Blue jeans are the type of trousers that you can find in every man’s closets. What is so wonderful about blue jeans is that they can be dressed down or dressed up. In fact, you can wear them practically anywhere, short of a black tie event.
However, jeans have come a long way from their origin almost a century and a half ago.
Table of Contents
- History of Jeans
- Blue Jeans Chart for Men
- Types of Blue Jeans For Men
- Blue Jeans for Five Primary Body Types of Men
History of Jeans
Jeans are pants made from denim cloth. The apparel was first introduced by Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis in 1873 and has passed the test of time. Jeans are named after the city of Genoa in Italy, where a sturdy cotton corduroy fiber, called jeane was manufactured.
In 1851, Levi Strauss came to New York from Germany to join his brother and help him in running the family dry goods business. In 1853, he moved to San Francisco to set up the Western Branch of his family business, which also included selling cotton cloth. There, he met Jacob W. Davis, a tailor who made functional items like horse blankets, tents and wagon covers.
In 1871, one of Davis’ customers asked him to make a pair of pants that could withstand rough and hard work. Davis bought the denim cloth from Levi Strauss & Co and reinforced it with copper rivets on the flies and pockets, calling it “blue jeans.” Davis later decided to patent them and wrote to Levi Strauss. They became partners and opened up a big denim factory. And hence, jeans were born.
For the past 150 years, jeans first became a symbol for the working class, then a symbol of counterculture and defiance, and now a fashion statement. Jeans have also evolved from the standard blue-collar worker-issued apparel and now come in dozens of styles. Jeans also comes in a wide variety of colors, though blue still remains the preferred shade.
Here is a small chart to show you some of the more popular choices for jeans. In this article, we will cover the jeans shown below and others that have become a staple
Blue Jeans Chart for Men
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Types of Blue Jeans For Men
Nowadays, there are so many different styles of jeans, it often leaves men confused about which ones they should buy. Below are a few styles that you can go for.
Regular Fit Jeans
This classic jeans style flows down in a straight line from the hip to the thigh. Regular fit jeans are mid-rise and have a large leg opening. These jeans are often worn by men who are not too slim but not too thick either.
Slim Fit Jeans
A lot of men are confused about slim fit jeans and mix them up with skinny jeans. Not too tight and not too loose, slim fit jeans were designed keeping in mind men with slender body frames. This type of jeans taper as they flow down the leg but have more space around the thigh area. They offer both comfort and style to skinny men on whom classic jeans look too baggy. However, this style is now adopted by men of all body types. Slim fit jeans often go hand in hand with slim fit shirt or T-shirts.
Skinny Blue Jeans
Unlike the slim fit jeans, skinny jeans are tight from the waist all the way to the ankles. Often times, synthetic material is mixed with denim to make it more stretchable, easier to wear and give the person more mobility.
Skinny jeans are worn as a style statement; they highlight the legs and make them look longer, so men who are slim or short should give these a try. However, those with thick body frames should avoid them as they can be too tight for them.
Loose Fit Jeans
These jeans have a very relaxed and baggy fit, which offers your legs a lot of breathing space. Loose jeans provide a lot of space in the thigh and buttocks area, offering maximum comfort. These jeans are best suited for men who have big thighs or large body frames. One of their biggest selling point is that they do not cling to your upper legs or make you sweat, which can lead to itchy rashes.
These days, loose fit jeans are the preferred garment in the hip hop culture.
Tapered Fit Jeans
Tapered fit jeans are quite relaxed and comfortable around the thigh and butt area but are tapered towards the ankle. They are a good choice for men who have a bigger waist and thighs, as well as for those men who are not comfortable trying out slim fit or skinny fit jeans. Right now, tapered jeans are enjoying their time in the spotlight.
Low Rise Jeans
The rise of any jeans is measured by the distance between its waist and crotch area. On regular pants, the rise is 12 inches. However, on low rise jeans, it is just 8 inches and for some radical versions, just 3-4 inches. Low rise jeans are usually buttoned up several inches below the navel or on the hipbone. They are usually worn by those who have a skinny frame and are considered one of the coolest clothes these days.
Acid washed jeans, stonewashed jeans or faded jeans became extremely popular during the mid-80s to the mid-90s. These jeans are treated with pumice stones, potassium permanganate or an array of other chemical to achieve the faded, worn look. This technique can be applied to all types of jeans style and hence remains very popular.
Distressed Blue Jeans
Distressed jeans, also called ripped jeans, were invented by designers looking to expand the horizon of jeans, when it comes to its styles. These jeans are subjected to a technique called sanding, where sand is blasted on the fabric, resulting in rips and holes on the denim. This tattered look is the epitome of casual and cool, which gained prominence in the grunge, cultural punk era of the 1970s. They are still extremely popular today.
Ripped and Repaired Jeans
Taking the ripped look to the next level, are the ripped and repaired jeans. These jeans are distressed denims in which the tears have been partially patched up in some ways. Most designers use denim patches in contrasting colors to completely fill the holes. Like distressed jeans, this style is also quite popular.
Cuffed Blue Jeans
As the name indicates, cuffed jeans have rolled up cuffs on the hem of the jeans. These are a raging trend these days; however, it was a necessity in the 19th century, when Levi Strauss first created the pants. Early wearers of the classic jeans would get their trousers one or two sizes bigger to compensate for the time it would shrink. Meanwhile, they would roll up the ends of their overlong jeans, never knowing this would become a trend over a century later.
Boot Cut Jeans
Boot cut jeans are considered the ideal balance between a straight and slim cut pair of jeans. The jeans flow in a straight line to the knees but the circumference widens around the ankle area. As the name suggests, this was done to accommodate high top boots. They are also great for men who have thin body frames with slightly heavier thighs.
These jeans are longer and stop a few inches below the ankle, causing them to bunch up or stack above your shoes. Once, these were seen as a lazy and sloppy look but now, the music industry has made it a fashion statement. This style works best with slim fit jeans or any jeans that taper from the knees down.
Blue Jeans for Five Primary Body Types of Men
A person with an Ectomorph body type has a light build, lean muscles and small joints. They are typically taller but can also be short. Men who are ectomorphs should wear straight-cut jeans with a low rise. They should avoid skinny or tight fitting jeans as they can make him look even skinnier.
This type of body is characterized by large bone structure and large muscles. Mesomorphs have a naturally athletic built and can easily lose or gain weight. They should go for slim fit or straight cut jeans with a low waist.
This type of body is larger than ectomorphs but smaller than mesomorphs. They have average height with moderate muscles. These men should also opt for straight and slim, low-riding jeans.
This type of body typically has a stocky built with heavy fat and muscle mass. These men gain weight easily and have trouble cutting down fat. Endomorphs who are tall should avoid low-rise pants and should go with wider cut leg pants that easily fit over their quads. They should also try some athletic cut pants. For shorter endomorphs, slightly slimming jeans are a good choice. Avoid loose jeans as they can make them look thicker.
Although smaller than pure endomorph, this body type is larger than mesomorph. Men with this body type are of average or slightly below average height with big muscles. Men who have a combination of the two body types should try wearing relaxed and slim cut jeans without stretch.
The above suggestions in the article are not set in stone. They are merely observations on what style of jeans look good on what body type. However, every person has his own preference and comfort zone. You should take into account your own personal style and then narrow down some styles of jeans for yourself. You’ll also have to factor in your unique body shape as an ill-fitting pair of jeans can make anyone look frumpy.
As you can see, the world of jeans is intricate and multi-layered. It takes a lot of research and some trial and errors before you can find the right pair of jeans for you. However, once you have found that perfect pair, you’ll be ready to tackle any trend.