How to: Buy Jeans
In recent years, jeans have become acceptable attire just about anywhere—even at the office. But with this freedom comes great responsibility. Please be judicious with your denim and observe the following rules:
1: Don’t buy jeans that are too baggy.
This rule applies to all body types. Even if you’re heavy-set, buy jeans in your size that are cut close to your body. Buying too big to camouflage your rounder areas only adds bulk. If you’re trim, choose a slim fitting or boot-cut pair of jeans that are tailored to show off your physique and avoid jeans that sag in the seat. It should go without saying that underwear should never show above your waistband.
2: Go dark for the office.
On casual Friday, choose a uniform dark wash with a slim or straight fit to pair with a shirt and jacket, sans tie. Avoid lighter denim as well as frayed hems, rips and fading, which look too laid back for the office. Buying a pair of jeans with a small amount of lycra content will prevent sagging, keeping your denim polished and professional for the entire work day.
3: Pay attention to cut.
The right pair of jeans should balance out your proportions. For instance, if you’re a bigger guy, steer clear of styles that are too tapered or slim because they create the ice cream cone effect—everything above the narrow hem appears bigger than it actually is. Instead opt for a boot-cut jean (a jean that is slightly flared at the bottom). The wider leg opening balances your torso and lengthens your leg, making it the perfect choice for short guys as well. If you’re not big on the idea of a flare, try a classic straight leg (falls straight down from the hip). Guys that are lean all over should wear slim fit jeans in lieu of a cut with more generous proportions.
4: Don’t ignore the rise.
Low-rise jeans are popular right now and they are great for guys with shorter torsos because they give the illusion of length. Just beware the low horizon line in the back. Medium-rise jeans are a safe bet for a flattering look on most body types.
5: Beware of whiskers.
A slight whiskering (lines running horizontally along the crotch area of your jeans to give the appearance of perfectly worked-in denim), can make your jeans look like a comfortable second skin, but avoid over-the-top whiskers that look like you had an accident with bleach. Not only is it tacky, but prominent whiskering also leads the eye horizontally across your body, giving the illusion of a wider load. RC