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Denim dreams

A guide to springtime jeans buying

Levi’s 511, $98, Dutil, 704 Queen St W. American Apparel T-shirt, $26, americanapparel.net. Jean jacket, Chad’s own. Credit: May Truong

It’s always time for a new pair of jeans. While I’m a fan, I’m definitely not an aficionado. I don’t really care how many grams they weigh or where they came from; I’d rather buy denim based on how it makes me look and feel. Since menswear is starting to move at a womenswear pace, churning out megatrends every season, it’s time to stop and recognize what you truly love to wear and own it. 

I’ve handpicked a range of denim, from fast fashion to premium — see photos above in the slideshow. While some of these jeans start as low as $70, don’t be afraid to spend $200 on a solid pair — you’ll likely end up wearing them every day. 

Lighten up a bit 

We’re leaving raw and dark denim out in the cold and warming up to light and white washes, adding in some 1990s-style relaxed fits. No one has time to break in stiff denim in warm weather. White jeans no longer belong only in Miami; wear them with dark neutrals for less of a daytime bottle-service feeling.

I like ’em straight (and tapered) 

Skinny jeans are no longer a must-have. Let’s give your goodies below the waist some breathing room, shall we? 

Blue is the warmest colour 

Wear indigo sweatshirts, jean jackets and button ups (now in patterned options) with your denim. Japanese blue hues meet the Canadian tuxedo.

Black party 

Black jeans will take you a long way. You can wear them like classic rock or edgy like ghetto goth. The choice is always yours.