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How to choose the right jeans

6 March 2019

You can own piles of the most stylish, on-trend clothing in the world, but if they don’t fit you properly, your entire look is going to be thrown off. When it comes to jeans, the most important thing to get right is to pick the right pair for your body shape. No more trying to fit into something just because it’s on-trend... So, without further ado, here is our simple guide to make sure you’re never compromising your personal style.



Slim build

If you’re slim, you’re going to want to accentuate what you have by flattering your body shape, so pick a skinny or slim fit. Avoid super skinnies as they will make you look smaller than you actually are, and steer clear of looser styles to avoid swamping your body. Balance out the slimmer jeans with a looser knit or sweatshirt to keep everything in proportion. Our top tip? Don’t be afraid to roll up your trousers a couple of turns to help keep everything in proportion and to further flatter your legs.


Athletic build

If you’re on the muscular side, we appreciate that you’re going to want to show off your gym work, but there’s a very fine line that you absolutely do not want to cross. Picking something super skinny is going to do you no favours, so opt for either a normal skinny or a slim fit that has a bit of stretch in it. It also could be a good idea to explore dark blue or black denims for optimum flattery and to help show your hard work off even more. Our best advice? Opt for anything from our Ultra Flex range to keep movement at its peak.



If you’re on the shorter side, there are definitely a couple of easy tricks that can help lengthen your body. A tapered jean is a great option: it will always flatter the wearer and make him appear taller than he actually is, but if you’re unable to find anything that works off the shelf, go for a slim fit pair and either roll them up a couple of times or wear them with Chelsea or brogue boot to create the illusion of a lengthened leg. More often than not, skinnies have the tendency to make you look smaller than you actually are, so it’s best to steer clear of these. If you’re struggling to find anything that fits you perfectly, don’t be afraid to get them altered, either.



Taller gentlemen can often find it hard to pick the right jeans, but again avoiding super light denim is a brilliant way to keep your body (and outfit) in proportion. If you’ve been blessed in the height department, you’re going to want to avoid anything either too slim or too loose – neither of which are going to flatter you. Instead, go for a classic straight leg and make like Ryan Reynolds and roll up the ankle to add a bit of shape to the leg. We’ve got an entire collection of jeans specifically designed for the taller gentleman, so take your pick.



Header image shot exclusively for Next. 

Editor: India Gladstone / Photographer: Ben Harries / Stylist: Kenny Ho / Art director: Karen Davidson / Hair and make-up: Kim Roy at One Represents / Model: O'Shea Robertson at Select Model Management

Other images: Getty. The men in this article are not affiliated with Next or its products in any way.

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