Men’s Basic Guide to Jeans

Jeans are a crucial part of your outfit. No matter how nice the rest of your pieces are, a bad fitting pair of jeans will always ruin your fit. However, contrary to popular belief, jeans don’t have to be super skinny to look good, there are different cuts of jeans for a reason, you just have to be able to pull them off right.

feaa7a157590a992d06baea8e2cea66eThe most important factor in getting your jeans to fit perfectly is finding a good tailor. The right tailor will be able to get your jeans looking exactly how you want them, therefore, their service is invaluable. It’ll probably cost around $20 – $40 to get your jeans altered, but it’s a small price to pay for that perfect fit, especially if you paid a lot for a high quality pair.

black denim streetwear jeansAs I said before, your jeans don’t need to be super skinny to look good, but if the leg opening is too big, then it will ruin the pant-shoe interaction which is very important. If your jeans look bad with your favorite kicks, then it’s game over, no matter how dope you think those shoes look. Personally, I think it’s best to go for a 5-6 inch leg opening, maybe 6.5 depending on how big your legs are. In my opinion, that will lead to the best pant-shoe interaction because the bottom of the pants will lay perfectly on top of the opening of the shoe instead of covering the shoe.

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However, like I said, skinny isn’t the only way to go. Baggy, light wash jeans have been present in men’s fashion for a while now, but they are not being worn in a traditional way. Often these types of jeans are seen turned up at the bottom to above the wearers ankle to give a cropped effect. This look is a little more daring than standard skinny jeans, but if your style allows it, then it is definitely a good look.

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Additionally, if you like the cropped look but you’re not a huge fan of the baggier jeans, you can use the same turn up method on your skinny jeans. Alternatively, you could get them hemmed to a cropped length. Admittedly, this won’t work with jeans that have 5 inch leg openings, but if the leg opening is about 6 or 6.5 inches then it should look great. These cropped looks also show off your shoes nicely because there is a clear break between the pants and the shoes.

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The next big question is stacks or no stacks. Stacking, for those who don’t know, is where your jeans bunch up at the bottom where they hit your shoes. Pictures will be attached below to give a better example of this. To achieve stacking, you definitely will need a super small leg opening, preferably as tight as you can get. Also, you will need jeans that are about 2-4 inches longer in the leg than you would usually buy so there is some spare material to create the folds. Stacks can look great, but it really is dependent on the shoes you intend to wear. In my personal opinion, stacking looks best when paired with high tops and boots whereas a cleaner look is required for low profile shoes.

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Finally, you need to choose whether or not you want any extra details on your jeans. Distressing is very popular at the moment and can look great but only if it is done well. Other details that you could have are zippered ankles, biker detailing, paint splatters, patches, etc.

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Just remember, jeans can make or break an outfit, so make sure you choose well and get the best jeans for men.