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    My Kingdom (or $100) for a Decent Pair of Slim, Non-Stretch Jeans?

    I'm a simple man who just wants to put on a pair of well-fitting jeans that have some substance to them and don't snap into place like a rubber band. Seems like Levi's has put stretch fabric in all of their slim-fitting denim at this point. I bought a pair of Goodfellow and Co. slim jeans from Target for $40 and have been impressed for the price. But as someone who can wear denim to work most days, I am looking for a pair that is a little bit nicer and better-fitting, with no stretch, that doesn't totally break the bank (let's say sub-$125). Any recs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktm7 View Post
    I'm a simple man who just wants to put on a pair of well-fitting jeans that have some substance to them and don't snap into place like a rubber band. Seems like Levi's has put stretch fabric in all of their slim-fitting denim at this point. I bought a pair of Goodfellow and Co. slim jeans from Target for $40 and have been impressed for the price. But as someone who can wear denim to work most days, I am looking for a pair that is a little bit nicer and better-fitting, with no stretch, that doesn't totally break the bank (let's say sub-$125). Any recs?
    Check out Gustin. Highly recommend them. They've got skinny, slim, and straight fits and they don't vanity size. They do carry some stock for immediate shipment, but most of their stuff is campaign based so it can take some time. eBay also has many for less size you know what size/fit you'll need.

    Gustin provides all the measurements of the actual jeans for each fit/size so you can easily compare it to any jeans you already own.

    That said, their Cone Stretch denim is actually great. It's only 2% stretch/98% cotton, so it just looks and feels like regular denim, except that it's a bit easier to move around in them. They definitely don't feel like other stretch pants that you can do deep squats in, but you'll notice and appreciate it when you can take stairs two or three at a time or bend down to pick something up without your pants fighting your every move.

    Plus, made in the USA.
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    No personal experience myself, but what about Uniqlo jeans?

    My preference are Levi 501s. You can find them at decent prices, the rinse and black colors are a heavier weight denim than the others. No stretch. The fit is what it is and varies a bit depending on what color you buy, what batch they were made in, and who knows what else. I think the black pairs I've had fit a little slimmer than the ones in rinse or rigid. If you can, try on in store. If not, buy a couple pairs and keep the ones you like after trying them on.

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    I would check out Unbranded first (https://theunbrandedbrand.com/collec...ndigo-selvedge) They say skinny, but that is definitely their slim.

    Naked & Famous Skinny fit will match your description (again they say Skinny, but it's definitely a slim fit. Even their Super Skinny guy fit is not what I would call a skinny fit) https://www.amazon.com/Naked-Famous-...8-9&th=1&psc=1 they retail above your price, but you should be able to find them around for what you're looking for pretty easily.

    Also, I know you said no stretch, but if you're only experience with stretch jeans is the Levis/Uniqlo/BR price tier of jeans, I would check out Nudie. Almost all of them are stretch, but they are significantly nicer than what you will be used to. If you look at their website, they retail for about $200 but you can find them cheaper than that other places. https://www.amazon.com/Nudie-Jeans-M...8-8&th=1&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/Nudie-Jeans-M...ateway&sr=8-12

    Amazon is really the best place to buy these type of jeans imo (ones that are in the $100-200 range but are made by relatively big companies). I add pairs I want to my cart and save them for later. I wait until they drop to ~$100 and buy them then.

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    If you’re not into raw denim and button flys, jomers just released a 100% cotton that was really nice for $68.
    https://jomers.com/products/union-wh...denim-in-rinse

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    Check out Taylor Stitch. Made in the USA with 14.25 oz Cone Mill denim.

    https://www.taylorstitch.com/collect...denim-slim-fit

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexd3 View Post
    I would check out Unbranded first (https://theunbrandedbrand.com/collec...ndigo-selvedge) They say skinny, but that is definitely their slim.

    Naked & Famous Skinny fit will match your description (again they say Skinny, but it's definitely a slim fit. Even their Super Skinny guy fit is not what I would call a skinny fit) https://www.amazon.com/Naked-Famous-...8-9&th=1&psc=1 they retail above your price, but you should be able to find them around for what you're looking for pretty easily.

    Also, I know you said no stretch, but if you're only experience with stretch jeans is the Levis/Uniqlo/BR price tier of jeans, I would check out Nudie. Almost all of them are stretch, but they are significantly nicer than what you will be used to. If you look at their website, they retail for about $200 but you can find them cheaper than that other places. https://www.amazon.com/Nudie-Jeans-M...8-8&th=1&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/Nudie-Jeans-M...ateway&sr=8-12

    Amazon is really the best place to buy these type of jeans imo (ones that are in the $100-200 range but are made by relatively big companies). I add pairs I want to my cart and save them for later. I wait until they drop to ~$100 and buy them then.
    I think slim is a relative term. I wear slim fit but couldn't get Unbranded UB101 skinny fit or N&F Skinny Guys past my knees. The Unbranded tapered and relaxed tapered fits and Naked and Famous Weird Guys are more accommodating for guys that have thicker thighs but still want slim. Both are good options but just something for the OP to keep in mind regarding sizing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geo View Post
    I think slim is a relative term. I wear slim fit but couldn't get Unbranded UB101 skinny fit or N&F Skinny Guys past my knees. The Unbranded tapered and relaxed tapered fits and Naked and Famous Weird Guys are more accommodating for guys that have thicker thighs but still want slim. Both are good options but just something for the OP to keep in mind regarding sizing.
    That is true. I've also found that with a lot of these companies that use different types of denim for their jeans, that even pairs within the same style family can fit wildly different. Luckily almost all of them put full measurements on their sites so you can see what you should get.

    One more thing I will add. I don't want to be the guy that suggests the exact thing that the OP says he doesn't want, but the 11oz Indigo Stretch Selvedge from Unbranded is my favorite jean I have that's not in a price range that most people would laugh at. Being selvedge, it's going to be a little stiffer and have more structure than the average person will be used to but will have enough give so you don't feel like you're killing yourself in them when you wear them. The stretch is not the snap back kind that the BR jeans or Uniqlo ones have at all and it does not result in saggy jeans after a couple of wears.

    The stretch is like how the AWD in the new M5 is to keep all the power down but still feel RWD vs the RS7 where the AWD dictates everything about the car and always feels AWD. Idk how many people will understand that metaphor, but it's the most apt thing I could come up with.

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    i've had good results with the supringly inexpensive target goodfellow co Slim Selvedge jeans.


    https://www.target.com/p/men-s-slim-...16#lnk=sametab

    $40

    i like mine so much i think i'm going to get another pair.

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    All my jeans for the past few years come from DSTLD denim. They have a few different cuts, including a slim fit. Their denim does have 2% stretch so they are not no stretch but speaking from personal experience they are not super stretchy like rapid movement or traveler jeans from BR, or other brands that tout high mobility. They're more "hint of stretch" than full on stretch.

    If you don't want even a hint of stretch look elsewhere but the denim is decent quality (probably from overseas since they don't cite the origin) but they are labeled made in the USA, and the raw ones develop nice custom wear patterns over time.
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