The best jeans for men to wear now and through fall are fashion-forward styles that reflect our newest beloved trends — all while staying comfortable. Thinking about finding a pair of jeans that’ll check all those boxes may sound a bit intimidating, but it’s not, as trendy yet comfortable styles can be found easily both online and in stores now. Summer to fall trends in the best men’s jeans include stone wash, distressed, workwear (think carpenter pants), acid wash, high-rise, colored, black and dark denim.
What’s out? Pleated jeans (really? Ugh, step away from them quickly), extreme low-rise, bell-bottoms and any pair of jeans that are so worn out, the seams are held together with hope, not thread.
How To Shop for Men’s Jeans
The basic rule of thumb when wearing jeans is to find a pair that fits you best. Seriously, if you’re struggling to get into a pair of jeans and hate how they feel on, but only want them because they’re on-trend, news flash bucko: they’re not for you. There are so many style options out now, you can find something that’s worthy of a street style photo op and will make you happy at the same time. Most men’s jeans these days are made with a bit of stretch in them, so, you can find jeans that’ll let you move around and sit down while looking great in them at the same time.
When trying on jeans, don’t forget to sit, bend, stretch and walk around in them. If you have any difficulty doing any of the actions listed, either go up a size or try a different cut.
6 Types of Jeans for Men
There are dozens of denim styles for men to choose from, but let’s drill down the most wearable fits and styles.
The skinny fit is a skintight jean with either a low or mid-rise waist that looks like it’s molded to your body. The slim fit has a narrow cut that skims along the legs. Straight cut jeans are the most common silhouette. Not too loose, or too tight, these jeans can go from office to weekend. Boot cut is a straight leg jean that widens toward the ankle so it can accommodate, yes, you guessed it, boots. Tapered jeans have legs that are cut wider through the thigh and leg, and then narrow towards the hem. The relaxed fit could be called dad jeans, they’re loose cut from waistband to hem.
Now you know what’s what with the best men’s jeans, we’ve done all the heavy lifting and found the best jeans for men to add to your rotation throughout the year. These 12 pairs of jeans vary in color and cut and easily fit into what you’ve already got in your closet. Scroll through the find the best pairs for the fall transition.
1. Levi’s 501 Original Fit Jeans
Chances are that your first pair of jeans were Levi’s. These are the original jeans that are beloved throughout the planet. AKA button fly jeans, they have a regular fit at the thigh, and are cut straight throughout. Made with 100% cotton, they don’t stretch, but like any Levi’s jeans, after wearing them for a bit, they mold themselves to your body. They look stellar both rolled at the cuff and worn straight and if you’re pulling the jean on jean look pictured below, you’re going to rock it. These 501s come in eight shades, too.
2. BDG Solid Black Dad Jean
BEST BLACK JEANS
Black jeans can go just about anywhere. Celebs have even worn them on the red carpet. While we don’t suggest you throw these on for your next black-tie event, we suggest pairing these relaxed-fitting five-pocket jeans with a hoodie or an oversized tee. Feeling fancy? Cuff the jeans, throw on a pair of loafers and a corduroy button-up for your next date night.
3. Levi’s Stay Loose Carpenter Pants
BEST WORKWEAR JEAN
These olive-colored relaxed fit jeans are a great example of the workwear trend. Heck, there’s even a side pocket that fits a hammer or screwdriver if you’re really trying to fit the part. Made of breathable cotton, you can wear them with a classic pair of Chuck Taylors or rolled-up with a handsome pair of boots this fall. They also come white, tan and a really stylish brownish-red number.
4. ASOS Design High Waisted Jeans in Vintage Wash Blue
The 90’s high-waisted jeans are back. But, how high is high? The waistline on most high-waisted jeans will hit a bit above the navel. Done in a mid-wash blue, these jeans have the same width from waist to hem. They’re great with a graphic tee, your favorite college crewneck or an open flannel with a white tee underneath. We suggest you get these a little shorter than you would regularly, they look pretty cool as high-waters.
5. Urban Renewal Vintage Levi’s 501 Bleach Busted Knee Jean
These gorgeously-crafted bleach-treated 501 Levi’s have us completely floored. Although we already featured this exact jean in our top spot, Urban Renewal took our favorite look to a whole new level by creating bleached spotting, ripped knee openings and an intended cut-off bottom. They’re a classic relaxed fit jean and come in small, medium and large, which is a bit odd for jeans, but we’re not complaining. Each pair of jeans is bleached differently, so we can’t promise they’ll look exactly as pictured, but that’s part of the fun. They’ll truly be one of a kind.
6. Linksoul Colored Denim Jeans
It’s always a good idea to switch up blue jeans for denim in other hues. Colored jeans can go places where a “basic jean” can’t. Style ‘em up with a belt, and your good to go. While these Linksoul jeans aren’t the most colorful in their approach, they’re a stretchy non-blue option that also comes in three other shades. If you toss on a jean jacket with them, no one will accuse you of wearing a Canadian Tuxedo. But also, come the hell on, Canadian Tuxedos are stylish and we all know it.
7. DKShin AW Selvedge Jeans in Tom Ripe
NFL running back Andre Williams first started in footwear and then created this premium denim company. All of the jeans in his line are made from high-quality Japanese selvedge. What is selvedge, you ask? Well, it’s denim made on a loom, and the resulting product is a tightly woven and narrow jean. These button-fly cotton jeans are also unsanforized so expect about a 10% shrinkage after their first wash. The dark wash and timeless five-pocket style transcend trends. Whether you wear them today or 10 years later, they’ll always look on-point.
8. Travis Matthew Legacy Jeans
BEST GRAY JEANS
Boasting a stretch waistband, these gray jeans were designed for comfort. They’re cut like a classic five-pocket jean and made from a lightweight cotton blend. They’re definitely a bit more moveable than your go-to pair, which is pretty cool if you need to do a bit of walking in these. Wondering how to dress them? They’ll look equally handsome tied with a bomber jacket for a night out on the town or even a blazer when you’re feeling a bit more formal. The Legacy jeans also come in black, charcoal and indigo blue.
9. Everlane Athletic 4-Way Stretch Organic Jean
While these are only slightly tapered at the leg, we love these jeans from Everlane for their organic qualities and their massive ability to stretch when need be. The brand’s denim factory recycles 98% of its water using reverse osmosis filtration which is amazing, and the jean itself is made from 94% organic cotton. The stretch will have you asking how the hell these are jeans, but the look and style will never have you asking questions. They’re comfortable, great for the environment and look amazing with any tee, sweatshirt or button-up shirt.
10. ASOS Design Skinny Jeans in Pink
Pretty in pink doesn’t only have to be a movie, nor does the color solely have to exist on the bodies of women. Slide these killer pink jeans on and see what we’re talking about. They are a bit skinnier in style but still give all the room you need to conquer your day and stay comfortable. These jeans look great with lighter colors up top — a cream, oversized tee is probably our go-to, but a cut-off band tee will also look pretty fitting on warmer days.
11. BDG Extreme Destructed Skinny Jean
Come on, you can’t hate on a good-looking pair of ripped jeans — they’re stylish as all hell. Show off some skin with these destructed skinny jeans that rip well above your knees. The wash is pretty light but looks good paired with any casual tee or flannel shirt. Wear these with your favorite beat-up sneaks to complete the somewhat damaged look and strut the streets like you paid $70 for a pair of jeans that look like they’re already falling apart, but, fashionably.
12. Levi’s Western Boot Cut Fit Jeans
BEST BOOT CUT JEANS
Designed to accommodate cowboy boots, these Levi’s have cool touches like ergonomically shaped pockets, a double inseam, and a reversed yoke that’ll highlight your butt. That alone could make them the best jeans for men. Who doesn’t want to look like they’re rocking a dump truck? They’re made from cotton and have the ability to stretch as far as the eye can see. If this color ain’t your style, you can also buy them in the lighter wash.