What to Look For in Men’s Jeans

Here’s how to decipher the many fits and styles of denim.

Man wearing jeans with camera.
Pocket detailing optional.Simon Migaj, Unsplash

Jeans shopping can be a total nightmare—unless you know what you’re looking for. Slim-, straight- and relaxed-fit jeans are the way most guys want to go, but what about the wash? Darker denim transitions nicely from work to the dinner date, while lighter washes are best kept for casual days off. Keep reading for our favorite men’s jeans.

Levi's Men's 505 Regular Fit Jeans

Light Wash

A relaxed style and pale wash are perfect for chill days.Levi's

Straight-leg jeans are less bulky than regular fit, but don’t constrict movement the same way as slim styles. They tend to be roomier in the thigh than in the calf, for a streamlined silhouette from calf to ankle.

Wrangler Authentics Men's Classic 5-Pocket Relaxed Fit Cotton Jean

Dark Wash

They’re looser in the calves, so they fall nicely over work boots.Wrangler

Relaxed fit jeans are roomy everywhere, but especially in the calves. This makes them ideal for more muscular legs, guys who wear cowboy boots or men who plan to get a lot of physical work done in their jeans.

Levi's Men's 511 Slim Jeans

Medium Wash

Dress these up or down with a button-down or classic T-shirt.Levi's

The beauty of slim-fit jeans is that they’re polished enough for the office when paired with a button-down and sleek sneakers or loafers, but laid-back enough for days off when you toss on a flannel or T-shirt.

Also Consider

Lee Men's Performance Series Extreme Motion Straight Fit Tapered Leg Jean
This pair sits just below the waistline.Lee
Wrangler Authentics Men's Relaxed Fit Comfort Flex Waist Jean
This pair is made with durable materials.Wrangler
Amazon Essentials Men's Slim-Fit Stretch Jean
The leg opening on this pair is 14.5 inches.Amazon Essentials