Raw denim will always have its appeal. While washed out, pre-faded jeans skip all the hard work and get straight to the worn-in look we all strive for, the authenticity of a pair of raw denim jeans, untouched by sand paper and enzyme-infused wash cycles, can't be beat. It's a choose-your-own-adventure that will always yield a happy ending. Whether you're just diving into your first pair (if that's the case, read this) or you're looking to get into adding another pair to your selvedge library, now's the best time to break in a crunchy new pair. here's why.
Fall is arguably the best time for dressing. Specifically, it's prime time to bust out your denim. The weather's cooled down enough that you finally slip into something that covers your calves. Though denim's been shown to be a terrible insulator to get you through the most brutal of winter, Uniqlo's Heattech exists and you can easily keep your jean streak going, blizzard be damned. Can't really say that about that summer.
All of that means nine months straight of raw denim gestation with a beautiful set of fades birthed by June. Plus, it's perfect timing if you're into the myth of wearing your jeans for six months before their first wash to set in the fades. And if you run really cold, you might even be able to wear jeans at summer's peak. In that case, ignore this article and cop a new pair of raw denim jeans whenever.
Not only do you get to really dig into fades this time of year, you can style your jeans for three different seasons. Flannels and fleece for fall, hardy boots and down jackets through winter and plain t-shirts for spring. Jeans look great with everything, sure. And if you're the type to wear blue jeans every chance you can get, before it's too hot, there's no better time than now.
If you've had your share of lightweight or midweight jeans and you're looking to get into something more challenging, this would be the time to try your legs at a pair of heavyweight jeans. Anything from 16 ounces and up can be too much too handle for even the milder months, depending on how hot or cold you run. But the cooling temps makes this time of year ideal to incubate some some burly denim that would otherwise be even more painful any other time of the year.
Now which pair do you spring for? Here are a few suggestions.