This is an article for men who have worn jeans before, and simply want to look better in them.
As such, we’re not going to write a super long introduction – but what we will do is dive into some basic information that you might’ve not known about denim.
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Article Summary: Best Jeans For Men
- Levi’s 511 Jeans
- H&M Slim Fit Jeans
- Jack & Jones Ripped Jeans
- Topman Ripped Jeans
- H&M Skinny Jeans
- Topman Skinny Jeans
- Unbranded Raw Denim
- Everlane Japanese Denim
- Everlane Slim Fit Black Jeans
Things To Know Before Buying Jeans
Sizing & Fit
The first thing you need to take into consideration when buying a pair of jeans is the fit.
The easiest way to do this is to put on a pair of jeans and check them out in a mirror at all different angles, and if they look like they fit – great! If not, take notes.
If you plan on buying your jeans online, this guide will help you out a lot.
When you shop for jeans online, knowing your measurements is everything.
The benefit of buying jeans online as compared to a mall brand is you will have an insanely larger selection to choose from.
My biggest pet peeve when shopping at the local mall is seeing the same jeans I just bought on 3 different dudes as I’m walking out of the store.
When you shop online you’ll be able to get styles and fits no one else around you will have, which in itself is a big plus.
- Know your measurements. Ok, now that we’ve established fit is important, you need to know your measurements. So grab a measuring tape and start measuring your legs. Start measuring your waist (where you want your jeans to sit). Measure around your thighs and measure around your knees. Measure your inseam (Just below your crotch to your ankle). All of these measurements are supremely important to know when buying jeans online.
- Measure your favorite jeans. If you already own a pair of jeans that fit you really well, it’s ideal to take measurements of those jeans. Here’s a great guide on how to measure you jeans.
- Know the brand you’re buying and how they size. If you’re buying jeans from a designer brand or just a well known brand in general – know how they tend to size their jeans. Not every brand has the same definition of ‘slim fit’. Some brands tend to oversize or undersize their jeans. I’m sure you’ve noticed just because you’re a 30 waist in Levi’s, it doesn’t mean you’re a 30 waist in another brands size. Doing simply google searches like “How do X Brand Jeans fit” can yield you results from other experienced people that will let you know how that certain brand sizes their jeans.
- Jeans stretch, some more than others. Buying jeans a little too tight isn’t a big deal because almost every pair of jeans stretch a little bit the more you wear them. Some brands do tend to stretch more than others though, which is why it’s important to do brand research when buying a pair of jeans.
- Know the cut you’re buying. The cut style of the jeans you’re buying is extremely important in how they will look. There are 3 basic types of cuts when it comes to jeans. Straight leg are just as the name implies, a straight down cut from the knee down. A tapered cut get’s smaller from the knee down, towards a small leg opening. Boot cut jeans are the opposite, the leg opening gets larger from the knee down, giving you that bell bottom look.
- Jeans too long? Try this. Sometimes you find the perfect pair of jeans that fit like a glove, but they’re just a tad too long. Here are some options you have when your jeans are too long. Hem them. Go to a good tailor and get the desired length of jeans. Cuff them. If the jeans are just a tad too long a roll or two works great, anymore and it looks silly though. Stack them. Stacked jeans look pretty cool when done right, this usually only works with tapered jeans those.
- Jeans too tight? Try this. If the jeans you bought look really good but they’re just slightly too tight around the thighs, crotch and buttocks area, you have a few options. Break em in. Some jeans just require a bit of wear and tear and they will naturally mold to your body and stretch. Soak them. Soaking jeans in cold water and wearing them after can stretch them. Some people go the extra distance and wear their jeans WHILE they’re soaked so they get the perfect molded stretch.
- Can’t find jeans because you squat? large thighs? If you’ve been hitting the gym hard and you got those massive thighs – awesome! But it kinda sucks when it comes to finding jeans because manufacturers aren’t exactly making jeans specifically for your shape. You have a few options though. Buy stretchy jeans. There are jeans that look normal but have a lot more stretch to them than normal, perfect for those beastly quads. Custom jeans. You can take a pair of jeans and hit up a tailor to get them made specifically for you.
The Slim Fit Jeans
Slim fit jeans are what I would consider the most popular and trending style of jeans at the moment. We’ve had the baggy jeans trends and the super skinny jeans trend and we learned a lot from both and took that knowledge and gave birth to the slim fit jean, the perfect mix of both trends.
Our Picks For Slim Fit Jeans
The Distressed Jeans
Distressed jeans have been yoyoing in and out of style since the 90’s but they’ve recently seen a huge surge in popularity especially amongst streetwear and designer clothing enthusiast. A smart pair of distressed jeans with subtle rips will work as a great statement piece and bring life to an otherwise boring outfit.
Our Picks For Distressed Jeans
The Tapered Jeans
Remember all those guys that loved their skinny jeans? Well, they all moved to tapered denim once the skinny trend died out. Tapered jeans give the skinny look from the quads down but fit better around the waist and most people agree it’s a better look. If you love the skinny look and don’t like doing squats in the gym, definitely get yourself a pair of tapered jeans.
Our Picks For Tapered / Skinny Jeans
The Raw Denim Jeans
If you want a pair of sturdy, durable jeans that will develop a look purely unique to you from the wear and tear of wearing them for years, raw denim is for you. Raw denim skips the process of being washed in chemicals and instead relies on the wearer to give it that unique look people love.
Our Picks For Raw Denim Jeans
The Black Jeans
Every guy needs a sleek pair of black denim in their jean rotation. It’s a great way to switch things up and black honestly just goes with pretty much anything. If you ever get tired of the classic blue colored denim jeans grab yourself a pair of black jeans and switch it up.
Our Picks For Black Jeans
Hopefully, this list of 10 jeans helped you find something in your price range. These, in my opinion, are the best jeans for men in terms of quality, brand name and fit for every single style listed.