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.
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.
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.