The “perfect” jean is subjective. Jeans tend to be one of the most personal items most men own. We’re picky. We find a pair and we stick with them. So can the Perfect Jean live up to the name? Read our honest Perfect Jean Review (AKA Perfect Jean NYC Review).
Updated May 2021 with our thoughts on the Athletic Fit Perfect Jean.
👍🏻What We Love 👎🏻What We Don’t Love – Super soft.
– Incredibly flexible.
– Simple washes.
– Minimal branding.
– The epic price!
– Runs a little large (size down)
– No gusset
Perfect Jeans Review: what’s the big idea?
They also claim that their Jeans are incredibly soft, super stretchy and durable.
The Perfect Jean NYC also says to F#%K YOUR KHAKIS – which is plastered all over the website and packaging.
We also loved this hang tag that came with the Perfect Jean:
Let’s dive into our review to see if the Perfect Jean stands up to the claims.
Perfect Jean Review: The look
That’s one of the great things about the Perfect Jean: they look expensive, but you can’t tell what brand they are. There is a very subtle logo on the back-right pocket. It’s not very noticeable on the darker blue color of jeans.
As the old saying goes, “You don’t need a sign on the Effiel tower.”
Perfect Jeans come in 4 basic washes. And I really like how simple they are:
- Black (they call it Bandit): The classic-looking black dyed jean. No “whiskering” on the front – just solid black color.
- Dark Blue (they call it Knight): This is the wash color I tested out. I like jeans that are darker, but not too dark. This is a good compromise. There is some subtle whiskering in the front and some intentional fading on the knees. Nothing is out too far out there and is pretty subtle (and that’s a good thing).
- Medium Blue (they call it Admiral): Just a slightly less dark version of Dark Blue/Knight – the pictures online just make it look like it’s a slightly more faded blue.
- Light Indigo (they call it Joker): These are closer to the more classic, acid-wash light denim colors. It definitely takes a certain kind of person to pull these off and it’s not me!
Perfect Jean Review: The fit
Men (and women) are super particular about how jeans fit, I get it – and I am, too. Here’s the biggest tip I can give you with the Perfect Jean: SIZE DOWN ⬇️ in the waist. Because the Perfect jean material is so incredibly stretchy, you probably won’t wear the exact size that you typically wear. I typically wear a size 32 waist and size 30 inseam (I know, I’ve got short legs).
In The Perfect Jean, I originally got the same size (32 x 30) and the size 32 was WAAY too big. Because of the stretch, I sized down to the size 30 waist and they fit great. These are the size 32 waist: you can see how much stretch there really is:
Don’t worry: you won’t feel like you’re being compressed when wearing something that stretches, that is not the way the Perfect Jean makes you feel. I don’t know how to explain it, but it doesn’t feel like the waist is constricting you, it just gets larger to fit you better.
As with most clothes with a lot of stretch, they CAN loose their stretch over time. The Perfect Jean website even says so:
Like all premium denim, our jean will increase about ½ a size through wearing and then return to original form when washed. Try to wash COLD and dry on LOW heat.
So, it’s even more important to size down with the Perfect Jean. If you get the Athletic Cut, you may even think about sizing 3 sizes down the waist. I have to wear the Perfect Jean with a belt – which I don’t mind – but the stretch is still pretty incredible!
While the waist we recommend sizing down, the legend is true to actual size.
Perfect Jean: The Different Fits – Skinny vs. Slim vs. Athletic
Let me just stop you for a second. If you have any sort of thighs or calves or booty, don’t try to get the Skinny Fit. You may even want to stay away from the Slim fit, which is what I wear in almost every other jeans style. But have no fear – Perfect Jeans has the perfect fit for you, no matter what fit you are looking for.
Perfect Jeans Skinny Fit
To be honest with you, I haven’t officially reviewed the Skinny Fit – that’s because I knew just looking at the website that they wouldn’t be right for me. And that’s ok!
Perfect Jean says the skinny jeans are “for skinny legged dudes who like em tight. If you think you’ve got skinny legs and like showing them off you’ll enjoy our skinny.”
These look like border-line leggings, they are so form fitting:
Perfect Jeans Slim Fit
When did the first iteration of this Perfect Jean Review, I reviewed the Slim fit. It was slightly snug around my calves and thighs, but not that big of a deal.
However, during quarantine, I picked up an X3 Bar (full X3 Bar Review coming soon!) and I gained some muscle – especially in the calves and thighs. While the jeans weren’t tighter around the waist – they were tighter in the thighs and calves.
Slim Fit vs. Athletic Fit in Perfect Jeans NYC
I wouldn’t consider myself to need something like Barbell Jeans (I’m not that swole, as the cool kids call it), but after doing X3 for a couple of months, I found my Perfect Jeans to be… well, not so perfect. Especially around the calves. I got the chance to try the Athletic cut jeans and they fit much better!
Perfect Jeans Athletic Fit
The biggest difference in the sizing of the jeans is in the calf and the thighs. You can see it a little better in this photo:
I don’t have the world’s largest calves or thighs, but any stretch (no pun intended) of the imagination. However, I’ve never had jeans that hug my calves, to the point where you can see the calves through the jeans until I tried the Slim Fit and I had started working out.
The Athletic Fit in the Perfect Jean is my new choice, but don’t be too turned off by the photos on the website. The website photos make the jeans look much boxier than they really are.
In reality, I could continue to ear the Slim Fit jeans because of the stretch – which is incredible, however, I just don’t like my calves feeling constrained. Odd, I know.
Perfect Jean Review: The stretch and comfort
I only gave one word for these in the comfort department: wow.
When you put the jeans on, they are instantly soft and the stretch is amazing! Doing a couple of air squats immediately proves just how stretchy the jeans are.
“Pure” denim is 100% cotton, which the Perfect Jean not. That’s actually preferable to me!
The Perfect Jeans are made of: 64.5% Cotton; 30% Polyester; 3.5% Viscose; 2% Spandex
You may have not heard of Vicose before, but it’s basically an artificial silk. The cotton plus combo is what makes the Perfect Jeans, well, more perfect. I’m not a denim purist, I’m a comfort purist!
Perfect Jean Review: Do they bleed before washing?
This is actually a huge deal for me. I once went to the doctor’s office for a random allergic reaction I had to some detergent. I also was wearing a new pair of jeans that did bleed. The doctor freaked out that I had a rare Raynaud’s disease because my hands were blue! I quickly realized that it was because I was wearing brand new jeans that DID BLEED before you washed them. I still was nervous wearing light-colored shoes with those jeans.
However, I’m proud to report that Perfect Jean DOES NOT BLEED when you wear them. I even tested it out with white tissue paper to make sure.
Perfect Jean Review: Durability
The perfect Jean is incredibly well made. I’ve only had them for a couple of weeks but had no problems.
Perfect Jean Review: The final verdict
I haven’t touched on the most impressive part of the Jeans: the price! They retail for only $80. You can save even more by using our perfect jean promo code WETRIED25. With the promo code, it makes the price only $60, and you simply can’t beat it.
These jeans, honestly hold their own against jeans that are more than twice the price (I’m looking at you, Duer – be sure to also check out our Duer Review). They also have great customer service and helped get my sizing right. Just make sure to size down at least 1, if not 2 sizes on your waist (and maybe even 3 if you are buying the Ahtletic Fit) and you won’t regret it.
The jeans are simply comfortable, look great, don’t bleed and best of all: are only $60 with our promo code WETRIEDIT25!
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