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THE PERFECT: Jean

10.24.12

There are 3 essential elements of the perfect jean. One, a good cut. Two, a good color. And three, good fabric. The first two elements — cut and color — are easy to find now that practically every jean manufacturer offers skinny, bootcut and flare jeans in a variety of washes. It’s the third — good fabric — that’s as elusive as the fountain of youth.

Granted, given jeans history — they were initially distributed as durable workwear — it’s understandable some would still pay homage to their past and use rough and tough fabric. But now that they’re worn as casual, everyday wear with a fit akin to sausage casing, you’d think the majority would have moved onto a softer, suppler fabric. No such luck.

Walk through rows of jeans — high or low end — and here’s what you’ll find. Scratchy. Stiff. Rigid. Hard. It’s the standard. We’re accustomed to jeans being uncomfortable and needing to be broken in. But I’m as unwieldy as the wild horses the original jean wearers were trying to tame, and the thought of wearing stiff jeans makes me cringe. So much so, that when I go jean shopping, I no longer look at the cut or color. I simply walk through the store feeling the fabric of each jean and only consider them if I like what I feel. And most of the time, I don’t. Actually, 99% of the time I don’t.

And then, on a chance encounter, I came across these. AG Jeans. They felt like sweats. Soft. Smooth. Supple. They looked like a million bucks. And when I put them on, they hugged — and hid — all the right things. In other words, they were — and are — the perfect jean.

I was so excited, I ordered a bunch more AG Jeans only to receive a bunch of stiff, typical jeans. So after a little digging, I discovered the secret is in the fabric blend. If you find an AG Jean with a blend of 30% cotton, 45% rayon and 25% poly, consider yourself blessed. You’ve stumbled across a rare specimen: the perfect jean.

Currently, AG Jeans sells three jeans with that blend: The Alexa, The Stilt and The Angel. Unfortunately, the pair I have is the Ballad, so I can’t vouch for those. But if you’re on the hunt for a super comfortable jean, I’d highly recommend giving them a try. After a year of owning mine, they’re still my go-to pair.

If you’ve found another super comfy pair of jeans, let me know. I’d love to give them a try.

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