Staying ahead of the pack, Arden Reed is the first Menswear company to accept Bitcoins

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Arden Reed revolutionized the male fashion industry in 2012 when it combined modern technology with male fashion.

Arden Reed’s Tailor Trucks, found on the streets of New York City and soon, Los Angeles, provide perfectly tailored suits through their 3D body scanners and personal stylists.

To continue their revolutionary take on male suiting, Arden Reed will be the first menswear retailer to accept Bitcoins.

The Process: To buy a custom suit using Bitcoins, simply tell the stylist that you would like to make your purchase using Bitcoins. They will then scan your unique QR code for that transaction using their mobile app.

The sale will be placed in a block chain, allowing the customer to approve the transaction using their Bitcoin wallets. Exchange rates are updated daily and taken into account when charging the customer, ensuring that each purchase is equivalent to using real cash.

The Reason: Arden Reed is making it ridiculously easy to become the Best Dressed Man in the Room. Their seamless integration of modern technology with old world tailoring has changed the male suiting game. By accepting Bitcoins, Arden Reed is paving the way for a more stylish male community by providing easily accessible, unique, and modern options for your clothing purchases.

Find the Truck: To get your own perfectly tailored suit go to www.ardenreed.com and click on the truck icon to book an appointment.  You can also choose to get notified when the truck visits your city.  This includes: Philadelphia, Washington DC and Boston among others.

About Arden Reed

Founded in 2008, Arden Reed aims to change the way menswear is created.  They measure men with their Tailor Truck with a 3D Scanner and ship a custom suit in only 4 weeks.  

About BitCoin

Bitcoin is a consensus network that enables a new payment system and a completely digital money. It is the first decentralized peer-to-peer payment network that is powered by its users with no central authority or middlemen. From a user perspective, Bitcoin is pretty much like cash for the Internet.

Ties not only come in any imaginable design, color, and fabric, but also different widths. While the width of the tie depends in a large part on current trends, your personal style preference also plays a key role in finding your perfect tie width. Because recent trends had a slimming effect on our neckwear, I decided to write this skinny tie guide for my friends at Arden Reed. Certainly I will give you plenty of tips on how to tie and coordinate these pieces, but before I do, I want to tell you a bit about the history of necktie width.

 

Tie Widths of the Past 100 Years
While the origin of the necktie dates back to the 16th century, ties as we know them today are much younger in age – dating back to the 1880s. These early ties were much wider in width (4+ inches), were shorter, and resemble more ascot than today’s necktie. This trend continued throughout the early part of the 20th century. Then, with a more casual approach to menswear of the 1920s, neckties became narrower (about 3.5”), and – for the first time – started to closely resemble today’s classic neckties. The next noticeable shift in tie width was evident in the 1930s. The Art Deco movement inspired very bold neckwear designs and prints which were proudly showcased on pieces often wider than 4 inches. The wider tie trend continued throughout the 40s until the “Bold Look” (as Esquire called it at the time) emerged in the 1950s. Clothing became much more tailored and fitted – something you can easily witness by watching Mad Men. To compliment these form fitting clothes, neckties were also put on a diet. The skinny tie was born. The skinny tie trend continued through the early part of the 60s, but towards the end of this decade tie designers decided to go the opposite direction: Creating the widest pieces in the history if the necktie. These, often times 6 inch wide accessories, became known as “Kipper Ties”. The wide necktie trend stayed popular throughout the Disco movement of the 70s. The 1980s, a time infamous for its poor fashion and style, offered ties in many different widths. The ultra wide ties were still being worn but skinny ties also re-emerged thanks, in part, to the Blues Brothers’ infamous slim leather ties. Tie width became more uniform again in the 1990s and early 2000th (3.5-4 inches). Then, about 5 years ago we noticed a trend, yet again, for narrower neckties. Today ties are available in skinny (1.5”-2.5”), narrow (2.5”-3”), and regular length (3”-3.5”). In fact it is not uncommon for designers to offer the same necktie in different width allowing you to choose – something that leads me to the next point: What is the right tie width for you?

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Finding the Right Tie Width:
What width necktie you choose depends on four factors: Your personal style preference, your body type, your wardrobe, and the occasion. Typically the skinnier a tie, the more fashion-forward it will appear. But even if you consider yourself ultra-hip & stylish, I suggest to proceed with caution when choosing a tie that is simply too skinny (meaning a tie that is less than 1.75 inches wide) as these pieces can quickly look comical. For modern men who appreciate slim fitting (aka European cut) suits and shirts I suggest skinny neckties that are 2.25 – 2.75 inches in width. Want something a bit more traditional but equally elegant, yet anything but conservative? Then ties in 3-3.25” in width are perfect for you. Lastly there are the traditional width ties (3.5”-3.75”) which are good choices when a more classic-conservative dress is appropriate.

Like mentioned earlier, not just your personal style preference needs to be taken into account when choosing the right width necktie. Your body type as well as your clothes also plays a role. The key lies in proportion – meaning that you want to coordinate your tie width to your physique as well as clothing cuts. In other words, an ultra skinny tie on an overweight dude with a 19 inch neck will look out of place. The same can be said about wearing a wider necktie with a slim fitting suit featuring narrow lapels.

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Tying a Skinny Tie
Skinny ties usually have a more casual/relaxed look to them. Thus I tend to tie them with a smaller, slightly asymmetric, tie knot. Perfect here is the Four in Hand. Not only is this knot perfect for skinny neckties, but it is also one of the easiest ones to tie. Here is a video that will help you master this knot within just a few minutes.

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A bit about me:
My name is Hendrik and I am a tie aficionado – a passion that convinced me to start Tie-a-Tie.net –  the world’s most popular tutorial site for learning different necktie knots, matching neckwear, as well as anything men’s tie related. A few years after starting this site I decided to create my own neckwear line, and later on started my own online tie retailers including Bows-N-Ties.com. I do live in San Francisco, and when I am not designing neckwear, I enjoy cycling, running, and simply being outdoors. For more style tips on skinny ties, please check out this post.

Cupid

Clark —  July 29, 2013

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It’s no secret that dressing well is a great way to attract, show off your status, and potentially land a hot date. But how significant is the “well-dressed” advantage?

Does it matter to women as much as looks matter to men?

A four-month long international survey set out to find out by going to the most judgmental community on the Internet: OKCupid.  This observational survey illuminates how women respond to tailored suits, and quantifies what this means for men who want to attract their next girlfriend, hookup, or soul mate.


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The survey set up 10 fake OKCupid profiles.  The profiles were set up using four different variations.  Two models were photographed in two different suits, one tailored to their own measurements and the other in a slightly oversized off-the-rack suit.  The profiles all used the same profile content word for word, with similar usernames.

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We then placed the unfit and fitted option in 5 cities across the globe. Over four months these dormant profiles received profile views, pokes, and messages from women from all spans of the social spectrum.

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The Results

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Before we go through the big reveal we should note that most men are very unlikely to receive any comment, poke or indication of interest initiated by women on an online dating site. In one study, which included 6 male and 6 female profiles, only one man received a message while each woman received at least one message.


Conclusion

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We weren’t surprised that the fitted men received more attention; we were surprised just how much more.

In London, the home of custom tailoring, donning a fitted suit won just over three times the number of times they were “checked out” when compared to the off-the-rack numbers. Overall the figures were a bit flat in the overall interactions at just 1.2x.  This may be a “too good looking to message” effect, but there was no way for us to dig into the discrepancy.

Overall, London turned out to be our lowest scoring overall despite the number of profile views it received.  Seattle scored #1 overall.

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Across the world fitted suits received more attention than their baggy counterparts with no exceptions. They were 2.3 times more likely to get checked out, 4 times as likely to be “chosen” and given “hot status” twice as frequently.  (Hot Status is an OKCupid term which significantly increases the number of attractive profiles you can view; it’s automated via an algorithm.)

When combining all the positive metrics the fitted suits blew us out of the water with 292% of the marks scored when compared to off-the-rack.

So in which cities should men take particular care of their looks?  Without further ado, here’s the list:


The Top Cities where Dressing Well Matters

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Seattle surprisingly had six times the number of interactions vs it’s off-the-rack counterpart.  From there, NYC, LA, Boston and London had 3.7x, 2.0x, 1.8x and 1.2x the number of interactions compared to their unfitted  counterparts.

These findings were the result of a four month survey conducted by Arden Reed, a New York custom menswear company.  Arden Reed provides the perfect fit by measuring men in their Tailor Truck complete with 3D Scanner.  All Arden Reed suits are backed by a 100% Perfect Fit Guarantee.

The cities were ranked based on the multiplier between off the rack and their tailored counterparts on OKCupid.  The survey lasted four months.

“Men have no idea how much being well dressed has an effect on how they’re perceived,” said Carlos Solorio, Co-Founder of Arden Reed. “That’s why we built Arden Reed, so that men can present their best selves as effortlessly as possible.”

About Arden Reed

Arden Reed is a New York Menswear Company making it effortlessly simple to become the best-dressed man in the room.  Arden Reed customers can send in their measurements online or through Arden Reed’s Tailor Truck with 3D Scanner and get a suit produced to their custom measurements.  Delivery takes only 4-6 weeks and is backed with a Perfect Fit Guarantee.

The times are changing, and so should our wardrobes. Pieces that were once go-to’s are now don’t-dos, and we must stay up to date on what is fair to wear in the fashion world. The following list of items may (or may not) have had their heyday at some point, but that time has now passed. Eliminate items from your closet. Modernize yourself.

Wide Ties

Wide ties were at one point acceptable in the professional world, but they are now nothing but a reminder of the days when suits fit like paper bags. Ditch the width for something skinnier. By accentuating your chest instead of hiding it, the skinny tie will have a slimming effect.

Large Collars

The 70s were a decade full of love and freedom of expression. Unfortunately, some of these liberal expressions made their way into the fashion world for the worse. Large, billowing collars on button-down shirts are one example. Instead of framing your face, these collars distract from it. You should ultimately choose a collar that complements the shape of your face, but if this collar makes itself noticeable, avoid it.

Flaring Pants

Another reminder of past times are pants that flare. Though bellbottoms have shown themselves the door at this point, their close cousin the boot cut jean has made its way to unfortunate prominence. Throw out the boot cut jean immediately, and go for something either straight-legged or tapered.

Tennis Shoes

Do you play tennis? Are you heading to the gym? If the answer to either of these questions is no, then leave the tennis shoes at home. The comfort may be hard to pass up, but sporting these on your feet will do nothing positive for your overall ensemble. Look for something sleeker like a chukka, oxford, or high-top boot.

Jewelry

The days of adorned wrists and necks have passed. A simple watch combined with a ring or two is as much accessorizing as any man should do. Neck chains, bracelets, or anything else you might have picked up over the years should stay at home in a box.

Pleated Pants

The pleats, or extra folds, on the front of pants are both unnecessary and unsightly. They do nothing but hide the wearer under fabric, which is exactly what we want to avoid.

Cargo Anything

Cargo shorts and pants were all the rage at one point. After all, who could resist the ability to unzip your pants and turn them into shorts? The answer that is hopefully you can, as this style of pant and short belong in jungle exploration, and not in the urban jungle.

Distressed Jeans

Denim is one of the most important aspects of any casual outfit (see our abridged denim blog post for more). Jeans are meant to build up the rest of the outfit, not detract from it. In the case of distressed jeans, not only are you distracting from the rest of your outfit, but you run the risk of looking like someone who just finished a day of manual labor.

Loud Glasses

Eyewear can make a statement, and whether that statement is positive or negative is entirely up to you. Make sure your glasses are the appropriate size and shape to frame your face, and keep in mind that there can be too much of a good thing. Avoid giant frames that overbear the wearer, and find a style of glasses suited to the rest of your personal style.

Ill-fitting Suits

It would be irresponsible for us not to mention the importance of ensuring your suit fits correctly. Check out the front page of our main site to see exactly what it shouldn’t look like.

 

 

It’s never easy to get rid of things with sentimental value or that we love for any given reason. We often resist change even if it is ultimately to our benefit. If you keep in mind that taking these pieces out of your collection will help ensure your look is as current as you are then the job might be a little more simple.


A good shoe is ESSENTIAL to a man’s wardrobe. Ever notice when someone is checking you out it’s usually from the bottom up?

If you’re reading this, you’re at a point in your life that you realize; it’s time to get myself a nice pair of shoes. Something that’s stylish, tasteful and says, I’m confident, I’m a businessman, a no nonsense type of guy.

Shoe styles are made for specific occasions, however the lines have somewhat blurred on the formal and informal. Now, the dress shoe can easily be dressed down and look pulled together.

Should you go flashy or understated? You’ll naturally gravitate towards a shoe that represents you. Keep in mind anything squared-toe or extremely pointed is outdated. The important thing is to go for a classic and modern style that is perfect for any occasion.

Bonus, you’ll look sharp every time.

To get to the SOLE of the matter, I stopped by Leffot, a select shop featuring well-made shoes for men in New York’s West Village. A shop of this caliber would be a good place to start. Don’t live in New York, no problem their fine selection is available online.

As you read on you’ll see shoe terms you’ve probably heard of and others that’ll leave you confused (e.g. last, brogue, bolmar, cordovan, and vamp). Becoming familiar with these parts is all a part of the shoe selection experience.

Where Do I Begin?

A quality shoe has a sleek silhouette, exquisite craftsmanship, rich leather, and a good sole. Comfort is a given. Typically, the man coming in to buy his first pair of formal shoes usually starts with the basics. He’ll tend to go for the classics like a cap toe and oxford for suits. Or double monks and wingtips.

The Oxford

Oxfords refer to the lace style of the shoe between the shoe tabs (what connects the shoelace) & eyelets (what the shoelace is pulled through) It’s always a closed tight lace. Most business shoes fall under “oxfords”. It’s the traditional business shoe.

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Cap Toe

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For business or special occasion.

Double Monks

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A double strap buckled shoe with no lace. This shoe is typically worn with suits, but also works with jeans.

Wingtips (Brogue)

 

 

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Cap toe styles that resemble a bird’s wing. They’re usually decorated with perforation (brouging). Wingtips are versatile and can be worn casually with khakis, denim, and slacks or easily with a suit.

THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN
You’ve just been invited to a formal affair. It’s your first black tie occasion, but it certainly won’t be your last. How do you know what shoe will make you look like part of the event and not the staff?

Balmorals

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Shined and worn with a tuxedo, it’s the simplest most elegant shoe you can invest in. Traditionally black with a tight vamp (body of shoe including the tongue) and closed lacing, it’s constructed out of one-piece leather meaning there are no seams in the body of the shoe. Thought you were only going to get a once time wear out it? This shoe can be dressed down with a nice denim and black blazer.

Now you’re ready for an upgrade. You have a firm foundation of the basics and at this point you’re not trying to impress anyone but yourself. You know the character and quality of a shoe goes a long way.

M.T.O.

The guy that knows what he wants gets Made To Order shoes. He’s willing to get creative. A M.T.O. allows you to choose the leather, color, soles, and size. The finishing touch, you can also choose the last, meaning the silhouette the shoe is made in is specifically designed to the proportions of individual customers’ feet.

Shell Cordovan Plain Toe

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Low maintenance, easy wear. Lace tabs are apart not tight. It’s a dress shoe, but considered more on the casual side.

Once you get past all the attention to details, the final choice in your purchase is THE FEEL. The shoe should hug the foot nicely. Not too loose not too tight. Ideally, as the saying goes, “like a glove.”

WHAT’S ALL THIS COSTING ME?

A shoe of this quality can range between $600-$1500. Sounds insane, but it’s an investment. A shoe like this is good for a decade and never goes out of style. Stop by a cobbler every now and then for touch ups, a polish and you’re good to go.

Remember, the suit makes the man, but the shoe completes the look of the man in it.

America is changing.  The advent of Mad Men, Suits and White Collar has created a more style conscious professional man.

In the last two years, search results for “Men’s Style” has increased over 20%.  Additionally, the Men’s market is growing at a rate 30% faster than the womenswear market.

We looked into America’s rise in menswear and wanted to see which cities were embracing the new standard.

We checked search results for “Men’s Style” regionally within the United States and backchecked our figures with apparel expenditures per person.  This allowed us to come up with the best dressed cities in America for men.

 

Best Dressed Cities Infographic

 

Not surprisingly NY and LA ranked as our top two cities, both having 45% and 35% more searches than our lowest contender.  We were surprised to see San Diego and Phoenix make the cut as they’re better known for their casual style than being trendsetters.

After finding the top ten, we looked at what set these men apart from other cities by looking at Bureau of Labor Statistic figures.

We found that these men tend to be paid very well, over 60% higher than the average American.  Additionally, their was some credence to the bachelor profile of well dressed men with the percentage of never married men being over 40% the national average.

We also wanted to take a look at which markets were the worst dressed.  We took the best search metric as the one with the most searches for a certain bedazzled shirt brand.  The top honor was given to Las Vegas followed by Irvine, CA and Richardson, TX.

New Jersey, of The Jersey Shore fame, was nowhere to be found, but overall the cities melded with the general consensus.

The Best Dressed Cities in America – An infographic by the team at Arden Reed

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Has anyone ever told you that you’re a lot smarter than you look? Do such comments make you want to give said person a swift kick in the shin? Chances are your image isn’t measuring up to the intelligent person you really are. Fortunately, here are five ways to help bring out your inner Einstein and instantly appear smarter:

  1. Expand Your Vocabulary – Using the same nouns, verbs, and adjectives everyday can be mind numbing. Try sprinkling a new word into your daily dialogue. Consider a convenient app like Vocab Daily to get you started.

 

  1. Dress Smarter – A T-shirt littered with skulls, tribal art, and cheap slogans, won’t make you look smart. Change gears and look for timeless, understated pieces to give your IQ a boost.

 

  1. Listen! – Exhaustive blabbering isn’t the best way to flex your mental muscle. Listening, however, can be your secret weapon to outsmarting the pack. Carefully listen, process, and find a clever way to repeat back what was said.

 

  1. Random Trivia – Being smart is all about knowing a little bit about a lot of things. Learn a few random facts and you’ll never cease to amaze your friends. Check out Daily Random Facts

 

  1. Get Creative – Attending a gallery opening, museum, or any other artsy function, is sure-fire way to boost your eclectic cred.

Follow these five easy steps and you’ll quickly become the go-to guru amongst your friends.

It’s official: You’ve just been cordially invited to finest soiree of the year and everyone who’s anyone will be glamorously in attendance. However, your initial jubilation suddenly sours when your eyes scan the words “Black tie attire”. “What does this mean? Is there really a difference between my black suit and a tuxedo? If I wore it would anyone notice it isn’t a tuxedo?”

Relax, grab your inhaler, and allow us to clear the air on your black tie affair.

Essentially, the underlying theme of black tie is to make men appear as crisp, polished, and masculine as possible. Meaning that a tuxedo, compared to an everyday suit, should create a slimmer, taller, and downright regal silhouette.

Let’s go head to toe and look at ten distinct features of black tie:

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  • Bow tie – No, it’s not just for Pee-wee Herman. A bow tie cleverly directly all eyes up on your million-dollar smile.
  • Winged Collar – This collar style is simply made to showcase your exquisite bow tie.
  • Peak Lapels – This type of lapel visually broadens the shoulder and the satin finish helps drive home that point.
  • Waistcoat/Cummerbund - This helps hide the unflattering area where your suspenders meet your trousers. And yes, this means you can leave your belt at home.
  • Stud Fasteners – A bow tie and utilitarian buttons? No, sir. Stud fasteners help add a refined look to your placket.

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  • Piped Pockets – Less is more in a tuxedo and piped pockets say just that.
  • French Cuffs – French cuffs, the most formal cuff, utilize shiny cufflinks for closure.
  • Satin Covered Jacket Buttons – Just in case you haven’t picked up on the theme yet, the tuxedo is all about being polished down to the last detail.
  • Satin Striped Trousers – This glossy stripe runs along the outer seam of the trousers to complement the jacket.
  • Patent Oxfords – No broguing, embellishments, or adornments here. Elegant and simple.

Remember these key distinctions of black tie, so the next time you find yourself on the A-list you can breath easy.

When we think about grooming, often times we think about shaving and haircuts. Little do we know that there are deeper details that the opposite sex look into (i.e. body scent, teeth, lips and skin).

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“There are so many products that are on the market. How do I know which one to buy?”.

First, limit your choice.  The 3 main categories to focus on are hair products, facial products and body products.

We’ve made a list of goods that will make your life easier but also will minimize the amount of things you need.

Hair Products:

The only 2 hair products you need are deep conditioner and molding clay. These 2 products will help you tame your hair and style.

  • Deep conditioner will allow your hair to shine and not only appear as healthy as possible but will also make your hair soft as ever for those intimate moments.
  • Molding clay, the name speaks for itself, mold your hair into any hairstyle you would like and have it that way for the rest of the day.

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Facial Products:

Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. Here are the 2 products to keep it gentle:

  • After shave: For that smooth and polished texture.
  • Anti-wrinkle moisturizer with SPF: Not using a normal moisturizer regularly can allow wrinkles and other aging signs to show up on your skin earlier than they might so why not fight them 3x as hard with sun protection and anti-wrinkle ingredients.

Body Products:

Want to wake up in the morning or come home after work and clear your mind to feel stress free and renewed.  These 2 products will do just that.

  • Body Scrub will buff away impurities and reveal smoother skin.
  • 2-in-1 Soap will clean and moisturize at the same time so you won’t find the need to use lotion.

Extras:

·         Mouthwash: Although you might brush your teeth, using mouthwash is more effective in cleaning the crevices in between your teeth.

·         Lip balm: Chapped lips can get painful and annoying. Lip balms will help keep your lips moisturized and soft.

·         Body Gloves: exfoliates your skin and fights back breakouts.


Remember everything counts!

Some occasions require dressing up without putting on a suit. Though it is overlooked, the pants you choose are the foundation on which to build the rest of your outfit. Whether made from denim, khaki, corduroy, or anything else, it is key to pick a winning pair in order to tie everything together.

This post will focus on America’s beloved pant materials: denim.

An entire society of denim enthusiasts exist, and for a good reason. Jeans can convey as much about the wearer as their choice of shirt or shoes, and after going over the subtleties of the material you may find yourself wanting to become a part of that society.

The Perfect Pair

The optimal pair of jeans will be raw, selvedge, and versatile in both cut and finish. I’ve thrown a couple of industry specific terms, so let’s go over what they mean before we continue.

Raw jeans are jeans without what is referred to as a “wash.” A jean’s wash is how the naturally dyed fabric has been altered in order to achieve some sort of effect.

Common features of different washes include whiskering, where coloration splays out from the crotch of the jean like a cats whiskers, and further coloration added to the thigh and knee areas.

Distressing is also common among denim that is not raw, where the fabric has been roughed up or made to look roughed up in certain areas. Raw denim lives true to its name: it remains in a raw, untouched form after being dyed.

Why do you want a pair of raw jeans over something that comes with a prefabricated wash? Raw denim will naturally fade, namely in the crotch (in the form of whiskers), the knees (in the form of “honeycombs”), and around the ankles (in what are called “stacks”) in a manner completely customized by the individual.

No two pairs of raw denim jeans will come out the same, as the pants will change over time alongside whatever the wearer is doing.

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This process of transformation for raw denim will ultimately create a piece of what many would consider to be art, with an end product more complex and natural looking than their washed department store brother jeans.

Selvedge jeans are created on a different style of loom than their traditional counterparts. The more time-consuming process creates a more durable finished product, and is marked by a selvedge edge located on the out-seam of the pant leg.

This edge is something that can be tactfully shown off by cuffing, or kept hidden; it is wearer’s choice. Most, but not all, selvedge jeans will also be created from raw fabric, the two go hand in hand.

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The fit of your jeans is just as important as the fit of a suit jacket or trouser in that it can make or break what would otherwise be a fantastic pair of pants. Different fits or cuts of denim will flatter different body types, and must be chosen accordingly.

The heavier-set among us should carefully decide on a pair with enough room in the thigh and seat area to allow for sufficient movement, without being lost in a sea of fabric. Look for jeans that taper from the knee down to preserve a sense of your body’s form in the pants.

The more slender should focus on accentuating their natural lines by either choosing a full taper from the waist down, or solely the knee down, being careful not to copy the skin-tightness found in women’s jeans. Also watch not to drape yourself in too much fabric, take advantage of your form!

Most manufacturers offer dimensions for their different pant styles should you be ordering online, although it is definitely recommended that you go and try out denim in person given the importance of fit.

The last thing to consider fit-wise is that just because a pair is tagged as size 34 and your actual measurement is a size 34 doesn’t mean the pair will fit you in the end. Denim, especially unsanforized, will dramatically stretch as it is worn and shrink when it is washed. It is important to consider this when purchasing a pair, and it is fairly common to have to buy 1-3 sizes smaller than you naturally wear.

The final aspect to consider when making your purchase is the detailing of the pants. Though there is a time and place for rhinestones, your buttocks is not one of them.

Other things to avoid are extravagant stitching on the back pockets and most certainly any kind of loud brand name or image.

The darker and more inconspicuous the stitching, the more versatile the jeans will be. Bright threading will catch your eye, and it is up to you to decide whether or not this is something you want your peers to focus on.