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Diesel Summer Style Guide

If you’ve been rockin’ with Dress Code for a while now or you happened to read our Diesel Guide, you know that Diesel is one of our “staff favorites” for denim. It’s a tad hot here in Tucson (as well as most places) to be wearing jeans right now, so I wanted to showcase some new Diesel products currently in stock for the summer. We’ve got a ton of new shirts and accessories, so let’s take a look..

Sonora Woven Button-Up

For those rare, cool summer nights, this “Sonora” woven Button-Up is a perfect top layer for a night on the town or a nice dinner with your lady. Constructed using a nice thin and airy woven linen, this shirt gives you the denim appearance without the denim weight, while keeping you cool and keeping your layer game on point. Whether worn buttoned up or open paired with a plain white tee, this is a closet staple for all Diesel fans.

T-Erato Henley

If you’re more of just a t-shirt and jeans type of guy, the T-Erato Henley will give you all the qualities of your ratty University tees without the look of a plain t-shirt (or the stench) and also can usually be an acceptable alternative to collared shirts for your nights on the town. This super soft cotton blend tee gives you a stylish look without making you feel too “dressed up”. 

So now that you’ve got an outfit somewhat formulated, you’ll need an accessory or two to really set off your look. Let’s check out some cool Diesel accessories that work well with this outfit we got started.

DZ7301 Watch

The Diesel DZ7301 watch has a very stylish design, giving the piece maximum wear-versatility. With the style of the band resembling a heavy metal watch, this piece is perfect to be worn as a daily time keeper or can be your go-to watch for special occasions. The teal accented movements compliment the all Black face nicely and really make the white backlit number pop.

DZ1631 Watch

For the fellas that deem themselves a little more classy, the DZ1631 is the perfect time piece to spice up your wrist game this summer. The sleek stainless silver housing gives it just enough flash without looking too big on your wrist, while the classic brown leather band gives the watch its’ classic look. The bold block lines and numbering on the dial put the finishing touches on this classic watch from Diesel. Who knew Diesel could make minimalism look so good?

Diesel Denim Wash Guide

Diesel De-coders!

We’ve received a lot of chatter regarding those weird little codes on the inside tag of Diesel jeans and what exactly those are/what they represent. Well today’s your lucky day, I’m going to quickly break down the meaning behind their codes and the purpose of using them.

Diesel likes to do things a little differently than the other denim companies when it comes to the way they classify their styles, fits, and especially their washes. Those crazy little “serial numbers” are referred to as wash codes. Now, for those of you that are already familiar with Diesel denim or have been down with Diesel since before 2006, you may remember seeing those same funny looking codes under their Indian head authenticity tag. Since then, they’ve started putting the code on the back inside tag of the waist band along with the size and fit info.  Essentially, these wash codes give you the info on the color of the wash for that specific pair of jeans. It can also sometimes relate to the material used to make that pair as well. For example, the code pictured (86C) is a 97% cotton/3% elastane blend where as others won’t have any elastane in them. Another good indicator to differentiate the elastane denim to non-elastane is to look for the word “stretch” on that back tag.

Now That You Know..

So, if you’re already a fan of diesel, I bet there’s a good chance you have that one favorite pair that you’d love to have some more of or even just a second pair of the same wash perhaps. Now that you know this vital information, go into your closet, grab your favorite pair,  find the wash code and start searching for your favorite Diesel jeans! Let us know your favorite wash in the comments below!

Holy Jeans!

Denim Details

This here will be a more informational post generalized on the topic of Denim. I’m going to try and touch on the major FAQs people have about jeans and their price-points. To me, your denim is almost like a piece of your identity. Your denim says a lot about you from the fit of the jean, to the wash, style, and finally your outfit paired with said denim. Trust me when I say this, the fit is absolutely vital to enable you maximum wear for the jeans you buy. You don’t wanna be the dude that’s 5’6″ wearing a 34″ inseam straight fit pair of jeans. I’m going to also breakdown what exactly makes designer denim hold it’s “prestigious classification status” (and their crazy price-points, at times) above the others.

So, how do these “big time” denim companies come up with their prices anyways? What is it that makes those Diesel jeans almost $200 dollars and those Levi’s 501s only $50? Well the truth is, there are a number of different things that set companies like Diesel and G-Star apart from the more basic, affordable denims like KR3W or Levi’s. Here they are..


One of the most overlooked factors that can determine denim’s price is the “weight” or thickness of the denim. The thickness is measured in ounces and predominantly is given a code that identifies the denim’s weight. So that would mean, the heavier the denim is, the thicker it will be. This will also determine the softness of the denim. So if you purchase some 21 oz selvedge denim, be prepared to walk around in a cardboard box with legs for a few months. Notice how these jeans don’t look like they “fit” his legs and look overly loose/bunched up? This is a good example of how your higher-ounce raw denim will look/fit before the material loosens and starts to break in.


Another factor that can sometimes go unknown is the washing and distressing processes. Big Denim companies put their jeans through a wash process in order to get them to the desired color and softness they’re going for with that specific pair. This is also what gives specific collections their “identity.” The distress process can also help with giving certain collections their signature look. If a company is campaigning a new pair/model of jeans that have say, a little more of a destroyed or “distressed” look to them, they were given that look through distressing. Different techniques such as sand blasting specific areas of the denim is what gives them that aged, or already broken in look. Some companies even go as far as using paint to add discolorations or fading.


A Diesel Factory employee prepares a pair of jeans for distressing treatments.

Caring For Your Jeans

Now onto the importance of caring for your denim after you’ve made your big purchase. The way you take care of your denim will basically define how long  they will last for you. Bigger companies bank on their denim’s durability as a way of upholding those higher price tags. Where as with certain Levi’s models, I’ve worn completely through them in just one year.  The biggest myth with denim is that you need to wash them regularly like you do your other clothes in order to break them in quicker. This is actually what NOT to do. There are far more DON’Ts than there are Dos for proper at-home washing. For those of you not familiar with the proper way to wash your jeans, check out these tips and tricks from Crosby Press.

Shop It Up!

Now that you have better insight as to where these companies come up with their prices, it’s time to get you some new denim! However, I still strongly urge you to ALWAYS take advantage of any clearance or denim sales you can find. But at least now you will have a better understanding to why the tag to a pair of denim shorts your holding is just as much as a regular pair of jeans. Start scoping out some different denim companies and let me know what brands you guys are liking in the comments below. Remember, you’ll never know what you like unless you go into the stores yourself and try them on.

A Guide to Diesel Denim Jeans

This is a guide to understanding Diesel denim jeans. I will touch on the different fits available within the brand. Also, be sure to check out my other Diesel articles regarding wash codes and denim treatment.

My first pair of Diesel jeans were bought in late 2010. I still own my first pair and wear them occasionally. That being said—I believe that the right pair of jeans can hold up over years of wear; and still present itself with elegant style. I am writing this guide so that newcomers with the brand can familiarize themselves beyond just garments that hang in their closet.  Furthermore, to educate shoppers for their next purchase.

The Fit!

Many beginners overlook the importance of fit when it comes to purchasing their first pair of designer jeans. Fit is essential,  a pair of premium denim jeans can only maximize your style if it is outfitted properly to your body. Below is a summary of the most popular diesel fits available. Please note that your sizing for most of the jean styles will remain inline. The only exception in Diesel denim sizing occurs when moving to a skinny fit. If you are moving between relaxed and straight leg fit there should almost no concern about changing sizes.

Skinny Jeans

Shioner:  A classic skinny carrot fit jean. These jeans will sit low on your waist. They present a slim fit through the thigh and get even slimmer as the jean moves down to your ankle. To understand the carrot fit, simply Imagine a slim carrot: slightly wider at the top and narrows down to the tip. Zipper-fly. (My first pair of Diesels!) This fit is very similar to the Levi’s 511 Skinny jean.


The sleenker skinny in distressed wash

Diesel Skinny Jeans

Thavar: This is Diesel’s signature and most popular take on their low rise skinny jean.  I consider these jeans to be a slight bit slimmer than the 511 Levi’s jeans. However, they are not quite as skinny as the Levi’s 510.  I consider these to be an essential to any Diesel fanatic if you can compromise a little comfort for the perfect skinny fit.

Sleenker: One of the few mid-rise skinny jeans. The leg start as a slim leg and tapers down to a skinny fit. Most versions of the sleenker have a stretch fabric. Unlike most traditional skinny jeans, this one is a button-fly.


Straight Leg Options

Safado: Diesel argues that this is their most popular fit. The safado is a straight leg jean with a mid-rise. Typically a button-fly jean.  This is Diesel’s premium take on the classics Levi’s 501 jean.

Waykee: Mid-rise jean, straight leg jean with a Zip fly. One of Diesel’s re-take on the safado, however a slightly slimmer fit.

Viker: Mide Rise, straight leg Jeans with button-fly. I have been told that this style is being phased out of their line.  However, this again is a classic re-take on the Levi’s 501 from a premium line.

 The Diesel Safado JeansThe Diesel Safado Jeans


The Boot-Cut Scenario

Diesel Bootcut New-Fanker Jeans

Diesel Bootcut New-Fanker Jeans

Zatiny: This pair of jeans is a slim boot-cut. I consider this to be a micro boot-cut because the flare near the bottom of the jeans is very minimal. Which makes it a great pair to outfit with either sneakers or boots.  Button-fly.

New-Fanker:  Similar in fit to the Zatiny, the new fanker is a mid-rise slim bootcut jean with a button-fly.

Zathan: Diesel’s classic bootcut jean. Button Fly closure. Currently Diesel’s only true bootcut option. However, there are plans of another mainstream bootcut option releasing late in 2014 that will also have a presence in their line.

 Alternative Fits

Darron: Presents a slim tapered fit with a mid-rise. This style jeans provides a slim-fit look with little compromise to comfort. This jean has the signature patch above the right back pocket. Typcially not seen in other Diesel jeans. Button-fly jean.

Larkee: The relaxed straight leg option presented by Diesel. One word describes this jean: comfort. Plenty of room in seat and thigh. The jeans provide a very traditional look.

Jogg: The jogg jean has received a lot of attention from Diesel in the past months. The jean itself comes in various fits– however it is more notorious for being available in the skinny / slim fits. The idea behind the jean is the material. Denim on the outside, however the inner parts of the jean are close to a sweat-pant material feel.  This hybrid combination provides supreme comfort and Diesel’s notorious washes do not skip a beat on style. This jean has been at the front of Diesel’s marketing campaign as they bring style without any compromise to comfort.