Death, taxes and denim jeans. These are surely the three certainties in any person’s life, although the latter is probably even more likely to be the case for the male of the species.
As we are now officially in ‘Autumn’, it’s time to scrap the shorts and invest in this season’s must have denims in the right shape, colour and label.
Buying jeans can be a minefield. How many times have you seen someone mocked for his ripped and skinny jeans or seen a friend fall into the ‘Jeremy Clarkson’ trap of having far too wide a cut or ‘Simon Cowell’s’ high waisted disaster?
Indeed, you might worry about how skinny jeans look on a gentleman of a certain age or whether your turn-ups show a little too much ankle.
Denim jeans which will surely suit anyone looking to make a sharp impression or even simply as a gift for a loved one’s birthday or a special occasion.
Because that is the beauty, and indeed the certainty, of men’s jeans. Get it right and you have got a brand for life. They will never go out of style. Until you can’t do them up anymore, that is.
Tommy Hilfiger Bleecker Slim Jeans
When you think of men’s jeans, the name Tommy is never too far away in your thoughts too. Tommy Hilfiger, to be precise, is a brand synonymous with style and comfort.
In this case, the Bleecker Slim Fit ticks so many boxes. The cut is perfect to ensure a seamless transition between leg and foot, without any extra material flapping around or getting in the way.
This model comes in a variety of washes and is manufactured using advanced stretch technology for extra comfort, whatever your size.
To top it off, the Bleecker is made from independently certified recycled cotton and will be sure to last you years if you take care of it.
Replay Straight Fit Hyperflex Re-used Grover Jeans
Now, most designer labels are going out of their way to be eco-friendly in the manufacturing of their jeans these days but Replay have taken it to another level with its Grover jeans.
The polyester is made from recycled bottles, as well as the use of recycled denim and organic cotton.
So, this really is the option for the environmentally-conscious shopper. And it actually makes for a really nice fit.
These are straight cut jeans, so expect a little space around the ankle but they also look great rolled up too. A bit pricey at £150 for a less established brand but it is a strong showing from Replay with this pair.
Paul Smith Tapered Jeans
The first thing to say here is do not hang around. You don’t often get a pair of Paul Smith men’s jeans going for £75 and at that price, they are the most affordable on my list.
Reduced from double that figure, inevitably that means some sizes are no longer available but these come cut to sit a little lower on the hip and with a bit of space around the thigh.
They make for a comfortable pair of jeans to wear when lounging around at home, as well as out and about.
Paul Smith is a top tier brand in menswear and, while there are better jeans available on the market, not many come with such an appealing price tag.
H&M Freefit Slim Jeans
For something a little thriftier, H&M are a reliable high street brand where you know you are going to get good value for money.
These jeans fit like a glove, while still giving your legs plenty of room to breathe.
In dark blue denim, this five-pocket pair are made using Lycra Freefit technology and it really does show that comfort doesn’t need to come at an eye-watering cost if you decide to go with these.
A snip at just shy of £40, you could do a lot worse than to consider H&M if you are working towards a budget.
Edwin Slim Tapered Jeans
Edwin is not a brand that is a household name in the UK yet but perhaps it ought to be based on the quality of this special Japanese stretched pair of men’s jeans.
They are not only made with Japanese cloth but, in this case, actually made in Japan itself so you can guarantee the quality will be made to last.
Complete with an easy fly zipper, rather than more fiddly button holes, there is little to complain about when it comes to comfort either.
At £180, you wonder whether the extra cost can be justified but one wear is enough to demonstrate you are getting your money’s worth. High quality denim and a top class item of clothing.
It would have been too easy to recommend 501s – we have all owned a pair at one time or another (girls too) and we all know how durable and reliable they are.
The 512 offers a slightly closer tapered cut than its more well-established 501.
In addition, this model comes with strong and resistant denim, enhanced for durability. As usual, Levi’s should be anyone’s first port of call for a sturdy pair of jeans and the 512 does not disappoint if you are looking for something a little more style-conscious than the classic 501 cut.
Ted Baker TAYOO
Surprisingly, given Ted Baker’s stature in the fashion world, this is a very good pair of jeans at an even better price when you consider the quality of the product.
The first thing you will notice when you try on this luxurious item is the softness of the denim, which lends itself to the classy dark navy rinse.
It may not be too everybody’s taste but this pair of men’s jeans will work just as well if you are popping into town as if you were wearing them for a smart casual event.
At under £100, these are well worth considering if you are looking for something that can be worn for every occasion.