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.

Coated 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 those 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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