Timeless and eminently versatile, a great pair of men’s jeans should be an anchor of every guy’s wardrobe. Whether you’re into the raw selvedge style or want something a little on the softer side, getting the fit right is crucial when selecting you go-to jeans for men. Fit is essential. It’s what takes a pair of jeans from meh to man, where’d you get those?. According to Matt Kong of Bay Area denim-maker Gustin, “the seat and waist should fit snug when new and the legs should look clean to complement your silhouette without looking baggy.”
Remember, when you’re trying on jeans — or pretty much any other pants — they are going to stretch out as you wear them. “When looking for denim, I always seek out a pair that is understated in look and will wear nicely,” says Taylor Stitch co-founder Mike Maher. “A slim — not skinny — leg won’t eat your shoes and should leave a bit of room to breathe. They should fit snug when you first pull ’em on but you shouldn’t be struggling to get your hands in your pockets.”
You should have a few pairs of jeans in rotation. While blue and black are classics, any number of colors and washes can look great (Though we think it’s wise to avoid the ’80s acid iterations unless you plan on leaning against a parking lot Camaro anytime soon.) It’s also always good to have a pair of unexpected jeans in the rotation. “I like to have a pair with a classic deep indigo hue in the perpetual rotation because they will just get better with every wear to the point of sweat-pant comfort,” Maher says.
If you’re looking to upgrade your current selection of jeans, here are the pairs we stand behind.
Best Jeans for Men
These men's jeans have a slimmer fit and are made from raw denim, which ages very, very nicely.
These five-pocket jeans for men have a standard slit fit, with a low rise and a slim-straight fit through the leg. And because they’re made with an unwashed indigo dye, it’s up to you to give them your unique wear and tear. They’re also very slightly stretchy for extra comfort.
There's a time and place for fancy jeans. But if you want a true workhorse classic, you need this pair from Carhartt.
These rugged jeans sit a bit below the waist. They’re relaxed through the ass and thigh, and have a straight leg opening that fits easily over boots.
These men's jeans are a classic skinny fit, meaning they're fitted on the hips and slim through the thigh and leg opening.
The denim has the slightest stretch to it, for increased comfort. There’s a slight fade through the legs to make them look less, well, new. And they have a 13 inch leg opening.
These are a true classic fit, medium rise jeans, with a straight leg, zip fly, and five pocket design.
You want a decent pair of everyday jeans, without all the frills or tricked-out styling? These are your jeans. They’re close in the seat thigh with a 15 inch leg opening and a 35 inch inseam.
This is a gorgeous five-pocket jean with traditional selvedge Japanese manufacturing in a classic straight leg.
Denim-heads rave about Japanese selvedge looms, because no two pairs of jeans are exactly identical and in general, the fabric quality is head and shoulders above much of what you find elsewhere. Case in point are these PRPS straight leg jeans, which have a zip fly with button closure. The denim is thick and on the stiffer side, so make sure you give them time to break in.
The cut of these Seven jeans for men is relaxed, meaning they look good on basically everyone. They balance out your proportions and elongate your body shape.
You want these relaxed-fit jeans because you’ll never look like you’re trying so damn hard. They go everything. They look good on everyone. And they have a nicely broken-in look and feel.
You will never go wrong with classic straight-leg jeans, like these from True Religion. They're cool, comfortable, and have nicely contrasted stitching.
These men’s jeans feature 3D whickering, grinding details, and the brand’s signature horseshoe stitching on the back pockets. These have a 34 inch insteam, and you’ll have these forever.
These skinny men's jeans have a narrow leg from thigh to ankle, and the denim is treated for a subtle finish.
These double beltloop skinny jeans have stretch to them, and, as the name indicates, will be much more snug than their relaxed brothers. So pay special attention to fit with this pair.
You're looking for timeless men's jeans? Look no further than these Levis's, which have been popular since 1873 and feature the original straight fit with a button fly and five pocket styling.
Damn, we love these jeans. They sit at the waist, with a regular fit through the thigh and a straight leg opening. Pair these with a simple crewneck tee for a outfit look that never looks dated.
These are jeans that feel more like pants. They're made from a rigid Japanese selvedge denim that feels almost like very heavy paper.
These men’s jeans are fade-resistant, due to how they’re dyed. And with them, you get a slim tapered fit. They’re medium rise, slim through the thigh, and taper down from the knee to the hem.
You'll likely never find a more comfortable pair of jeans, thanks to this brand's four-way stretch. These jeans are made in LA, using Japanese thread, and will fade to perfection.
These slim-cut men’s jeans are stretchy, only no one can tell. Meaning you’re investing in extreme comfort, and flawless style. The inseam is 34 inches.
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