1. Everyday Classics
Conservative enough to wear to the office, yet low-key enough to make it for Friday beers with the guys, these are the most versatile in the bunch. This category of jeans usually offers a looser fit and mid-tone washes.
Unbranded Brand Tapered Selvedge Jeans
No list of classic jeans would be complete without at least one pair of Levi’s. The quintessential American brand is a favorite due to its knack for nailing timeless style — from rugged to polished, they’ve got it covered. We like the Commuter pants for their durability, which is perfect for those of us who are always mobile.
The fact that they can be dressed up or down, depending on what they’re paired with, makes them an ideal choice for someone always on the go. Their versatility also means that you don’t need to have more than three or four pairs, as long as you invest in a couple pairs that are great for everyday use and one special one.
Chances are, we’re preaching to the choir because most of you know how great jeans are from first-hand experience. Another thing you probably know? Finding the perfect pair of jeans can be a real challenge. Thankfully, we have a few tips for anyone wondering how to buy the perfect men’s jeans.
With the exception of food and/or electronics, shopping isn’t much fun at all. When it comes to jeans, it often implies trying on countless pairs before finding some that you like and feel as though you should buy because, heck, you’ve been standing around the store too long to walk away empty-handed. We feel you — we know this can be frustrating.
The solution to this problem? Find the brands that you like and stick to them. Chances are the fit will be more consistent than if you are constantly changing things up. Another tip we have for you is to make sure you look for jeans that are made of 80% to 100% cotton. Cheaper brands tend to mix in other fibers, like spandex, which will change the fit of the denim more drastically with wear. Blends that include linen are usually safe, and are actually a great option for spring since they will yield a lighter feel.
Another issue you’re sure to come across is style. There are a lot of trends out there that we recommend you avoid, including overly decorated back pocket designs, frayed hems, and over-dramatic wash patterns. We suggest sticking to simple designs and cuts for their timeless appeal and classic look.
The last thing you might want to think about when buying jeans is the purpose you need them to satisfy. For example: Are you looking for something to wear to the office or out on the town? Knowing where you’re going to wear your jeans will help you narrow down the selection. Below are the some of the best pairs we’ve found, sorted by category and arranged by price. From affordable to bankable, you’re sure to find something just right for you.