Three of the best - washed denim

The lighter wash of denim is a tricky proposition. The proliferation of faux dirt marks, white patches and rips can (and probably should) put most of us. But with a little bit of care, it is possible to don some light jeans without resembling Barack Obama on his day off. Here's three to consider:

1  Lee 101 (above)

Depending on your stance, the braces will either be a dream come true or a sartorial nightmare. Either way, belt loops are included, so you won't be forced to keep the braces on. These have a similar tapered fit to the Acne style (below), which means they should be a perfect fit for anyone who has bulkier thighs.

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2 Acne

Acne's denim usually errs on the painstakingly thin side, but they do have some more wearable fits like this pair available at Oki-Ni. Coming in a slightly tapered fit, they walk a dangerous line path that may lead to a land called 'Mum jeans'. www.oki-ni.com/

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3 Levi's Vintage Clothing

Given Levi's storied history, they're usually the first place one turns to for all denim matters. And, as this pair of 505s show, they usually deliver. These are Levi's slimmer (but not skinny) fit so you'd be advised to go up one waist size to avoid any unecessary restrictions. www.my-wardrobe.com