How long should my jeans be?
Do you put a center crease in the legs?
I grew up in West Texas. We call them the kickers, the cowboys, and these were in high school, they rode bulls. I had a good friend and I remember he had to miss.
He was one of our best linebackers and he basically came to school with his mouth wired shut two days before a game because he got stomped on by a bull.
It was just a big deal because he couldn't play in the football game, and this is West Texas. You better be playing the football game.
We had a broom handle in the locker room and the reason the broom handle was there was these guys had so much starch and their jeans were so pressed.
That they would have to throw the broom handle in there to open up the jeans before they could get those on because that was the kicker or the Western look, is to have those pressed, creased, starched jeans.
This is back in the mid '90s. I don't know if it's the same anymore, but they would have those shirts as well, those western shirts, and I think Garth Brooks was big.
I remember even people wearing the black over here, black over there, the white — hey, they had more style than me. If you would've seen my style back then, it's nothing like this.
Center Crease for your Jeans?
In any case, that's the only place I've ever seen people get away and actually look decent for what they're going for, creased jeans. Otherwise, you don't want to go creased jeans, never.
Nowadays, jeans are casual. You don't want to have a center line crease, so let's throw it out there. Unless you are a cowboy growing up in the 1990s or stuck in the 1990s — and you can leave a comment down below, guys. I am not an expert.
I haven't been back to West Texas for a while, so maybe people are still doing this, but I don't know. I love to hear on the comments if there's anyone out there creasing their jeans. I personally don't think that you need to be doing it.
Length of your jeans
It depends on what you're going to wear with them. Often, that's in the description of the jeans.
If you're going to be wearing boots, boots have a heel whether they'd be work boots, Western boots, or any other type of boot out there.
You could expect to be a little bit higher up off the ground. Because of that, you want a longer jean, but how can you determine this when you're purchasing them and you don't necessarily have the shoes you're going to wear?
Well, you need to understand when you put the jeans on at the store, you don't want to have shoes on.
If you're going to be wearing these jeans, let's say they're a low-rise cut or they're slim or they're just a regular cut and you're going to be wearing these with shoes, then in that case, you're not going to need much height on them.
You want to make sure when you don't have your shoes on that the back of the jean — let me just use this example right here.
The back right here is just touching your heel. It can go a little bit beyond because you can actually get this adjusted, very easy to do.
A lot of places, if you ask them especially if they are a jean specialty store, you can ask them to hem the jeans and they will actually make them a little bit shorter, but you can never make them longer. So make sure that you can at least get the jean under the back of your heel just a bit.
If it's a boot cut, you want that bit to be a little bit more. You want it to be, at least an inch and a half to two inches so you're going to be able to step on those jeans quite a bit because if you're wearing boots, you're going to be up off the ground a bit more and I like to see a little bit of bunching at the bottom if you're wearing boots.
It doesn't have to be a whole lot. Depending on your taste, you can always bring them up, but remember, you can never bring jeans down. They just don't leave that excess material in the way it's usually cut there at the bottom.
By the way, in case you're wondering, I'm going to be doing a really cool series on jeans here soon. I'm working with my friends over at Brown, Deim. Christopher, he's launched a company.
He uses the same denim fabric, Samurai Jeans, a high-quality Japanese denim basically. These jeans are really interesting because the lining here around the pocket, around the J pocket here, which I've talked about in a video awhile back, he actually uses eel.
The rivets, he uses recycled 9 mil casing along with 50 cal casing, things I've never seen he uses. On the back belt loop, he uses a stingray, so little things like this really set his denim apart and this is higher end denim. This is stuff that you can expect to spend a few hundred dollars for.
I'm not going to get into the price of denim here, but what I am saying is pay attention to those small details especially the length. Remember, you can always shorten, you can never lengthen, and avoid creases unless, you're a cowboy growing up in the 1990s.