Goodbye Gap Authentic Fit? – The Difference Between Straight and Standard
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If you’ve got some meat on your bones, specifically your femurs, GAP’s Authentic Fit jeans might have been your denim anchor. Not too loose, not too slim, medium rise, and worth putting up with the pesky GAP jean waistband stretching out issue if you were hard to fit. They were an all around decent jean for guys with haunches.
And now they might be getting phased out. They’ve been banished to the clearance rack in many a brick and mortar. Sizes are getting limited online and all of the washes are on sale. Is this the end of the fit that many a guy with larger quads would reach for? Maybe. Here’s how two other GAP fits stack up in case you need to replace your Authentics.
*Note that I’m 5’9″-10″, around 170, with naturally larger upper legs. Wednesdays are legs days at the gym for me. So I’ve got some decent quad/hamstring circumference, but I’m also not a power lifter.
GAP Straight Fit Jean – $41.97 w/ code GAPLOOK (reg. $59.95)
These are so slim through the calf, that if you combine it with the awkward downward angle the pics were taken at, my lap now looks wide enough to land a Harrier jet on. These are not even close to the Authentics. They’re heading dangerously close to skinny territory. Levi’s 514ish.
GAP Standard Fit Jean – $41.97 w/ code GAPLOOK (reg. $59.95)
And these swing to the other side of the Authentics. They’re not as loose as the straight fits are slim, but they do feel like they have more room than the pair of GAP authentic jeans I own. Especially in the waist/upper thighs. Both of these jeans are on either side of the boot fit on the GAP denim scale, but what if you don’t want the boot flared leg?
The Winner: Levi’s 501
501s are admittedly more slim than the endangered GAP authentic, but 501s are nowhere near as slim as the GAP straight fit. They also don’t have the extra space in the seat that the Standard fit seems to have. If you’re too big for 501s through the thighs, try the GAP standard fit. Or grab a pair of authentics while you still can.
All right fellas… what’s your go to brand and fit for jean? And do you have normal, thunder, or chicken legs? Also note that the code GAPLOOK is 30% off all full price, and 15% extra off sale. Expires Thursday 4/14