Men's Jeans - The Ultimate Guide

Jeans, denim, blue jeans, whatever you call them – the bottom line is that they’re a staple in every man’s wardrobe. Every man, no matter his age or body type, should have a few different pairs of jeans in his closet.


The color, fabric type, and cut of your jeans can heavily impact how good or bad they look on you, as well as how comfortable you'll be while wearing them. Ignore these details at your own peril!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a 'wash'?

The 'wash' (also known as the 'rinse’) dictates how light or dark the jeans are as well as how they’re treated.

Light wash = lighter colored. Dark wash = dark color.

My preferred wash is dark blue (sometimes called indigo, depending on the brand) because it looks great on everybody, hides skinny or thicker legs better than any other color, and can be dressed in a casual or elevated casual way. 

Can I wear jeans with a denim jacket?

The matching-jeans-and-jacket look, AKA the 'Canadian Tuxedo' is never a good look.

That said you can wear denim pieces that have contrasting colors. For example: pairing black jeans with a mid-wash denim jacket.

Should I wear jeans with a button or fly?

This ultimately depends on personal preference and comfort. Jeans with a button closure provide a classic and timeless look, while jeans with a fly typically offer a more convenient and practical option. 

What kind of jeans look best on guys?

"Kind" can mean so many different things, but there are 3 factors that determine whether a pair of jeans look good on a man:

  1. They must fit your body type properly

  2. They must not be either too loose or too tight

  3. They must not have excessive fading or embellishments.

There are more aspects than this that affect how they look on you, but if you nail the fit, you've already solved the biggest problem men have with looking good in jeans.

How do I find the right jeans for my body type?

You've come to the right place because that is extensively covered in this article!

The short and sweet answer?

  • Understand the different styles of jeans (discussed below)

  • Determine your body type

  • Understand which styles work for your body type

  • Ensure your measurements are accurate

  • Try on a few pairs and see what works

What jean cut is in style right now?

It depends on your objectives with jeans, but if you want to ensure you look good now and 10 years from now in your jeans, you should stick to jeans that properly fit your body. This may sound silly or "Well, duh", but most men don't know what this even means. This is a subject that is extensively covered in this article, so keep reading to determine what jean cut is best for you, and don't worry about what's "in style" right now because properly fitting jeans always look good, no matter what the trends are.

Are skinny jeans out for guys right now?

It entirely depends on your body type and measurements. So the answer is: Maybe or maybe not.

The skinny jeans style means different things to different brands, so don't write them off entirely until you understand more about what you're looking for and your body type's measurements. This way you'll be able to correctly answer this question as it differs for all men. Read the rest of this article to figure this out.

What jeans should a 50 year old man wear?

Super easy! Wear jeans that fit your body type and you'll look great no matter your age. This will ensure you don't look like you're trying too hard to trying to dress too young or be something you're not. This is all explained in detail below.

Can men over 30 actually pull off wearing skinny or slim jeans?

Slim jeans, yes. Skinny jeans, no. Read the rest of this article to learn the difference and why it matters.

Do slim fit or skinny jeans look good on guys?

It entirely depends on your body type and measurements. If you have the right body type for them, then they'll look great. If you don't, they wont. Read this article to determine if they'll look good on you or not.

Is it better to get a size bigger or smaller in jeans?

This depends on a few factors, but in the waist, I'd suggest getting a size that is tighter on your waist as you ideally want to be able to wear jeans without a belt. If you buy jeans that fit your waist perfectly without a belt in the store, they'll loosen a bit as you wear them and you'll likely need to wear a belt a few hours after putting them on.

If you're meaning bigger or smaller in regard to how tight they are on your butt, legs, and calves, then that depends on your body type. You don't want super tight or super loose jeans, regardless of your body type.

Straight fit vs Slim fit – Which to try?

The way jeans are cut is one of the most important factors to consider for jeans. However, don't let the name of the style sway you - you want jeans to fit your body type based on specific measurements, not the cut.

The cut or style will only help inform you which direction to go, the measurement details discussed in this article will determine which one you should actually try on.

Is it better for jeans to be tight or loose?

They should be tight in the waist when buying, as they will gradually stretch over time.

As far as being tight or loose elsewhere: You don't want really tight or loose jeans, regardless of your body type. You want jeans that hug your body type properly. T

his article explains how to get the perfect, appropriate fit.

Do jeans get looser or tighter over time?

As you wear denim, they will loosen a bit since the fabric has a little bit of give. When you wash and dry them, they will shrink and tighten up a bit, but they will ultimately return to their looser fit after a few hours of wearing them.

Do men look good in low-rise jeans?

No, they do not, avoid them at all costs unless you're going for a very specific look and really know what you're doing.

Hint: If you're reading this, you aren't at the level to determine this.

What brand of jeans last the longest?

Provided you care for them properly, any brand of jeans will last a long time since the fabric of denim is very robust and can last for years with proper care.

Which is better: Lee, Wrangler or Levis?

They're all good if they fit your body well. Read the rest of this article for how to determine that.

What jeans fit men with big thighs?

Most brands will fit bigger thighs if you know what to look for and how to determine the best jeans to get for your specific attributes.

This is all explained in this article.

Where can I get decent quality but cheap men's jeans?

Lots of stores carry good quality jeans at reasonable prices.

Some of my favorites include Target, H&M, Uniqlo, Topman, Zara, Levi's, Gap, and Banana Republic.

Fit, color, and price, these are the things that you should care about the most.

What do the Levi's numbers (501, 513, etc.) mean?

Levi's jeans use a numbering sequence, beginning with the 501, but the reason for the 501 designation is unclear. Around 1890, Levi's started calling their copper-riveted waist overalls the 501, according to an executive at Levi's. The mystery surrounding the number is largely due to the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 that destroyed many of the company's files. So now, in honor of the original designations, all Levi's fits are denoted by a number: 501, 505, and 511, with each number denoting a cut designed for a specific style.

Which are better - Stretch or 100% cotton jeans?

Jeans that contain some stretch in the fabric are more comfortable since they're more forgiving. But some people prefer the feel of 100% cotton jeans, so it's more of a personal choice. Try both versions and see which you like best.

How do I wash my jeans?

If you're looking to make your jeans last as long as possible, then you should only wash them when they smell or have stains, otherwise turn them inside out and air them out overnight or between wears.

When you need to wash them: Use cold water and a color-preserving detergent and put them on a gentle wash cycle and then only air dry them to preserve the shape and color the longest. If you have the means or are lazy, you can also get them dry-cleaned.

Do I need to wear a belt with my jeans?

Ideally, if they fit well, you don't need a belt. However, denim does stretch a little as you wear it, so you may need a belt, which is totally fine. To alleviate this problem, get jeans that are just a little tight in the waist and they'll relax to fit perfectly.

What's the difference between 'selvedge' and 'raw' denim?

'Selvedge' or 'selvage' refers to the clean and finished edge of denim fabric.

The self-finished edges prevent the fabric from unraveling. The narrow fabric, woven on traditional shuttle looms, results in a higher quality jean compared to stretch fabric jeans – the quality determines the cost of selvedge jeans.

Raw denim refers to denim that is unprocessed, untreated, and not pre-washed. They can also be called dry denim.

Raw jeans are indigo denim made straight off the looms and will develop a unique, personal look to them as you wear and break them in. Most jeans that aren't selvedge or raw will also develop a uniquely personal look as you wear them, so don't think it's only applicable here.

Read the rest of this article for even more details.

Do I need to 'break in' my jeans?

Probably not. This mostly applies to raw and/or selvedge jeans since they are literally "raw" and untreated.

Most jeans in stores are already washed and treated so what you're buying off the rack is technically already "broken in." They may stretch a little and will fade with wear and washing, so if that's what you're meaning by "breaking in", then all jeans will break themselves in as you wear them.

How do I find my size in jeans?

Jeans sizes are based on two measurements: waist circumference, or waist width (W), and length (L) of the leg also known as the inseam. The waist/length ratio is given in inches (in).

For example: a waist size of 32 inches and leg length of 30 inches is a jeans size of 32×30. Some brands also use alpha (alphabetical) sizing: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, etc.

6 Ways Men Wear Jeans Wrong

I see so many guys making the following mistakes, so I want you to be aware of them:

Too Baggy

Overly baggy jeans have an aesthetic that's unflattering, sloppy, and childish.

Basically, they make slim guys look skinnier and big guys look bigger.

Your jeans should fit your body type and be proportional to your build.

Too Tight

The right taper is important but overly tight is just plain wrong.

This makes you look both juvenile and unaware of how to dress well or for your body type.

If you're wearing jeans to work, it also looks unprofessional, regardless of how casual your work environment.

Too Light

Washes that are too light (very light blue or grey/white) or acid-washes are neither
timeless or versatile.

They ultimately make you look like you’re trying too hard to be trendy.

Keep your jeans in a clean, dark wash (color) or one of the other colors listed below.


For 95% of men over the age of 25, distressed or ripped jeans are never a good look.

Like some of the lighter washes, these will make you look like a teenager.

A little distressing or fading is fine, but only if you’re under the age of 25.

Too Long

This looks sloppy and can ruin an otherwise good outfit.

It can make you look really short, which is not flattering at all.

Find the right length and go to a tailor, it’s a simple $5-10 fix.

Saggy Butt

Find the right fit in the seat – proper rise (discussed below), as well as how loose they are in the thigh area is crucial.

You want a trim (but not overly tight) fit.

Want to learn how to look amazing in jeans, specifically for your age, height, body type, and skin tone? Check out my Essential Capsule Wardrobe App.

Anatomy of Jeans

Here are some of the key things to look out for when shopping for your next pair of jeans:


Like all your pants, your jeans should fit perfectly around your waist with no need for a belt to hold them up.

The waist should sit a little lower than suit pants, so anywhere from the mid-to-upper hip area is where the waist of the jeans should be – definitely nothing below that. The goal is to ensure the waist sits where it doesn’t look droopy in the seat.


The rise is the measurement from the crotch seam to the top of the waistband, and the typical range is usually between 7-12 inches (17.75-30.5cm). The pant rise is an important factor as it determines the positioning of your pants on your body, ultimately influencing your perceived waistline.

There are three types of rise:

Thanks to the guys at Primer Magazine for this handy infographic.

Low-Rise Jean
Unlike short and mid-rise jeans, low-rise jeans are not meant to conform to your natural waist but rather sit below it (more toward your hips). This style became popular during the 60s and 70s and has made a recent comeback with Gen Z.

Mid-Rise Jean
This is anywhere from 9-11 inches (23-28cm) and is meant to be worn at your natural waist. This is also called regular-rise or normal rise and is the most common rise you'll find on jeans. Ideally, this is the rise you should be going for.

High-Rise Jean

Typically defined as longer than 10 inches (25.5cm), high-rise jeans are a good option for men who are over 6 feet tall and who want to wear their pants at their waist, rather than at their hips. These can be found at any “big and tall” store or department, but make sure you have enough rise for a comfortable fit as these jeans are impossible to lengthen.


The butt area, AKA the seat, should lightly hug your butt and not be saggy or overly tight. If it feels like you’ll split your pants when you sit or bend down, they’re too tight. If it looks like you’re carrying a full load, you should probably try a different fit, and if that doesn’t work you need to get the upper thighs taken in by a tailor to compensate for the extra room in the seat.


You should be able to pinch a minimum of 0.5 inch (1.25cm) of fabric, but no more than 1 inch (2.5cm) on either side of your thigh. If you can pinch more than that, try a different style of jeans based on your body type (see 'Best Jeans For Your Body Type' section below) or, if possible, go down a size. As a last resort, you can get a tailor to slim the legs to this size, but this’ll be costly.


The knees of your jeans shouldn’t fit too tight but lie comfortably close without feeling like it’s pulling tightly when you walk or bend down. There should definitely be no rips or tears around the knee area.


The “break” of the pant is the fold or fabric crease that forms at the front of your pant leg while you're standing, (just above where the hem meets your shoe).

The image below shows the different types of pants breaks:

As a rule, your jeans should be long enough to have either a full break or a quarter break. These look much sharper and more polished.

If you have the perfect pair of jeans, but they’re too long, get them hemmed by a tailor to the proper length - this is usually no more than a couple of bucks and is totally worth it.

You should avoid jeans with a no break as this is just too short and can't be fixed by a tailor.

Color, Wash & Fading

Color and wash are basically synonymous at this point since they're used interchangeably by brands.

However, for the sake of understanding what it really means, put simply: denim that hasn't been washed is going to be darker in color since the dyes bleed a bit with each wash. So technically, a dark wash means unwashed or washed once. A light wash means... you guessed it, a washed pair of jeans. But in reality just know that when you see dark wash or light wash, it's just talking about how deep and dark the color is:

  • Light wash = lighter colored.

  • Dark wash = dark colored.

4 Essential Jean Colors To Own

The four colors of denim I recommend owning are dark indigo/blue, a medium blue wash, grey, and black. Anything outside of these colors will have very limited-use cases or not be appropriate depending on your age, height, skin tone, or body type. 

Dark Wash (Indigo Blue)

If you own just one pair, dark wash indigo blue is the one to own, so buy these first! It’s the most versatile and can be worn dressed up with something like a blazer and loafers or with everything casual like sneakers and a t-shirt.

If you work in a business casual office, dark indigo jeans are a great alternative to chinos on casual days.

Medium-Wash Blue

Not as versatile as a darker wash, I recommend a lighter medium-blue shade for more casual situations or for wearing during warm weather.

Be careful not to go too light on the wash as the very light shades tend to be a bit too trendy and can veer a bit too adolescent.


While not as important as dark blue jeans, grey jeans can be quite versatile. Stick with a medium to darker grey wash and don’t be afraid to dress them up.

Think of them kind of like a pair of grey chinos in terms of how and where you would wear them.


I love a good pair of black jeans and they’re almost as vital to your wardrobe as dark indigo jeans. They also have a little bit of a rocker vibe to them and look great for nighttime occasions.

You can never go wrong with a pair of black jeans, a white or grey shirt, and a pair of sneakers or boots.

Different Types of Denim

Jeans are always made from denim, which is a cotton twill fabric known for its strength and its ability to withstand regular wear and tear.

However, it's important to understand that there are different types of denim to choose from depending on your personal style and desired level of durability or flexibility.

100% Cotton Denim

This is the original and most common type of denim. It's super durable and versatile and can be softer and more breathable than other types of denim. 

Raw Denim

This is a type of denim that has not undergone any pre-washing or distressing treatments. It is essentially the purest form of denim, in its raw and untreated state.

Raw denim enthusiasts appreciate this type of denim for its ability to develop unique and personalized fading patterns over time, as it adapts to the wearer's body. The absence of pre-washing also means that the fabric tends to be stiffer and requires some breaking in before it becomes more comfortable to wear. 

Selvedge Denim

Selvedge denim refers to a type of denim fabric that is woven on traditional shuttle looms. Unlike modern denim, which is often produced on large, automated machines, selvedge denim is woven slowly and meticulously on narrower looms, resulting in a unique and durable fabric. The term "selvedge" refers to the self-finished edges of the fabric, which are tightly woven and prevent fraying or unraveling.

Selvedge denim is known for its high quality and character, as the slow weaving process creates a tighter, denser weave and a distinct diagonal pattern known as the "selvedge edge." This type of denim is favored by denim enthusiasts and collectors for its authenticity and craftsmanship.

Stretch Denim

Stretch denim is woven with other fabrics to make it more stretchy and comfortable. Some jeans may have two to three percent spandex and others might have polyester blended into them. Stretch denim is known for its ability to retain its shape and provide a fitted look without feeling restrictive and it has become increasingly popular among consumers due to its comfortable and flexible qualities.

A quick thought if you go with spandex blends:

  • Spandex blends, while a little more comfortable and forgiving in the thighs, tend to stretch out and not retain their shape as well as 100% cotton blends.

    • I’ve definitely seen some “poopy pants” as a result of this.

Common Styles or Fits of Jeans

Before going into the details of which jeans you should be wearing, we need to discuss the different styles of jeans (also known as the 'fits' or 'cuts') as you will want to pick the right fit depending on your body type.

Be wary of what the labels say as far as the fit is concerned as there is no universal naming scheme and every brand uses whatever they want in this regard.

Here are the most common styles (in order of slimness):


Skinny jeans are characterized by their tight-fitting and slim-cut design.

These are typically made from stretchy materials such as denim or cotton, allowing them to hug the legs closely from the waist down to the ankles.


Slim-fit jeans are a popular style of jeans that are designed to fit closely to the body (but not as closely as skinny jeans).

These have narrow leg openings and snug fit through the thighs to the ankles.


Straight-fit jeans are designed to have a consistent straight cut from the hips down to the ankles.

Boot Cut

Bootcut jeans are shaped to drape over a pair of cowboy boots and are a mainstay of Western clothing.

They are fitted through the waist and hips and then gradually widen from the knee to the ankle. Only wear these with cowboy boots.


Relaxed-fit jeans have a roomier cut from through the leg and have become a popular choice for Gen Z and streetwear aficionados.

How Men's Jeans Should Fit

  1. Your jeans should fit at your waist without a belt - even slightly too tight is OK as denim stretches with use.* 

  2. The butt area, AKA the seat, should lightly hug your butt and not be overly tight or saggy.*

  3. You should only be able to pinch 1-2 inches (2.5-5cm) of fabric on either side of your thigh. 

  4. You should only be able to pinch 1-2 inches (2.5-5cm) of fabric on either side of the widest part of your calf.

  5. When wearing sneakers, you want them to only have a slight or quarter break (See image below).
    Anything less and it’ll throw your proportions off. If you have bunching (more than a full break) around the ankles, this will have a sloppy appearance and make you look shorter, stockier or unkempt.

*Expensive to tailor so make sure that this area fits well off the rack.

Best Jeans For Your Body Type

Before we get into which cut you should choose, here's a quick note about height: It doesn’t matter.

My clients range in size from 5ft 3in to almost 7ft and I’ve never put them in different jeans because of their height. These are the best jeans for short men, tall men, medium-sized men, and so on. The only thing that matters is your build: slim/regular or larger.

Here's a video I shot about skinny/slim men and jeans.

Skinny, Slim, Short, or Regular Build

You’ll want to get a “Slim” fit. Slim-fit jeans tend to slightly hug the thighs, knees, and calves while tapering down from your knee to your ankle.

A lot of my slim and regular-build clients initially believe this style will make them look too skinny, which couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s just that they’re used to wearing baggier clothes to try and hide their slimness, which, coincidentally, just makes them look slimmer.

A properly fitting pair of jeans just looks right, regardless of your build, and doesn’t make you look one way or another – I promise.

Things to Avoid:

  • Don’t make the mistake of thinking a “Skinny” fit is the same as a “Slim” fit.

    • “Skinny” fit jeans are usually skin-tight and not appropriate. Unfortunately, a lot of brands interchange the name of their cuts, so at least try them on.

  • Avoid "Skinny Fit" jeans. They'll only make you look skinnier than you are - don't do it.

  • Avoid “Straight Fit” jeans. As the name implies, the leg of the pants are looser and will be cut straight down from the knee to the ankle. This cut will look terrible on you.

  • If you can pinch more than 2 inches (5cm) of denim on either side of your thigh and the widest part of your calf, you may need to move down to a slimmer cut or get the legs taken in.

    • If you can avoid it, don’t rush to the tailor. Try a size down first or another brand's slim cut. This is costly for a tailor to do and having too much fabric on your thighs or calf area will make you look smaller, skinnier, or shorter than you are.

Here's a video I shot about bigger/muscular guys and jeans.

Larger or Muscular Build

The classic “Straight-Leg” fit is perfect for you. It's all about balancing your body’s proportions to make sure your bottom half complements your upper half. Straight-legged jeans with a roomier thigh area, which will hopefully solve your frustrations with finding jeans that fit properly.

Things To Watch Out For:

  • Avoid any cut of jeans (all pants in general, for your build) with a taper at the legs. A taper will make you look really top-heavy - like Humpty Dumpty.

  • If you can pinch more than 2 inches (5cm) of fabric on either side of your thigh and the widest part of your calf, you need to move down a size, go to a different cut, try a different brand, or get the legs taken in by a tailor.

    • Having too much fabric on your thighs will make you look wider than you are and completely throw off your proportions.

Want to know how all your clothes should fit you, based on your age, height and body type? Check out my Essential Capsule Wardrobe App.

Best Ways To Pair Jeans With Shoes

There are many combinations of shoes and jeans/denim you can wear, but depending on the shoes, your jeans need to be certain colors and fit certain ways in order to look their best, so let me show you the best ways to wear jeans with High and Low top Sneakers/Trainers, Boots, Chukka Boots, Chelsea Boots, Work Boots, Dress Shoes, Brogues, Monk Straps, Loafers, Penny Loafers and more.

Here's my video about best ways to pair jeans with shoes.

Low-Top Sneakers

Due to the low profile of low-top sneakers, it's really hard to mess this up and they’ll work with almost any cut of jeans.

As for denim colors or styles, unless they’re all-black sneakers, you can pretty much wear any color or style you want.

The one caveat is that if you’re wearing white sneakers and dark indigo jeans, they can stain the tops of the shoes. So soak the pants in cold water for about 30 minutes to get rid of any excess dye that may rub off on the shoes and then spot clean the shoes, as necessary.

High-Top Sneakers

If you’re going to buy high-top shoes and wear them with the hem going past the tops of the shoes, you should just get a low-top pair of sneakers instead. It will literally look the same and low tops are more versatile anyways. I’ll assume you are wearing high-tops because you like the look of them and want to show off the whole shoe.

To do this well, either get your pants hemmed shorter, cut them with scissors for a frayed look to show off the shoes, or simply roll them to just above or below the top of the high tops. Never more than twice, though, otherwise you’ll have a really thick cuff on the bottom and it will look very heavy and throw off your look.

Athletic or Running Shoes

There are two schools of thought when it comes to athletic or running shoes, also called trainers and it depends on how “chunky” the shoes are. If they’re low-profile and sleek, then stick to a similar cut, as you do with low-top sneakers – which means wear any cut of jeans. You can even cuff your pants if you want a sportier look.

If they're chunky, you should be a bigger guy since these will require you to wear straight-cut jeans to fit over the thicker shoes. Otherwise, if you're thinner, your shoes are going to look really big and out of proportion with the rest of your outfit, so I say avoid it altogether unless you're explicitly going for that look.


Dress boots will pair really well with dark-wash or black jeans. Just make sure your jeans have a slight to no break to match the sleeker and more polished dress boots. Wearing dress boots and stacked jeans (lots of folds at the ankles) is like wearing tuxedo shoes with jogger pants – it just doesn’t look good.

Work boots tend to have a chunkier sole and a more casual appearance, so definitely play up the workwear version and wear them with dark wash denim or denim that has some fading. And cuffed or uncuffed, you can wear them any way you want. If you’re going for the super slim fit jean and chunky boot look, get them hemmed or roll them up to be shorter and leave no break. If you want a super vintage look, then try a single, oversized cuff and a more relaxed fit.

Desert and Chukka Boots

Wear your Desert or Chukkas Boots in any color and cut of jeans you prefer and they tend to look best with a slight or no break, depending on the look you’re going for. You can achieve this by cuffing your jeans or getting them hemmed.

Chelsea Boots

Chelsea Boots are not for everyone- if you’re a bigger guy, stick to work boots unless you want to look like Humpty Dumpty with little tiny legs. Chelseas need to be paired with slim jeans to look their best. The color and material of the boots will determine what you should pair them with.

If you’re wearing black leather or suede Chelseas, they’ll look best paired with black or gray slim or skinny jeans. Anything outside of this will be much harder to pull off.

For brown or tan suede Chelseas, especially with a gum sole, go with lighter blue or gray denim, which can also have some distressing.

Dress Shoes -
Oxfords, Derbies, Brogues, Wingtips, Monkstraps

Derbies feature a chunkier profile, so they’re better suited for casual outfits that include denim. Black derbies look great with black or dark blue denim, while brown derbies look great with dark blue or medium blue denim.

For brogues, as a general rule, the sleek, minimally detailed brogues will skew more formal, while chunky, hole-punched ones will skew more casual. The color of the shoes affects which jeans your brogues will or won’t work with, going from black at the formal end and getting gradually lighter towards the casual end will work best. Casual medium brown brogues pair well with indigo or lighter denim while other colors like oxblood and black will look good with black denim. As for cuts, they’ll work for any cut of denim you wear.

You can pull off Oxfords with black or indigo jeans, as long as they’re slim, and either cuffed or hemmed with no break so they’ll feel a little less casual, but still sleek and polished.

Loafers & Penny Loafers

The penny loafers’ low vamp (that’s the section of upper that covers the front of the foot) combined with a wide leg opening can make your feet look weirdly stubby. So opt for jeans that are tapered and cropped or pin-rolled. If you don't have the body to wear jeans with a slight taper, this look isn't for you.

As for colors, I love a medium brown pair that goes well with dark wash indigo but can also be paired with any lighter colors up to white denim. Black penny loafers will look great with gray, black, or indigo denim.

How to Wash, Dry & Care For Your Jeans


If you're looking to make your jeans last as long as possible, then you should only wash them when they smell or have stains. Otherwise, turn them inside out and air them out overnight or between wears.

When you do need to wash them:

  • Turn them inside out

    • This will protect the color and minimize fading

  • Use cold water and a mild color-preserving detergent

    • This will prevent any damage to the fabric.

    • Avoid using harsh detergents or bleach as they can weaken the fibers.

  • Put them on a gentle wash cycle.

    • It is also advisable to wash denim jeans separately or with similar colors to avoid any potential color transfer.

Overwashing can cause the fabric to wear out faster, so it is important to find a balance between cleanliness and preserving the longevity of your jeans. Generally, it is recommended to wash them after every 5-10 wears or until there are visible stains. This helps to maintain their shape, color, and overall quality.


After washing, hang your jeans to air dry or lay them flat to prevent any shrinkage. It is generally best to air dry jeans rather than using a dryer, as this can help maintain their shape, preserve the color, and prevent shrinkage. 


Storing jeans properly is important to maintain their shape and longevity. The best way to store jeans is to fold them neatly and stack them in a drawer or on a shelf. Hanging jeans can cause them to stretch out and lose their shape over time. If you must hang your jeans, use clip hangers to avoid creating creases or marks on the waistband.

Outfit Ideas


White Crewneck T-Shirt
Black Jeans
White Low-Top Sneakers

This outfit could not be easier to throw together. Feel free to swap out the black jeans for a dark blue pair instead and the white t-shirt could always be changed up for a heather gray or navy version. Layer a mid-wash or olive trucker jacket or a navy bomber on top to complete the look if it's not too hot.

These are only some of my favorite ways to put jean outfits together. My app has many more options and details that are specific to your age, height, body type, and skin tone.

Elevated Casual

Blue Oxford Shirt
Dark-Wash Jeans
White Low-Top Sneakers

An Oxford shirt paired with jeans and sneakers has got to be one of the most fool-proof outfit combinations out there for an elevated casual look. The light blue Oxford works really well here, but if you wanted, you could always go for a white version instead. To elevate it further, throw on a blazer or bomber jacket and swap the shoes out for loafers, chukkas, or another boot.

Business Casual

Charcoal Sports Coat
Navy V-Neck Sweater
White Oxford Shirt
Dark-Wash Jeans
Brown Dress Shoes

We've got some expert-level business casual layering going on here. Notice the cut of the jeans here if you're muscular or bigger. This combo works for every body type and would also work if you wanted to remove the sweater, and went with the dress shirt only, just make sure you have a brown belt in a similar shade to the shoes. Speaking of shoes, chukka boots or regular lace-up boots could also work here, but they'd be a little less polished than dress shoes.

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