What to Look For in Men’s Jeans
Here’s how to decipher the many fits and styles of denim.
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.
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.
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.
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.