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.
I know it’s considered uncouth to wear white after Labor Day, but I, for one, cannot be stifled by such restrictions. That’s why I’ve put together a list of some of the best light hue selvedge jeans—whether you are looking for white, natural, ecru, or beige colorways, we hope you’ll find something to your liking on this list.
1) Pure Blue Japan: Beige Chino
While these Pure Blue Japan jeans are clearly labeled as 12oz. Beige Chinos, their pattern is clearly that of jeans but with a color more common to chinos. They have all the great quality and attention to detail of normal PBJ jeans: chainstitch hems, lambskin patch, leaf embroidery, and custom nickel button fly. PBJ cleverly utilized copper rivets and white stitching to make these jeans as understated as possible, which really help if you ever need to pass them off as legitimate chinos.
Available for $275 at Blue Owl.
2) Oni: 670LW-BE
Oni’s 670LW-BE jeans certainly have the darkest color of any jeans on this list, a dark tone they refer to as beige khaki, but they’re certainly still light enough to stand out in a world of dark jeans. Made with low-tension denim, these jeans were custom made for Blue in Green to exclude any back-pocket embellishments. They are finished with natural-colored horsehide patch to really set off the beautiful tone of the denim.
Available for $250 at Blue in Green.
3) Uniqlo: Stretch Selvedge
While I personally try to avoid pure white jeans and instead go for denim with a more natural-cotton hue, Uniqlo’s Stretch Selvedge option if you like white jeans or just want to try a pair out. Made from a 99%/1% white/spandex blend fabric, these jeans have a slim fit, wide range of sizes in both the waist and inseam, and a red-line selvedge outseam. Plus, at only $50 you’re not gonna find a better deal on white selvedge anytime soon.
Available for $50 at Uniqlo.
4) C.O.F Studio: M2 Ecru
When I think of the perfect, light hue for denim I think of C.O.F Studio’s M2 Ecru jeans. Not only is the denim a beautiful color, but the tonal stitching and blood-red selvedge line really help everything to pop. Each pair is finished with natural copper rivets and a natural leather patch, both of which will age beautifully alongside the denim. Plus, with Italian materials and construction, you can be sure these jeans are of the highest quality.
Available for $250 from Standard & Strange.
5) El Solitario: ES-1 Tapered Ecru
Another great option for ecru selvedge jeans are El Solitario’s ES-1 Tapered Ecru jeans. Like many of the other jeans on this list, these too feature tonal stitching and a natural patch, but El Solitario really set them off with their wolf logo on the patch and a matching wolf embroidery with navy thread on the coin pocket; while normally this wouldn’t be my thing, the details on the embroidered fur are really something special.
Available for €220 (~$245USD) at El Solitario.
Plus One — Kiriko: Premium Selvedge White Denim
Kiriko produces some seriously amazing jeans, which are only made better with their interesting leg linings. These Premium Selvedge White Denim jeans are some of the most interesting—they feature a classic, straight leg pattern, Asanoha lining at the leg opening and coin pocket, and a hand-dyed/embossed leather patch. While white jeans aren’t for everyone, these ones are certainly hard to not buy.
Available for $169 at Kiriko.