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Our stylists’ guide to the best slim-fit denim

Our stylists’ guide to the best slim-fit denim

If you stepped foot into the Thread office, you’d be greeted with a lot of different styles – and a lot of different ideas about what constitutes good style, too. But one thing we’d all agree on is good denim. It’s a wardrobe non-negotiable that we can’t get enough of. And neither, so it seems, can the rest of the world. 

That’s why, today, the denim market is an endless pool of styles and fits – boot leg, straight, leg, flair, the list goes on. And as these categories have grown, so has the confusion around what they mean. So our stylists decided to break down and identify the very best denim, starting with one of the most common fits: the slim fit. 

To do so, they ordered in 12 different slim-fit denim styles from a range of brands and enlisted the help of several volunteers from our office – all of different shapes and sizes – to get their thoughts on the best styles for various preferences. Turns out not only does everyone love denim, they have strong opinions about it too. 

Photographed: Edwin Ed-80 In Cs Yuuki Blue Denim (£110)

Best overall style 

The all-around winner in terms of fit, quality, and style is Edwin’s ED-80. Our volunteers loved the sturdy fabric weight, which is balanced by 2% elastane, making it incredibly comfortable – even after a full day of wear. It was one of the few styles to suit a range of body types. If you favour a slim rather than a skinny slim fit, and you like a slight taper at the angle, this is the style for you.

Photographed: A.P.C. New Standard Jean (£180)

Best premium style

If you’re a raw denim fan, like many of us at Thread, you’ll likely be a fan of A.P.C. This brand has a strong following because of its fashion jeans, and its slim fit New Standard jean is proof why. The fabric might feel a bit stiff at first wear, but with time, it moulds to you and becomes one of the most comfortable jeans available – if you’re okay with a shorter rise. 

If you’re looking for a more vintage-inspired pair of selvedge denim, our volunteers also loved the OrSlow 107 Ivy League Slim Jean. It’s got a 50s Levi’s vibe our stylists love. And according to one of our volunteers, it has the perfect leg shape.

Best affordable selvedge 

For those looking for a classic denim selvedge aesthetic but don’t want to compromise on comfort, our stylists recommend Jack & Jones R.D.D. Slim Fit Glenn Selvedge Denim. R.D.D. is the brand’s premium denim line, but the jeans are at a price point that is still more affordable than many other selvedge jeans out there (about half the price of your standard styles). It’s a true slim, not skinny, and comes in a rich, dark indigo tone that can be dressed up or down. 

Photographed: Nudie Jeans Nudie Grim Tim Jean (£105)

Best true slim fit 

If you like the indie/mod-vibe of a skinnier pair of slim fit jeans, we’d turn to styles from Nudie. As a bonus, this brand has excellent sustainability credentials and offers free repairs on all denim. If you find the price point a bit steep, you can look to Lee or Selected for skinnier slim fit styles. Selected is also doing its part on the sustainability front and its skinny-slim jean comes in a soft, stretch fabric that hug the contours of your leg.

Photographed: Neuw Denim Lou Slim Jeans (£47)

Best comfortable style

If comfort is your priority, we’d suggest Neuw Denim’s Lou Slim Jeans. The fabric is soft and contains 1% elastane, so you won’t feel restricted like you might in a pair of selvedge denim. Our volunteers also loved the slightly faded navy shade and details, like a touch of metal hardware. If you’re looking for a more accessible alternative, your best bet is the Slim-Fit Jean by Arlen. They’re a comfortable true slim fit that also doesn’t feel restrictive. 

Words: Thread writers
Styling: Artemis Crowley & Luke McDonald