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Naked & Famous Skinny Guy Charcoal Selvedge – Denim Review

Iconic Canadian denim maker Naked and Famous isn’t averse to releasing some weird jeans, but sometimes their best ideas come from their simplest and cleanest styles.

And that’s where the Skinny Guy Charcoal Selvedge lies. With it’s clean lines and charcoal warp and white weft, it’s a pair of jeans that you can wear for almost any occasion. They aren’t show stoppers like the scratch and sniff or wax coated selvedge. They’re you’re workhorse jeans.

Details

  • Name: Naked and Famous Charcoal Selvedge
  • Fabric: 12oz Japanese selvedge denim
  • Fit: Skinny Guy
  • MSRP:  $155 at Tate + Yoko

Fit

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The Skinny Guy is a straight leg fit that’s slim throughout the entire jean with a medium waist rise. The thighs are snug and might present a problem for bigger guys, but the overall fit is not what most people think of when they see the skinny jeans label. While the jeans are slim all around, they’re still incredibly comfortable and give a little as they break in. Though it’s a slim fit, even bigger guys could pull these off when sized correctly.

Waist – 34 inches, Front rise – 10.25 inches, upper thigh – 11.5 inches, Knee – 8.5 inches, Leg opening – 8 inches, Inseam – 37 inches.

Fabric

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Naked and Famous uses 12oz sanforized Japanese denim for the charcoal selvedge jeans. The unique, but understated color comes from alternating charcoal warp and white weft and is made from 100 percent cotton. The color is a nice dark charcoal with faint traces of white throughout the denim.

There’s nothing slubby or neppy about the fabric. It’s clean, smooth and soft. There isn’t much to break in with the lightweight denim so they’re comfortable right off the rack.

After a couple weeks of wear, there isn’t much fading. The denim is quite dark, however, so pocket and knee fades will most likely come through after heavy wear.

Details

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The Charcoal Selvedge come with many of the same accouterments as all Naked and Famous jeans such as branded buttons, black leather patch and tonal stitching. The coin pocket does feature a selvedge line, which is common on all N&F pants. As flashy as the brand can be, its regular detailing is always classy and understated.

Construction

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The jeans are pretty lightweight at 12 ounces, but they still feel sturdy. All the bartacking and chainstiching is relatively normal for this style. The overall construction is incredibly solid, especially for the price point and the pocket bags are surprisingly heavy.

Value

There’s no doubt that these jeans are worth the price. In typical Naked & Famous fashion, the brand put out a jean that blows out of the water any other pair under $200. You aren’t getting Eternal or Iron Hearts, but you also aren’t paying upwards of $400 for these jeans. If you’re looking for a comfortable pair of selvedge denim that you can throw on with any outfit and not worry about breaking in, these are what you’re looking for.