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Alexander Balakrishnan Talks About Relaxed Jeans & His Complicated Relationship With Denim

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For an ardent admirer of relaxed-fit jeans, it could be a bummer surviving in a world that is fixated on the perfect fit and jeans that snug you just right. More than anything, it's about how does one even find acceptance? But thanks to the concept of #CelebStyle, relaxed-fit jeans too, are a global phenomenon of sorts today. Plus, denim is for everyone — it's a fabric that goes beyond trends and barriers created by ones stuck in a menswear rut.

A boy of staples, classics and no talents/qualifications whatsoever (his words, not ours) — Alexander Balakrishnan was born to find infinite ways to pair his relaxed-fit jeans. For '31 Days Of Denim', he bares it all on his 'complicated' relationship with denim and why sleeping in jeans is absolutely kay.

Alexander Balakrishnan Talks About Relaxed Jeans & More© MensXP/Anubhav Sood, Wardrobe Partner: Numero Uno

Your first ever denim purchase?

A pair of jeans of course, with cowboy-esque leather padding around the knees. Haha!

How would you define your relationship with denim?

I'm in an extremely serious, loving and committed relationship with denim!

Denim or food?

A pizza lasts for 10 minutes and denim for more than 10 years. So, denim over food!

Are you moody while wearing denim? 

Absolutely not. Denim is my only mood! *slow claps*

Dark wash or light wash jeans?

Dark wash; they look a lot more badass, I think. 

Alexander Balakrishnan Talks About Relaxed Jeans & More© MensXP/Anubhav Sood, Wardrobe Partner: Numero Uno

How often do you wash your jeans?

Twice a week!

Three must-have denim pieces for men?

Every man should own a relaxed and slim-fit pair of jeans and also, a denim jacket (for an early 2000s Justin Timberlake kinda-vibe).

Ripped or distressed?

Distressed! Goes with my mood, somehow. 

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is denim to you?

In my life right now, denim is definitely rating a solid 27. Why? Because I almost live in it. To validate my commitment: I even sleep in jeans. 

Alexander Balakrishnan Talks About Relaxed Jeans & More© MensXP/Anubhav Sood, Wardrobe Partner: Numero Uno

The best footwear styles to pair with denim?

Lately, I've been obsessing over pairing my running shoes with denim. But don't turn to pop colours. Opt for kicks that compliment the colour of your jeans/denim piece.

How do you take denim from AM to PM?

As I said, denim and me are in a committed relationship right now (hey, we even sleep together). AM to PM doesn't matter to us; we're each other's constants.

The perfect denim outfit for Summer 2018 is...

Just a pair of dark denim shorts + a crisp white T-shirt and dark-tinted sunglasses for a baller vibe!

Alexander Balakrishnan Talks About Relaxed Jeans & More© MensXP/Anubhav Sood, Wardrobe Partner: Numero Uno

Slim, relaxed or skinny-fitted jeans?

Relaxed, any day.

A denim memory you can never forget...

This happened last winter. I had just gotten back from college, and decided to sit supremely close to the heater (it was freezing). In almost a minute, I started to smell something awkward and realised that I could smell something burn. My jeans were on fire!

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Creative Direction: Santu Misra

Styling: Siddharth Batra

Assisted By: Sowrav Bhowmik

Fashion Assistant: Rohan Kwatra

Photographer: Anubhav Sood

Hair & Make-Up: Shallu Chandla

Wardrobe Partner: Numero Uno

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