The problem, though, is variety. There are too many options and the price point varies wildly from brand to brand. Which leads so many guys to go back to the tried and true jeans brand: Levi’s. But man cannot live on 501s alone. So if you’re looking to break free from the Levi monopoly but not break the bank, these six brands will keep your closets stocked with great alternatives.
Where to Buy Mens Jeans
In my opinion, the best places to buy denim are smaller shops that specialize in jeans. Boutiques may not offer as wide of a selection, but you can guarantee that each piece was selected with the consumer in mind. Usually, these stores also stock various types, like selvedge and raw denim. In turn, you’re going to have pieces that are superbly made and a bit more curated than buying directly from, say, a department store.
Vintage stores like Mello & Sons, Grand Street Local, and Stock Vintage also offer a great selection. You might not find that pair you saw on a friend of a friend, but part of the fun is walking out owning something that, presumably, no one else in your office is going to have. Note that any vintage cut is going to vary from its modern equivalent, so be sure to try it on and see for yourself. Some great vintage shops include.
The Best Mens Jeans Under $100
Everlane Classic Straight Jean
Everlane’s transparent pricing and direct-to-consumer model have allowed for the brand to create some great staple pieces at a relatively affordable price point. The Classic Straight Jeans are no exception. These are a classic vintage-style jean that just about any body type can look good in. The denim is a mid-weight denim with a bit of elastane, so it’ll be comfortable and breathable all year round.
Uniqlo Stretch Selvedge Slim-Fit Jeans
If you’re a Japanese denim fan, then you already know it’s nearly impossible to find a pair of selvedge at an affordable price point. One exception is Uniqlo. This dark navy jean is a dressy option that looks great with a blazer as well as a casual jumper. Selvedge has a tendency to be stiff, which is a little off-putting for the uninitiated, but Uniqlo combats this issue by incorporating 2 percent of the denim with Spandex, which adds a little stretch without compromising on style.
Mavi’s Marcus Slim Straight Jean
A jean you can easily transition from work to the bar is a must, and Mavi’s Marcus jean is top of the list for this. With a medium stretch, it’s a great jean for a commuter. Clocking in at 11.25 ounces, it’s not too heavy for your workday, either. The jean itself is a fairly standard slim-straight fit, but the darker rinse elevates it slightly to be a great go-to pair for just about any occasion.
Mott & Bow Slim Oliver Jeans
Mott & Bow’s Oliver jean clocks in as one of the heavier denims on the list at 13 ounces, but the extra weight gives it a nice rigidity that’s perfect for its slim cut. Both the medium-blue and dark blue are equally good staples for your wardrobe, and the cut isn’t too tight in the seat or crotch to be uncomfortable (or unsightly, for that matter).
Abercrombie & Fitch Loose Jeans
There is something about a loose fit jean that’s a bit laissez-faire and that, in itself, is a great look. For that 90s feel, go with Abercrombie’s Loose Jean. Now, I know what you’re thinking – but rest assured, A&F has hit its renaissance and its early 2000s mall-rat popularity shouldn’t be held against it. Opt for a lighter color here to get the full impact of that grunge look and enjoy the no-stretch, 100 percent cotton for ultimate comfort and style.
Flint and Tinder Everyday Stretch Denim – Slim
Flint and Tinder’s aptly named Everyday Stretch Denim has all the comfort needed for a long day while not sacrificing anything in shape or style. Huckberry itself compares these jeans to a performance pant, so it’s safe to say you’re not going to run out of occasions to break these bad boys out. It’s a 13.5 ounce denim blend with cotton, polyester, and elastic, so you’re getting some weight without the rigidity of some other jeans.