Contrary to popular belief, all jeans are not made equal. Nowadays, there is an assortment of different styles and fits. Jeans are the most popular attire form of casual dress around the globe and we all have our trusted, go-to jeans that we rely on for all occasions. With changing fashion trends, the patterns of jeans have also been varying. Our wardrobes are now riddled with different kinds of jeans: baggy, loose-fit, boot-cut, flare, straight cut, and skinny jeans.
Essentially there are four different types of fits. Boot cut defines a close fit with a slight flare towards the bottom, wide fit is loose fitting from waist to bottom, slim fit is slightly tapered but not form fitting and straight cut is neither tapered nor excessively loose.
A traditional/straight cut is perfect for a classic look with minimum fuss, and particularly flattering for tall, thin men. Flared jeans are great for athletic builds that want to show off their definition and can be comfortably worn with riding boots due to their roomy construction around the ankle.
Loose/wide-fit has more room around the thighs and ankles and is suitable for those who want a roomier, more casual pair of men’s jeans. However, make sure that you pick the right size for your body type and don’t end up with extremely baggy jeans.
The key characteristic of skinny jeans is that they fit close to the body, not just above the knee, but below as well. The most important thing to understand about skinny jeans is that they don’t necessarily make you look skinny per say. They work best on slender body types and cater to the younger crowd.
The rise is defined as the distance between the waistband and the crotch; the traditional distance is roughly 11 inches. There are three basic rises when it comes to men’s jeans; low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise. The most common amongst these would be the mid-rise jean, which rests right around your belly button. Similarly, low-rise jeans fall below the belly button and high-rise jeans are above.
First rule for buying the best jeans for your body is understanding what your body type is. Don’t go for jeans that make you look unflattering and chunky. Also, avoid jeans that look like they’ve gone through the shredder several times. Holes, frays, patches, multiple zippers, unnecessary buttons and embellishments were probably deemed ‘cool’ back in the 80s. Not anymore!