Nothing in your wardrobe gets as much wear as a good pair of jeans. They're comfortable, classic, and easy to dress up for a night out, or down for a weekend at home. There's a lot that goes into finding the perfect pair of jeans, however. This guide will help you learn all you need to know about buying men's jeans, so you can find the right pair easier and faster.
Choose a cut. The cut you choose will not only affect the look of your jeans but also the feel. No one cut is better than another, so it's up to your own personal preferences of what you like. Relaxed and bootcut jeans are more loose-fitting and comfortable, but you may prefer the look of slim-fit or straight-leg jeans. If you're not sure what you like, try on a few different cuts and see what suits you best. Make sure to walk around, sit down, and twist, so you can to see how they feel when you move around.
Find the right fit. There's a lot more to fit than just the cut. You want something that sits comfortably without bunching or pulling. To make sure your pants fit properly, you should be able to fit two fingers in the waistband all the way around, and the bottoms should sit right at the top of your shoes without bunching. Jeans are available in different rises as well. (The rise is the length between the crotch seam and the waistband.) A regular rise sits higher on your hips, while a low rise is shorter and sits lower. Choose whatever feels most comfortable to you.
Select a color and wash. This, again, is up to your own personal preference. Blue jeans are available in shades from ultra-light, bleached denim to a deep, dark rinse, not to mention shades of black, grey, tan, and white. A dark rinse is a very classic look that goes well with just about everything and can be dressed up and down, but you may want to incorporate some other washes and colors into your wardrobe for a little variety.
Decide between pre-wash and raw. Raw denim is not washed after it is dyed and is designed to fade naturally over time and soften as you wear it. It provides a more natural look and more customized fit and will generally last much longer than pre-washed denim. It can, however, be more uncomfortable to start with. Pre-washed denim won't fade much from the color it is when you buy it, and the fabric is pre-shrunk and softened, so the fit doesn't have as much give as raw denim. It is, however, more comfortable when it's first bought and typically less expensive than raw denim. Consider all these factors when you're shopping.
Consider brand. Every brand has its own distinct style, cut, and look. If you've bought jeans from a specific brand before that you know you like, you may want to try a few different styles within that brand. If you're shopping for a new brand, premium jeans are always something to consider. They may be more expensive, but they are typically made with higher quality fabrics and more precise sizing and fits. Find more information in our Men's Jeans Buying Guide.