A modern man needs a good pair of jeans: plain and simple. The best pairs of jeans convey a multitude of messages — they hint at a modern man with ample style, of course, but also at a gentleman with a relaxed, casual approach to life. A man who doesn’t take himself too seriously; a man who can have fun; a modern man with chic taste and the capacity for adventure.
We know what you’re thinking: it’s impossible for a simple pair of jeans to convey all that. But that’s where we come in — because we’ve curated a selection of the very best pairs of jeans around for modern men. Whichever message you’re hoping to convey, when it comes to your character, personality and tastes: chances are at least one of these pairs of jeans will help you transmit it to the world.
The best pairs of jeans for a classic modern man
We know: a ‘classic modern man’ sounds like an anomaly. But it’s possible to be a modern man in every contemporary sense — a man thriving in our digital, increasingly liberal world — and be a traditionalist at heart: in which case, a pair of classic blue denim jeans are the jeans for you.
Ralph Lauren’s Sullivan jeans are neat, trim and allow for ample freedom of movement, having been woven from stretch cotton. Asket’s Stone Washed Denim pair are the ‘bread and butter’ of your wardrobe essentials, with a no-frills wash that’ll help the jeans mold with time. Orslow’s 107 jeans have a somewhat boxy initial appearance, but don’t be deceived; they’re as slim-fitting as the best of them, and the contrast topstitching gives them a rakish charm.
Ralph Lauren Sullivan Jean
Asket Washed Denim Jeans
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Orslow 107 Denim Jeans
The best pairs of jeans for a suave modern man
When it comes to suavity, darker colours are best. Black clothing hints at a certain level of debonair chic — in fact, they’re evocative of evening drinks, nighttime dalliances and glittering events. And, while we wouldn’t advise wearing a pair of jeans to a glittering evening event, we would certainly advise opting for a pair of black jeans if you consider yourself to be a suave modern man.
Asket’s ‘Stay Black’ jeans are aptly named — they’re long-lasting in both colour and comfort. The selvedge stretch-denim that comprises Tom Ford’s offering, meanwhile, was woven from vintage shuttle looms in Japan, which is what gives these jeans their ‘self-finished’ appearance; and the ever-reliable Ralph Lauren uses a saturated black dye, when it comes to its black Sullivan pair, to reduce fading.
Asket Black Denim Jeans
Tom Ford Selvedge Jeans
Ralph Lauren Black Sullivan Jeans
The best pairs of jeans for a subtle modern man
Or, perhaps, you’re looking for a more discreet pair of jeans that’ll blend in with your ensemble and add the perfect finishing touch to a modest aesthetic. If you’re a man of subtlety; a man who prioritises calm and tranquillity in both his style ensembles and his everyday life, then we’ve got just the jeans for you.
Fortela’s white Selvedge jeans have five pockets, together with a tapered leg for a distinctly dapper appearance (subtlety and debonair charm aren’t mutually exclusive, gents). Ralph Lauren’s slim-fit pair may be dazzling, but they are — like the very best jeans — both elegant and comfortable, and will pair themselves perfectly with camel tones this autumn. Brunello Cucinelli, meanwhile, offers a pair of slim-fitting denim jeans in ecru: for any modern men who don’t feel they’re quite ready for a pair of bright white jeans just yet.
Fortela John Selvedge Jeans
Ralph Lauren White Sullivan Jeans
Brunello Cucinelli Ecru Denim Jeans
The best pairs of jeans for a creative modern man
If you’re more of a creative sort of chap — possibly someone with an aptitude for artistic endeavours, or simply someone who likes to push the boat out a little when it comes to style aesthetics — then a splash of colour is the denim-paved road for you. Within reason, of course — autumn has well and truly arrived, and you’ll want to keep it seasonal — but there are plenty of autumnal colours to decorate your wardrobe for the next few months.
Ralph Lauren strikes again, with a Wine variation on its trusty Sullivan range. Loro Piana, meanwhile, proffers a pair of slim-fit brown stretch-denim jeans: with a dark-brown wash and a soft handle, they boast both a smart (and autumnal) aesthetic and a relaxed fit. Finally, Tom Ford’s petrol-hued pair is crafted from premium denim; and the logo-embossed suede patch at the back is the cherry on top of the denim-clad cake.
Ralph Lauren Wine Sullivan Jeans
Loro Piana Slim-Fit Jeans
Tom Ford Slim-Fit Jeans
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