Raw Denim Part II: Do Men’s Jeans Fit on Women?

You may recall the first pair of raw denim jeans that I got recently. However, those were not 100% cotton, so I had still been on the lookout for that. I quickly gave up on finding all-cotton jeans in a women’s cut, so I decided to see how men’s jeans fit me.

Since my husband has loads of awesome denim, I told him that I wanted to see how his jeans fit me. That way, I would know if it would even be worth my while to look into getting jeans in a men’s cut. He had me try on his Iron Heart SEXIHXINDO16 jeans that were just a bit too small for him to be comfortable. To our surprise, they fit me really well! Since he doesn’t wear them anymore, he gave them to me. The only photo I have of me wearing the Iron Hearts is this one of me with the dead squirrel, unfortunately.

But this opened up a whole new range of possibilities! Not only could men’s jeans fit my curves, they fit well! Perhaps even better than women’s jeans! And they would be 100% cotton. I still have no idea how they fit my big butt so well, and yet be so tight on my husband who has an itty bitty tiny butt. And he has the longest, thinnest legs in the world, while I have short round legs. If the jeans fit both of us so well as they do, maybe this whole men’s cut jeans / women’s cut jeans is a lie? Are jeans more malleable than we give them credit for? I don’t know.

I started wearing those Iron Hearts every day, but they were already faded and broken in from when Doc wore them; and I wanted to have the full experience of getting my own raw unsanforized cotton denim jeans, breaking them in, and fading them. I tend to like how The Flat Head jeans look on men a lot, so I found a pair of Flat Head 3001 and they fit me really well. Since they are a much slimmer cut, they are a lot more flattering than the Iron Hearts. They have already been soaked once, so that they are properly shrunk before I begin the wearing process. Otherwise, since they are unsanforized, they would be too big on me, and start fading/wearing in the wrong places.

Now I just need to get these hemmed, and they will be good to go! That, or start pegging my jeans.

The Flat Head 3001 – Left; Soaked once, this is after 1 week of wear

The Flat Head 3001 Jeans – Back; Soaked once, this is after 1 week of wear; I have no idea how my butt fits into those so well

The Flat Head 3001 – Right; Soaked Once; This is after 1 week of wear

The Flat Head 3001 – Front (complete with Skyward Sword belt buckle); Soaked once; This is after 1 week of wear

And that is the story of how I went from owning 0 pairs of raw denim jeans, to owning 3 pairs of raw denim jeans in a short period of time. The Iron Hearts and Flat Heads are unsanforized; the 3sixteens are not. But they are technically all raw.

So, ladies! You, too, can have the experience of breaking in and fading raw cotton denim jeans! Just don’t be afraid to wear men’s cuts. Because it seems that that is your only choice for the time being.

I searched the Internet high and low for references on how different types of men’s denim fit women, but didn’t come up with much. Therefore, I decided to put this out there, in case it helps anybody make any denim decisions.

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Steen is a nerdy biologist who spends a lot of time trying to cultivate Chloroflexi. When she isn't working, she likes to draw comics, play video games, and climb.
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14 Responses to Raw Denim Part II: Do Men’s Jeans Fit on Women?

  1. Lauren says:

    Thank you for this! I’ve been wearing APC Petit Standards for years now and trying to find a specific womens cut for raw denim… and keep coming up short. I’d love to try other brands but there just isn’t enough information out there. Your post is a lot more help than other things I’m reading.

    • Steen says:

      No problem! I have also just discovered Rogue Territory, http://www.rogueterritory.com/ and their SK cut almost seems like it was custom made for my shape. Rogue Territory’s SK also has a very nice thin taper, unlike the Flat Head 3001 which has a very slender top half and then is straight from the knee down. So I guess it mostly depends on if you want a taper or not.

  2. ace says:

    Wow, this is very helpful! I think I might be shaped similar to you and honestly women’s jeans never fit me right (for instance I have a pair of Railcar Vipers that I really *like* but they don’t quite accomodate my shape). I have a round butt but a small waist and everything either gaps in the waist or sags in the butt…or else my kind of muscular thighs feel like they’re being squeezed. I’ve always been jealous that men have so many jeans to chose from (how come they don’t make shrink-to-fit for women??) but I just always assumed men’s jeans wouldn’t fit right. But those jeans look fantastic on you, I can’t believe they’re men’s! Now I’m defintely going to try some.

    • Steen says:

      Might as well give it a try! If you know a place you can go in and try some on in person, that would be ideal. I also went a long time without even considering wearing men’s jeans, I thought there just had to be a reason for men’s and women’s jeans being manufactured differently. Shrink-to-fit men’s jeans might even be the best option for women, because then they won’t get too tight in the hips, but still get tighter in the waist. Good luck!

  3. Kennick says:

    I found my teenage sons Bullshead jeans (that he put in the give away pile) are much more slimming than of my other jeans. Nice to know that because I have been extremely frustrated with the fit of the legs and hips of women’s jeans.

    • Steen says:

      Yes, women’s jeans seem to have a much poorer selection and much poorer durability compared to men’s jeans. Since I discovered how well men’s jeans can work for women (about the time I wrote this post), I’ve only worn men’s jeans.

      Why bother with uselessly thin, light-weight stretchy denim that claims to be designed for women, but don’t even fit the hips right (and that dissolves within 6 moths of purchase)?

  4. Warren O'Leary says:

    Very sexy when feminine women cross-dress into menswear , especially pants like jeans.

    These pictures remind me of a college coed freshman who wore selvage male Lee Jean Riders as her uniform the school year of 1970-71. She looked hot ! The oxymoron of a feminine form looking great in historical menswear. Drove this then 18 year old male crazy on campus . She wore very dark denim with cuffed legs showing her selvage seams as a tease.

    • Steen says:

      My husband is the same way as you, he is mystified by how women always look good in men’s clothing. He often asks, “how is it that all of my clothes look better on you than they do on me?”

      • Warren O'Leary says:

        I know that my opinion was not unique , good to know other males out there think the same way; including your husband. I buy so called female jeans that look like Hollywood cowboy hero fancy ranch pants ( Roy Rogers style ) for my wife over the decades; she looks fantastic in them. 1952 ‘s movie ” Son of Paleface “; Jane Russell wears the tightest black cowboy clothes possible and looks ” super ” but the writers of this script failed to have Jane put on Roy Rogers’ great outfit after she pistol whips him from behind and could easily have swiped his outfit for herself then adding it to her own cowboy wardrobe, what a sad omission ! Earlier in this movie , Bob Hope is successful in stealing Roy’s great cowboy duds and wearing them himself and even Bob hope looked great in wearing ” The King of the Cowboys ” outfit. Jane would have looked the best wearing Roy’s Western outfit.

  5. Warren O'Leary says:

    Who is 18 yr. old coed I mentioned ? Aptly named ” Jean ” Pona ( maiden name ) .

  6. Warren O'Leary says:

    Dear Steen ;

    On Ebay; search for N.Y.D.J. Angelina coated denim leggings for your size; Mary Ellen has several pairs that I have purchased for her and they remind me of those Roy Rogers or Gene Autry fancy ranch pants. I have several pairs for myself.

  7. Warren O'Leary says:

    Two 1968 movies showing frontier women wearing jeansThey are : ” The Shakiest Gun in the West ” with Barbara Rhoades ( cross-dressing outlawette ) and ” The Ballad of Josie ” , starring Doris Day . Barbara wears skin tight , stovepipe legged brown jeans tucked into suede tall cowboy boots , while Doris dons a pair of Levi jeans in a men’s shop in Cheyenne. If you look closely, Doris’ Levi’s pant legs aren’t tapered ( straight cut , tucked into cowboy boots) but a scene a little later, supposedly the same jeans, the legs are super skinny,ala. the more modern ” jeggings ” style. Barbara Rhoades’ jeans are also ” jeggings ” style tapered. These movies were the foundation of ” jeggings ” of today !

  8. Tim says:

    Thanks for this post. I was planning to buy 501 STF jeans for my girlfriend (who enjoys projects like this) and only just realized they aren’t made in women’s sizes. Already figured out the inch measurements of “size X” and your post gave me direction and confidence to go ahead with the “men’s” cut.

    • Steen says:

      Awesome! I hope she likes them! If you aren’t getting them as a surprise, it might still be a good idea to have her try them on first though, since it seems to me that clothing fits (especially pants) is finicky for everybody.

      Of course, if you’re buying them online or you want them to be a surprise, then obviously that isn’t an option. I’ll say it’ll probably be fine. Most of the “men’s” jeans I’ve tried on fit me perfectly fine, but there was one particular pair that fit really weird and didn’t work at all. And, for some reason, many of the waist band sizes are inconsistent from brand to brand. The Iron Hearts I’ve gotten seem to be usually “true to size,” but the Flat Heads I’ve gotten seem to consistently run small. For what it’s worth!

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