Add some classic denim to your wardrobe with Levi's 1967 505 Jeans ($225). Part of the company's Vintage Clothing line, these recreated bottoms are made from Red Line Selvage Sanforized denim to reduce shrinkage -- a process that also makes them run a little small, so be prepared to suck it up and buy a size larger than normal -- and feature a slimmer cut than the standard 501, bar tacks for added toughness, copper rivets, and a big "E" red tab on the seat. Peg them if you must, but remember that shorter-legged fellas will need to get them tailored if you want a perfect fit.
Ever wish you could have a pair of jeans where the fading marks were authentically made by your own body? Check out Levi's Imprint Slim Straight 514 Jeans ($80). Sporting a not-too-baggy, not-too-tight fit with a low-cut waist, the Imprint 514's start off a dark indigo color, letting you fade, wear, and distress all you want, with the imprint becoming more accurate with each pre-wash wearing. The big deal here is that all of this natural fading occurs in a fraction of the time that it takes other raw denim jeans. Perfect for the patience-impaired.
Get yourself ready for fall with Gap Selvage Authentic Fit Jeans ($88). Made from premium, dark-rinsed selvage denim, the jeans sit just below the waist — but not enough to be low-rise — with a slim fit through the leg and a straight leg opening. Isn't it time you had at least one authentic thing in your life?
Forget spending big money on faded, tailored jeans — just make them yourself with Levi's 501 Original Shrink-to-Fit Jeans ($50). Made to shrink roughly 10%, the straight leg, original fit jeans are made from rigid dark denim that you can keep that way by washing as little as possible, or wash like crazy to fade. Just remember to order larger than normal, lest you end up with nut-hugging capris.
Sometimes you just want an honest pair of jeans without any of the fuss. The John Varvatos Star USA Jeans ($165) deliver just that, with a nice, simple cut and traditional color. Five pockets. Straight leg. Button fly.
Get the perfect fit from your next pair of denim with A.P.C. New Standard Jeans ($155). Made from unwashed Japanese selvage denim, these raw indigo jeans will give you unique, authentic fading and wear patterns if properly broken in, and feature a straight-forward 5-pocket style that will look great for years.