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As the temperatures lower, it’s a good time to take stock of your fall essentials — and that includes denim. Whether you’re looking for something casual to pair with your button-downs, retro sneakers and a baseball cap, or you want to slip on something nice for the evening, a proper pair of jeans can pull more than one look together.
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Denim trends are always in a constant state of flux. Last year, it was all about a relaxed fit. Then straight leg jeans made a return. Now, the look appears to be to go for something slim and maybe a little high rise. This is all to say that there’s no such thing as a wrong pair of jeans. It just comes down to personal preference.
So, here’s a distilled list of the best men’s jeans to wear this fall (including many labels frequently seen on Hollywood’s leading men), with a nod to fresh looks, quality materials and sustainable production practices.
1. Taylor Stitch The Slim Jean in Rinsed Organic Selvage
Available in a variety or washes, Taylor Stitch’s Slim selvage jeans are made with the utmost care. The indigo dye used is entirely natural, so it seeps into the jeans exactly as required, and will naturally fade over time. Meanwhile, the cotton is selected meticulously, and the fit is slim and comfortable without being too skinny. They’re jeans that will definitely need some breaking in, but Taylor Stitch pairs will last for a long time. (Hollywood-loved “gangsta gardener” Ron Finley has worn the brand.)
Taylor Stitch The Slim Jean in Rinsed Organic Selvage
2. Madewell Relaxed Tapered Jeans: Ripped Edition
For a slightly lived-in (but not too grunge) look, Madewell’s relaxed tapered jeans are an effortless option. You’ll be in good company, as Bradley Cooper, Chris Pratt, Liam Hemsworth and Leo DiCaprio have worn the brand, and rising star Lukas Gage recently starred in the label’s When the Fit Hits campaign. (Madewell’s Insiders event is offering 25 to 50 percent off for a limited time, too.)
3. Everlane Selvedge Slim Jean
Everlane’s Selvedge Slim Jean looks fairly standard. It sits comfortably at the waist, and features just enough elasticity to be immediately comfortable. The appeal, though, is in its sustainability. Everlane’s factory recycles 98 percent of its water and also reduces carbon emissions by 80 percent. (Jamie Dornan recently wore the “radically transparent” brand.)
4. Buck Mason Light Wash Japanese Selvedge Full Saddle Jean
Buck Mason’s Full Saddle jeans have a high-rise fit that’s straight through the leg, which lends a charmingly retro look — especially with the slightly lighter wash. Buck Mason says they’re reinforced at “stress points,” so they’re designed to last.
5. Levi’s 501 Original Fit Jeans
What else did you expect? The Levi’s 501 Original Fit jeans are a timeless classic that has been worn by no shortage of leading Hollywood men, including Ryan Gosling, Ben Affleck, Justin Timberlake and many other stars.) Durable, clean and reasonably priced, this silhouette is among of the best fall denim for men and women who want an effortless fit. There are color and inseam/waist options abound these days, too.
6. Frame L’Homme Skinny Denim Jean
Frame’s L’Homme Skinny jeans are best-sellers for a reason. Available in nearly a dozen shades and washes, this pair is made of medium-stretch denim with a soft feel, resulting in a fit that’s flattering and comfortable. (Fun fact: Willem Dafoe and Matt Dillon have both starred in the brand’s campaigns.)
7. Warp + Weft AMS Black Slim Jeans
There’s always room for a classic pair of black jeans. Sustainable brand Warp + Weft’s AMS slim jeans can settle into your fall wardrobe with ease. It’s an environmentally friendly buy, as it’s made using 98 percent recycled water.
Warp and Weft AMS Slim Jean
8. Kenzo Bara Slim Fit Jeans
A slim fit, mid-rise style, Kenzo’s Bara jeans keep it simple. The fit is both classic and versatile, easy to add to any outfit style.
Kenzo Bara Slim Fit Jeans
9. DL 1961 Cooper Tapered Jeans
Though the world seems to be into straight-leg jeans at the moment, there’s always space for a nice tapered fit. Premium denim label DL 1961’s Cooper jeans do that well, with a sleek look perfect for athletic lads.
DL 1961 Cooper Tapered Jean
10. Outerknown S.E.A. Jeans Local Straight Fit
Founded by pro surfer Kelly Slater, Outerknown’s model emphasizes sustainability, drawing most of its fibers from recycled or landfill materials. The brand’s best-selling S.E.A. jeans are no different, sourced from waste and pieced together with an emphasis on fair trade practices. And they’re cool, too, with a retro wash and old-fashioned trim.
11. Wrangler Wrancher Dress Jean
Wrangler makes some of the best jeans for men who want a light nod to westernwear without looking too “yee-haw.” The brand’s wrinkle-resistant Wrancher Dress Jean comes in a range of colors and sizes, and the front pleat adds a dressier look.
Wrangler Wrancher Dress Jean
12. Rag & Bone Fit 2 Ecru Slim Jeans
Not everyone is into white jeans. But when they work, they’re a properly good fit. Rag & Bone’s Fit 2 slim jeans in this ecru light natural colorway are well worth a go. The stretchiness makes them easy to pop on, especially if you’ve got the confidence to rock them.
Rag & Bone Fit 2 Ecru Slim Jeans
13. Scotch & Soda Ralston Premium Organic Cotton Jeans
For a relaxed fit that makes a statement, opt for Scotch & Soda’s Ralston organic cotton jeans. Featuring a regular slim silhouette with a loose style, this pair features cool distressed accents, embroidery and printing that makes them stand out from the crowd.
Scotch & Soda Ralston Premium Organic Cotton Jeans
14. Acne Studios 2021M Bootcut Distressed Organic Jeans
If you want the Y2K aesthetic without going full JNCO, Hollywood stylist-loved brand Acne Studios’ 2021M bootcut distressed organic jeans are the perfect fit. They boast a low-crotch, relaxed style that flares out just below the knee, and the distressed finish makes them look like they’ve been your closet staple for years.