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.
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.