How To Buy The Perfect Pair Of Jeans

Jeans, just like any other pair of trousers, should fit properly. That means tackling three key areas: length, width and rise.

1 | Length is too often neglected in favour of waist. Are you really a 32in leg or have you just assumed it? Whatever your leg length, try the next size down. There’s no definitive rule, but buying jeans that sit no lower than an inch over your shoe will make your legs look longer and your jeans smarter.

"Get your jeans shortened or create a turn-up if they’re too long. There’s nothing worse than the hem dragging on the floor – sure to ruin any outfit."
 – Mithun Ramanandi, Menswear Buyer, Selfridges

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2 | Leave skinny to one side and focus on slim, tapered and straight fits. Slim is good for people with slim legs (duh), tapered provides a neat finish and room to move, while straight is a great everyman fit.

“It sounds obvious but buying the right width of jean for your leg shape is vital. Don’t assume you need the widest ­– or slimmest – leg possible. They should fit closely but not appear ‘sprayed on’.”
– John Studley, OiPolloi.com:

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3 | The ‘rise’ is the distance between the bottom of the crotch and your waistband. You’ll find jeans with a low, mid or high rise, each one affecting where they’ll sit on your body when the jeans are put on.

“The rise is fundamental to fit and drastically affects how your jeans look. Low rise, for instance, is great for people with a bit of a paunch. Try different styles and see what works.”
– Ben Andrew, Menswear Buyer, Liberty:

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