Committing yourself to a pair of jeans, a jacket, a shirt or a pair of boots for a couple is no big deal for some people, for others it is quite an undertaking. Whatever your feelings about wearing something for an extended period there is no doubt that three things you need to get right are the fit, the form and the function, let me explain why.
Pretty self-explanatory, but a tough one to get right, getting the right fit means different things to different people. The fit of your clothes is a very personal thing, with some people favouring a loose fit whilst others like their jeans shrink wrapped over their legs, what is important is to choose a fit which is versatile and which you won’t tire of after a few months.
The other consideration when it comes to fit is how it will fade. Tighter fits tend to fade with more contrast, whilst looser fits are synonymous with a more vintage wear pattern.
When it comes to the form of your jeans it concerns everything other than the cut, the choices which you personally make to attain the aesthetic which you are looking for. In particular it concerns things like the rise, or level which the jeans will sit on your hips/ waist, the endless debate between cuff, hem or stacks, and the ever popular sizing up or down issues.
The rise is a simple issue of personal choice on comfort and style, some people like their jeans to sling low whilst others prefer a more vintage, high waist look. The same principles apply to what we do with the bottom of our jeans, I favour a cuff on most of mine simply because I like how it looks, some prefer a modern clean hem, and others like the extended fading potential which stacking your jeans gives.
Sizing up or down is one of the most contentious, and humorous, areas of denim discussion concerns the rather peculiar practice of sizing up or down to attain a certain look. Personally, the idea of not wearing my correct size to attain an aesthetic simply means that I have chosen the incorrect cut/ brand, I know many others will disagree and I have noticed that after-market tapering seems to have replaced re-sizing in recent times.
The function is a specific reference to jeans which will fit your lifestyle and climate, people living in Malaysia may be uncomfortable in 25oz denim, whilst those in Alaska might want something more substantial than 11oz. Beyond that it is worth thinking about what the constructional thread is made from (cotton or poly), for endurance purposes, whether belt loops or cinch is more practical for you, and what you are likely to be carrying in your pockets as to whether you need them to be reinforced.
These are the three main factors which will impact your long term enjoyment of your denim, if any of them are wrong then you may find that your experience with your jeans may not be everything which you had hoped for. Get it right, on the other hand, and you will find a new level of love for clothing as your jeans change and evolve over the time you spend with them.