How to Buy the Best Men's Jeans for Your Body

Know which jeans suit you so you can look your best and, best of all, shorten your shopping time.


  • Step 1: Get straight cut Get classic straight cut jeans, which sit at your natural waist and feature a straight leg, if you're tall and slim. You can also get away with skinny jeans, that have a tight-fitting, slim cut leg all the way to the ankle.
  • Step 2: Opt for wide leg Opt for wide leg jeans, which sit at your natural waist and have a relaxed, loose fit through the seat and thighs, to show off an athletic, muscular build. These also work if you're heavier, have love-handles, or a larger waistline.
  • TIP: Dark washes are the most flattering for bigger guys.
  • Step 3: Avoid slim cuts Avoid slim-cut jeans if you're slim and average or below-average height, which might make you look too lean. You'll just get lost in wide leg jeans, so stick to straight-cut or slightly flared jeans. Try back pockets with flaps to maximize a flat butt.
  • Step 4: Go for bootleg or flare Go for boot-cut jeans, which work on most men. Designed to accommodate cowboy boots, these pants are relaxed through the leg and gently widen from the knee to the ankle.
  • TIP: Boot-cut jeans are always in style.
  • Step 5: Try low-rise Try low-rise jeans, which sit below the waistline on the hip bones, if you're slender. They come in slim fit, boot-cut, wide leg, or straight cut, to flatter a range of figures. Just make sure you wear a longer shirt to avoid an accidental midriff-baring moment -- which no one wants.
  • FACT: Jeans were called "waist overalls" or just "overalls" before 1960, when Levi Strauss changed the popular name to "jeans."

You Will Need

  • Straight-cut jeans
  • Skinny jeans
  • Wide-leg jeans
  • Back pockets with flaps
  • Boot-cut or flare cut jeans
  • Low-rise jeans
  • Dark washes (optional)

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