While jeans may seem like a fail-safe wardrobe staple, the reality is far from it. Men can go wrong with their denim choices in myriad ways, and most are committing at least one fashion faux pas every day. Luckily, these mistakes are easily correctable, and we’re here to point out the most prevalent errors we see in men’s jeans fashion, along with what they should be doing instead. One of them can be that men love to splurge on expensive jeans but then fall into the trap of equating high prices with superior quality when it comes to clothing. They believe pricey jeans must offer better construction and materials, leading to a better fit and longevity. However, this is different, as some brands inflate prices based on social status rather than actual improvements in manufacturing or design. So, men must learn to identify quality in style and fit, regardless of the price tag.  

One of the most common mistakes men make when choosing jeans is getting the fit wrong at the ankles; nothing worse than jeans becoming ankle biters or opting for jeans with excessively long trouser legs that result in an unflattering bunching of denim material above the shoes, creating a bulky and dishevelled appearance. So how can it be avoided? Consider reading what the leg length is on the label, getting the ideal size, which is, of course, the jeans should have fallen at a slight graze at the top of the shoe, typically starting at the ankle bones and for you, shorter guys that struggle to get the right length then can benefit from having their jeans shortened and a to achieve a more polished and finished look. 

Let’s talk about colour and why men overlook the importance of considering the wash of their jeans, which refers to the colour and tone of the denim. Light-wash jeans are characterised by lighter, brighter blue hues, sometimes resembling white, while dark-wash jeans feature deeper navy tones, often verging towards grey or black. While older men are often advised to steer clear of light-wash jeans due to their youthful and trendy appeal, individuals of all ages should avoid wearing light washes in the evening as they can appear overly casual and out of place, even at relaxed gatherings. 

Then there’s the state of your jeans. At the same time, light distressing can add a touch of character to jeans; men should be cautious about opting for jeans with too much disturbing, like excessive fraying, rips, tears, and resin-set wrinkles can give jeans a juvenile look, making the wearer appear out of touch with current styles or as if they are trying too hard to maintain that younger look, really if you’re you’re over the age of 28 should steer clear of heavily distressed denim, personal style and preferences ultimately play a significant role in determining what is suitable.

So do you know your jeans styles? Some of the most flattering jean styles include straight leg, which maintain a straight line from hips to cuffs. Straight taper: Slightly narrows from knee to ankle. Slim straight: Slimmer from waist to knee, straight from knee to cuff. Slim taper: Narrow leg with slight taper from knee to ankle. Bootcut: Flares at the hem to accommodate more extensive footwear. Relaxed straight: Wider legs with straight lines. Relaxed taper: Sometimes called athletic fit, offering extra space in legs above the knee. Wide leg: Baggy fit for a bold fashion statement. Lastly, do you need a belt? However, the reliance on a belt is not obligatory. 

Men’s trousers should fit snugly enough to stay in place without the need for a belt, emphasising that it’s not mandatory for every jeans-based ensemble. Belts, while functional, can visually divide the body and shorten the wearer’s appearance, particularly with casual jeans. Therefore, skipping the belt can often be the best choice for achieving a balanced, streamlined look.  

There you have it; happy hunting, guys!