Somewhere between tapered leg acid wash and pre-destroyed monster flares, jeans started approaching the $100 mark. Gap has some good stuff, as does Express. But sometimes the washes are goofy or there’s pre-ripped holes in the denim you’re about to shell out for. And pre-ripped denim is like a pre-ripped baseball hat brim. Nothing is worse than faux-character. It’s worse than no-character.
Here are the four stages of jeans life:
1. Buy them
2. Wash them inside out
3. One day you notice a hole or a small rip
4. They’re retired to casual weekend wear
That’s it. And the Levi’s 527 Bootcut will excel during all those states of pants-life. Yes there’s a bit of a boot cut on them, and no it’s not too extreme. Comes in great washes like Hornet (shown), Indie, and Overhaul. Darker the wash the more formally they can be worn.