Amp up your selection of jeans with these 3 pre-customised styles
Whatever the fit, brand or wash, the spirit of denim has always been rooted in going your own way without missing a beat. The world’s favourite fabric also happens to be the most customisable, with each new pair of jeans acting as a blank canvas of sorts. They can age and change on their own — by whiskering, fading and adapting a new shape with every wear and wash — or you can get them pre-customised. You could always go the DIY route with a pair of scissors or a sewing machine, but do you really want to risk ruining a perfect pair of jeans if you aren’t a complete pro? We think not. Instead, give these three styles a try and switch up your casual options with details that express your aesthetic.
Featuring unmistakable ribbed patches (and sometimes rips) on the knees, biker jeans are a necessity if you prefer your denim as functional as it is good looking. Although labels like Balmain and Saint Laurent introduced them to the high-fashion world — think skin-tight fits, boots and leather jackets — they actually started out on the opposite of the spectrum: as protective gear for motorcyclists and were part of the uniform for many an American biker gang.
Because of their skinny fit, you need something sharp if you’re going to be dressing up in these. Button up in your finest white shirt, throw on a denim or leather jacket and complete the look with Chelsea boots or high-top sneakers for a British mod-inspired look.
All the rips
Ripped jeans have this become this season’s most popular trend. Even in winter. Championed by Yeezy and most of your favourite Instagram slay kings, the slashed look has long been a street style fave, plus there are many ways to go about executing it. There’s the simple ripped knee, the heavy distressing along the thigh, the rip-and-repair look and the frayed hem detail.
They have a retro feel that looks even better in a cropped or wide-leg fit. If your style is all easy-going, athluxe-inspired and you live in the freshest sneakers, a pair of ripped jeans will top it off in style.
Engineered with personality
If you really want to take your denim to the next level, make sure you do it in an outstanding pair with unique customisation. You’ve got lots of details to choose from: side stripes, acid washes, scribbles and doodles, paint splatters, 3D constructions and more. While some of your favourite brands have done all the hard work for you, if you don’t mind the extra work and finesse that goes into customising your own jeans, it’ll make them even more special.
It’s best to keep the rest of your outfit looking sparse so you don’t look like you’re doing too much — even maximalists have to scale it back sometimes. Keep it simple with a plain tee or sweatshirt and finish off with a coat and slick sneakers.