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Slick Style: Waxed Denim

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We’ve discussed dry denim and raw denim, now for something a little less traditional. Waxed denim – or in some cases, coated denim – is kind of the “wash” of the future. Denim brands are starting to feature this wacky, or waxy, idea. Some jeans have a subtle sheen while others look like they are made from a completely different material. J Brand’s version has a rubbery texture because of its resin coating while Naked & Famous’ approach is more leathery.

“The new waxed denim is quite simply a wax coated Japanese denim,” says Naked & Famous founder Brandon Svarc. “The paraffin wax is sprayed onto the denim and then baked in order to adhere it to the fabric. You’ll notice a bit of a shine from the coating, and the more you beat up your jeans, the more the natural creases and marks will develop and start to wear away at the coating.”

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So if you’re looking for a way to shake up your denim game, this is definitely the way to go. Just make sure you have a reliable dry cleaner, don’t sit on any white couches and don’t get too close to any heat sources. Oh, and if you’re more of a do it yourself-er, you can always pick up some Otter Wax from Portland, Oregon.

J Brand – Tyler in Underground – Slim fit in a grey stretch jean with a matte black tar-like coating applied in the garment form with the slightest abrasion.

Paige Denim – Coated Slim Fit Jeans – Proportionately cut slim-fitting jeans are crafted in America from black coated denim, giving the style a tough-looking sheen when caught in the light.

Naked & Famous – Wax Coated Jeans – Exclusively at Barney’s, Skinny leg, five-pocket style; metal logo buttons and rivets.

7 For All Mankind – Slim Straight Leg in Black Coated Indigo – Coated denim that will gradually wear over time, giving your jeans some additional character.

Diesel Waxed Denim Jeans – Black cotton waxed denim jeans from Diesel featuring a concealed zip fastening, belt loops, side seam pockets, rear welt pockets, a leather brand patch to the rear and a slim fit.

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