For the last 10 years, the jeans market has become more and more saturated. Every year sees new entrants at the designer jeans level - charging upwards of £200 for a pair of fairly raw, indigo dyed cotton trousers - often with various embellishments like golden thread or embroidery.
There are several good value jeans brands available at the £35-£50 level, and the competition is particularly fierce around the £100 mark. At the top end of the market are brands like - 7 For All Mankind, Evisu, True Religion and PRPS; in the centre of the field are Diesel, Levi’s and my current favourite - G-Star.
Introduced in 1996, the G-Star Raw Elwood Style as pictured above, features articulated knees, and stitching detail on the thigh and on the back of the knee and hem. The outline symbol above cleanly delineates the key aspects of this key pattern, which has found dozens of different variations over the years.
Most of the Elwood jeans are in a fairly loose fit, although narrow guage is also available - there are 3 or 4 washes for each type, ranging from light indigo to near black. What makes these jeans is all in the detailing - the cut of the trousers and the number of pockets, some with zips, some with flaps, and some in semi-combat style layout.
This is really a casual, wear all-day-long pair of jeans; for pairing with a jacket and going out, I would recommend a more straight-cut style.
Everything about these jeans appeals to me, their form and feel, and distinct styling. There are many pretenders, but with pricing at £80 to £125, none come close to these originals - highly recommended ...