age of big internet hypercomputer-pipes. Worth the wait, though - they made it and they're gorgeous, even folded up in the box.



I ordered them in 30x34, which fits a tad snug. From what I've read, though, sanfordized dry denim stretches like a ballerina - that if I can get the top button done, that's all I need to worry about for now. I'm about a week into the six months Nudie recommends wearing them before washing for the first time, and they're just starting to feel non-shameful.


The 501xx Shrink-to-fits are raw and unsanfordized - basically, Levi's stitched them together and sent them out the door. I got them on super-clearance because I bought a ridiculously long inseam - 38". I wanted them over-long for cuffing anyway, so the price cut was fortiutous.
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The "shrink" "to" "fit" portion happens in the bathtub - "cold-soak 'em, starch the hell out of 'em, and wear 'em hard" is the advice I was given. So I did, and then Emmett was all, "Day-umn, caretaker, them's some stiff jeans! Mrrow?" After the soak, they're down to a 31x36 and relatively loose through the thighs, knees, and calves. It's a very different fit and style than the Nudies - hipster tight vs. street-kid cuffed & loose.
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7 comments:

towwas said...

So, I don't understand how you can mail-order jeans. The vast majority of jeans I try on in the store just plain don't fit.

J.Bro said...

I blame weird-ass women's sizing (note: that's not "sizing for women's weird asses") for making that difficult for you. Even when women's stores try to adopt men's sizing, they seem to get it wrong.

My wife, who is very tall, tried to buy women's jeans that were tagged WaistxInseam, but the brand completely screwed it up. Something like a 30x34 was too short for her (what? Yeah, exactly), so she tried on a 30x36 - only to find that the waist was three to four inches bigger!

So, being the naturally curious fellow I am, looked through the rack and compared sizes to one another. As either waist or inseam tag measurements got larger, the other increased as well, regardless of what the tag said. Literally, a 28x32 and a 32x30 were cut from exactly the same pattern.

M.Bro asked a store-worker-person what the deal was, and was told, "I guess they just figure women with bigger waists need longer inseams," First, what? Second, then just use regular semi-random numerical sizing!

(M.Bro ended up with a pair that didn't match any of her actual measurements, but fit really nicely anyway. And still had to try on a dozen pairs to find them)

Scott said...

Does your head hit the ceiling in every room in your house? That fourth picture makes you look like you're about 8 feet tall.

towwas said...

Ok, I'm glad it's not just me. I once went on a jeans-shopping rampage in the Mall of America with J.Vo and tried on about 10 different pairs in many stores (she'd know the exact number) and they all didn't fit, in DIFFERENT WAYS. I didn't know there were so many ways for jeans not to fit.

I'm still in love, btw, with the jeans I got from Ann Taylor Loft before a baseball game a few weeks ago. Come to think of it, I was wearing them at our Blogcon '06 brunch.

Anonymous said...

how do you shrink 'em for a cuffed looser fit?

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