STYLE AND BUYING GUIDES FOR MODERN REBELS

THE REBEL ESSENTIALS

Trends come and go, evolving and revolving with seasons and fashions. The rebel’s wardrobe, though, is a carefully curated collection of adaptable and timeless garments. These guides will help you build your own rebel’s wardrobe of well-made ‘rebel essentials.’ The quality pieces we recommend will outlast trends in every sense of the word. 

BUYING GUIDES FOR MODERN REBELS

REBEL ESSENTIALS

Trends come and go, evolving and revolving with seasons and fashions. The rebel’s wardrobe, though, is a carefully curated collection of adaptable and timeless garments. These guides will help you build your own rebel’s wardrobe of well-made ‘rebel essentials.’ The quality pieces we recommend will outlast trends in every sense of the word. 

Illustration by Florian Bayer

THE PERFECTO

One of the pieces that properly kickstarted the rebel revolution, the Perfecto remains the quintessentially defiant leather jacket. It’ll rebel against whatever you got.

Illustration by Florian Bayer

THE T-SHIRT

As essential as they come, the plain tee is the natural companion for well-made selvedge. For perfectly cut and sewn tees made the authentic way, look for ‘loopwheeled’.

Illustration by Florian Bayer

FIVE-POCKET JEANS

The true cornerstone of rebel style, the five-pocket jean has played either a starring or a supporting role in style revolutions and subcultures of every stripe for the better part of a century.

RAW DENIM GUIDES

The Selvedge Masterlist: Our Ultimate Jeans Guide

Looking for the bar-none best pair of selvedge jeans? You’ve got options. We’ve cut it down to 21 makers of the best men’s selvedge jeans.

RAW DENIM JACKETS

Whether you’re an expert or a first-time fader, you need a made-to-fade raw denim jacket. This list of 20 fade-primed jean jackets will get you started.

RAW DENIM SHIRTS

In this buying guide to raw denim shirts, we argue why your wardrobe isn’t complete without one and share our top picks you should buy.

IN-DEPTH BUYING GUIDES

THE WELL-MADE ESSENTIALS

The Well-Made Essentials Buying Guides take the guesswork out of the hunt for well-made menswear and rugged essentials. These guides will help you build a timeless and adaptable wardrobe stocked with carefully crafted items that you know are made of the right stuff, in the right way, and for the right reasons.

We guide you through all the wardrobe cornerstone categories, including raw selvedge jeans, leather boots, denim jackets, heavy flannels, and more. Start with the guides below.

If you want to know more about why we created these guides, please read our Manifesto. If you want to understand the criteria we apply for each item, read our definitions of ‘well-made’ and ‘essential’.

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JEANS BUYING GUIDE

Raw Selvedge Jeans You Can Paint Your Fade Masterpiece On

If premium raw selvedge denim is one of your style linchpins, you’re almost certainly familiar with most of the items on our well-made essentials lists.

Indigo Invitational, Samurai, 25 oz.,

RAW DENIM JACKETS

The denim jacket is the centrepiece in countless iconic and timeless workwear looks. It’s not essential because we say it is. It’s essential because everybody has one.

DENIM SHIRTS

In this buying guide to raw denim shirts, we argue why your wardrobe isn’t complete without one and share our top picks you should buy.

WORK SHIRTS

Well-made heritage work shirts transcend time, and they work with absolutely everything. They do both thanks to their combination of comfort, practicality, and simplicity.

WINTER JACKET GUIDE

Battle-Ready Military-Inspired Jackets For Winter Soldiers

If you need a jacket that can stand the cold and look great for decades, our buying guide to military winter jackets is the perfect place to start your hunt.

T-SHIRTS

Our T-shirt buying guide lists 10 well-made cotton T-shirts that pair perfectly with raw selvedge jeans and will revolutionise your wardrobe basics.

CPOS AND OVERSHIRTS

If you want an overshirt or a CPO that is a fitting companion for your heavy raw denim, don’t settle for pretenders.

SWEATERS AND CARDIGANS

Well-made sweaters and cardigans are the pillars of cool- and cold-weather looks that can be worn over most things and under the rest.

HEAVY FLANNEL SHIRTS

A well-made flannel is essential because it’s both timeless and adaptable; it’s built to last, will never go out of style, and can be worn with just about anything.

LEATHER JACKETS

The right leather jacket will stylish for decades; it’ll continue to work with almost everything in your wardrobe. Find the right jacket with this buying guide.

The Denim & Boots Podcast, podcast, iTunes, Apple Podcast, Red Wing, Red Wing Heritage, 8111, Iron Ranger, Amber Harness,

LEATHER BOOTS

Fashions come and go, but the simple blue-collar aesthetic of well-worn leather boots has remained steadfast. There’s still nothing that pairs better with a pair of jeans (new or old).

BELTS

Buying guide to the best veg-tan belts that will pair perfectly with your raw selvedge jeans and heritage style look.

HENLEYS

Well-made henleys are a pillar of comfortable and layered looks. This buying guide helps you find the perfect henley to match with jeans.

BANDANAS

If you’re not already rocking a bandana somewhere in your kit, this guide helps you find the perfect bandana for you.

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