A Strong Finish: Waxed Denim

December 19th, 2014

One pair of jeans in my wardrobe gets more use than any others. They’re black with a wax coating, similar to these.

It took some wearing, but waxed denim has slowly become one of my favorite fabrics. The tough crinkle finish gives the denim a slight sheen that is subtly reminiscent of leather, for a kind of rock & roll edge. The coating is also protective, so you can really beat the sh-t out of the denim (it looks great broken-in too).

Due to it’s popularity with stylish guys, designers are now using waxed denim for much more than jeans. Here are three examples of pieces that are taken up a notch with a waxed coating.

    CoatedΒ Denim Jeans

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    Our favorite looks here at Articles of Style are what we call “casually tailored”. Just because you’re wearing a sharply cut jacket doesn’t mean you have to look stiff or dressy. Finding that balance of tailored pieces and casual wear is the secret to a man looking his best, in our opinion.

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    As you might already know, we also love earth tones and textures. The jacket here is a rare hemp/wool/cashmere blend with a flannel finish, the sweater is pure linen, the belt is bison leather, and the jeans have a leathery waxed finish.

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    Speaking of cool unique textures, here are those inside-out Horween leather boots again.

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    • Brown Felt hat by Stetson
    • Olive linen crewneck by Ralph Lauren
    • Brown wool flannel pocket square by Armstrong & Wilson
    • Brown American Bison Belt by Trafalgar
    • Brown coated jeans by Ralph Lauren Black Label
    • “Morley” Horween Leather Boots by Wolverine

    Coated Denim Shirt


    A coated finish can give just about any garment a little more edge. For example, it takes this western denim shirt from outdoorsy cowboy to city slicker, real quick.

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    A suede jacket in a neutral color, like this slate grey “Edmond” bomber, is a real wardrobe changer. It can be worn like a varsity jacket for a night with the boys, with a cozy sweater for a smooth date look, or with a shirt and tie for the business casual crowd.

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    Here are thoseΒ wool flannel jeans we were just talking about.

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    • “Edmond” suede jacket by Reiss
    • Waxed western button-down by Sandro
    • Grey long sleeve cotton crewneck by Club Monaco
    • Grey wool flannel 5-pocket jeans by Z Zegna
    • Black leather wingtip boots by Paul Smith

    Coated Denim Jacket

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    Everybody and their brother has a traditional denim jacket, whether it’s dark indigo or washed vintage denim.

    This one gives you the same trucker shape and silhouette, but with a crisper drape and a more interesting texture. The wax coating also protects the fabric against water damage, stains, and color fading – which all add to the lifespan of the garment.

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    For more outfit ideas featuring denim jackets, chinos, boots (or any other garment) remember you can always use our Style Guide to find exactly what you’re looking for.

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    • Striped wool newsboy hat Vintage
    • Cashmere waffle henley by Vince
    • “Mason” trucker jacket by Ralph Lauren Black Label
    • Braided leather belt by Trafalgar
    • Rugged canvas chinos by RRL
    • “Iron Ranger” Brown leather boots by Red Wing

    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier

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    • Dc

      I appreciate the diversity of the models on this sight. This guy has skin like me and I like seeing how the styles look on him.

    • Calvin McCoy

      Hey Dan it’s cool don’t let the haters get you down. I understand what you’re doing. The point of the editorials are to highlight the clothes not the person wearing them. Which is why you chose to have subcategories like “profiles” “editorials” “menswear 101” I like the new direction you’re taking keep it up.

      Merry Christmas

    • TO

      Recognized the Vince henley right away! Looks so comfy. The textures combinations in this article are out-of-this-world fresh; Mr. Derrick looks cool as f*ck in these outfits! Nice modern way to pull off the old-world hat in the last one.

    • John

      Hey Dan, I just wanted to offer up some constructive criticism from my own perspective. Definitely not trying to hate or anything–just my own 2 cents. I’m not really feeling the use of the models wearing your clothes. I’ve been a long time reader (like a lot of guys here) and I feel like one of the best parts of the site was seeing you guys wearing your own digs and how they matched your guys’ respective personalities/backgrounds. You wearing your clothes is stylish because it represents who you are and your taste which can be said for the other members of the team as well. Towni’s style leans toward his preppy upbringing, Alex’s style is influenced by workwear and Wes has his urban, NYC thing going on. I have nothing against the model (I’m sure he’s great at his craft) but it’s slightly inauthentic just seeing him wear clothes that are yours. Not to mention I think they fit/look better on you. I know you’ll say that the clothes aren’t yours–they’re ArticlesofStyle’s clothes, but if I wanted to see models being styled, I could just look through any lookbook on the internet. For me what made this site unique and pleasurable to read was seeing your guys’ style reflect who you guys are, seeing it evolve with your own personal growth and getting inspiration from that. But yeah, like I said, just my own two cents. Hope you guys have a good Holiday.

      • Ben

        Hmmm, yeah I’ve been feeling the same thing recently. While I’ve always felt Alex is a great photographer, the shoots are starting to feel like something out of a menswear catalogue, with the models looking more like mannequins, and less like real people expressing their own style. Plus this guy’s dead-eyed Blue Steel look is faintly disturbing – Sorry!

        Also, bring back a search function!! You have a fantastic archive that I can no longer look back to!

      • E

        I have to agree. Also not trying to hate, but it’s more out of disappointment that I say that TSB has lost some of its…charm? It’s looking more like a mainstream product that you could find anywhere (GQ?).

        Maybe that’s the direction you want, though? Being too niche isn’t exactly profitable, I imagine…

    • jaykaysway

      I was given a waxed denim jacket for Christmas a few years ago and it is still in heavy rotation. Its appearance has definitely improved with age.

      Great write-up guys!

    • Miguel

      Love all three outfits, loving the pictures, great lighting Alex.

    • Harvey

      Not a big fan of look 2 personally. But that’s just me, I don’t like untucked button downs that are longer than the outerwear. But looks 1 and 3 are on point. Loving the new site btw!

    • Tom

      Dan, what is the usual leg opening size (diameter) of most of the pants you feature? I feel like you have mentioned it before, but I just can seem to find it. The taper is perfect. Not too skinny, but perfectly trim.

    • http://www.vincentnappi.com/ Vincent Nappi

      Super cool fabric. Really interesting to watch it get spread around to different pieces these days. Gives a garment an entirely new set of associations.

      Beautiful texture play on all three looks and man, the photography has stepped up a notch since the relaunch. Extra pro looking, Alex!

      • http://tsbmen.com/ Alex Crawford

        Thanks Vincent!