Daddylibrium Review: Lee Jeans Modern Series

Lee JeansHere’s how I’ve gone jeans shopping for the past 10 years. I pull on a new pair in my size that doesn’t have garish patterns or faux rips. Then, I turn around so Mommylibrium can do a “butt check.”

That’s it. Not scientific or even well informed, frankly. I just don’t know enough about fit or style to invest more into the jeans-buying process.

So when I attended the recent Dad 2.0 Summit and Lee Jeans offered to dress us up with new jeans panic crept over me. I couldn’t ask a complete stranger, let alone a fellow father, to do an impromptu “butt” inspection (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

I swallowed hard and tried on a pair of jeans all the same. One of the Lee Jeans reps talked me through the process. I proceeded to wear my new jeans, the Lee Modern Series Straight Fit Straight Leg series, for the next three days straight.

In my sartorial defense, I was traveling and didn’t have many options. Still, they fit well and were as comfortable as any pair I could remember right off the rack.

Here’s how Lee Jeans described my selection:

Modern Series is Lee’s latest line of men’s denim, just launched last fall! The collection draws inspiration from denim details unearthed from 125 years of Lee history. Modernized for today, Active Comfort Denim is Lee’s most innovative fabrication made from a unique blend of fibers with four-way flex designed to move with you, so it’s as soft as it is strong. They are available in 11 washes, including Olive, Bobcat, Maroon and several denim washes.

I couldn’t spot Active Comfort Denim if it came with my name stitched on it. I only care about the feel, and for the most part the Lee Jeans feel … great. I put them on and rarely think about them for the rest of the day, which is exactly what I want. The dark blue color I chose is good for both casual outings and more stereotypically male acts like taking the car for an oil change.

The jeans require a bit of a tug after I bend down, something I find common in many modern jeans. Adding a belt to my ensemble fixes the problem, so it’s possible I’m one of those fellas whose waist exists between standard sizes.

The folks at Lee Jeans also offered these tips for fellow fathers who could use a crash course in Jeaneology:

Ready to wear denim to work or on a date? Then dark denim is the way to go. Clean, dark denim says classic and sophisticated, while the distressed look can put off a weekend vibe.

Denim is not just for yard work! Pair it with dressed up separates, like a sweater, button-down or blazer, for a much more pulled together look.

Here’s a bit of denim trivia from

The word denim is an Americanization of the French name “serge de Nimes,” a fabric which originated in Nimes, France during the Middle Ages. In 1864, Webster’s dictionary listed the shortened English version: DENIM.1

Of course, the final word goes to the Missus. She gave the Lee Jeans a rear view review of 6 out of 10, but in the jeans’ defense I had worn them all day and they weren’t fresh from the dryer during the inspection. Bottom line: The next time I go jeans shopping I’ll certainly give Lee Jeans a fair shake and feel more confident about the process.

Note: I agreed to review the Lee Jeans after leaving the Dad 2.0 Summit. I contacted the company to let them know, and they were gracious about the process as well as my need for transparency.

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