The Best Jeans For Men, For Every Shape
Jeans are probably one of the most important investments you'll make when it comes to your wardrobe. You might have a job where you wear them every single day, or you might have a job where you will slip them on after you've slipped off your nine-to-five suit, but either way they're an item you'll wear probably more than any other you own. In short, you're going to see a helluva lot of them.
However, over the past decade something funny has happened to jeans. As their status as the workhorse of a man's armoury became cemented, they also became something of a starting point to an outfit as opposed to the stars of it. The beauty of jeans is that they are a superb canvas upon which to build the rest of your get-up.
Brands are bringing jeans back to their rightful place as icons in their own right, with designers getting more creative about cuts, colours and washes. That's not only good news for men who want to think outside of the classic indigo box, but also for men looking for a fit that fits a little better.
So what do you have? Typically jeans fall into one of the following categories: straight leg, skinny, boot cut or carrot. What's the difference, you cry? Well, we're here to tell you (and then give you an array of different jeans you can buy right now).
This style of jean is for the guy who likes a more classic silhouette. Typically laid-back with room in the seat and thigh, these are perfect for everyday wear.
If you're after a close-fitting jean that shows off the very shape of your thighs and calves, then a skinny-fit jean is what you need to go for.
Perfect for a muscular guy with chunkier thighs, these are wider at the top and more drawn in at the bottom. They're a great middle ground between slim-fit and skinny-fit jeans.
Sure, you've probably been told to shy away from boot-cut jeans, but if you're after a Seventies-style fit à la Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, then these are for you. With a slimmer thigh and a sharp outward taper at the bottom, pair with a western-style boot for a real menswear moment.
Worn by the likes of Tommy Lee and Rihanna, Lee Jeans is our go-to for hardwearing denim. These slightly tapered jeans offer plenty of thigh room, so are perfect for a guy who never misses leg day. $78 at lee.com
These selvedge denim jeans come from the most-hyped brand in the world. What we're trying to say is, catch 'em while you can. $222 at supremenewyork.com
The Made & Crafted collection are wonderful reimaginings of the classic Levi’s styles. For those mornings you wake up with a spritely spring in your step and you feel gregarious, you’ll be thankful for having these expressive patchwork jeans in your wardrobe. Thankfully they are the same snug fit of a 501 and the same quality of material. $151 at levi.com
These vintage-inspired jeans are a wardrobe staple this season. Purchasing from one of the finest Italian fashion manufacturers – Brunello Cucinelli – who is a leader in both style and quality, will guarantee a pair for life. $762 at brunellocucinelli.com
Black jeans are a wardrobe essential. Roll up your cuffs, whack on some comfortable trainers, get out of your house and get exploring! They can easily be dressed up as well as down too. As versatile as they are robust, this particular pair comes with a bit of stretch in case you need to start lunging. $103 at hackett.com
Off-White’s collection of jeans are more pieces of art than anything else. They reference graffiti and are a pining towards to the artistic, boho life. These slim, medium-wash jeans are on the less crazy end of the spectrum, but still feature the recognisable Off-White knotted string belt and angled back pockets. $322 at endclothing.com
The words “14oz Japanese red-listed selvage denim” are enough to excite even the most unemotional of denim-heads. These straight-leg jeans from Edwin are a fine example of a pair that will improve with each wear and become as much a product of your use as they are a factory product. They will be a friend for years to come. $184 at opumo.com
We would say that Ami has done it again, but it’s no surprise any more; the brand can’t not do it. These grey cotton denim jeans are bleached all over to create a chic fade. If you’re going for a classic faded pair you might as well bring some Parisian elegance to the mix. $230 at mrporter.com
The brand’s “1996” collection acknowledges that we are in the midst of an extended Nineties resurgence, but it was also the year Acne Studios launched with – you guesses it – a pair of jeans. In the spirit of its continual experimentation, here’s a pair of heavy-twill cotton trousers that’ll add some Nineties tie-dye flair to your own ensemble. $500 at mrporter.com
It doesn’t need to be said, but, yeah, that outfit from Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Brad Pitt has an unshakable talent of making clothes look cool and his latest character, Cliff Booth, was absolutely dripping with desirable outfits. We don’t even know if a white Canadian tuxedo actually looks any good worn out and about, but he sure convinced us. $592 at mrporter.com