I’m a Levi Strauss wearer from way back, and over the last year or two I’ve gotten several pairs in the newer cuts, that is regular-fitting low-rise. Mainly 527’s and “Skinners” (see here.
I need some black jeans because the ones I have are starting to get too old to wear to work. (Note: It’s a business casual environment where black jeans are condoned if they’re in good condition).
So here’s the problem. I’m so tired of black 501s that I don’t want to buy another pair of those. I like the newer styles of Levis, but I can only find them in blue. “Skinners” do exist in black, but they’re 35% poly (yuck) and creasedugh!!.
So recommend me some brands and styles. I like them slightly tight to normal fitting, but never baggy. Also I prefer a lower rise, not extremely so, of course, but lower than regular 501s. Ideally they should be preshrunk 100% cotton.
If you’re a woman, I think Victoria’s Secret has the best fitting, best assortment of fits, and best quality out there. I just love them. If you’re a man, they probably won’t fit you right, but you can give it a try, I s’pose.
Nope, I’m a guy. And I do notice that lots of men’s black jeans these days seem to be distressed and/or don’t fit the way I like. As for trying VS…nope, I don’t think so but thanks for the suggestion anyway!
I had a pair of black CK jeans years ago, until they ripped right up the back. Not at the seam, but next to one of the pockets. And it wasn’t like they were super tight, or that my wallet was overstraining the back pocket. I was at work too, but fortunately wearing a fairly long sport coat.
Speaking again of Calvin Klein, it’s too bad that they, apparently alone of all the major jeans makers, still haven’t put up a flashy website so you can see what they have to offer. Searching for CK on the Internet is nothing more than an invitation to download spy- and adware.
I own a ton of pairs of Eddie Bauer jeans, fit me extremely well and are well made. Most jeans are too baggy/have too long of a rise. Try them on in the store, and order online. I always order stuff from there when it’s on sale, or from the outlet store.
Thanks, Lynn, I’ll check it out. $54 for custom made is well worth it, considering that a standard pair of Levi’s runs around $44. Though I have some misgivings about buying clothes of a brand with which I have no experience, without being able to try them on.
As for keeping them black, I’ll keep everyone’s suggestions in mind. Though I haven’t really had a problem with that. I’ve found that my black jeans now will still stay acceptably dark for at least a couple of years without any special handling. My problem now is that a couple of my pairs are much older than that.
Carhart makes a jean/workpants that come in a color called petrol. It is a blackish gray color and the color holds up fairly well if washed inside out. They have a fairly low rise and they last forever.