In summer, you can get away with just about anything. You can wear gaudy t-shirts and worn-out jeans. You can spend a night out in a tank top and flip-flops. If your clothes are too worn, simply transform them. A t-shirt can be a tank top. Jeans are easily made into shorts with guts and a pair of scissors. Such alterations won’t pass in fall, though. In fall, people expect your casual to look like summer’s semi-formal. If you’ve been running around in holey jeans, the time has come for a shopping trip. Let’s talk about finding the perfect men’s jeans.
Jean shopping can be overwhelming. There are dozens of brands, fits, and other options to choose from. To find a pair that truly compliments your body, you may need to try multiple pairs at multiple stores. On multiple shopping trips. If you know what you’re looking for, you can eliminate some of these steps. Knowing your body type, waist size, and inseam means you can walk right in the store, pick out your preferred fit in a few brands, and see which one is the best match. It still takes a shopping trip, but a much less tedious one. We want you to have time for whatever it is you do rather than shop, so we’ve compiled the essentials of jean knowledge here for you to glean from. Look good in less time. Isn’t that every man’s motto? Alright, let’s get it to. The perfect men’s jeans should be like…
There are three universal fits for men’s jeans, but most companies work in a system of fives. These labels indicate the body type the jeans are built for.
SKINNY – A tighter fit with a tapered leg opening. This newest addition to the jean family is geared toward the thinner man. Only select if it flatters your body. (Actually flatters.)
SLIM – Not skinny but not relaxed. This fit is still geared toward younger men but permits more space through the leg and hip. If you’re slim but don’t want your clothes plastered to you, give it a try.
REGULAR – The classic, all-American look. The leg is straight, the hip is straight, and the leg doesn’t taper. This is the “skinny” jean for men over 30.
RELAXED – Loose from hip to leg opening, nothing will hug your body with this fit. Guys of all sizes can enjoy the freedom of these pants.
LOOSE – The roomiest of jeans. There is space aplenty here for bigger guys of any height. We know the word has negative connotations, but in this case, “baggy” isn’t always bad.
Another measurement you should be familiar with. The Rise refers to the length from the crotch to the top of the waistband.
HIGH-RISE – This is the best option for bigger guys. It’s the best to avoid tucking in your shirt with high-rise jeans. (Unless you are a confident nerd.)
MID-RISE – This is the classic fit and is the best option if you like to tuck in your shirt.
LOW-RISE – Made popular in woman’s fashion, low-rise is a newcomer in men’s jeans. It’s the young man’s option, tailored to parade the six-pack.
LOW CROTCH – Again, this gives you extra space but can come across as baggy. Yet, if you need some room down there… Go right ahead.
THE ANKLE OPENING
There are three classic cuts in jean ankle openings. What shoes you wear should partly influence your choice.
TAPERED – This cut slims toward the ankle, highlighting a slim leg and semi-formal boot.
STRAIGHT – This cut is as simple as it sounds. It runs straight down with no slimming or widening at the end.
BOOT CUT – This cut flairs a bit to accommodate a wider boot. It’s not the 70s, so please be wise when using this fit.
Armed with these terms and the knowledge hidden in their definitions, you now have the know-how to start your search for the perfect men’s jeans. Use intuition to discern which fits will work best for you and get to work! You’ll have to dig in a little and see what works for you. Your guesstimation might need a little adjusting. It’s all worth it to flaunt that sexy booty, right?
— Timothy Vest