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On Our Radar 30 March 2020

See The Light: Men’s New Season Denim Looks

Lads, light wash denim is making a comeback.

With the revival of '90's fashion trends, denim has taken on more of a washed out look. A departure from the rich, dark denim we've seen the last couple of seasons, this blue hue adds a relaxed element to any denim ensemble.


Words By Ruby Staley

Acne Studios

When you think of denim jeans, these are probably the exact jeans that come to mind.

The epitome of the ‘classic’ jean, Acne Studios are throwing it back to the ’90s with these fun and youthful pair. Named ‘1996’ – in homage to the year the brand was launched – these straight-leg jeans are the perfect embodiment of this trend.

Made from stonewashed Japanese denim with a slightly distressed waist and pockets, they’re relaxed enough to wear around the house while being sophisticated enough to dress up with a nice shirt.

Wear these iconic Acne jeans with a pair of crisp white sneakers and a printed shirt over a white singlet for a ’90’s vibe.

Acne Studio’s 1996 Stonewashed Denim Jeans, $384, Mr Porter

Nudie Jeans

In the company of light wash jeans, these Nudie Jeans beauties are a little on the darker side still with just as much character of light wash styles.

Nudie’s Lean Dean Slim-Fit Tapered Jeans have been treated in production to create a well-worn look and a soft feel.

This style, fit and wash are far from intimidating, with a familiar silhouette and softened denim, they are a simple, good looking pair of jeans that aren’t trying too hard.

Although slightly distressed, the jean’s ripped details have been reinforced to ensure longevity and durability. Style with an oversized black bomber and a pair of black sneakers for a modern cool look.

Nudie Jeans Lean Dean Slim-Fit Tapered Organic Stretch-Denim Jeans, $227.41, Mr Porter

OFF-WHITE

A new take on the classic skater jean, these OFF-WHITE jeans are just the right amount of skinny.

Cut from a sturdy cotton-denim, the OFF-WHITE Skinny-Fit Denim Jeans will go anywhere with you – from work to a weekend festival.

The low-rise style comes with a signature branded shoelace belt so you can go with or without – depending on your mood.

We suggest wearing this style with your favourite t-shirt and a pair of slip-on Vans for strong skater style.

OFF-WHITE Blue Diag Skinny Jeans, $705, SSENSE

Levi's

Any line-up of light wash denim wouldn’t be complete without a pair of iconic Levi’s 501s.

These light wash, slim-taper cut jeans have been expertly faded to look both vintage and brand new at the same time. With all the usual trimmings, including the signature tan leather logo patch at the rear of the waistband, the Levi’s 501’s consistently give any and every other jean style a run for its money.

For a fashion-forward look, we suggest tucking the tapered hem of the jeans into a pair of Western-style boots. Best paired with a suede fringe jacket for a contemporary cowboy look.

Levi’s 501® ’93 Straight Jeans, $149.95, The Iconic

Ksubi

For the dramatically distressed look, the team at Ksubi has designed just the jean.

The aptly named Blue Bullet Jinx Trashed Jeans are a youthful, distressed pair – sure to make a statement.

With a relaxed fit that incorporates unique rips and tears in the genuine denim, these faded jeans are a little less ordinary, which we adore.

We recommend best styled with a pair of chunky sneakers and with a casual polo and a light jacket.

Ksubi Blue Bullett Jinx Trashed Jeans, $315, SSENSE

Leave the loafers behind. When something more casual – but sartorially in step – is called for, trainers are just the ticket. No longer reserved for teens and downtime, sneakers are now a solid choice from workdays to weekends. Here is our edit of the sneakers he needs to shop now!