A.P.C. Raw Denim Jeans Review
A sudden surge of inspiration has made me feel like posting regularly on my blog again. First up are these outfit pictures and a review of theA.P.C. ‘raw denim’ jeans I purchased this summer. Whenever I am wearing the jeans I feel like keeping my outfit as uncomplicated as possible – I just let the jeans catch the spotlight. Their straight fit, reaching just over the ankle, and the thick Japanese denim are simply unlike any pair of jeans I have seen and worn before. I have not been wearing them long enough for them to start fading and unfortunately there are no honeycombs to be seen (yet), but I hope for this to change in the upcoming months. I will post another review of the actual fading process in a couple of months. Is it weird to be this delighted with a pair of jeans?
Since I am rather short (at least for the Northern European standards here…) and petite, it can be quite difficult to find a pair of jeans that fit. And that look elegant and well-cut. The thing I aim to avoid is to look younger and even smaller. The A.P.C. jeans tick all the boxes in terms of being casual, modern and simple (no strange stitching, odd washes or frilly, distracting details). I bought the A.P.C. Etroit Court Jeans (from the women’s line, not the unisex one) in a tight size 25. I usually wear a size 24, but can already feel the jeans loosening up a little. Definitely try them on at an A.P.C. store before purchasing (the store clerks at Rue Vieille du Temple give great advice) or order them in multiple sizes to try on.
As the jeans are made of raw denim (this article gives a good introduction to raw denim), the shop clerks told me to buy them very, very tight at the hip as the jeans will almost get one size larger over time. I could still close all the buttons, but the jeans were tight. As I said, I have a hard time finding jeans I like and love the idea of ‘creating’ your own jeans, with the raw denim starting out crisp and dark, and slowly fading and being formed by its owner and the way it is worn.
However, do not underestimate the time it takes to wear them in! It kind of feels as if you are wrapped inside the cast of a mummy for the first two weeks. That is how thick the raw denim is. Then they will slowly soften up and adapt to your body shape to finally becoming smooth as butter. When you buy them they feel like cardboard. Quite the sensation, I might say.
I want to experiment a little with dressing more casual during the week (one can only wear suit pantalons and silk shirts for so long), and since I am currently not teaching but working from home (with the occasional bike ride to the university), right now seems like the perfect opportunity. So, first attempt are these A.P.C. ‘raw denim’ jeans for a more casual and uncomplicated look. I hope they will turn out to look a bit like these jeans after a while. What will be next? Sweatshirts? A fleece jumper, perhaps? Even though I understand their comfort, I don’t think they are for me. Not for the moment, anyway. I will keep you updated.
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