Mastering Men's Jeans – How to Find the Perfect Pair

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We've reached an "almost everything goes" point in fashion, especially when it comes to jeans. No matter where you go, it looks that the men's jeans section is full of jeans in every color, size, and style. If shopping is not number one on your list of great ways to spend an afternoon, here are some tips to help you weed through the

  • Style: When you're shopping for jeans, think about what kind of style you want. If you're purchasing a pair of jeans for all occasions, you may want to stay away from anything to flashy. This means stay away from pockets that are embellished, jeans that are ripped or have other cosmetic designs like paint, stripes, or different bold color stitching. You also want to steer clear of styles that are over trendy. For example, for a pair of multipurpose jeans you do not want to buy something like a bell bottom, and please stay away from tapered jeans at all costs.
  • Color / Wash: Choose a color that flattered you body and can be worn with many pieces from your wardrobe. Dark or med-dark blue is a great color because it goes well with practically all shirts and shoes. Darker wash jeans are also great because they can easily be transferred from casual to classy with a few simple changes to the rest of your outfit. By day, a dark pair of jeans with a track jacket and tennis shoes looks great. As the night progresses, you can keep the same pair of jeans and match it with a button down shirt and a pair of brown or black shoes, for a great going out attire.
  • Width: To look great in a pair of jeans and to really get your money's worth; you need to buy a pair that fits well. This means as much as you'd love to run in, grab a pair of jeans, and run back out; you'll really need to try them on. When you try them on, be sure to walk around and sit down to make sure they are comfortable and fit well. Your goal is to find something that fits right right around the hips. Well fitting jeans will not be tight around your stomach, crotch, or backside. It's also important to make sure they are not to lose. You do not want to be able to take them off without unzipping or unbuttoning.
  • Length: It's also important to pay careful attention to the length of the jeans. Ultimately, your jeans should fall at the top of your shoe. If a pair of jeans is just the right length at the store, you may want to go up one size length wise. When you wash jeans, they usually shrink a little. While normal wear will help to stretch them back out width wise, once your jeans shrink length wise, there is little hope in restoring them to their original fit. Buying jeans a little longer will help prevent your jeans from turning into an expensive pair of high-waters. If possible, choose jeans that are pre-shrunk to help minimize the loss of length.

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