Ah, denim. It's the core of every man's -- and woman's -- wardrobe. Finding the perfect pair of jeans is like finding the fountain of youth, and when you do, you better snatch up as many pairs as you can. We favor A.P.C.'s Petit Standard. When we first bought them, the sales clerk lectured us about the fit. He insisted we buy a pair that was a size smaller than the one that we felt comfortable in. We pulled on the next size down and could barely button the top closure, sucking in our stomach as if we were being corseted. There was a moment where we thought we may actually lose circulation in our feet as the pant legs were so snug and the raw denim was so stiff -- practically like cardboard. But the friendly sales assistant insisted that we buy that size. "Don't worry," he cooed, "after wearing them for a month they will loosen and literally mold to your body." His reassurance eased our nerves a little bit, but we were still fearful when, a week later, they still felt incredibly snug. This was months ago now, and sure enough, the jeans have acquiesced and, just as the friendly sales associate guaranteed, molded to our body and become pliantly comfortable. Now, we get more than our fair share of compliments when we sport them that we've returned to A.P.C. to buy a few more of the exact same style (and size).
But anwyays, this story has a point, we promise. We stumbled across a fabulous blog the other day called Denim Debate, where jean nerds can share similar stories. Not only will they pontificate on the glory of one brand's fit, or espouse the wash on another brand's materials, they often talk about how, exactly, the denim behaves over time. The blog likens good pair of denim to a living organism, constantly growing and evolving with each additional wear, and its kind of true. So for those of you who haven't yet found that perfect pair of jeans -- or think you may be in the market for an update, we highly suggest taking some time to peruse the annals of Denim Debate -- an informed decision is a good decision, after all.