It’s a style staple, but what about stretch skinny, heritage washes and that whacky freezer trick? Denim expert Matt Scott helps you cultivate the best jeans.
Matt Young meets the denim guru.
DENIM HAS COME OUT of t he high-end closet, tearing up international catwalks at t he Spring/Summer 2015 men’s fashion shows. And while we all wear denim, do we all wear it well? The Glue store’s Matt Scott cemented his love affair when he wore denim 365 days in a row for a children’s charity. No matter where or what t he weather, he rocked a pair of Denham 14-ounce Japanese denim jeans around t he clock. If anyone is an expert, it’s t his dude. Here are his top tips and tricks to keep your denim looking downright delicious. DNA: Is it true you shouldn’t wash your denim for the first six months, or at all? Matt Scott: Denim is an amazing fabric in that it actually gets better the more you wear it. Think of your indigo jeans as a blank canvas. As you wear them in the fabric will fade depending on how you live your life, becoming a true ref lection of the wearer. The longer you hold off from washing your jeans, the more striking your denim fades will be – the holy grail of denim aficionados. If you’re not washing your jeans, how can you get the worn smell out of them? I’ve heard sticking your jeans in a freezer works? The freezer trick is an interesting one, unfortunately this doesn’t really do the
job. the germs, Freezing meaning your jeans once will you only thaw hibernate them out, the for 365 smell days still straight remains. for When the Jeans I wore For my Genes jeans charity, called Mr my Black saviour Denim was Refresh an Australian – a specially product formulated the germs, leaving anti-bacterial them smelling denim spray; fresh! it kills Once and for all: double denim. Should we go there?
denim so I have [Laughs] to say yes. I’m If wearing you are double going to rock example, double raw denim, dark indigo use different jeans with washes. a light For denim shirt looks better than the all-blue “Canadian tuxedo” look. Heritage denim is a big trend through winter so denim shirts and jackets will be popular.
White denim: do or don’t? There has been a solid resurgence for white denim over recent months, particularly in Europe. Try and team your white denim with a dark shirt to give the look a contrast.
Stretch jeans for men: right or wrong? If you like wearing skinny jeans then stretch isn’t just right, it’s essential! An element of stretch in the fabric will give you that range of motion while the denim fits snug. Skinny jeans are still relevant and remain as popular as they have been over the last five years. How long should a good pair of jeans
last? A good quality jean should last you a lifetime. It all depends on how hard you wear your jeans. If you’re an everyday wearer doing a lot of manual work, you may not get the same longevity. Try not to be cautious with your jeans, they are work-wear after all, so embrace the rips and tears! Fill in the gap. When you need a break from denim jeans, reach for the _____. Chinos. Denim jeans are the ultimate everyday garment, but if you’re looking for a change, go for a pair of chinos. The softer twill gives the pants a unique feel plus different fabric weights mean there are options for summer and winter. What are your predictions for upcoming
menswear denim trends? Heritage denim washes are a big trend for winter. The tapered f it, which has room in the thigh but slimmer on the ankle, becomes more and more relevant and is one of the most f lattering f its for a guy. Look out as well for variations of black denim with subtle washes and coatings, even grey jeans coming through.
What are men’s denim essentials? Every guy should have at least three jeans in his wardrobe: a black, indigo and a washed jean. With these essentials you are covered for all occasions. I love to recommend guys getting into a raw, indigo, selvage jean and going on a true denim journey, wearing them in and seeing the unique fade take place.
"The longer you hold off from washing your jeans, the more striking your denim fades will be – the holy grail of denim aficionados."
Denham Upgrader GFS Jean in Washed Denim, $229.99 (washed); Denham Razor Jean in Denim (3 Year Wash) $249.99 (washed) ; Denham Patrol Jeans in SG Black, $199.99 (black) gluestore.com.au
GANT OZ Jean a classic wash jean slightly faded with gold stitching to add extra character. $299.00; GANT indigo denim dark washed longsleeve shirt, $199 gant.com
GANT Rugger Stick Boy Raw jean, $239 gant.com
Top: Boohoo.com short-sleeve nautical print denim shirt. Middle: Mavi Marcus Deep Brushed and Vintage denim jeans. Above: Guess Dillon Jacket, $149.95, guess.com