How to Pick the Right Jeans

Posted on 08-07-2015 by Daniel Boey


Jeans are probably the most essential item of clothing in any man’s wardrobe - apart from your underwear. They’re versatile, comfortable and durable, and are possibly the one thing that a guy can (hypothetically) wear every day of the week.

Finding the perfect pair of jeans, however, can be a real challenge. There are so many options out there that it can be quite confusing.

There are some things to look out for when you’re out shopping for the perfect pair of jeans.

One of the most important factors is to pick the right jean cut for your body shape. Which means, you have to first determine what your build is. Muscular? Heavyset? Skinny? Or Lean? And be honest. You are buying for your present body shape, not the shape you hope to achieve.


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There is no right or wrong body shape, only the right or wrong style for it. Baggy jeans may be comfortable, and skinny jeans, trendy, but they’re not for everyone. If you’re built on the heavier side, you don’t want your thighs to look like they’re bursting out of too-slim, too-tight denim. Inversely, you don’t want to be swimming in jeans that are way too loose and baggy for your small frame.


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Straight-cut jeans are the safe option and work well for most body shapes. This style works well for both the vertically endowed or challenged too. Shorter guys, especially, can rest assured that this cut will give them the illusion of height. Guys that are built on the bigger side sometimes make the mistake of donning loose jeans to hide their size, not realizing that these baggy styles emphasise, rather than mask, their build. Instead, they should opt for a looser-fit straight cut.


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Understand how jeans are sized is important too. Most are sized according to waist measurements and inseam. Beware of vanity-sizing, though. This is when companies label items smaller than they are so that customers will feel thinner, and buy them. Its like a psychological game. I’ve encountered situations where I wear a 32 ( my true size ) in one brand and a 30 in another! Different labels have different sizing charts, resulting in different fits. If you’re buying something from a new label, always try it on for size and cut.


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Once you’ve found a pair in a style that you like, test the cut and the fit. Jeans of different labels are cut differently, and it’s important you try the on for size. Make sure they’re comfortable ( a good test is to see if you can slip two fingers into the waistband of the jeans. It not, it’s too tight, and if you can fit more, it’s too loose.


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Check out your rear. Seriously. The jeans should hug well, without too much excess fabric. Other things to look out for include the rise and the length. It should sit comfortably around your hips. Shorter guys should avoid jeans that are too low-rise, though, as it can make their legs look short and stumpy. Try on different pairs to find one that works well for your proportion.

Look out for bunching at the top of your shoe. If you need to fold it up more than twice, the inseam is too long.

The great thing about jeans is they can be worn casually or dressed up, and they never go out of style. Jeans are the perfect go-to piece for any day, and that’s why it’s so important that you purchase the right jeans for your body.


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Daniel Boey
Daniel's life is an open book ... literally! You can read all about his fashion adventures in his autobiography "The Book of Daniel", a 2kg tome. An easier way might be to follow him on Instagram @danielboey.

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