Men's Jeans Fit Guide

Menswar Denim - Spring / Summer 22
Menswar Denim - Spring / Summer 22
Menswar Denim - Spring / Summer 22

Which jeans fit is right for me? What jeans style is best for a smart-casual dress code? Will this wash go with what I’m wearing? Read our guide to different jeans types and find out everything you need to know before you buy your next pair.

When it comes to everyday staples, there’s no harder working item in your wardrobe than a pair of jeans. But with so many washes, fits and brands to consider, finding the perfect pair can seem like an endless task. From skinny to straight, or whether you’re after a classic cut or more trend-led style, read our guide to all things denim and find jeans that are just right for you.  

What are slim fit jeans?

Menswar Denim - Spring / Summer 22

Best for a tailored fit

Looking for jeans that are more tailored in style? Slim fit jeans offer a modern take on a classic cut and give a leaner look without being too restrictive. Best suited to those with a slimmer frame, expect jeans that are narrow through the leg and loose at the ankle. 

Fashion editor’s styling tip: “Form-hugging and flattering, slim fit denim is a cool alternative to formal trousers, especially in darker shades.”

Discover key slim fit styles

Look out for popular slim fit  jeans including Levi’s 511Tommy Hilfiger Scanton and AllSaints Dean.

What are straight fit jeans?

Menswar Denim - Spring / Summer 22

Best for a classic, everyday look

Where it all began: straight leg jeans are the original denim cut and are the most versatile and timeless in style. Designed for everyday wear, straight leg jeans are loose through the leg to allow ease of movement and sit comfortably over trainers and love-worn boots.

Fashion editor’s styling tip: “You can’t go wrong with classic, straight-up-and-down denim. A simple white tee and a denim jacket (double denim is back) is a look that’s endured over decades.”

Discover key straight fit styles

Look out for popular straight fit jeans including Hugo Boss MaineLevi’s 501 and Tommy Hilfiger Denton.

What are taped fit jeans?

Menswar Denim - Spring / Summer 22

Best for athletic builds

Denim is now acceptable for any smart-casual dress code, but the style of jeans can determine which end of the scale you sit. With its tailored cut that narrows towards the ankle, tapered jeans are a smarter alternative to more classic styles. Designed to offer more room in the thigh, they’re ideal for athletic builds. 

Fashion editor’s styling tip: “If you’re wearing jeans to work, a tailored leg shape offers a more office-appropriate feel. Style them with leather lace-ups and a blazer.”

Discover key tapered fit styles

Look out for popular tapered jeans including Levi’s 502 and Calvin Klein.

What are skinny fit jeans?

Menswar Denim - Spring / Summer 22

Best for slimmer frames

First seen in the noughties, the skinny fit jean is still a favourite denim style today and brings a cool, rock and roll edge to any wardrobe. Cut from stretch cotton that hugs the thighs, legs and ankles, this modern style is typically suited to those with a slimmer frame.

Fashion editor’s styling tip: “The super-tight fit afforded by skinny jeans makes them a good style to offset with loose tees and baggy sweaters, for a fashion-forward look.”

Discover key skinny fit styles

Look out for popular skinny jeans including Allsaint RonnieAllSaints Cigarette and Tommy Hilfiger Simon.

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Caring for your jeans
  • Now you’ve found your perfect pair, don’t forget to check the wash care label before washing them.
  • Delay washing your new jeans as long as you can. Spilt something on them? Try spot cleaning the stain instead.
  • Always use a gentle or cold wash cycle and don’t forget to wash your jeans inside out. You’ll preserve the colour of your jeans and protect against shrinking, plus you’ll save water and energy.
  • Dryers and denim don’t mix. Preserve the fit of your jeans by line drying them instead.
  • Need to hem your new pair? Wash your jeans before hemming to allow for any initial shrinking.
  • Avoid drying jeans in direct sunlight as this can cause fading.

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