Blue jeans

Styling the Japan Blue James Denim

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Blue Jeans are often forgotten in the streetwear community as they are looked at to be more formal or a workman's jean. They are also harder to pair with most peoples wardrobes than black denim, but that does not mean they are not just as easy to wear.

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Indigo or Japan blue denim is a vibrant and deep color. With the nature of the Japanese selvage denim, they are woven from; the pigment is released as you break them in, adding to the character of the wash itself. An easy rule when trying to decide what colors to wear with your denim is to avoid pairing them with black. What I'm saying is not to say that blue denim cannot be worn with black, just that it is harder to pull off tastefully than most colors. White, grey, green, brown, orange and yellow in almost all shades compliment and help balance the blue and create a diverse color palette.

For those who are looking to wear blue denim casually with sneakers, white sneakers with slim silhouettes like common project B-ball sneakers or Raf Simons velcro sneakers sit perfectly with the jeans, similarly the Adidas Stan Smiths or even Air Force ones are cheaper alternatives that will still be elevated by the fit and finish of the James denim. Pairing a slightly longer or oversized shirt like the J shaped shirt in grey, with a sweatshirt in any of the colors mentioned above. If needed, throwing on a bomber jacket, denim jacket or windbreaker in olive, light brown white or orange will make this a very well put together look while remaining casual.

For those who are looking to wear blue denim casually with sneakers, white sneakers with slim silhouettes like common project B-ball sneakers or Raf Simons velcro sneakers sit perfectly with the jeans, similarly the Adidas Stan Smiths or even Air Force ones are cheaper alternatives that will still be elevated by the fit and finish of the James denim. Pairing a slightly longer or oversized shirt like the J shaped shirt in grey, with a sweatshirt in any of the colors mentioned above. If needed, throwing on a bomber jacket, denim jacket or windbreaker in olive, light brown white or orange will make this a very well put together look while remaining casual.


Instead of a sneaker, a brown tan Chelsea or grey western boot is a great way to dress up any outfit. Story et fall, Common project, and of course Saint Laurent all are great options, as they have a very slender and clean silhouettes which is made more aggressive with the stacking effect given by the James. This outfit can be easily finished with a flannel or turtleneck with a topcoat, leather jacket or shearling coat. This timeless outfit is sure to impress and hold its own in any crowd, showing sensibility while still exhibiting taste.

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‘I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity — all I hope for in my clothes.’
-Yves Saint-Laurent