April 22, 2024

Styles For Men

Boldness and Elegance, Timeless Men's Style

The 6 Best Men’s Jeans of 2024

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A great pair of jeans can be the foundation of an outfit: Though the jeans themselves may not draw attention, they will elevate whatever else you wear, whether it’s a white T-shirt on the weekend or a cashmere sweater for date night.

Get jeans wrong—too baggy, overly distressed—and they’re all anyone will notice (for all the wrong reasons).

After conducting interviews with experts and testing with a panel of diverse bodies, we’ve narrowed our list to four terrific pairs that are both comfortable and good-looking.

For those interested in raw denim (which is stiff and untreated), I also tested and found three hard-wearing and stylish pairs, one of which costs under $100.

To evaluate the quality, fit, and comfort of a wide variety of jeans, I researched hundreds of models online, and I tested 30 in person (I wear a size 31 waist by 30 length).

I also assembled a panel of diverse and stylish men to test the jeans, including Neil Berrett, co-founder of Standard & Strange (who wears a size 34 waist by 32 length); Wirecutter’s Thorin Klosowski (who wears jeans in a size 29 waist by 30 length); Chubstr founding editor Bruce Sturgell (who wears a size 44 waist by 30 length); and This Fits blogger Aliotsy Andrianarivo (who wears a size 33 waist by 28 length).

Together we selected a well-loved and comfy pair of slim jeans with a classic American vibe, a stretchier pair of denim jeans in the widest variety of sizes, a flattering pair of straight slim jeans affordable enough to stock up on, and (my personal favorite) a heavyweight pair of jeans with a button fly. I also tested selvedge jeans, and landed on two favorites.

A stretchier pair of jeans with more size options (left, Bonobos Premium Stretch Denim Jeans) and a high-quality pair of everyday slim jeans (right, Levi’s Premium 511 Slim Jeans). Photo: Rozette Rago

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