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Fade Friday – Naked & Famous x Blue in Green Weird Guy (16 months, 1 wash)

I realized that I’ve just hit the 16 months mark with my jeans a couple of days ago. Time for an update on my dear Naked and Famous x Blue in Green jeans, or as I affectionately call them: BiGxNF.

It’s truly humbling that these jeans got so much attention since the 9.5 month update, giving it the most views of all the Fade Fridays in 2011! I hope this update strikes a chord with you as the previous one. I’m planning to wear these for a full two years for the Heavyweight Denim competition leaving me 8 months left with these jeans.

Feel free to check out the 9.5 month update to refresh your memory.


  • Name: Naked & Famous Denim x Blue in Green Rigid Deep Indigo Selvedge
  • Weight: 21 oz.
  • Denim: 100% Cotton
  • Fit: Low rise, tapered legs (Weird Guy cut)
  • Length of Wear: 16 months and counting
  • Number of washes: 1 wash at the one year mark

Photos – BEFORE:


The stock fit pictures from Naked and Famous. I just noticed that the fit here (Brandon as model?) is pretty close to my fit. Awesome.


Fit pictures – Before. To this day, I don’t know how the colours pop out so well. No colour editing – not much of a fan of that stuff, but I do see its purpose.

 Photos – AFTER


Fit pictures After/Current. I think one of the funnest parts of the before/after pictures is when you open both pictures in tabs and switch back and forth. Try it! So fun.



Indigo dye is definitely running low. One additional update to the back shot is that I’ve started putting my wallet in my back right pocket. I use to always put my wallet in my jacket or bag to keep the pockets clean, but it’s just not as convenient in the warmer months. I figure I started doing this in February or so.


Note the formation of the tears around the crotch region. Not repairing it right away: Character or craziness? It’s probably not really visible here, but I’ve been stuffing my change/coins in my coin/watch pocket. You can see more wear going on in that region than its neighbour on the opposite side. Details, right?


Fraying starting to occur at the crotch. I should get on that. Also, note the wallet.


Knees don’t get too much love in the denim world, so I’m letting it have their moment in the Sun. Note the fraying on the side seams and the start of a hole just under the knee. I kinda don’t want it to fully tear, but we’ll see how I feel later on. The fraying on the right knee has a friend on the left knee as well! It’s all fun and games with these jeans.


You can see the wear and tear where the ‘combs meet the knees.


I always notice that the ‘combs always get some fraying between the creases after washing the jeans. Nonetheless, I’m pretty happy with how these turned out.


I rolled the cuff one more time since the last update – gotta show some sock or skin, right? Gotta love the beige weft too.


Selvedge detail with a bit of tear on the side.


Denim tearing at the cuff – I still don’t fully understand the logic there. Sharp creasing putting undue stress on the warp thread and splitting it in half? The other tear at the inseam makes a lot of sense: super heavy and thick 21 oz. denim overloading the threads and pulling them apart. That’s partially why I cuffed it once more – the threads came completely off at the previous inch. Repairing was no use because the doubled up thickness of the denim broke a couple sewing needles.


I like how the detail of the denim weave pattern and fading is pretty visible. Note the warp threads’ absence at the corner or the pocket and along the inner part. Exciting, eh?


If Jacob Davis never innovated with the rivets at these points, we’d never have the jeans we know today. Well, it probably would’ve been created eventually, and these N&Fs don’t have rivets at this point, but you get my point.


Indigo-dyed leather patch. It was a dark green/indigo to start and it’s been lightening up over time. I imagine the dyed faded out like it does with the denim.


I’m sure people have asked or thought about asking how bad the crotch tears get. This is part of your answer. Do note that I was pretty slow on repairing the holes because 21 oz denim break my sewing machine needles. Bah!


You thought that the holes in the previous photo were bad? Well, I apologize in advance for showing this, but I wanted to show how dedicated I am to wearing these jeans and how I constantly many different times I’ve repaired them. That being said,  these weren’t the cleanest repairs, but they do the job. They would benefit from some darning. haha. My jeans live to fight another day! 😀

Thanks for joining along for the ride! Keep rocking your jeans, and look forward to seeing these at the 24 month mark!

Stay Raw!

– Josh

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