These $20 Wrangler Dad Jeans Are My Wardrobe Go-To

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I recently did a huge jeans cleanse. Before, I counted seven pairs of gray skinny jeans, old faded Dickies, a stray pair of carpenter pants, even a pair of Gucci denim high-rise. Farewell, dear denim. I’d been hoarding them for years, but I think I’m not alone, and jeans are the prime piece of clothing that manages to collect itself and fester in one’s dresser. The remaining pairs that I decided to keep were my Wranglers. I have two versions: the handy Wrangler Wrancher jeans, a pair of men’s black jeans with an embedded pleat that I have described as something that “holds my ass up like Atlas holding up the world.” (I’m not exaggerating: It’s like my butt is being cradled on a platter of unbreakable woven polyester stretch twill.) 

The other pair that remains is the Wrangler Regular Fit Jean that I have both in the lightest wash (light stonewash) and another in a darker wash (dark stonewash). Look them up and they’re modeled by a sturdy-looking guy with muscular thighs. They fit like a dude’s jeans should—mind you, a dude who doesn’t care about fashion so much—They are loose, they have slack, and slightly bunch up at the foot. Or according to the website, they feature “a straight leg opening that fits over boots, and a higher rise that sits at your natural waist.” The denim is tough. It’s unafraid and anti-precious. But that is what makes them so, well, hot. While I could ride for miles on a horse sans a saddle or chop wood in them—you know, the nitty gritty stuff the jeans are actually made for—I instead feel like Cindy Crawford oh-so-casual in a pair of boot cut jeans. I’ve been living in them during quarantine. 

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