As a man, choosing the right pair of jeans can be a nightmare. While most women are quite content to spend hours deliberating over which pair of jeans to buy, a majority of men prefer to adopt the express approach to shopping.
With so many styles and cuts to choose from, here are a few tips to bear in mind that will help you on your way to finding the right pair of jeans, in record time.
Setting a realistic, yet slightly flexible, budget is the best place to start when shopping for a new pair of jeans. After all, there’s little point looking at high end, designer brands if you simply can’t afford them.
It may be tempting to try and save as much money as possible, but quality should figure into your budget equation too. A new pair of jeans, however, certainly need not cost the earth. Brands such as G-Star jeans, for example, offer a stylish and cost effective solution to your shopping conundrum.
While you should stick to your self-proposed budget, it’s important to leave a little wiggle room, in case you happen to stumble across the perfect pair and they are a smidgen more costly.
When and where will you be wearing them?
We tend to spend a lot of time wearing jeans and, as such, they must, first and foremost, be comfortable. It’s imperative to bear this in mind.
The style and cut of the jeans that you are considering purchasing is dependent largely on where and when you are going to be wearing them. If you always wear suits to work, for example, jeans are likely to be your relaxation trousers of choice, which means that a loose fit will be best. Meanwhile, if you work in a creative industry, where the dress code is increasingly lax, you may want to make an impression and as such plump for a more fitted and stylish cut.
Once you’ve answered these important questions, it’s essential to try and replicate real world scenarios, whether you’re purchasing your jeans online or in store. If you always carry a wallet and phone in your pockets, put these items into the pockets of your new jeans and ensure that they are still comfortable.
There are a whole host of options when it comes to choosing the fit of your new jeans, and there’s a propensity to get lost in the jargon.
Unless you’re a fashion aficionado, picking a classic fit is the easiest solution to cutting your shopping time in half. Narrow your choices down to three pairs and go with either a straight leg or boot cut style. These styles are timeless and as such are suitable for almost any body type.
If you are of a slight build, you may want to go for a pair of dark coloured, skinny jeans. These too are a classic style fit, for the more slightly built man.
As with choosing a fit, there are an infinite range of colours and the choice essentially boils down to your own personal preference.
The one piece of advice that we would offer is that going along with the current trend of brightly coloured jeans does reduce your style options. Bright colours may look great with some T-shirts or shirts, but they certainly won’t go with everything.
If you’re looking for a pair of jeans that are versatile, go with a traditional light blue or dark blue colour; they may not be as striking as a brightly coloured pair, but it increases your wardrobe options.