I'm standing up as I write this. My jeans are so tight, I can't sit down. And it took me a good 15 minutes to get these babies done up. If I drop something, it will stay on the floor. I ain't bending over! And so begins our jeans experiment...
While shopping last week, Kristina and I came across A.P.C. jeans (for men and women) at Eugene Choo here in Vancouver. They’re 100% raw denim without an ounce of lycra, which is what helps jeans hold their shape. The more lycra, the more they snap back into place.
Personally, I like jeans with 1% lycra for the best combination of a traditional jean feeling with just a bit of spring. More lycra than that and they become more like leggings. (But I do love leggings!)
Apparently A.P.C. Jeans have a cult following in fashion meccas like Paris and New York. In a world where Coca Cola is ubiquitous and the perfectly faded jean is available everywhere, all the time, A.P.C jeans carry a certain amount of exclusivity. Not because they’re hard to find, but rather, because you’ve got to work for them.
Yep, I’m going to have to spend months – maybe even years – working my APC Standard jeans in. (And by the way, they’re unisex.) Since there’s no lycra, they should bag out one or two sizes, which is why I bought them so tight.
They come with a set of instructions: I am not to wash them for, well, as long as I can stand it. That will allow them to develop the beautiful patina that only comes with authentically aged denim. And by then, they will have molded to fit me like no other. That’s the theory anyway. I’m going back to a time when new jeans look stiff, awkward and too tight. But with each step, I will hopefully be moving closer to indigo perfection.
The instructions say I can speed up the working-in process by going swimming in salt water. I kid you not. Seeing as how I live in the Pacific Northwest and the water is chilly this time of year, I will try to avoid that.
But who knows, I’ve been searching for the world’s best jeans for as long as I can remember and if I get anxious I may go for a dip in the ocean. Or perhaps I’ll fill up my tub with warm water and table salt.
I’ll keep you posted on my progress. In the meantime, I’d love to hear anyone else’s experience with A.P.C. jeans. Or, if you think you’ve found the perfect jean, do tell!
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On 10 30, 2009 at 03:19:06 PM, Sally H. said:
I have a pair of Gap Relaxed Jeans that I will be sorely sad when they no longer are fit to be worn 🙁 They are the perfect length (with 36″ legs let me tell you even at tall shops, jeans do not come in that length very often at least not on my budget), the crotch is where it is supposed to be, the waist where my waist sits and there is no gap at the back at my waistline where most jeans tend to gap on me. The saddest part? Gap no longer makes these jeans 🙁 Most jeans need an acrobatic degree to be able to get in and after a couple of hours all you can think of is how long before you get out of them!! Good luck on your new jeans Anna..keep us posted… just a curious thought,, how much were the jeans? And why do jeans have to do that “line thing” at the back of your thighs??? Why can’t jeans fit the same right out of the dryer as they do after the 2nd day you have worn them? At least my Gap ones do! Which is why I will be sad when I have worn them out..!
On 11 8, 2009 at 07:56:17 PM, Cat B. said:
Anna, you should try having some custom made for you. No… it is not as expensive as you would think. 50 to 100 dollar will get you a pair of custom made jeans in the style, colour and wash of your choice. I’ve had several pairs made for me and I have never had a pair of jeans fit as perfectly … ever! You can do it all online at makeyourownjeans.com . They won’t have the designer label on them but if they fit …WHO CARES, you can tell everybody that asks where you got your jeans that they are custom made for you. who needs a label then !!! LOL
On 11 27, 2009 at 08:47:22 AM, Kristina Matisic said:
Hey Anna, Kristina here. I have to say, this has been one challenging test. In my day I’ve worn sky-high heels, lung-stifling bustiers and skin tight jeans, but few garments are as uncomfortable as these jeans. I’m dutifully trying to wear them at least once a week, but as soon as I get home, I rip them off in favour of something comfy. I will persevere, but how long will it take to break these babies in????
On 12 12, 2009 at 11:40:06 AM, Miranda P. said:
Ok ladies, This just in. I was recently at a marketing convention in Victoria, BC. A fantastic man gave us this website as an example of a “contemporary internet”. It’s a Create-your-perfect-jeans site http://www.zafu.com/ I haven’t used it myself. But it’s an INGENIUS idea!