Top 5 Best Jeans For Men: Your Buying Guide

Top 5 Best Jeans For Men: Your Buying Guide

Most people would agree that men look pretty nice in a simple pair of jeans. That is, of course, if they’re wearing the right jeans.

Jeans need to walk that fine line between being casual but still being quality and upscale. They also need to fit well, be the right color for the person, and be comfortable as well.

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With those qualities in mind, though, we’re happy to share some of our favorite jeans for men. They’re so great that you’re sure to want to buy a pair (or two or three) for yourself or the man in your life. 

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How We Chose Our Ratings

Before we get into what we think are the best jeans for men, you’re probably wondering how we came to our decision.

Well, we use a lot of different methods to determine which jeans are the best of the best. Just a few of the things we look at include testimonials and customer reviews of different products, brand reputation, the length of time a brand has been in business, and market research.

Basically, we do all of the “scouring” and research so that you don’t have to. So, with that said, here are our picks. 

Top 5 Best Jeans for Men

We’re so excited about our top pick of the bunch that we think that’s a pretty good place to start. Coming in as our five star pick, we have LEE Men's Leg Jeans, especially the popular 5 pocket jeans.

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We love these for their stretch and flexibility, which occur thanks to the small spandex content of these jeans. All that stretchiness makes these jeans incredibly comfortable and easy to wear, no matter what the wearer may be doing. Plus, these jeans are super durable and super stylish- the best of both worlds and sure to be a favorite among any man who slips them on.

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Right behind these jeans, at four stars we introduce the Blank NYC Skinny Fit jeans. These jeans are wonderfully comfortable- every bit as comfortable as our five star pick. The only thing not so comfortable, however, is the too-big pricetag. At close to $$ per pair- almost double the price of our first option- we’d say you should only go for this pair if you like cool labels and find them worth the extra money.

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For our three star pick, we present Levi’s 541 Athletic Fit jeans. These are somewhat of a classic, and guys tend to love them for their comfort. And, while they are super comfortable and they look okay, that’s about it. These jeans are just right in the middle- not too great but not so bad either, which is exactly why they earned our middle of the road rating.

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Our two star rated jeans earn their rating simply for the price tag alone. The jeans themselves- Saint Laurent Men's Blue Cotton Jeans- are well-fitted and attractive. However, they cost close to $$$, which we think is a ridiculous price for a pair of jeans. This is especially true when you consider the equally well-made and much lower-priced Transcend jeans, which look much the same. In fact, that’s what we’d pick over the pricier brand.

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And finally, coming in at one star is anything from the Ed Hardy “design” line. In recent months, guys have started wearing jeans with huge graphic designs on them by Ed Hardy. And, while it’s okay if that’s your style, keep in mind that this look really isn’t flattering for anyone. Add that to the fact that these jeans tend to be baggy and cheap, and it’s easy to see why they earn the lowest ranking on our list. In fact, we just threw them in here so you’d know what NOT to wear and/or buy. 

Buyer’s Guide

As you can tell, just from our list alone, there are all kinds of jeans out there.

And, while you’d certainly do well to pick a pair or two from our list, the fact of the matter is that choosing great guy’s jeans isn’t all that hard.

Here’s what to keep in mind. First of all, you want something simple. Jeans are a basic, staple piece, so there’s no reason for them to ever be gaudy or over the top. Next, look for something well-made. Jeans tend to get a lot of wear, and they need to be able to stand up to it. Third, go for jeans that are reasonably priced. Even if you can afford a lot, jeans are jeans, and there’s no sense spending that much on them.

So, with these tips in mind and our awesome top 5 list, you should be fully prepared to go shopping for some “guy jeans.” 

Other Shopping Tips You Need to Know

In addition to following the good advice presented here, there are also many other things that you can and should do whenever you go shopping for men’s jeans.

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For example, whenever possible, you should always try on jeans in person. While buying online is a good and convenient option, you really can’t assess fit unless you try items on. If you try items on in person and then order online, it’s still worth it to get a truly good fit.

When you do try jeans on, remember that you want them to be a little bit tight. Jeans tend to stretch with wear, so if they’re already loose-fitting to begin with, they’ll be overly baggy before you know it. If they’re a little tight in the legs when you buy them, however, they will likely stretch to fit just right.

Also remember that clothes are designed to be tailored, so don’t fret if you have to have some minor alterations done to your jeans. In today’s world, people like to grab items off the rack and go, expecting them to fit perfectly. Unless you’re one of those lucky people with a 100% “standard” body type, that’s probably not going to work out so well.

If your jeans need to be taken up a little at the base of the leg or taken in an inch or two in the waist, go ahead and spring for the tailoring. It’s usually quite cheap and will make for a better, more attractive, and more comfortable fit. Plus, if you’re buying quality jeans that are going to last you for a while, a little extra investment to get even more wear out of them is certainly worth it.

Speaking of investment, if you are someone who goes through jeans quickly or if you have a hard time finding a perfect pair, consider buying multiple pairs of the same jeans when you do find a great pair. This little trick can get you years of wear with jeans that fit wonderfully, so it is definitely worthwhile.

Also remember to wash and care for your jeans according to the instructions on the tag. Jeans have special needs, which can vary depending on the brand, the material composition, and other factors. That’s why your tag and the directions it offers are your best bet for caring for your jeans in the proper way- the way that is going to help them last the longest and look great for the entire time you own them.

Advice For Making Your Jeans

Once you’ve found the perfect pair of jeans- or two or three of the perfect pair as the case may be- you’re going to want to make them last as long as possible. Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to improve the longevity of your jeans.

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First things first, if you’re holding onto the idea that jeans need to be washed after every wear, let it go. This is not true. Jeans are tough, heavy-duty items of clothing and don’t have to be washed very regularly. Furthermore, washing them too regularly can damage them more quickly.

You can easily spot clean small spots or stains that may occur on your jeans. Other than that, you don’t have to wash them unless they’re starting to smell or you have a spot that you just can’t get out any other way.

When you do wash your jeans, turn them inside out to help preserve the color. Also, make the water as cold as possible unless your jean’s cleaning directions specify otherwise. Most jeans, though, do best in very cold water.

As an alternative to throwing your jeans in the washing machine, you could hand wash them in your bathroom sink. All you need is a little mild detergent and some water. You simply let them soak for about half an hour and then dry them off. This method is worth a try to see if you like it, or you could alternate machine washing and hand washing to better preserve your jeans.

Whether you choose to wash your jeans in the sink or in the machine, be sure to use a gentle detergent and not to use too much of it. Honestly, you can probably use about half of the recommended amount. Most of today’s detergents are very concentrated and somewhat abrasive, which is why less is more when it comes to your jeans and that harsh detergent.

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Remember, when you wash your jeans, that you want to avoid bleach or any products with bleach. Bleach is really harmful to denim, and the last thing you want is big white spots on your favorite jeans. Even if the bleach claims to be “color safe” or okay for denim, don’t take chances. Skip it in favor of something milder.

Finally, you should strongly consider air drying your jeans. Yes, it takes forever, but if you simply hang them up and let them dry, they’ll be much better about retaining their shape and their fit. You can speed the process along with a hair dryer if you get desperate.

If you can’t handle it and need to put your jeans in the dryer, it’s okay. Just put them in as “delicates” and be sure to remove them while they’re still a little bit damp. You can air dry them the rest of the way, which will be helpful for retaining shape. This trick is a nice compromise if you’re short on time but are trying to preserve your jeans. 

What to Do When Your Jeans Finally Wear Out

If you follow the above tips to properly care for your jeans, they should last you for quite some time. With that said, though, no jeans, no matter how expensive or how well cared for, will last forever.

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When the time comes that your jeans are too holey to be “stylishly destroyed” or the crotch is ripped or there are stains everywhere, you’ll have to think of something to do with those old jeans. Sure, you could just toss them, but before you do, consider some of the fun things you can do with your old jeans.

By far, one of the most popular options is to turn old jeans into cut-off shorts. As the name implies, you simply cut off the legs of the jeans to your desired length and then wear the pair as shorts. You can even keep the fraying and strings on as these are considered stylish these days.

And, just like you can make cut-off shorts, you can also do a cut-off skirt. It only takes a few more steps and a basic knowledge of sewing. Plus, there are many good tutorials online.

If you aren’t into wearing your old jeans a moment longer, consider other fun denim crafts. You can make denim headbands, denim purses, denim rugs, notebook covers, and more. The internet has plenty of good ideas that you can try. And, if you’re not particularly crafty yourself, find someone who is and who would be more than happy to take your old jeans off your hands.

After all, when jeans have served you well for so long, it only seems right to do something better with them than just tossing them out.

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