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Five Pairs of Raw Denim with 38-Plus inch Waists

With the raw denim market continually on the rise, quality jeans become increasingly available. That’s good news for everyone, including those of us who are on the larger end of the spectrum. Even so, it may still be a little cumbersome for bigger dudes who just want a pair of decent jeans. But don’t worry because we’ve got you covered with this list of denim brands that produce sizes 36 and up.


This is the original jean that brands like A.P.C. look to when designing their jeans. The Levi’s 501 Shrink-to-Fit jeans are one of the most affordable pairs of raw denim you’re likely to find and will never go out of style.

Being the biggest denim brand in the world, Levi’s produces a plethora of jeans in a wide range of sizes. So if you’re looking for a classic pair of raw denim jeans, you’re sure to find one that’ll fit your waist and length (all the way up to a 46×40).

Levis 501 STF

Currently on sale at Levi’s for $47


A step up from Levi’s Shrink-to-Fit’s are Unbranded’s UB322 Straight Fit 11 oz. Stretch Selvedge jeans. They are a solid pair of jeans made a with lightweight rope-dyed Japanese denim. No logos or fancy gimmicks here. Just a solid pair of jeans for an affordable price and they go up to a size 38 with a true waist size of about 40 inches.

Unbranded UB322 Stretch

Available at Unbranded for $108


For the everyday man, Ubiquitous Industries produces denim in an assortment of fits with a wide range of sizes. Their MSL-1 Modern Slim Leg is made in the USA of a 13.5 oz. White Oak Cone Mills denim and goes all the way to a 46 inch waist. The Medium Dip is great if you’re also looking for a pair of raw denim jeans that isn’t so dark. If you’re packing a little more than their MSL-1 can contain, Ubi-Ind makes jeans in more accommodating fits as well.

Ubi-Ind MSL01

Available at Ubi-Ind for $255


Most of Imogene + Willie’s jeans go up to a size 40 with the actual waist sizes topping out at around 42 inches. The Barton jean is their take on the modern slim leg with rise that’s slightly lower than their straight fit Willie jean.

Though it’s produced in the good ol’ US of A, these jeans are made of Japanese denim from Nihon Menpu in Okayama and weighs in at an all-season weight of 13.5oz.

Imogene + Willie Barton

Available at East Dane for $250.


For those of you looking for something beyond the ordinary, Iron Heart’s IH-634S jean may be for you. Made of Japanese unsanforized selvedge denim, these straight fit behemoths weigh in at 21 oz. Most people don’t have the tenacity to take on a denim that weight

And though Iron Heart’s biker mentality leads them to produce heavy and hardwearing goods, these jeans actually feel much softer than you would expect. If you’re up to the challenge, the IH-634S goes up to a size 40.

Iron Heart ih-634s

Available at Iron Heart for $350.

If none of the jeans on this list piqued your interest, don’t worry! This list is by no means exhaustive, so be sure to check out the Scout to see all of the brands that make jeans with 38 inch or greater waistlines.

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