9 Types of Jeans for Men to Experiment With This Year

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For years skinny fit or slim fit jeans have been the go-to jeans fit for most men. I think these styles still look great and they’ll likely still play a major part in most men’s wardrobes.

But recently many different types of jeans for men have started to become popular. We are seeing more and more people choose straight-leg jeans, wide-fitting jeans, and even the odd pair of flares. It’s hard not to be tempted by some of these more adventurous fits after years of slim-fit dominance.

If this brave new world of opportunity has inspired you to try some different types of jeans, then this article contains all you need to know about each fit.


Straight Leg Jeans

Straight-leg jeans (also called regular fit) are exactly what they sound like. These jeans fit straight from the hips all the way down to the ankle without any taper. They typically have a mid-rise waist. These jeans are probably what your dad wears, but that doesn’t mean they’re stuffy. They are also a good entry into experimenting with wider fits if you’ve spent the last ten jeans squeezing into skinny jeans.

Slim Fit

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Slim-fit jeans have been insanely popular over the last decade or so. It’s likely that at least one pair of jeans in your closet are slim-fit jeans. These jeans fit close to the body from your hips all the way down to your leg. But there is always some room between your legs and the denim. They also end to taper slightly at your ankle. The material of these jeans may have some stretch for comfort, but they don’t stretch around your skin.

Slim Straight

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Slim straight jeans are a type of slim-fit jeans. These jeans stay straight from the knee to the ankle instead of tapering like regular slim-fit jeans. This gives them a slightly wider look than skinny jeans that taper.

Skinny Fit

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Skinny jeans are the rebellious sibling of slim jeans. They fit tight around your legs from the hips all the way down to the ankle. To achieve this effect they typically have plenty of stretch for maximum impact. The tightest fitting skinny jeans may also be known as stretch-skinny jeans.

Athletic-Fit Skinny Jeans

These are skinny jeans designed for guys who don’t skip leg day. They are still tight and stretch, but they are designed with room around the thighs and quads so people with big legs can still get the skinny fit look.


Wide-leg jeans

Wide-leg jeans are exactly what they sound like. These jeans are spacious and roomy all the way from the hips to the ankle. They come in various shapes and sizes, from ones that are a little wider than straight jeans to ones that are extremely wide. You can turn the hem up so it falls a little above the ankle to keep some shape in the jeans, or just let them fall over your shoes.


Bootcut jeans have a slight flare at the hem, designed to allow them to fit over (you guessed it) pairs of chunky boots. These jeans are sometimes called cowboy cut, so are presumably popular with cowboy types in the U.S. But this type of jeans was also incredibly popular in the early noughties, especially versions with a low-rise waist. They are slowly seeing a return to the shops as people look to experiment with non-slim and skinny fits.

Flared Jeans

Flare Jeans

Flared jeans are the funkier cousin of bootcut jeans. While bootcut jeans have a slight widening at the hem to let them fit over your boots, flared have an extreme widening for no purpose other than looking fresh. These jeans are typically tight or slim around the hips and down to the knee which further accentuates the flares around the hem. These jeans will forever be remembered as a relic from the 70s, but it’s possible for extremely fashion-forward people to rock them successfully.

Carrot Fit Jeans

Carrot fit jeans are a pretty niche cut where the jeans start off wide and then taper aggressively towards the ankle. The result of this is that they give your legs the shape of a carrot. These jeans had a brief heyday around 2010 (at least in the U.K.) and pretty much haven’t been seen since.

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Duncan Elder

Duncan is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Boardwalk. He's a menswear writer who has spent the last 15 years developing his own sense of style, which lies at the cross-section of mid-noughties indie and Uniqlo-inspired minimalism.

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