Men’s Silver Metallic Jeans


I’ve always been drawn to fabrics that have a metallic sheen.

But it wasn’t until I found this Ralph Lauren metallic denim — the end of a bolt — at Mood Fabrics in New York City that I decided to take the plunge.  (While my fabric is unavailable online, this silver stretch faux leather seems like a good alternative).


To make these jeans, I used my self-drafted jeans sloper and added elements like pockets and waistband from Kwik Sew 3504.  Since this fabric has Lycra in it, I did a little tweaking along the way.  I knew I wanted these to be snug fitting, and the stretch element allowed me to make them snugger than I normally would.



The one thing about this fabric, which is basically lightweight white cotton denim twill with a silver coating, is that it doesn’t hold a crease very well, and it has a lot of lateral stretch, which made the fabric more challenging to handle.  (I didn’t dare iron it since I didn’t want to damage the silver surface.)  Rather than make traditional flat-felled seams, I made faux ones by serging the seam allowance and topstitching it down from the right side of the fabric at approximately 1/4″ from the original seam.  You’d never know the difference and the seams are very sturdy.  (My thread is an off-white poly.)

Rather than add a jeans button, I installed a metal gripper snap to the waistband, something I’ve seen on leather pants and a perfect match.


I didn’t expect to love these jeans as much as I do.  The fabric is sturdy and luxurious-looking.  They really catch the light and are comfortable to wear.   Silver jeans are not hard to coordinate with other clothes: anything you would wear with white or light gray you can wear with these.  (I’ve styled it here with my cotton suit jacket from July, 2014.)

I’m excited to have some new party pants for the upcoming holiday season!









Are you ready to take the metallic plunge?

Thanks for reading!




  • Kyle
    November 9, 2015

    You’ve really taken a shine to those jeans!
    They look great!

  • Graca
    November 9, 2015

    Love these!

  • Ingrid
    November 9, 2015

    They look insanely cool. I have to admit that when I first saw you working with this fabric, I was sceptical… But they are really funky – and I love the styling with a basic t-shirt and converse trainers. 10/10

  • Sallie
    November 9, 2015

    Oh my gosh! That fabric is AMAZING! It looks almost liquid in some of those photos! And you’re absolutely pulling those silver jeans off with aplomb! I, too, tend to be drawn to the shiny (maybe it’s the magpie in us) and would 100% have snapped up this denim too! Love it! Party pants indeed!

  • TinaLou
    November 9, 2015

    Droolworthy!!! And you’ve styled them to perfection with the belt and patterned Chucks!

  • oonaballoona
    November 9, 2015

    i gotta say it. those jeans are GOLD.

  • Kelly Mannino
    November 9, 2015

    Wow, I did NOT expect to like these. Your teasers made me think they’d look ridiculous, but they really don’t. More daring than I’d ever go for, but if I saw you in the street I’d think you were cool and grin at you.

  • Miren
    November 9, 2015

    You look Fantastic!!! I really like it with a plain te and trainers. They do not need anything else, really. I would have also gone for that fabric.

  • Pamo
    November 9, 2015

    Genius! Pun intended! The fit is fantastic. Can you source your snaps and application process,, please? Thanks!

    • Peter
      November 9, 2015

      Here’s the kit I bought:

      Gripper snaps

      I discuss application (though not in great detail) on my blog here.

      Hope that helps!

      • Pamo
        November 9, 2015

        Thanks! Do you think a mallet is required, or can a hammer be used?

  • Shannon C.
    November 9, 2015

    These are so so so so awesome!

  • Connie
    November 9, 2015

    You look great in these silver jeans and of course you styled them impeccably.

  • Cynthia
    November 9, 2015

    Peter, looks like you have a bit more swagger than normal…. I can tell you like those metallic jeans……..Oh they are nice

  • Becky
    November 9, 2015

    Those are incredible! Love them.

  • justine
    November 9, 2015

    Reminds me of something a glam rocker would wear to BCBG’s. So cool! You rock these!

  • alison
    November 9, 2015

    When i read silver jeans I thought Nah… really? but they look wonderful on you, they really do. good fit, great look.

  • K-Line
    November 9, 2015

    Peter – I am NOT disappointed. These look awesome on you.

  • Heather
    November 9, 2015

    I have some great stretch Gold denim that I have been contemplating for a pair of jeans – I might make a go of it now that I have seen yours…. Nicely done!

  • Beth McKinlay
    November 9, 2015

    Supercool. Love your styling and they fit really well too.

  • Kyleigh
    November 9, 2015

    You look amazing in those jeans, Peter! Just the right amount of snug. Wear them everywhere!

  • Kate Carvalho
    November 10, 2015

    Love the fit and the way you’ve styled them. I definitely couldn’t get away with this look in Suburbia but NYC is a perfect backdrop. Well done 🙂

  • Sarah
    November 10, 2015

    Beyond fabulous! Made my day – fab party pants!

  • Demented Fairy
    November 10, 2015

    STUNNING. Me want. Dammit, with my belly I really would look like the tinman. You really rock these, brilliant work!

  • patsijean
    November 10, 2015

    Wonderful. I love them.

  • Charlotte
    November 10, 2015

    I’d forgotten I used to have a pair of silver jeans (matt and a darker colour) that I loved, thanks for the reminder. These look amazing

  • Sue A. Sillano
    November 10, 2015

    Perfection! absolutely perfection!!! the wonders of home sewing. the potential, the excitement, there just is no end to the joy…

  • Cherie
    November 10, 2015

    Love these! Great job styling them and constructing them! I do like them a big snugger fit. I’d love to see them with a grey shirt also!

  • Fiona
    November 13, 2015

    Wow! I’ve never seen a woven metallic fabric quite like that! When I saw the post title I expected to see jeans with the dusty metallic coating you so often see but these are so much more awesome! Amazing project Peter!

  • Sarah Gunn
    November 14, 2015

    ” You should be dancing…… yeah”………..
    What fun party pants!!!

  • Jane
    November 17, 2015

    Oh my goodness, they are just EVERYTHING!

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  • Meg
    November 23, 2015

    The silver jeans are superb, as are you x

  • Cennetta
    November 30, 2015

    Peter, Only you could make and wear these. Outstanding!!! Looking good. 😉

  • Sharon
    December 4, 2015

    I LOVE these!!!!!! My husband would definitely look hot in these. Unfortunately I don’t sew men’s fashions and he wouldn’t wear these, but it’s fun to dream. Great job!