Men’s Jeans Buying Guide

Jeans are arguably the most classic type of pants a guy can buy—they allow you to be fashionable without having to put too much thought into your wardrobe. Plus, you can find jeans for almost any occasion, ranging from outdoor work and casual gatherings to semiformal events. Explore this men’s jeans buying guide to help you with your next purchase!

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Concepts to Consider

Finding a pair of great jeans is as simple as understanding the following four core concepts. Grasp these, and you’ll know what pair of jeans you need for any particular occasion:

Denim Wash

The “wash” of a pair of jeans describes their material and color aesthetic. There are a few different washes of denim:

  • Raw denim jeans are made with dyed material but are left unwashed after being made. They'll naturally look dark at first, but the color should fade over time as you wear them. It's a particularly fashion-forward style.
  • Washed denim jeans are extremely popular and comprise the majority of jeans on the market today. These will be significantly lighter in color.

Of course, jeans can also have slightly different colors due to their washes. Examples include:

  • Stonewash, which is traditional blue and quite dark.
  • Dirt wash, which is designed to look well-worn and may feature some slight yellow or brown coloring.
  • Acid wash, which features lightly-bleached splotches.
  • Vintage wash, which looks old-fashioned and a little retro.


The fit of your jeans also matters a great deal. There are five main fits:

  • This is the basic jean cut with straight legs and a mid-rise (more on that below).
  • Skinny. Skinny jeans are great for skinny guys, featuring tapered legs and a low to mid-rise.
  • Relaxed. Relaxed jeans are slightly looser and won’t hug any part of your body.
  • Loose. These jeans offer plenty of space in the seat, thighs, and legs.
  • Slim. Slim jeans aren’t too tight or loose, but taper slightly past the thigh while remaining straight around the hip.


The rise of your jeans is the measurement from the crotch to the waistband. There are three primary jean rises:

  • High rise jeans are better for men with relatively short legs and longer torsos. The waistband usually goes above the navel.
  • Mid-rise jeans are better for guys who like to tuck their shirts into their jeans. The waistband should come up to about the navel.
  • Low-rise jeans are casual and are worn below the navel. They’re generally considered to be more relaxed.


Lastly, be sure to consider the sizing of your jeans. Say that a pair of jeans has a fit number like 34 x 36. In this example, the first number is the waist size and the second number is the inseam length. The inseam length is the measurement from the crotch to the floor of the inside of the pant leg.

You should already know your jeans size. If not, learn it! Fitted jeans look great, while jeans that are too tight or too loose can make you look sloppy and unfashionable.

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