Mens Denim

Straight and slim jeans

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Shanna Schreuder

Copy producer, Online Fashion

Jeans are the ultimate wardrobe essential that just gets better with age. The right jeans can look as good with a shirt, tie and suit jacket as they do with a T-shirt and hoodie. But, like a suit, it’s all about getting the right fit to achieve sartorial success.

One thing to remember when you’re buying new jeans is that they should be on the tight side when you first try them on. The reason? They’ll stretch, possibly a full size, which means they’ll lose their magic if they become too baggy. That’s why you should aim to purchase a size down, especially if the fabric is stretchy. They should be snug, but not cutting off circulation.

Straight legs

The original and probably most popular shape, regular jeans are generally cut straight throughout the seat, thigh and leg. Their classic form ensures they can be worn with almost all types of footwear and suit most body types.

  • Levi’s

    Levi’s

    Levi’s 504 regular straight jeans are constructed to fit generously though the thigh and leg opening. The brand’s iconic 501 jeans are straight though the hip with a slightly tapered leg opening. The Marlon’s dark wash makes them particularly good for wearing to the office, or on an evening out when the dress code requires
    smart casual.

  • Diesel

    Diesel

    Diesel Larkee’s style provides ample space through the thigh to fit a range of body types, and falls straight from the knee downwards. The colour option is also perfect for dressing up with a shirt, tie and blazer.

  • Hilfieger

    Hilfieger

    Hilfiger Denim Ryan jeans are cut with a straight leg and regular rise. Fitted with a zip fly and 5 pockets, you could wear this dark pair of jeans to the office with a smart shirt and a V-neck jumper.

Slim legs

Narrow on the hips, thighs and calves, this is a hugely fashionable style that looks best on a leaner frame. Some options have heavier tapered legs, while other are cut from a stretchy cotton for a closer fit.

  • Levi’s

    Levi’s

    Levi’s 511 jeans fall between skinny and straight; they sit close to the body without being restrictive. They’re low on the waist and slim through the thigh down to the leg opening, creating a long, lean look.

  • Diesel

    Hilfieger

    Hilfiger Denim Scanton jeans are cut from a slightly stretchy denim to offer some natural give, and a slim fit from the top of the waist down to the leg openings. The extra element of elastane in the fabric means you definitely have to buy a smaller size than usual as they’re designed to stretch.

  • Scotch and Soda

    scotch and soda

    Scotch & Soda Ralston jeans are slim through the waist and leg, with whiskering on the front pocket and back of the knees. They have a washed-out finish, a button fly and standard 5 pockets for a classic
    well-worn result.