1. I’m going to say it depends on your environment. It depends on your situation. If you’re over in Brussels, if you’re over in Berlin, a little bit different of an environment than if you’re in Wausau, Wisconsin.
I’m going to say Wausau, Wisconsin is a very — it’s about 30 minutes for me. It’s a very laid back town, small town, about 40,000 people in the central United States.
Let me tell you, in many situations, jeans are totally fine. Even if it’s a bit dressier, you wear it with a sports jacket, nice pair of shoes, you’re going to be able to pull this off.
However, you’re over in London, it’s a bit more conservative. You’re in New York city, there are other options, other things you’re going to want to consider, so pay attention.
Are you in an urban or a rural environment? In addition, what country are you in and what are the mannerisms?
I’m going to tell you, even though Japan produces some of the finest denim in the world, you’re not going to want to attend a business event ever wearing jeans.
Even though this is the country that exports some of the best, you’ve got to be very careful, unless this is a fashion event for a jean company. Do not even try it over there.
The same thing if you’re going to be over in China, if you’re going to be over in Thailand.
A lot of countries, you’re going to have to pay attention to that. That’s going to probably be the biggest determinations depending on the environment that you’re in and can you pull it off.
2. Type of jeans. There is a wide range. Usually, you’re going to want to go with something that has a darker, more solid wash.
If it’s worn, if it’s torn, if there’s any type of wear, any type of markings, you want to avoid that, especially if it has embroidery. Diesel, cool company, I like what they’re doing, but those are very much, I would say, fashion forward type of jeans.
I was actually reading about the founder. The guy is worth like $3 billion, pretty cool, but when he founded the company, he positioned himself in New York right across from Levi’s, and the reason he did that is he wanted to show how his jeans were beautiful works of art. Okay, that’s cool, but those are not going to be jeans that you want to wear in a business environment, again, unless you are maybe in the fashion field.
3. Fit of the jeans, so type in “dad jeans” to Google and you’re going to see what I’m talking about, jeans that are very big, way too large for the wearer, carpenter jeans, those things.
That’s cool, I guess, if you’re a carpenter, but you do not want to have dad jean fit if you’re going to be in a business environment. This is again a business environment that in number one, the environment worked out fine.
We’ve talked about environment. We’ve talked about the type of jeans. Now, let’s talk about your profession.
If you’re a lawyer and you are in a rural environment, you are still in many people’s minds going to be expected to dress like an attorney, so that means probably you’re going to want to go with dress slacks, keep them dark; jeans, you’re going to want to be careful about.
However, if you are a machine tech and you’re in New York City, well, guess what? All the stuff I talked about at the beginning kind of gets pushed to the wayside because you need something that’s functional for your job.
I’m not going to say jeans are the best choice. There are other things out there such as work pants. They’re possibly going to look better and give you the same protection.
However, one of the reason jeans have become so universally loved around the world is that they actually are very durable. You can wash them. You can be pretty rough with them, so the profession is going to have a huge determination.
I talked about this at the very beginning, Lee Jeans, my premium sponsor. One thing I really like about them is that they come out with this whole new Modern Series.
The Modern Series, what I like about it, the build and the fit are really nice for a guy that’s got an average build. Me, I’m 5’9″, about 165 to 170 pounds, depends on the day, but it’s one of those things that I find their jeans work out really nice.
They’ve come out with a whole new collection that’s going to be made from a higher, really nice quality denim that I feel very comfortable wearing this with a sports jacket, wearing it with a blazer, and I also own some of their just regular Modern Series, and I wear them around when I’m working on my house.
In fact, the other day, I had to replace a couple of windows. I had no problem. I’m getting my knees in and around glass and things like that, and I felt well protected.