This season is the peak year for rough and tough raw denim. From distressed to raw selvedge denim - now is the best time to experiment with your day-to-day jeans. With some of the best-dressed men trying out this trend on the streets, The Idle Man present to you the low-down of the new in trend - raw denim jeans.
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Ripped holes in the knees are not the only way to wear distressed denim. In fact, this year, it's about bringing to the ankles and opting for the tired look. Authentic and raw, distressing the hem of jeans is our SS17 go to for your jeans this season.
So what is raw denim? We've got the guide to introduce you to the trend. Seen on the streets of fashion week, we have taken a dose of the inspiration from the hard-hit looks and how to get them. Now available at The Idle Man, the raw hem jeans trend is our newest favourite from our Editors.
"It's so refreshing to see raw hem denim trending, particularly within menswear. While most denim trends are focused on womenswear, it's exciting for us to have a chance to dress well with a bit more personality. Raw Hem is easily becoming one of my favourite denim styles for day-to-day, especially with trainers."
How to Wear Raw Hem Denim Jeans
Tom says that the raw hem is perfect for sprucing up your most casual day to day wear. Playing around with seasonal layering and colours, opt for a hoodie and a long sleeved tee. As this look is casual for day to day, opt for blue raw hem jeans. Finish with a statement pair of trainers to elevate the detailing of the hem.
"While being a huge fan of the detail, it's great to see it finally going from the catwalk to the men who dress well on the streets. Completely versatile between any style, whether you are an athleisure type or a smart-casual - it's great to introduce a pair into your wardrobe. However, if you are stuck on a budget, I hugely recommend DIY raw hem. Easy to do and perfect when giving your old jeans/chinos a new life."
How to Wear DIY Raw Hem Jeans/Chinos
For the summer, Charlotte recommends not making the raw hem a focal point to your look, but a clashing detail. Opt for a preppy summer-garden image with a Cuban colour shirt and a white tee. Keep your look tonal and refreshing by opting for the white pair of raw hem chinos. Here at The Idle Man, we've experimented with the DIY take on the raw hem. To finish the look, tone the look down with a suede tan shoe.
"If your day to day denim is becoming a bit of a bore - then here's your chance to spruce it up. With distressed denim became the art of dressing well this season, it's effortlessly stylish. With our very own lines coming into store, it's exciting to know that even buying into trends like this is easy on a budget"
How to Wear Raw Hem Denim Jeans
Again, keeping it casual, pair your raw hem jeans with a statement seasonal jacket, such as the coach jacket. Easy to layer with a hoodie, sweatshirt, or for transitional dressing, the coach jacket is completely versatile for any wardrobe. Elevate the SS17 trend even more, and play around for pastel and pinker shades. Whether you opt for a black pair of jeans or keep it safe with the blue, finish this look with a pair of statement kicks.
How to Distress Your Denim
Whether you've got an old pair of jeans, or can't find a distressed pair to suit you - don't rule the trend out completely. Perfect for sprucing up your straight leg jeans, distressing your denim is can be achieved in just a few minutes. All you need is a pair of fabric scissors - and you are ready to go.
- Firstly, put your jeans on and measure to where you want the raw hem to be. When marking your chosen length, our buyers recommend using chalk as it's easy to brush off later on.
- Using your fabric scissors, carefully cut along your marked line.
- Before moving on, make sure both legs are symmetrical in length.
- Then, to elevate the raw hem look, cut small slight upwards into the hem. This creates the authentic, tired look (plus doesn't leave your jeans looking like a poor DIY job)
- And then you're good to go. Ideal to pair with a plain tee or sweatshirt - DIY raw hem is the best way to upgrade your wardrobe on a budget.
If you fancy sprucing up your old jeans further, then don't be afraid to tap into the detailing of rips. Perfect for the spring season, they are ideal for your transitional wardrobe for the warmer months ahead. For the full tutorial, simply follow the step-by-step video below.
On That Note
Both our buyers and editors can't stress enough on how this look is bang on trend right now. Introducing the distressed denim look your jeans this season is the best way to tap into trends subtlety. Perfect to pair with a sweatshirt or oversized t-shirt, it's completely effortless for the morning rush.
Whether you need to refresh your black and blue denim, shop the look and take a look at our new in raw hem lines, exclusive to The Idle Man.