21 Best Men’s Jeans: Skinny, Slim or Relaxed Fit

Jeans have been around since the mid-1800s. While they have evolved in style and colors they are still the sturdy, everyday pant that you need in your wardrobe. Whether you like skinny, loose or relaxed fit, there is no wrong way to wear them. Check out the best of the best in men’s jeans.

 

 

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Skinny Jeans are, generally, for guys who are smaller, leaner and have a slightly slight (nice description!) build. Men who fit this description can shop with confidence for skinny jeans or, even, the ultra-skinny jeans. For guys with a more average build, you'll need to be more careful when you order, paying close attention to the size of the leg opening, the size of the thighs, etc. If you're a big cat or very athletic, the skinny jeans probably aren't for you because you'd have to start off by going up a few sizes in the waist just to make sure the rest of the pant fits. And that sorta defeats the purpose. Skinny jeans feature a leg opening (where your feet come out) that's anywhere from 10" to 

 

Top 21 Best Men's Jeans: Style & Color

While there are several different styles of jeans, we're focusing on three of the main styles:

  • Skinny Jeans
  • Slim Fit Jeans
  • Relaxed Fit Jeans

Similarly, you can get jeans in a whole lotta different colors, but within our three style categories, we're focusing on two main colors:

  • Blue Jeans
  • Black Jeans

For both blue and black jeans, you'll find different color gradients available. We're focusing mostly on dark blue wash and regular wash, as well as black and leaning more toward dark grey.

What's the Difference Between Skinny Jeans and Slim Fit Jeans?

Unfortunately, there is not a universal standard for defining slim fit and skinny fit (or any fit, for that matter), therefore the cut of a pair of jeans varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Skinny jeans are a bit more specialized. If you're going to successfully rock skinny jeans, there's a good chance that you're a skinny guy. Emphasis on skinny.

Slim fit jeans can be worn by a wider cross-section of guys than skinny jeans. Slim fit jeans work well and are an easy fit for larger guys, for regular size guys and for skinny guys.

To put it simply, skinny jeans are a more extreme version of slim fit jeans. Both styles share similar features: slimmer through the hips, seat, thighs, and calves, but skinny jeans just take it a notch (or many) further. Some larger guys can pull off skinny jeans, but when that happens, it's the exception, rather than the rule. That's why we're making sure to focus on slim fit jeans, which are a great alternative to skinnies and can achieve a somewhat similar look.

Relaxed fit jeans don't really need a lot of explaining. They're cut to be roomier, of course. Relaxed fit jeans do share something with skinny and slim fit jeans: the necessity for getting the right fit.

Getting the Right Fit: Four Checkpoints

As for getting the right fit, that's something you can easily control. It breaks down this way for all three types of jeans (with thanks to stylist Ashley Weston):

  • Waist - Not too loose, not too snug. Your natural waist is somewhere between the middle to the top of your hip bones.
  • Seat - Again, not too loose -- or you're in danger of flashing some plumber's crack or looking like you've got a load of something in your britches. But not too tight, either. You're not going to look good if your jeans look like they've got a butt tattoo on the backside.
  • Legs - Whether you're wearing skinny jeans, slim fit jeans or relaxed jeans, the way your denims fit your legs is just as important as the waist and butt issues. Skintight on the thighs? No. Super loose with lots of fabric so you can't even see your legs in there? No. Rule of thumb for the leg fit: you should be able to grab about an inch of fabric at the thigh.
  • Length - Jeans come in three basic lengths: 30" -- for guys who are a bit shorter. 32" -- for guys who are average height. 34" -- for taller guys. Of course, you can get other lengths, but those are usually tough to find on the rack. Simply put, you want your pants to "break" at the tops of your shoes.

Try Before You Buy: Prime Wardrobe

This can be a big help and it can make shopping very easy. Amazon has just rolled out a new service called Prime Wardrobe. It lets you try stuff on without the obligation of buying -- you only pay for what you decide to keep. They make it easy for you by providing a return label.

  • Fill your box
  • Try on at home
  • Check out and return

It's for Prime members only. You can sign up for Prime for a 30-day trial and you can cancel anytime.

You can't have too many jeans in your wardrobe, so copping one of each style will really set you up in the fashion department. Whatever you decide on, you'll find something that's just perfect in our list of the 21 Best Men's Jeans: Skinny, Slim or Relaxed Fit.

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