The New Rules of Denim Jeans

Dark-rinsed, gray, black, beat-up. For something so basic, denim has many incarnations. Here, a road map to get you moving beyond five-pocket blue jeans.

Worn-in Jeans

Unlike the conspicuously distressed versions popular several years ago, the latest beat-up jeans look like they’ve actually been lived in. A leather rope belt in an earthy color keeps the vibe laid-back—not sloppy.

From left: Jeans by Polo by Ralph Lauren, belt by 3.1 Phillip Lim. Jeans by Levi’s, belt by Bottega Veneta. Jeans by Dsquared, belt by Martin Dingman.

Photo: Brad Bridgers
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