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Jeans for Men

The Complete Beginner's Guide to Jeans for Men.

Men's Jeans are that essential wardrobe pick when the desire for comfort equals the desire to look great. Like any pair of dress pants or chinos, you're going to come across a wide variety of explanations as to how high or low the waist or inseam is and how the pantleg is cut or what the material is made of, and all of this seems a bit daunting when you intended to go out and get a good pair of jeans, not a lecture. Well, this article will help you go directly into the Lands' End online catalog, get what you need, and get out with plenty of time for the other tasks you've been meaning to hop on.

Straight fit vs. Relaxed fit – which should I try first?

The way jeans are cut is one of the most important features for what you want your jeans to do and how you want them to fit. Do you like pants that fit the form of your legs without getting too tight or do you prefer pants that fit squarely and avoid tightness altogether?

  • Straight fit: This will sit low on the waist, run straight along hip and thigh, and will remain straight down to the ankles. These are your prim and proper jeans, the ones you wear to casual functions and the ones that go with you to see friends and family.
  • Relaxed fit: This will sit low at the waist, run relaxed along hip and thigh, and from your calf to ankle there's a slight taper to keep you feeling, well, relaxed. If you're moving around or playing bean bag toss, these are great for those lounge-about days.

While both Straight fit and Relaxed fit can serve you well on your days off from chinos, you ought to try out both since they're two essential items for your closet. Start off with what seems right for you.

What does comfort waist mean?

Comfort waist is flexible to your shape. We all know what it's like on New Year's Day when we promise to ourselves: "By Spring I'll be ready to wear those pants again, no doubt about it." Seeing as that's lost time with our favorite jeans or chinos, Lands' End uses two elastic side tabs on both sides of the waist that allow for you to stay comfortable even if you fluctuate a few pounds. It's also great when you're tucking in a shirt so that you don't get that tight squeeze around your hips. Sound like your perfect fit? Check out our comfort waist jeans.

Do I want stretch or 100% cotton jeans?

Stretch jeans are great for those who need an extra pep in their step when the fit is a bit tighter. Slim fit jeans will have that added stretch. 100% cotton is for those who are looking for those great classic jeans. These are the original jeans, the way they used to make them, but Lands' End made an effort to make them today. For you.

How do I wash my jeans?

The answer to that age-old question involves a handful of careful tips to consider:

  • You don't have to wash your jeans after each use like you do with a tee shirt. Denim is a high-quality fabric that can handle a few good uses before requiring the help of a washing machine.
  • When your jeans are ready for washing, use a cold, delicate cycle. Hot water can shrink those jeans over time, so it's a good habit to machine-wash cold.
  • Avoid bleach at all costs as it will take some of that precious color away.
  • If there is a stain, spot clean it with a clean rag and liquid detergent; rub it in, then hand wash what remains with cold water. If that was the only reason you wanted to wash them, then you saved yourself a load of laundry.
  • Similar to hot water, a dryer is your jeans' worst enemy. Take them out of the washer, shake them a few times and hang on a drying rack.
  • Bonus tip: when they've dried, fold them in with the back pockets out, and once more at the knees. Too many folds means too many factors. They'll look extra nice when you wear them next.

Do I need to wear a belt?

Yes. You should always wear a belt. That said, you're free to do what you want because you know what you like better than anybody else.

Can guys over 30 wear slim fit jeans?

The short answer: yes. The long answer is more of a rant about age being "just a number." Nobody is going to walk up to you and shame you into wearing what your birth certificate assumes you should be wearing. You also won't be judged for wearing some good looking slim fit jeans. Now if you're uncomfortable wearing them, that's nothing against you, that's why we're proud of our options. But if you're eyeing a sharp looking pair of slim fit jeans that are just your size, then seize the moment. They're yours.