Nudie Grim Tim 46 Dips Selvage Raw Denim Review

With an 13.5oz Turkish denim these jeans are going to need some work breaking in.  For my 3rd pair of Nudie’s I want to let you know that this one is unlike the first two I reviewed.  The Grim Tim Dirt Dry Organic was stiff when I first got them, but nothing like the 46 Dips Grim Tim.  This one is hardcore.

If you are looking for a jean to wear everyday and work on, this would be it.  The jean feels so tightly constructed with tight Turkish denim.  The denim is dark (darker than Dirt Dry Organic or Dry Open Selvage),  it is a way tighter fit, and is shorter than the Dirt Dry Organic.  It is the same length as the Dry Open Selvage and I think its because Nudie knows that you will stretch these out after a couple of wears.

I have mentioned this before in my earlier posts and I’m not one to just wear one pair over and over while breaking them in.  I love raw selvedge denim looking to purchase a couple to rotate.  With these, I feel that I need to wear these out a bit to give it a good stretch.

Luckily the waist is high and not low waisted, otherwise these would have been returned.  The thighs are very slim and tight when you first put them on, but loosen up with time.  The knee stretches out well every time to sit down and the rest of the leg feels close to your skin. The 46 Dips will definitely take more time than the Dirt Dry Organic or Open Dry Selvage.

I would compare the stiffness to a brand new pair of A.P.C. New Cure jeans when you first get them and times that by 2.  Yes they are that stiff.

Don’t let that deter you away from getting your true to size waist.  I do not suggest sizing down on these, and if you are on the fence I would even recommend sizing up one.

Overall these are amazing jeans.  The cut is the slimmest of Grim Tim’s I’ve tried on.  Comparable fits would include Levi’s 511, Apc New Cure but with a slimmer below knee cut silhouette.  Naked and Famous Skinny Guy is a almost identical fit, but Grim Tim has a tad bit lower crotch and higher waist.


Naked and Famous Skinny Guy Black Power Stretch

Naked and Famous always comes out with very basic jean designs with no decals, signature logos, or branding at all.  With the Power Stretch they kept to the original plan and made a basic black stretch jean.  So out of all the jeans I have, these are one of my most comfortable.  The reason is because of the stretch material in them.  The Power Stretch is made from 95% Cotton and 5% Elastane.  The fit is very snug, more tighter than any of my denim reviews.  They fit very tight on the thighs with minimal room, and taper slightly after the knee.  They do come very long, approximately 35″ and I had to cuff them a bit.  The finish on these jeans are very clean with a shimmer.  They don’t exactly shine in the light or anything, but it does have a nice finish to the denim.  I did size up on these jeans since the normal size I wear looked like denim tights on me.  After a couple of days of consistent wearing, I thought that they would stretch out even more, but they have kept their form and continue to fit normally.  I do want to note that even with a size up, the waist fits like my true to size Broken Twill 100% cotton Naked & Famous Skinny Guys.

Fits like:

– Levi’s 510’s sized up 2 sizes
– Thighs of A.P.C. New Cure, but more tapered after the knee
–  Would be comparable to Nudie Thin Finn possibly sized up 1
– Definitely tighter than the 100% cotton Skinny Guy Naked & Famous Broken Twill

Again, these did not loosen up much at all even after daily wear.  I am hoping they don’t.  Very fashionable and hip and definitely different from any black jean I see on the market at the moment.



Nudie Dry Open Selvage Review

The Dry Open Selvage are a beauty to look at.  They have a light sheen shine to them and the denim is a unwashed and dry look.  These jeans are made with 12oz Italian denim. I have to mention how much I love the white trim on the coin pocket as I think that brings such subtle yet weight in detail to the already incredible looking denim.  These are very soft compared to my other Nudies and I am hoping it won’t stretch out too much.  I purchased them true to size, and only after about an hour they started to break in nicely.  The back pockets are not orange, rather a dark blue design, with orange stitching all over.  Very nice construction, with incredible dry look with a bit of shine to it. These are definitely one of my favorites this season.

The fit of the jean has a higher rise, slim thighs, and tapers after the knee.  The crotch is a bit lower and  overall the comfort level of this jean is amazing.  With the TTS fit they are the most comfortable selvedge raw jean to break in ever.

**I do notice this pair of Grim Tims are a little tighter than the Dirt Dry Organic Grim Tim that is the same exact size.  Another difference is that this pair is about 1 1/2 inches shorter than the Dirt Dry Organics.**

The Nudie Dry Open Selvedge can be compared to

– Levi’s 511 Skinny
– A.P.C. in between a Petit Standard and New Cure Thigh with a slimmer cuff
– Almost similar to Made & Crafted Tack, but a little more comfortable around the waistline and more roomy thighs
– Naked and Famous Weird Guy sized down 1, and possibly a Skinny Guy around the thigh sized up.

The material is much lighter than Naked and Famous Broken Twill and the A.P.C. line up.  The jean was still stiff when it arrived in the mail but just not as heavy as the rest.

Made & Crafted Selvedge Tack Slim Jean by Levi’s Review

As a fan of Levi’s along with their higher end brands such as Capital E, I was excited when these came out.  At first I thought it was just a rebra­nding campaign, but I was wrong. These jeans are completely different.  They are very well made and const­ructed. The denim is strong, yet not as thick as the other high end brands. The craftman ship shows in the inside detail, archless pockets, rivets, and subtle contrast stitc­hing. The fit was great. Overall the thighs where not tight like 510’s and the leg was still not as slim like a 511.  If I had to compare these to a regular Levi’s I would say it was in between a 510 – 511.  Made and Crafted Tack is a high end skinny jean that did not fit like any other Levi’s Skinny jean. It was diffe­rent.  Made & Crafted stayed true to their name.
Overall Fit
– Mid Waist Rise
– Skinny thighs
– Slight taper after knee
– Would be comparable to a Naked and Famous Skinny Guy
– I would buy TTS and not size down, since it has a canvas waistband along with the denim.  Might be pretty hard to break in.
Final Thoughts
– Great overall construction of denim
– Good attention to detail
– Soft premium denim yet rigid
– Price point a bit high for Levi’s
You can find these jeans at all your high end online fashion boutiques for about $198.00.  But keep your eyes open as Levi’s Made & Crafted has been known to go on sale within a couple months of release.  I don’t know about the these, but most of the ones with fades and colored denim I have seen as low as 89 bucks.

Getting Naked & Famous With The Skinny Guy Broken Twill Review


I have owned a pair of Naked & Famous Weird Guy jeans in the past and was not as pleased with them before.  The denim seemed to be very over dyed and after a couple of weeks the material would ball up quickly.  I really wanted to like them before but I ended up selling them off.  Fast forward 2 years and I am again looking at a pair of Naked & Famous Skinny Guy’s.

I was pleasantly surprised when I received these jeans.  They were very stiff, the denim was darker than it was portrayed online, and it looked to be made very well.  I wore them strait for 10 days.  These jeans were one of the hardest jeans to break in.  I purchased them true to size and they were still stiff and the waistband did not want to stretch.  At one point I almost gave up.

Overall the denim is good.  The dyes are not rubbing off as quick as my previous Naked & Famous jeans and with persistance and patience they will stretch and fit right.  The thighs are slim but not skin tight.  They taper a bit right after the knee and the jean gives you a slimmer and taller silouette.  I would compare them to a Levi’s 511 jean but a tad slimmer on the thighs.  Blogs would suggest sizing down, but I personally wouldn’t.  The Broken Twills are tough, and I don’t mind a looser jean for comfort.

These are a good buy if you can get them on sites like Karmaloop where they offer 20% off and free shipping.

A.P.C. The New Cure Selvedge Denim Review

The staple in every denim junkie’s closet. A.P.C. has definitely made its presence as the selvedge denim to have and to get dirty with. Blogs will tell you to go down 1-2 sizes, stretch them out, wear them out, get them to break in, don’t wash at all, swim in the ocean, and take photos of your fades and how worn in they are is a trend that is huge within the denim community. There are countless of websites that praise A.P.C. for the strong construction and how amazing they will look after months of wearing without washing.

Well, they are right. These jeans are what the community claim. They do stretch out, they do have fades, and they do make an outfit just that much better. When you first put them on, it will feel stiff.  It will be uncomfortable for a couple of hours.  You may even feel like you are running out of air because they are so tight.  But sit down, relax and breathe.  These jeans will behave and they will conform.  You will start getting honey combs behind your knees immediately and the jean will start breaking within the first 4-5 hours.  By day 3 your jean should feel more comfortable and bearable.  I have owned a Petit Standard in the past, and this is my New Cures.

These are slimmer than the Petit Standard but slimmer in the thigh area.  They fit very snug (even if you get True To Size.)  New Cures also do not have the selvedge inner stitching inside the jean.  So when you cuff them, you will not see the hems.  They also have a higher rise in the front and back. They are 100% cotton, deep dark indigo with a little shimmer to it.

The New Cure jeans are my go to favorites.  I wear these when I need to run out and get something, take my daughter to school, so on and so on.  I love them.  I have now had them for 9 months and the color dye has come off a bit.  They have been hemmed to fit me better.  The waist has stretched out about a size larger, and the material is ever so comfortable.  For anyone looking to get into a pair of selvedge raw denim, make sure you don’t overlook A.P.C.

Final Thoughts:

– For anyone looking to get into selvedge denim, try this brand first.
– Price point is very fair at $175.00
– Goes good with any outfit.  You can dress up or down with these jeans
– A really good feeling once you start to break the jeans in
– Many blogs, and people will tell you to size down 1-2 sizes.  My advice (I am 33 and a father so my opinion is a bit different) is to just get true to size or size down one.  In the begining they are very uncomfortable, and depending on what you do or your activity level, it may take a while to break in.  If you want to wear them right away and have an easier time breaking them in, then get TTS or go one size down.

You can get these at Barney Co-Op, Lamb & Flag, and select Nordstroms.  Many online retailers carry also. (But you may want to try on first)

Here are my new cures after 9 months