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Men's Jeans Guide

True-blue tips for America’s staple clothing piece

Men’s and women’s jeans are alike in that they are usually made from denim (preferably Italian), but that’s where the similarities stop. Where women choose their denim to either hide or show curves, men choose denim for simpler reasons. That doesn’t mean men have it any easier, though. Approaching the murky denim waters can be daunting, but have no fear. Our jeans guide will keep you afloat and fashionable.

Robert Graham Classic Fit Yates in Indigo, $168, Fillings

Dyer & Jenkins, $168, Ellicott & Co. 

Citizens of Humanity Classic Straight Ultimate Jean, $195, Coleson Clothiers

Alberto Modern Fit, $265, Coleson Clothiers

 

Dapper Details

Denim should never be boring. Here’s what to look for to make sure that your jeans are as polished as you are.

  • Avoid branding and eye-catching details. Unless you’re a country music rock star, don’t buy jeans with embellishments on the pockets, and even then it’s questionable. 
  • Cuff your jeans for a refreshing, cool look, especially if the inside seams are fun.
  • Contrasting or blue “invisible” seams are both great. We recommend mixing your wardrobe up with both styles. 

 

Taylor Stitch Slim, $98, Ellicott & Co.

Tommy Bahama Coastal Island Standard Fit, $98, t.s. Dobbins

Atelier Gardeur Modern Fit Superflex, $198, Fillings

 

Get Fit 

Overall, men can find jeans in any style that fit; however, most men typically buy a size bigger than they need. Try a size smaller than you normally would and do the finger check: you shouldn’t be able to put more than two fingers in the waistband. Finding a good tailor is always important too. That way, your jeans fit just the way you like them. Jeans that fit well are always the most flattering. 

  • Slim fit jeans should be slim, but not skin-tight. When properly fitted, this style is great for thin legs. 
  • Straight-leg jeans are great for an athletic build. Also, in a high-waisted version, these will help elongate short legs. 
  • Relaxed jeans should not be baggy; instead, they should sit snugly at or below the waist. In a low rise, these are great for men who have an average to heavy build. 

 

Tommy Bahama Coastal Island Standard Fit, $98, t.s. Dobbins

Tommy Bahama New Cooper Authentic Fit, $118, t.s. Dobbins

PT05 Jazz Regular Fit, $350, Michael Boyd Menswear

Citizens of Humanity Classic Straight, $235, Coleson Clothiers

Taylor Stitch Slim, $98, Ellicott & Co.

Alberto Modern Fit Stone Wash, $265, Coleson Clothiers

 

Wash-up 

What may seem like a trivial thing is actually crucial; the wash of your jean can make or break the rest of your outfit.

  • Vintage washes are great for a cool, eclectic look. Pair these with leather jackets, blazers with pocket squares, and stylish shirts. 
  • Medium blue is best for casual wear. Pair this with your favorite jersey, t-shirt or polo.
  • Dark rinses offer a more refined, classy look—and they’re the best for day-to-night wear. Pair these with sport coats and button-downs. 

 

Resources

Coleson Clothiers 
Lancaster 
colesonclothiers.com
717-394-8842 

Ellicott & Co. 
Lancaster
ellicott.co
717-690-2505

Fillings 
Lancaster
fillingsclothing.com
717-735-9550

Michael Boyd Menswear 
Harrisburg
michaelboydmenswear.com
717-213-0344 

t.s. Dobbins
York 
tsdobbins.com
717-741-3042

 

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