Levi's Commuter 511 - 12 months, 3 washes
Without a doubt the most worn type item of clothing in my wardrobe are jeans. Most people have their preferred brand when it comes to denim, factoring in fit, wash, quality and price; I lean towards Levi's. I've never really been in the position to splash cash willy nilly but denim is something worth spending a bit extra on. I picked up these for £79 last summer and they've have been worth every penny. Currently I have 2 pairs of jeans in rotation, these Levi's 511 from the Commuter range (above) and a pair of Nudie Thinn Finn. My peeve with the Nudie's is the pocket placement on the back, they're very low, making them look quite droopy. The Levi's fit perfectly.
The jury is still out on how you should wash your jeans; hot, cold, hand wash, machine wash, dry clean, soak before wear, wait donkey's years until they stink....it's hard to know which method to take. Lately I've had quite a few comments about how my Levi's have faded, simple answer is I wore them solid for the first 7 months (cycling a few times a week, which includes getting soaked frequently). When the time came I hand washed them in the sink using cold water and a bit of detergent.
The Commuter's are made using some techy stuff called "Nano-Sphere", which basically makes them dirt and water repellent. I'm not sure how the dirt bit works but it definitely makes the water run right off which is why they're perfect for cycling.
Pros - Water repellent // Reflective hem detail // Stretch for comfort // Lots of detail // High rise waist
Cons - Slight dye transfer // Knees wearing fast //
So let's talk about denim, I'd love to hear your thoughts - Are you loyal to a particular brand, what stores do you rate on the higshtreet, which method do you use for washing, how often do you wear them?