April 24, 2024

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12 Best Jeans For Men 2023

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There are few items of clothing as versatile as a great pair of jeans. Practical enough to be worn everyday, the best jeans for men are classic, comfortable and stylish. If you’re ready to refresh your wardrobe, we talked to stylists and menswear experts to find the pairs that consistently top their lists. Here, we’re sharing all of their recommendations, including Todd Snyder’s Slim Fit Stretch Jean, a crowd favorite that’s classic, rugged, extremely comfortable and built to last.

But, there are several more that are worth a browse. For an affordable option, Levi’s is the reliable favorite; the 511 jeans cost just $70 (or less) on Amazon. If you’re looking for a stretchy pair you can dress up or down, you can’t go wrong with Bonobos’s Premium 4-Way Stretch Jeans, which come in dark washes and look equally great with a button-down or your favorite T-shirt. We rounded up a slew of different cuts, washes and fits to help you find the best jeans for your style, so read on for all our expert-recommended picks.

MOST POPULAR

Waist sizes: 28 to 40 | Inseam lengths: 30 to 34 | Leg opening: 14 inches | Style: Slim | Colors: 4 total, including Indigo and Granite | Material: 85.5% cotton, 13.5% polyester, 1% elastane

For all around perfect jeans, Todd Snyder is the way to go, says Turner Allen, founder and lead stylist of Style Turner. “Its robust denim selection features lots of different washes and fits to suit almost anyone’s preferences, from novice to expert.” This particular jean features a modern, flattering slim fit with the comfort of stretch. It also comes in four washes, from a dressier indigo rinse to a weekend-friendly destroyed wash.

What’s notable:

  • Modern slim fit
  • Stretchy feel
  • Available in light and dark washes

What could be better:

  • Some customers say sizing is inconsistent between washes


Waist sizes: 28 to 46 | Inseam lengths: 28 to 36 | Style: Slim | Colors: 12 total, including Jet Black and Dark Ink | Material: 57% cotton, 21% modal, 17% polyester, 5% elastane

This versatile jean has a zip fly and five-pocket styling. It comes in five fits—slim, tailored, straight, athletic and slim taper—so you’re likely to find one that works for you. “The slim style has a slim straight leg and is extremely flattering on a guy with a more narrow frame,” says Megan Collins, founder of the men’s styling agency Style Girlfriend. “While blue is the most popular, it comes in other go-with-everything colorways.”

What’s notable:

  • Variety of fits to choose from
  • Wide range of washes to pick from
  • Ultra-soft and stretchy

What could be better:

  • Multiple customers say these jeans have a strong smell
  • Material is prone to shrinking in the dryer

Waist sizes: 25 to 42 | Inseam lengths: 27 to 36| Leg opening: 14.5 inces | Style: Slim | Colors: 63 total, including Blue Stone and Meteorite | Material: 79% cotton, 20% polyester, 1% Lycra elastane

Having a pair of Levi’s as part of your denim collection is kind of a necessity, especially given that denim jeans were invented by Levi Strauss himself in 1873. While the straight-leg 501s are a classic, these 511s are a slimmer mid-rise. These have just a hint of stretch, which offers give and allows for movement but won’t compromise structure after hours of wear. At such a budget-friendly price, you may just need to scoop up a few different washes.

What’s notable:

  • Dozens of washes to pick from
  • Classic, dependable brand
  • Available in big and tall sizes

What could be better:

  • Denim breakdown varies from wash to wash
  • Some customers say sizing is inconsistent between washes

Waist sizes: 28 to 44 | Inseam length: 34 | Leg opening: 15 inches | Style: Slim straight | Colors: 5 total, including Tule River and Midlands | Material: 96% cotton, 4% polyurethane

Los Angeles-based AG Jeans was founded in 2000 and has become a brand leader in sustainable manufacturing processes. If you’re looking for men’s jeans in a variety of washes, the Everett style from AG Jeans is consistently top-rated. It’s a mid-rise and has a smidge of extra room from hip to knee for comfort, so it’s a perfect weekend jean.

What’s notable:

  • Denim has all-direction stretch
  • Faded details for a worn-in look
  • Relaxed, comfortable fit

What could be better:

  • Smaller and larger sizes tend to sell out quickly

Waist sizes: 28 to 44 | Inseam lengths: 28 to 34 | Leg opening: 13.5 inches | Style: Slim | Colors: 2 total, including Bainhart and Leeward | Material: 75% cotton, 23% poly, 2% elastane

Madewell’s denim is hard-wearing and made to last without costing a fortune. This fitted-through-the-hip-and-thigh style is a standout, constructed from the brand’s “Everyday Flex” denim, which has a soft, moves-with-you feel. These particular jeans also feature Madewell’s Coolmax technology, which means they’re especially good at wicking away moisture and regulating temperature.

What’s notable:

  • Coolmax fibers wick away moisture
  • Muscle-friendly fit
  • Denim has a hint of stretch

What could be better:

  • Only two washes to pick from

Naked & Famous 11Oz Stretch Selvedge Jeans

Waist sizes: 28 to 38 | Inseam lengths: 32.5 | Leg opening: 14.25 inches | Style: Tapered leg | Colors: Indigo | Material: 98% cotton, 2% polyurethane

Canadian brand Naked & Famous is a cult-favorite for when you want rugged construction along with streamlined style. Its “Easy Guy” silhouette features a high rise, fitting loosely throughout the thigh before tapering sharply down to the ankle. “This is a go-to for almost all of my personal styling clients because it’s light enough to feel comfortable every day, yet hearty enough to withstand years of consistent wear and tear,” says Allen. “I also love the dark—slightly grey-toned—wash that these jeans come in.” The rope-dyed Japanese selvedge denim contains 2% polyurethane, which means it has good stretch recovery and won’t ever look rumpled.

What’s notable:

  • High-quality selvedge denim
  • Good stretch recovery
  • Cool contrast stitching

What could be better:

  • Only available in one wash
  • Not a lot of customer reviews on Amazon

DUER Performance Denim Slim

Waist sizes: 28 to 40 | Inseam lengths: 30 to 34 | Style: Slim | Colors: 7 total including Aged Gray and Tidal | Material: 70% cotton, 28% Coolmax polyester, 2% Lycra spandex

Originally launched in 2015, Vancouver-based lifestyle brand DUER creates denim from plant-based or recycled fibers. This technical pair is supremely stretchy yet still maintains a heritage denim appearance—meaning, it doesn’t look thin and the fabric is resilient. It’s also moisture-wicking and is treated with silver ions to help neutralize odor, so you could ride your bike to work in these and go straight into a board meeting.

What’s notable:

  • Over 4,000 5-star customer ratings on DUER’s website
  • Wide range of washes to pick from
  • Made of sustainable materials

What could be better:

  • Some customers feel the denim quality could be better

Waist sizes: 28 to 40 | Inseam lengths: 30 to 34 | Style: Relaxed | Colors: 3 total, including Dark Indigo and Black | Material: 94% cotton, 2% elastane, 4% other fiber

Everlane’s denim is beloved for its simplicity and quality. These jeans have lots of stretch through the warp and weft—the two types of yarn that are woven to create denim—for comfy range of motion. If you like a relaxed fit, these are the jeans that pair nicely with your favorite sweatshirt and sneakers.

What’s notable:

  • Backed by a 365-day guarantee
  • Four-way stretch denim
  • Made with organic cotton

What could be better:

  • Customers say the actual fit is slimmer than advertised

Waist sizes: 28 to 38 | Inseam lengths: 30 to 34 | Leg opening: 12.3 inches | Style: Skinny | Colors: 3 total, including Three Year and Deep Lake | Material: Cotton, elastane

Using J.Crew’s signature “Stretch On Demand” technology, these skinny jeans offer just enough give without feeling thin or flimsy. They have a zipper fly, traditional five-pocket styling and a narrow, tapered leg. There are three washes available: light, medium and dark. Pair them with simple tees, crewneck sweaters, blazers and more.

What’s notable:

  • Skinny, tapered leg
  • Sustainably sourced cotton
  • Denim has a hint of stretch

What could be better:

  • Only three washes to pick from
  • J.Crew website doesn’t break down fabric content

A.P.C. Petit New Standard Jeans

Waist sizes: 26 to 36 | Inseam length: 33 | Leg opening: 14 inches | Style: Slim | Colors: Indigo | Material: 100% cotton

French brand A.P.C. has been renowned for creating effortlessly cool, minimalist styles since 1987, and this jean has been popular since the brand’s inception. “The A.P.C. Petit Standard is an easy-to-wear fit that’s never going to go out of style,” Collins says. This selvedge pair’s low-key sophistication makes it an excellent choice for the office as well as any happy hours you may be attending after work. The tailored, dark indigo denim will be stiff at first, but will break in beautifully over time.

What’s notable:

  • High-quality selvedge denim
  • Timeless, versatile style
  • Cool contrast stitching

What could be better:

  • Only available in one wash
  • They have to be broken in over several wears

Waist sizes: 26 to 44 | Inseam lengths: 28 to 36 | Leg opening: 7.4 inches | Style: Slim | Colors: True Black | Material: 43% cotton, 29% Tencel lyocell, 13% polyester, 13% Tencel modal, 2% elastane

Banana Republic’s denim just keeps getting better and better since the brand recently reimagined itself with a focus on modern menswear. The best-selling Luxe Traveler Black Jean is cut from lightweight denim with the right amount of stretch to retain its shape and allow for easy movement. They’re brushed for softness so they feel comfortable from the first wear, and the black color is rich and saturated.

What’s notable:

  • Variety of fits to choose from
  • Wide range of washes to pick from
  • Ultra-soft and stretchy

What could be better:

  • Several customers say these jeans run long compared to other Banana Republic pants

USA-Made

Waist sizes: 30 to 40 | Inseam lengths: 34 | Leg opening: 15 inches | Style: Slim | Colors: Blue | Material: 95% cotton, 5% polyurethane

Tom Ford jeans have everything you could want in denim: They’re well-tailored, cut from high-quality selvedge, fashionable and comfortable to wear. This pair is mid-rise with a button fly and relaxed slim fit that you’ll get a lot of mileage out of. In fact, if you consider the cost-per-wear, the price doesn’t sting quite so much.

What’s notable:

  • High-quality selvedge denim
  • Made in the US
  • Pre-faded for a worn-in look

What could be better:

  • Only available in one wash
  • Expensive

Why Trust Forbes Vetted

The Forbes Vetted Team has researched and published dozens of fashion stories; author Molly Calhoun is a regular contributor with extensive experience covering men’s clothing and accessories. To gain more insight into what makes a pair of jeans truly stand out, we also enlisted two experts: Sydney-based stylist Josephine Eve and Los Angeles-based stylist Alison Deyette shared their top jean shopping tips from finding your ideal leg shape to selecting the right type of denim. We also tapped into our team’s internal expertise—deputy fashion editor Kari Molvar, who oversees the publishing of this piece, holds a certificate in fashion styling from the Business of Fashion.

This story is regularly edited for accuracy and was last updated in December 2023. During its most recent update, fashion writer Claire Epting added the J.Crew 250 Skinny-Fit Stretch as the best men’s skinny jeans.


How We Chose The Best Men’s Jeans

To help you make the right purchase, we researched best-selling men’s jeans and looked at specific features like comfort, fit, style, stretch and quality of the denim. We also read dozens of reviews from customers who have actually worn the jeans themselves in order to find potential pros and cons of each pick. To ensure your jeans will last over time, we prioritized brands with an expertise in menswear and those that have an excellent reputation in the denim market, in particular. Finally, we made sure our final selections were affordable across a range of budgets.

The author of this piece, Molly Calhoun, also gathered denim recommendations from Turner Allen, founder and lead stylist of Style Turner, as well as Megan Collins, founder of the men’s styling agency Style Girlfriend. Since every body type is unique, this denim guide is geared toward different fits, from athletic to straight-leg. You’ll also find styles for different occasions, whether you’re looking for a pair to wear to work or more casually on the weekends.


What To Consider When Shopping For Men’s Jeans

While many jeans may look similar at first glance, they vary greatly in price, material, style and fit. Here, find our experts’ advice on what look for when you’re figuring out which pair to invest in.

Style

There are many styles of jeans out there—from skinny to tapered to straight to a more relaxed fit. Determining which one is right for you will always depend on how your legs are shaped and how you want to look. In general, fashion stylist Josephine Eve recommends the popular slim fit. “In my opinion, it’s the most flattering and suits a variety of body shapes,” says Eve. If you need a roomier fit, regular or relaxed fit will give you an inch or two of room in the thighs and calves. If you’re really athletic or a larger man, that extra room comes in handy and may even be form-fitting on your body. But the general rule holds: When in doubt, go with slim, at least to start.

Denim Type

If you want a pair of rigid, sturdy jeans that break in over time, opt for denim that consists of 100% cotton fibers. But if you want your jeans to have a little give, look for stretch denim, which is a mix of cotton and spandex, polyurethane or elastane. In addition, jeans that are blended with polyester or modal won’t feel as stiff as traditional cotton jeans; they tend to feel softer and have great stretch recovery.

Selvedge denim—which has self-finished edges that prevent it from unraveling—is a particularly high-quality option that holds up for years. It is, however, more expensive and less pliable than the aforementioned options. “Selvedge is something that you introduce to someone who’s really almost a denim connoisseur and has a bit of a denim wardrobe already,” says Alison Deyette, style expert and TV and digital host.

Price

Jeans range wildly in price, but whether you spend $30 or $300 (or more) is almost always determined by the quality of the denim. Deyette says you should think of a good pair of jeans as a small investment in looking great. “I call it the cost per wear ratio,” she says. “Most men are wearing jeans on a regular basis, so I break it down: You buy a pair of jeans. It should last in your wardrobe for 5-plus years if you haven’t changed size. So if you just spent $185 on these jeans, and [consider] the amount of times [you’ll be] wearing them, it becomes pretty cheap to wear them once you break it out by several years.”


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