December 12, 2013

Jeans For the Modern Man… Starring Legos

I will be the first to admit that I know nothing about fashion.

I will put on a pair of jeans and wear them for weeks on end without washing them.  I know it sounds disgusting, but I like the feel of dirty well worn jeans more than I do a pair that has spent time in dryer somewhere.  Honestly, as soon as you wash a pair of jeans it takes a couple of days of wearing them until they feel "right" again.

Certainly I am not alone and since I do the laundry in my house, I can make that decision.  If my wife did the laundry, perhaps my jeans would be clean all of the time and none of them would fit.

Lee jeans may be the pants I'm looking for
I have tried all different brands of jeans… Old Navy, Levis, Wrangler, and now Lee.  I am admittedly cheap when it comes to buying a pair.  For years I would only buy Old Navy jeans because they only cost $19.99.  I was never concerned about how they looked (my wife hated them) or how long they lasted.  They would usually fall off of me and be torn to shreds in less than a years time.  All of them are now covered house paint because I wouldn't want ruin a good pair.

So I have been on the look out for a new brand.  Admittedly there are few styles that fit.  I have bigger thighs and a small butt so all of these straight leg kinds are out.  Nobody I know wears skinny jeans and I hope to never meet a man that does.  Relaxed fit is my jean of choice, but not the tapered leg variety because once again my wife does get her say every now and then.  What is the phrase, "If you look good in jeans your wife won't be so mean?" Something like that.

I was approached by Lee Jeans to give their pants a try.  I was a little skeptical at first because I automatically flashed back to elementary school and my first thought was that people were going to come up and "brand" me.  It's all I could think of.  I would walk around and people would come up to me and poke my Lee Jeans with the sound of a branding iron.  I only assume that you get that reference.

But I was also intrigued.  Maybe I was being to harsh in my assessment of the old brand thing and Lee Jeans would be just the pair of pants I would want to wear.

The Lee Modern Series might just be the style of jeans that I am looking for, but the truth is I won't know for sure for some time.  I need to wear them without washing them for a few more weeks.  I'll keep you posted.

Lee was kind enough to offer me a couple of pairs of jeans to try out in exchange for this post. Now they want to give you the opportunity to try them out for yourself.  They are being kind enough to give away any one item of your choice from  All you have to do is enter below.  

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*Lee compensated me for this post, but all opinions are my own unless my wife tells me otherwise

John Willey - Daddy's in Charge?



  1. I used to steer clear from the generic brand of jeans but when I realized many were manufactured in the same plants, that changed. Go by fit more so than brand name these days. Have worn a pair of Lees since the 1990s. Certainly willing to give them a try. Great post John and fun video as always. - Vincent

  2. My wife is on the second round of patches to my three pairs of Jeans. Pretty soon, I'll just be wearing patches. Maybe it's time to shop around again.

  3. Lee dungarees have consistently been the best fitting pants I have found. They are the first brand I look to when I'm looking for jeans.

  4. I have a hard time finding a good pair of jeans and like you said, whenever I do, they don't seem to last very long. Great video, John.

  5. I am commenting for my husband. He never buys himself new jeans. Ever. He deserves them. And,Dads Who Change Diapers sent me over here. So, yes, it's so hard to shop for jeans for myself. Even more difficult to shop for jeans for my husband.

  6. I'm with you on the wearing of the jeans to get the feel right. I bought a pair of Nautica Jeans (I know, right? My first ever non Levi pair and they were on sale for $24.99) the week before Thanksgiving and they've pretty much been the only pair of long pants I've worn outside of work since. I've yet to wash them. In my defense, it is winter time so the number of wearings I get from a pair of jeans before they get dirty enough to need to be washed increases greatly.