Searching high and low for the best athletic fit jeans on the market? GQ Recommends has all the crisp, comfortable denim your Crossfit-jacked legs can handle.
No matter how outlandish and out-there menswear continues to become, a great pair of jeans will always be an unconditional wardrobe essential. Unless, of course, you’re a dude with prodigiously developed quads or a naturally fuller figure, in which case jeans are just a (literal) pain in the ass. Even with the skinny jeans era thankfully behind us, it can be difficult for bigger fellas to find denim that fits flatteringly and comfortably. Or it was, anyway, before a handful denim brands started tailoring their dungarees specifically to the needs of swoler physiques. Enter the athletic fit, a roomier and more forgiving silhouette that accentuates your legs rather than hiding them under a saggy, JNCO-esque curtain of fabric. If you’re a committed leg day practitioner or the proud owner of a dad bod, here are the best athletic fit jeans that’ll look and feel incredible straight off the rack.
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Levi's 541 athletic taper jeans
$38 at Amazon
As is the case with most things denim, Levi's was an athletic fit pioneer—and their 541 jeans are still among the best in the business, especially rendered in a crisp dark indigo like these ones.
Polo Ralph Lauren "Hampton" relaxed straight jean
$90 at Ralph Lauren
Beat up and broken in to perfection.
Gap athletic taper jeans with GapFlex
$70 at Gap
Gap still holds the crown for the most reliable spot in the mall to cop rock-solid denim.
Everlane athletic fit jean
$68 at Everlane
Clean, tailored, and perfect for the office.
J.Crew 1040 athletic-fit stretch jean
$98 at J.Crew
For true jean aficionados, this stretch-free pair crafted from hardy Japanese denim has all that rough-and-tumble indigo goodness you crave.
Bonobos premium stretch jeans
$148 at Bonobos
It's a myth that bigger dudes shouldn't wear light colors—white jeans this fitted and elegant will be every bit as slimming as a dark pair.
AE Ne(x)t Level Airflex athletic fit jean
$40 at American Eagle
For just $40, AE packs a ton of great value into these jeans: super comfortable, highly flexible denim; a flattering tapered fit; and a breezy, natural light wash just in time for summer.
Abercrombie & Fitch athletic skinny jeans
$78 at Abercrombie & Fitch
Frame L'Homme athletic slim fit jeans
$205 at Nordstrom
Madewell athletic slim fit jeans
$128 at Nordstrom