I always loved men wearing jeans with an elegant tailored jacket, but wearing them creased is giving them a touch that doesn’t really go with their easygoing nature.
I like the shoes in the top picture and waist up, the man in the lower picture is just divine, wonderful. However, his jeans look as if they had shrunken a couple of sizes and he wanted or had to wear them anyway. Not a good idea…
I love the look of denim trousers (‘jeans’) paired with a pair of brogues. I occasionally adopt this look myself, even today. But creases in jeans? No, that doesn’t work. As Gabriela points out, it contradicts the essential casualness of jeans. The point of wearing jeans with dressier clothing is that it makes the wearer look as though he doesn’t give a f*** about the jeans; it’s sort of a ‘go to hell’ attitude. But adding creases to the jeans makes him appear as if he cares too much.
Waist up he’s OK. The jacket is stunning (I love the vertical pockets!) and is perfectly matched to his beautiful shirt and tie. But it’s also obvious that the jacket is several sizes too large. Even with his arms folded and the sleeves creased up, his wrists are entirely covered. If he’d lower his arms I bet they’d cover his knuckles, too! Same for the shoulders.
I have a question! I think this look, nice dark starchy jeans with OXFORDS, is the most beautiful “uniform” a person could wear almost everyday. I think it is a look that is elegant and feminine but functional and masculine at once. But as I am a tall, thin, young WOMAN:
Alas! Where does a lady find a nice oxford shoe???
creased jeans has a long tradition in the South at least where I grew up, worn more like the second photo though perhaps one size larger and a bit longer, though not too long for practical reasons. I’m loving the the skinny jean with cuff and classy shoes in the first pic.
Both images portray a great look. The crease works for me. Gabriela, in my book jeans that are cut with such a straight leg should absolutely be worn tight and the length in the bottom image is just right for that cut. Had the jeans been boot cut then they absolutely would be to short. What I find most interesting is the rolled cuff on the top pic. I dig it.
love the first pic, not the second look. the dark jeans and fab wingtips are grand. for luciernaka, if you are in the USA, Nordstrom has tiny sized men’s shoes like this sometimes. I see them at the outlet. I have a pale suede pair from Joan and David but they’re years old.
Nice bunch of comments. I can see it happening in the first picture as well. In the second, the shoes are too light, I think, and the pants a little too short. But I don’t have a problem with creased jeans, per se. It’s just another way of having a little fun with denim, and in some instances might tip the scale in favor of wearing jeans, where otherwise you might not.
I’m a little proud to say that I’ve got a pair of the nice shoes in the first picture myself. For those who are interested: The brand is called Paul van Haagen (www.paulvanhaagen.com). There’s also a label on the box that reads “2-11-11-04 OLDBOXT.MORO”. I bought them last June on sale, so I suppose that they were from the s/s collection. Hope that’s of help in case of any serious interest.
I think everyone that is hating on the bottom picture is crazy!!! That ensemble is brilliant, and Sart, the photography-stunning! One of my favorite pics of 08 so far! He looks calculated, comfortable, casual, and classy!
Creased jeans are one of those “style” quirks that make me squirm. It’s just so wrong that it can’t be right, even in a geek chic way.
So unless those are natural creases made by your cowgirl/boy boots, please crumple your jeans immediately! And if there’s a tell-tale white mark down the front of your leg, perhaps it’s time for a new pair of jeans. Please!
These are the kinds of details I really go for – of course the idea of a creased jean seems contradictory! That’s why it’s so interesting. Fashion is all about contrast and contradiction. I love the idea of jeans masquerading as something more than they are. It’s very poetic, in a way.
That being said, I think the legs in the first picture pull the look off in a more natural way – the second look looks a little stiff, or more contrived, to me. Perhaps it’s the light wash of the jean.
That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. The creases look completely self-conscious and precious, and one must question the neediness of the perpetrators to be so desperately seeking satorial attention. For god’s sake, the very material is not amenable to ironing/pressing, with the thickness of the cotton hindering the effort to give it structure. And let’s not forget the cultural root of jeans…which was as workwear. Way too fashiony and not at all flattering.
those shoes, at top I love, I could wear at all times. I actually enjoy the bottom picture and how the jeans nicely fit at ancles and are pressed as well, now if please SF boys will take note to both photos, id go out for coffee even ;)
Grew up near East L.A. in the 60′s & 70′s. Starched, creased and 1 inch cuffed jeans aka “Huggy Boy” (Latin version of American Bandstand)were de rigueur with Homeboys & homegirls. I now live in New York and still iron my jeans w/creases to this day!
Interesting how some elements of fashion filter up the ladder.
The sport jacket and jeans look can work great on a young man but beyond a certain age – say 40 to 45 depending on the youthfulness of the man in question – it looks affected. Maybe an older man can get away with the look if he pairs the sport jacket with a tee shirt or mock/full turtleneck, but shirt and tie with jeans? fuhgedaboudit.
I’m not sure I like it, but I guess it’s about time. We’ve long been creasing trousers made of moleskin, corduroy, drill and the like, and those all started out as workwear just as denim did. Maybe this just reflects the fact that it is now accepted to wear jeans in a wider range of situations.
I neither hate nor love this creased denim idea, but I do appreciate the juxtaposition. I prefer it in the first photo because it reads as a denim trouser, especially with the cuff. If you take the top half of the gentleman in the second photo and pair it with the dark jeans on top… that would be a smashing outfit.
Deal-breakers….I would NOT go out with a guy who creased his jeans, period, no matter what else he had going on, same if he had a manicure with shiny, clear nailpolish. I bet he turns up the collar of his Izod shirts, too.
no! I live in Lubbock. Unless you’re wearing wranglers or want to look like a cowboy, don’t wear your jeans with a crease. I didn’t even know this was or could ever be a trend. . .
Also, creased jeans or not, I don’t understand what’s going on in that second pic. The guy’s wearing a spread collar (which is, I think, a pretty dressy collar) with a tie (knot might be too small for the spread collar) . . . and jeans? Yet, even with this weird combination he still looks good. I think that’s just because he’s an inherently attractive gentleman though.
Fulton Mall. Brooklyn. Mid to Late 90′s. The only type of jean you would see were dark and creased. So sharp you had to wear garden gloves just to put them on. This is what I love most about trends; they always have a way of coming full circle. When worn correctly the creased jean executes a variety of fashion concepts. Bottom pic: sorry Charlie. Top pic: Me Likey.
A tie certainly can be worn with jeans, but the difficulty with this outfit is the combination of a light grey tie with a light grey shirt and a light grey jacket and light blue jeans. I would suggest a much darker jacket, and a search through one’s tie collection for something stronger. I guess I’m about the same age as this gentleman, and although it hurts me to say it,he’s too old for what he’s wearing at present
I really like the rich looking shoes against the dark narrow deep blue jeans in the top picture.
The fellow on the bottom looks well from the waist up (newscaster chick) but the bottom half does not match. I don’t mind jeans with a tie, but those jeans are very casual (tight with a light wash) if not for the crease. I’d prefer an uncreased wider dark-wash jean if he wanted to pair it that way.
haha noooo!!! It reminds me of when my well meaning dad, bless him, ironed creases into my jeans when I was a teen (the man hasn’t worn denim since he was an engineer on a building site in the 70s. He’s a corporate dude). Creases go against the whole idea of jeans. That said, the combination in the top photo is great (minus the crease!).
I don’t like the creased/pressed jeans look. However I think in general the classic brougues and denim look is great and definatlely a staple in mens wardrobe. In the 1st pic, I would prefer a more tan/burnished colour of the brogues like Trickers to set against denim although this dark brown (looks burgundy?)and dark denim combination is ok. I am also not sure about the way its being cuffed. From the looks of it the denim looks like it has a sheen to it, which suggest something more lightweight, personally I’d wear heavier gauge denim of 14.5oz.
On the 2nd pic the crease line really spoils the look of faded denim. Cut and fit wise it works very well for the wearer. Shoes are slightly off in my opinion. They look like suede chukkas/desert boots or nubucks but with a sole thats too thick.