Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
Selvedge denim comes in all combinations of warp and weft colors, but if you are looking for sharp fades there is no better combination than indigo on indigo. Sure, it might not be as traditional as indigo on white denim, but it allows for maximum contrast fades while remaining incredibly wearable day-to-day. The market for double indigo denim is nowhere near as high as more traditional combinations, so sadly that means there aren’t many low price options.
1) Stevenson Overall Co: 210 Big Sur
Most denimheads have heard of Stevenson Overall Co at this point, but many still fail to think of them when considering their next pair of jeans. Hopefully, that will change for those of us looking for a pair of indigo/indigo denim, as their 210 Big Sur is one of the most compelling pairs on the market. Made in Japan from 14oz. Japanese indigo/indigo denim, these pairs are made in a slim-tapered cut with SOC’s famous curved back pockets.
Available for $315 at Self Edge.
2) Rogue Territory: Double Indigo Slub SK
If you’re looking for a good pair of mid-range, American-made denim, it’s hard to beat Rogue Territory. Their Double Indigo Slub SK is, at least in my mind, one of there most compelling options. Made from 16.75oz. denim, these midweight-bordering-heavyweight jeans make a great daily jean, although perhaps not on the very hottest days of the year. Each pair features all the details you’d expect from RgT jeans such as back pencil pocket, silk-screened pocket bags, and reinforced stitching throughout.
Available for $275 at Blue Owl.
3) Naked and Famous: Weird Guy in Indigo/Indigo Stretch
There aren’t many inexpensive pairs of indigo/indigo denim on the market at the moment, but Naked & Famous’ Weird Guy in Indigo/Indigo Stretch denim is a great option that won’t break the bank. Stretch denim might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those who have worn them, it’s hard to go back to their non-stretch counterparts. Plus, these pairs are made from 12oz. denim, which makes them perfect for the upcoming warming seasons of the year.
Available for $165 at Tate + Yoko.
4) Iron Heart: IH-555-18II 18oz. Double Indigo
Iron Heart is known for their ultra heavyweight denims, so their IH-633-18II 18oz. Double Indigo, while heavier than most, are actually on the lighter end of things are far as IH goes. That said, the fit is also one of IH’s slimmest, which isn’t something you’d want with their heavier 23oz. denims. This style is finished with contrasting stitching, which is really brought out given the dark warp and weft threads, and a heavyweight patch to match the denim.
Available for $360 at Rivet and Hide.
5) Pure Blue Japan: XX-007
If there is one brand known for their indigo wefts it’s Pure Blue Japan, and their XX-007 jeans is one of the best examples. Made from 14oz. Japanese selvedge, these mid-weight jeans would make the perfect daily drivers, and their top-notch fabric and construction ensure these jeans will be around for a long time to come. This pair is made in a slim straight cut: ideal for those who want a slim cut without anything skintight.
Available for $300 at Mild Blend.
Plus One — Tanuki: IDHT Double Indigo
Tanuki, like Stevenson, isn’t often the first to come to mind as far as jeans shopping is concerned. But their IDHT Double Indigo will hopefully persuade a few more people given its great fabric, fantastic details, such as gingham pocket bags and embroidered back-pocket logo, and fairly unique fit. While tapered cuts are incredibly popular, those that also have a high rise are a bit of a rarity—and that’s what makes these jeans so great; they’re the perfect fit for those who like a tapered lower block with the comfort of a higher rise.
Available for $285 at Canoe Club.