Mens Styling Hack: What to look for in a jean
Denim jeans are the men’s ultimate go-to for every occasion, at every season. You can wear them casually with a tee or smarter with a blazer. But with so many different styles, it can get a little overwhelming. That’s why we give you here 5 things you need to look for when on you’re on the hunt for the perfect jean.
1. Find your fit
While women may have to think about their body shape and which part they want to hide or accentuate, men have it pretty easy – they can look good in almost any denim fit. There’s just one rule to remember: avoid jeans that are too baggy or too long. For a modern look that you can easily dress up or down, go for a tailored cut with a slim fit through the thigh and the leg opening.
2. Feel the fabric
Denim crafted from premium quality cotton is KEY to ensure your jean lasts the test of time. A hint of elasticity is also a (very) good idea to stay comfortable all day long. Look for a cotton blend with 1 or 2% of elastane for the perfect amount of stretch that won’t make the jean lose its shape.
3. Pick a wash
Let’s get this straight – there’s no right or wrong denim colour, it all depends on which look you want to achieve. If you’re after a more casual vibe, choose a lighter wash with a vintage feel. Style with a printed tee for a laid-back yet on-trend look, perfect for a relaxed weekend. But if you want (or need) to look sharp, a darker wash is the way to go. Team a clean indigo jean with a crisp shirt for a smart casual look that will take you from dress-down Friday at the office to late night Saturday in the city.
4. Check the details
ALWAYS check the details. To you, many jeans might look the same, but details are everything. Watch out for that branded metal hardware or that extra pocket. Reinforced seams in the inner leg with a tripe needle stitch are also essential for durable wear.
5. Make it last
We get it – buying a new jean is a long-term commitment. So the last thing you want is having the relationship ruined for improper care. To make sure it lasts, don’t wash your jeans too often and remember to use cold water if you do – it will prevent your denim from fading and shrinking (and it saves you energy money too!). Also avoid putting your jeans in the dryer – simply hang them outside instead.
Bonus tip: Pick our pick
If you like our Baltic Slim Fit Chino, you’ll love Johnny, the denim jeanius. Cut from durable cotton with the right amount of stretch, our slim fitting, five-pocket jean is the year-round essential your wardrobe is missing.