Light Washed Jeans For Summer

July 27, 2015

Light Washed Jeans for Summer

Light washed jeans have been growing in popularity for the last few years. No longer considered just the poor fashion choice of American presidents and uncool dads, they’ve become a nice option for guys who want to take a break from their regular rotation of dark, raw denim. I particularly like them in the summer months. Being lighter in color and weight, they look and feel a lot better on a hot, sweltering day. 

The key is in the fit. You can get something fuller if you know what you’re doing, but I find slim-tapered cuts are easier to wear. Try something a little trimmer in the thigh and narrower at the cuff – even if you’re used to wearing a slim-straight leg (like I am). That’ll avoid having these look like the kind of jeans you find at Costco. 

  • If you’re looking for something affordable, start with Levi’s 511s and 513s. Both come in a variety of washes, such as what Levi’s calls their Lake Merrit and Pickleweed. You can regularly find them on-sale at Levi’s for not too much money (at the moment, the 511 Pickleweed is just $19). A reader of ours also recommends the 522 and the 501CT. 
  • For a good, mid-range option, try J. Crew. They have a skinny jean called the 484 and a slightly fuller fit called the 770 (which is what I prefer). With their usual 25% discounts, you can expect to pay about $85. Levi’s Vintage Clothing also has a reproduction of their 1960s 606 fit, which they claim is the first skinny jean. It’s on sale right now for $70. 
  • For a little more money, there’s Patrik Ervell, Acne, and RRL (stick to their slim fit). APC also sometimes offers their New Standards in a light wash, although this season, it’s only available in the skinnier Petit New Standard model. 
  • My own pair is from Our Legacy. They’re trim throughout the leg without being overly skinny, and the wash is reasonably natural looking (which is always a plus when buying non-raw denim). Find them on sale at East DaneThe Great DivideThe Selective Few, and Need Supply (the last is having a special sale where you can get an extra 20% off with the coupon code GRAB20)

How to best wear light washed jeans? Pair them with t-shirts and overshirts in the summer months. Come fall, you can layer with olive field jackets, black leather jackets, and mid-brown outerwear

(photo via Chris Fenimore for Four Pins)