This Is How Your Jeans Should Fit Right Now
A guide to the five fits that matter most in 2018.
BY JONATHAN EVANS | Apr 16, 2018 | Fashion
The most important rule when it comes to denim in this particular menswear moment is to remember that the old rulebook has gone out the window. Never has the field been more open, the array of options more varied. Slim, skinny, loose, tapered, cropped—everything is in play. Of course, even when things are in flux and standards are rewriting themselves, there’s one constant in men’s style: It has to fit.
Sure, you can go all-in on a pair of wide-leg jeans that completely upend the conventions of the last decade. But there’s an art to going oversized, just like there’s a right and a wrong way to wear those skinny jeans. (If you can see every muscle fiber in your calves through the denim, you’re doing it the wrong way.) So, when any guy can wear pretty much any fit he pleases, how do you make sure you strike the right balance? Simply do your research—and a little experimentation—and you’ll be just fine. Here’s a primer on the five fits that matter most in 2018.
Jeans by Saint Laurent, jacket by Levi's Made & Crafted, sweater by Everlane, boots by Aldo.
From Joey Ramone to Hedi Slimane, skinny jeans have always been steeped in rebel cool. The key here is going super-slim but not legging-level skintight. Look for a pair that hugs your frame from the hips all the way down to the leg opening. Feel free to go with a longer inseam if you want the leg to stack on top of your footwear (Chelsea boots or classic Chucks are easy go-tos), or shoot for something a little shorter to keep the lines nice and clean.
Jeans by Uniqlo, shirt by Everlane, sweater by The Armoury, shoes by Florsheim Imperial.
Just want a great pair that you're sure will fit in at your (not-too-dressy) office? Go with the modern standard that works for pretty much every body type and situation: the slim fit. Tailored but not tight is the name of the game here. The jeans should be trim through the hips and thighs, and skim your knees and calves without strangling them. A narrower hem sits nicely on top of everything from minimal sneakers to classic dress shoes.
Jeans by Everlane, sweatshirt by Alternative, shoes by Converse.
If you're looking to channel the timeless vibe of guys like Steve McQueen, why not take a page from their era of denim and try a straight cut? It should have a little more room in the hips and thighs, but not so much that it bags out from the body. The width at the knee should be just around the same as the width at the ankle. And if you really want to stay on-theme, a deep cuff is the way to go.
Jeans, jacket, and shirt, Uniqlo U, socks by Bombas, shoes by Converse.
Trying to push the fashion envelope just a little? Go for something with a wider leg and a little less length. This is a choose-your-own-adventure sort of thing: If you're feeling bold, more volume might just be the move. If not, a fit that gives you room to breathe but doesn't balloon out from your legs is probably more your speed. Either way, just remember that menswear has been loosening up—both literally and figuratively—over the last few seasons. A wider jean is a great way to embrace the easygoing feel while still staying in somewhat familiar territory. And that ankle-length crop? That's so you can show off those fresh white socks you just got. (Yep, those are back in style, too.)
Jeans by Levi's Made & Crafted, T-shirt by Everlane, shoes by Vans.
Think of this as a riff on the loose styles making increasing headway in the men's style world, but for a guy who still likes the feeling of a slimmer ankle. The cut is full at the hip and thighs but tapers drastically from the knee to the ankle, giving it the shape of, well, a carrot—hence the name. Going with a shorter version like you see here will give you a somewhat surf-inspired vibe (classic checkerboard Vans help) that's a bit more fashion-forward. Going longer will bring things into more classic territory; think of it as an exaggerated riff on the Levi's 501. Should you wear these to a buttoned-up workplace? Probably not. But for all your casual adventures, they'll bring some fresh style to your look.
Source: Esquire US