Guys’ jeans are a VERY personal preference. Everybody has their favourite style, detailing and fit, and more than that, there is such a huge variety out there that the thought of having to compact it all down into about 600 words would have anyone running for cover .
Jeans are a MUST. They can be used to dress down or dress up just about any outfit.They’re versatile and when done correctly, you should only need to buy three or four of the right pairs to last you for a long time. The more you wear them, the more lived-in they look,giving them distinct detailing that becomes individual to you. You can wear them with a belt or not, cuffed or no cuff, with loads of pockets, with none at all… basically however you want and they will always serve you well.
However, there are a few ground rules we should cover. DO make sure your jeans fit you on your hips (see my article on fit for a full rundown), buy them in natural or neutral colours for the moment (like blacks, greys, blues) and try to stick to the stonewashed variety. The same goes for holes, rips and long threads; the distressed jeans are popular right now and right on trend with the whole worker wear look, but they come and go quickly and seeing as you are at the start of your journey then we should go with classic cuts and colours that will LAST.
BASIC TYPES OF JEANS There are four basic styles of jeans you can go for and each one will present a different look to your outfit when you put them on. Over the last few years we have had a variety of new styles come onto the market like carrot cut, drop crotch, twisted etc. but these (below) are the four main types that all other varieties now modify in order to give you a different cut and feel. For this basics article we will concentrate on the originals, and from there you will then be able to diversify in the future, dependant on your preference:
Bootcut – I’m of the personal opinion that there is a strong move away from these occurring right now, with most people preferring the skinnier tucked in look when they wear their boots. However, if you don’t like that look but still love your chunky boots or have the kind of legs that get wider as they go down; these might be a style you want to look into. But remember if they start to remind you even a little bit of flares don’t buy them!
Relaxed – This just means more excess material and a slightly baggier look and a looser fit. Useful for a more casual/laid back outfit with t-shirts and trainers or when you’re lounging around the house on a weekend in your hoody.
Skinny – Nearly always named something different such as tapered, slim or tailored etc. Works for people of a more slender but I’m personally not a fan. With that said when it’s done right and combined correctly with other items it does work really well for some guys. If you prefer a tailored approach to your clothes, these could be for you.
Straight – Probably the best option for most guys at the moment. They are a happy medium between relaxed and skinny, giving you some room to move while maintaining a shape and outline of your body.
EXAMPLES OF JEANS Obviously there are SO many forms of jeans on the market today that it would be hard to show you all of them. Below is a selection of basic jeans which will not break the bank and would be a good introduction into your wardrobe. Jeans are essential and the basic styles shown below showcase just how much variety there are.