Denim jeans are versatile and sturdy, making them a staple in every man’s closet. But with the many denim styles available, which one should you choose? Blue or black? Dark or light wash? With or without distressing? Selvedge denim or vintage denim?
The options can seem endless and quite confusing, so it’s no surprise that as a men’s personal shopper they’re high on clients wish lists! In this article, we want to simplify the selection process by highlighting 3 denim jeans style that should be a part of your wardrobe, as suggested by Styled by Sally, your men’s stylist.
Classic dark blue jeans
The classic dark blue jeans are the most versatile pair of jeans you’ll ever own. Dress it up with a sports jacket, button down shirt and a pair of brogues. Or, dress it down completely with a t-shirt and a pair of sneakers. The dark blue jeans can be styled in many different ways to suit several occasions. A slim, dark pair will remain timeless and keep you looking trendy from one season to the next.
Because of the dark wash on this pair of jeans, it looks great on everybody. Whether you’re slim or have a bigger build, it can hide skinny or thicker legs better than any other color. If your body type is a slim or regular build, opt for a slim fit. Slim fit jeans slightly hug the thighs, knees, and calves while tapering down from your knee to ankle. For men with larger body types, the straight leg fit is perfect as it can balance your body’s proportions.
Black denim jeans
A pair of black denim jeans is a great alternative to the dark blue jeans. They can be dressed up or dressed down, but it can be more interesting dressing them up. Are you having a fancy evening out? Pair the black denim jeans with a white button shirt and a sports jacket. Spending the afternoon around the city? Wear them with a t-shirt, suede jacket and Chelsea boots. Whatever your plans are, you’ll always look smart and stylish.
When shopping for black denim jeans, make sure you invest in good denim. Cheap, thin denim will make you look like you’re wearing unsightly leather trousers.
Casual vintage jeans
Light denim jeans or vintage jeans have a lighter wash and some pairs may have mild distressing. Paired with t-shirts, hoodies, driving mocs, and sneakers, they’re great for casual wear. Going out on a movie date? You can wear your vintage jeans with a button-down checkered shirt and a pair of sneakers (think Chuck Taylors) for a cool, relaxed look.
How should men’s jeans fit?
The key to looking your best in any pair of jeans is fit. The jeans should fit you perfectly, not too tight, not too baggy. Here are some guidelines on how you can check if your denim jeans are a perfect fit:
- You should be able to pinch a minimum of 1 inch of fabric, but no more than 1.5 inches on either side of the thigh.
- They should fit your waist without a belt.
- They shouldn’t be too short or too long, and have a slight or full break.
Keep in mind that if your denim jeans don’t fit you well, they won’t look stylish. Think of the fit of your jeans the way you would consider a pair of formal trousers. Consider the length, waist, seat, how well they fit around the thigh or how tapered they are.
What about distressed or ripped jeans?
Distressed or ripped jeans is a currently a big trend, especially in the street wear scene. Wear them with a white t-shirt and a leather jacket and you have an edgy look. However, trends come and go. They may be trendy now, but there’s no guarantee that they’ll still be fashionable in a few months’ time. The classic dark blue, black and vintage denim jeans are more timeless and versatile, so you can keep wearing them year after year.