I never liked stretchy denim anyway, but after finally finding my favorite jeans (6397 Shorty in black, 100% cotton), I’m never buying stretch denim again. I love the way 100% cotton stretches and get soft and slouchy over time; I never liked my jeans to stick to me and show every bump and dimple. 100% cotton denim feels more substantial, and hard-wearing, more practical, and less “pretty.”
And I feel a sense of history when I wear 100% cotton jeans, as corny as that sounds. Originally, jeans were work-wear, like hardcore around the farm and factory work wear – they were meant to last and be WORN. And I appreciate that in my clothing.
But 100% cotton denim is expensive. Generally anyway, and in the shapes I appreciate: slouchy and/or straight. Levi’s does some, of course, and I’m constantly wishing my wedgie jeans were 100% cotton and not 99% (yes, that 1% stretch REALLY makes a difference), but other brands, like Chimala, and Imogene + Willie do it better, I think. And A Gold E has some great 100% cotton styles that are also made with organic cotton and in a more sustainable way.
Chimala | If I were EVER going to get light-wash jeans, these would be it.
(10% off at La Garconne with code LGSPRING17)
FYI, I got my 6397 Shorty jeans at La Garconne for less than $150 on sale and with a sale-on-sale coupon code, and Chimala frequently goes on sale there too, you just have to be SUPER QUICK. Right now Totokaelo and Need Supply are doing their friends & family promos and have re/done, Rachel Comey, Simon Miller & others.
6397 – my holy grail jeans are 6397 Shorty style in 100% cotton (black)
Simon Miller – excellent wide leg jeans
A Gold E – some of their styles are also sustainable, made with organic & recycled cotton
RE/Done – re-fashioned with “vintage” denim, sizing is difficult though
Chimala – Japanese denim, I’d consider them the pioneer of high-end straight/slouchy 100% cotton denim styles
Levi’s – some styles are in 100% cotton, some made with American Cone denim
Rachel Comey – most of her denim is 100% cotton
Goldsign – used to be my HG denim brand, they’ve undergone a re-design, and I’m keen to try a 100% cotton pair
Imogene + Willie – cult favorite – the new “girlfriend” style is 100% cotton denim by Cone denim, all American made
What do you think? Do you wear 100% cotton denim? or do you prefer stretch? What are your favorite 100% cotton jeans?