How to Buy Men’s Jeans

by JJ
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Everyone wears jeans. No matter what job, background, age or size, we all own a pair and love our pairs of jeans to bits. The great thing about them is their versatility and practicality, and with most fashion items of today, the trusty jean stems from practicality and the working classes.

Buying men’s jeans is pretty straight forward. Worn casually or dressed up, the jean is a mainstay in every man’s wardrobe, however, many men don’t know how to buy the right pair of jeans. This may sound like a bit of a ridiculous notion but believe me, it can be difficult. I can’t recall the number of times I’ve gone into a shop to buy a new pair of jeans without the faintest idea of what suits me, what size I am or what leg length I should go for.

We’ve come up with this handy guide on how to buys men’s jeans so that men across the world can finally know how to purchase this trusted piece of denim.

The Fit

This is probably the most important factor when buying a pair of jeans. The fit is everything as you don’t want to waste your money on jeans that are ill-fitting. We’ve said it a thousand times: you need to get yourself measured. This way you know exactly what size you are and what jeans will suit your shape.

You need to get your waist and inner leg measured as this is what the jean sizes go by. For instance, you’ve probably seen the size 32R, this means you’re a 32 inch waist with regular sized (as opposed to long) legs. It may sound tricky but it’s fairly simple when you get your head around it. Check out this denim fit guide below.

The Waist

Many men don’t know what waist size they are, so, again, it’s important to get yourself measured. When you put on the jeans they should slide up with ease without having to struggle too much.

However, like many men, you can find yourself in that annoying ‘in-between’ size where the smaller size is too small and the larger size is too large (sometimes you can’t win). The trick is to just get the bigger size and invest in a decent belt I’m afraid. You could also get the jeans tailored and tapered to fit your size, but be wary that this may cost a few pennies.

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The Length

This is another key factor when you’re buying a pair of jeans. You’ll need to have your leg length measured, as this determines what size jean you should buy. Leg sizes go by your inner leg and are measured from your crotch to your ankle. They are then determined by small (S), regular (R) and long (L).

Different men have different preferences when they buy certain leg lengths but personally, we prefer a length that sits right on the ankle, giving a sleeker and more stylish look. Don’t go for a leg length that’s too long for you, as no-one likes to see non-purposeful baggy jeans – it’s just not a good look.

The Style

When buying a pair of jeans, it’s important to take into account the style of jean that you’re buying. There are so many out there it’s easy to get a bit confused. We’ve all been there where we have walked into a shop and have been taken back by the vast number of styles that are available.

These will naturally all suit different people, but hopefully at least one of these styles will match your taste so you can find a pair of jeans that will suit you in no time at all.

Skinny Leg

The skinny fit jean is something that many men have tried and failed to pull off. The problem that many men have is that they are simply too tight, and I get that, but there’s nothing wrong with embracing it from time to time. Of course, you’d have to be the right shape to pull these off, so only wear them if you’re particularly tall and very slim (sorry guys). Skinny jeans are a trend that has died out a bit in recent months, so if you’re hasty, we would recommend you opt for a slim-fit instead. These are typically the best jeans for skinny guys.

Slim Fit

The slim fit jean is probably the most preferred style of jean going. This jean works for nearly all body shapes. They may sound similar to the skinny fit jean but certain characteristics differentiate it from the skinny fit. They aren’t as form fitting around the calf and thighs as skinny jeans, so your blood can circulate at a normal rate (phew). They’re also looser around the ankle allowing you to wear them over boots for instance. Even though they are not skinny, they are still tapered, giving the leg a decent amount of shape.

Straight Leg

The straight leg jean is just that, straight legged. There isn’t any tapering to the jean itself, allowing for a solid shape throughout the jeans. These, again, are perfect for nearly all body shapes and will be a preferable style for many. They’ll feel a touch tighter at the thigh as they are the thickest part of your leg, but they’ll be looser at the knee. This will eventually wear in and feel comfier over time. These are typically the best jeans for big guys.

Wide Leg

The wider leg fit is something of a trend this season, with many designers showcasing them over the slimmer styles. Personally, we think they look great with a pair of low top trainers and a plain white tee. They have no real shape to them although they do widen at the thigh. This gives you plenty of room and comfort for the day, and are perfect for those lazy days when you don’t want constricting jeans on.

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How To Buy Men’s Jeans

  • Measure up. The key to good fitting jeans is the fit of them. Measure yourself with a tape measure to find out your waist and leg to guide you to your perfect jeans.
  • Find your style. There are many jeans styles available. Take a look at the options out there and figure out which suits your style the most.
  • Get them tapered. You won’t be alone if you find you are, annoyingly, between sizes. If this is the case, get your jeans tailored and tapered to fit you perfectly.

On That Note

Buying jeans shouldn’t be as tricky as people make out. As long as you know what size and leg length you are, you’re good to go. One of the main points in this guide is that you should always get measured, as this allows you to know exactly what size and leg length you are. This applies not only for jeans but for all types of trousers. Now you just need to know where to buy jeans and find the best style of jeans for men, so click the link below for all the options above.

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