Denim Jeans for Men: A Guide

There are a few simple pleasures a man has in life: his family, his morning coffee, and his first quality pair of denim jeans. Seriously though, there is nothing more reliable than a well-fitted, high-quality pair of denim. Having a go-to pair in your arsenal is crucial to your style.

Denim jeans have stood the test of time, and for good reason. They’re versatile, rugged, and, when worn with the right outfit, incredibly sharp. In this guide to denim jeans, I’ll walk you through what washes you should be wearing, what clothes you should wear denim with, how to take care of your denim, and we’ll wrap with a few outfit examples you can wear home with you. Ready? 

The Wash

Left to Right: Light, Mid, Dark, Grey, Black

The wash of your denim refers to its level of darkness — the amount of dye remaining — and its base dye color. After denim is dyed, it goes through a washing process to give it the desired fade — light, medium, or dark. If you’ve owned a pair of denim jeans for some time, you’ll notice that it gets lighter each time you wash it. This is why you should only wash your dark denim sparingly if you want to keep that rich, dark color. When it comes to the base dye color of the denim, there are two popular choices: indigo and black dye.

Indigo Dye and its Washes (Light/Mid/Dark)

Out of the two main dye colors, indigo is the more popular of the two. With an indigo-dyed pair of denim jeans, you will come across three main washes: light, mid, and dark. Each wash goes through a standard washing process. While it’s a very technical process, the best summary of it is that the more washing denim jeans go through, the lighter they turn out. 

Black Dye and its Washes

When you look at black- and grey-wash denim, it’s really not that different from dark- and mid-wash denim. The only difference between black-dyed denim and indigo-dyed denim is, you guessed it, the dye used in the process. 

Styling Denim Jeans

Denim is typically worn in more casual settings, though there are a few instances where putting on a pair of solid, dark jeans or a jacket is a great way to stand out. 

Casual

Washes: Mid and Light Indigo, Grey

Pairings: T-shirts, Henleys, Polos, Button-down shirts

Smart Casual

Washes: Dark Indigo, Black, and Grey

Pairings: T-shirts, Button-down shirts, Blazer

Check out our guide to Smart Casual.

Business Casual

Washes: Dark and Mid Indigo, Black

Pairings: Button-down shirts, Dress shirts, Blazer

Check out our guide to Business Casual.

Taking care of denim jeans

Before I launch into our denim care guide tips, the most important thing you can do is read the care label. For help, here is a quick diagram on what some of the most common symbols mean:

Courtesy: Burton

(In order: 40 degree single bar, Do not use bleach, One dot tumble dry, 3 dot iron, Do not dry clean)

The General Rules:

  • Turn inside out pre-wash
    • Most dye on denim is present on the outside, so turning your denim jeans inside out will prevent fading.
  • Don’t overload your washer
    • Denim is a heavy fabric, which can reduce the effectiveness of the washing process when loaded with too many other clothes. 
  • Wash before you wear (for darker denim)
    • Dark indigo or black denim may rub off on your legs, so it’s best to let the washer get rid of any excess dye before you wear your jeans. 
  • Hang dry
    • Dryers can shrink your denim as well as aid the fading process. By hang drying your denim, you can avoid unnecessary wear and tear. 

Check out our full clothing care guide for men.

All things considered, you can’t go wrong wearing a nice pair of denim jeans. They’re considered one of the most versatile pieces of clothing for a reason. Having a couple of different washes in your wardrobe will give you a great variety to choose from and get you one step closer to the perfect outfit for any occasion.

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Chino Pants: Khaki Edition

Khaki chino pants have become a menswear staple. Chinos started out as attire for military troops in the 1800s has grown into an article of clothing that comes in many sizes, colors, and even fabrics. They’re so versatile, in fact, that many menswear brands have offered a “performance” version made from fabrics normally reserved for gym attire. 

In this guide, we’re going to dive deeper into what makes our chinos different and provide some deeper insight into how you should be wearing them. We’ll cover how they should fit, what colors you should wear with them, what you should pair them with, and lastly what activities they’re suited for.

On fit:

Waist

The waist of your chinos should be a snug, but flexible fit. Our chinos are made with 3% Elastane, which gives them enough stretch for you to comfortably move around.

Rise

Our chinos have a low rise, which allows them to sit lower on your waist. This gives them a more casual look that gives you the flexibility to dress them up or down.  

Thighs

When it comes to the thigh-area of your pants, the fit should be tight enough to hug your thighs without be restrictive. A good test for this is to, while wearing your pants, pinch the fabric and see how much is excess. Typically, an inch of excess fabric is a happy middle ground for a slim cut. 

Legs

The legs of your chinos should follow the same rules as the thighs — they should hug your calves without being restrictive. A slim cut chino, like ours, will pass the pinch test around the thickest part of your lower leg. 

On colors:

White

Khaki and white are a classic color combination you can’t go wrong with. 

Navy

Pairing navy with khaki is a good way to remain neutral without being too bland. 

Olive Green

Olive green and khaki is a great color combination for the fall season. The richness of the green works well with khaki to give you a warmer look overall.

Burgundy

If you want to spice things up in your outfit, burgundy is a great color with a rich tone that, along with khaki, gives you a warm, calming presence.

Black

Black is a classic color to wear khaki with when you’re going after darker tones. Make sure you balance it out with a lighter colored accessory, however. A good way to do this is a light colored jacket or pair of shoes.

On pairings:

Elevated Casual

Since chinos are pants that instantly elevate any clothing item, wearing khaki chino pants with a t-shirt can be a great way to elevate your weekend look. Whether you’re running errands, taking a walk in the park, or meeting up with friends and colleagues for brunch, wearing a khaki pair of chinos will give you the responsible look you’re going for. 

Smart Casual

A great way to wear khaki chino pants in a smart casual way is by adding a blazer on top of a solid color t-shirt or a bomber over an oxford button-down.

For more info on wearing smart casual, check out our post here: Smart Casual for Men: A Guide

Business Casual

When you’re trying to make a great first impression for a job interview or first day at work, wearing a pair of khaki chinos with a blazer and dress shoes is a great way to do that. Wear a brown or khaki blazer with brown or black dress shoes to accomplish this look.

For more info on wearing business casual, check out our post here: Business Casual for Men: A Guide

On activities:

For your days off

When you’re running errands on your off-days, wearing a solid pair of chinos is a great choice. Pair this with a solid color t-shirt or henley and you have an elevated casual look.

For when you want to look professional

Depending on your profession, chinos are a great choice for your office uniform. Change colors everyday and it’ll seem like you have an endless number of chinos in your wardrobe. 

For your fancy dinner dates

Dressing to impress applies to the dating world, especially when it comes to dates in the evening. When you’re planning to attend a fancy, upscale place for dinner, it’s important to look the part. Wear our khaki chinos with a button-down or dress shirt and an outer layer of your choice. 

When deciding what to wear with our khaki chinos, it’s important to understand that regardless of what you choose, chinos will elevate your look. This means, if you’re aiming for a smart casual look, you can wear a typically casual item such as a t-shirt and still be able to pull it off. However, this isn’t without limitations, as personal style is a subjective thing. Ultimately, we hope this guide gave you a foundation with which you can base your future outfit choices. 

Check out our full chino collection:

Chino Pants: Grey Edition

Grey chino pants have become a menswear staple. What started as attire for military troops in the 1800s has grown into an article of clothing that comes in many sizes, colors, and even fabrics. They’re so versatile, in fact, that many menswear brands have offered a “performance” version made from fabrics normally reserved for gym attire. 

In this guide, we’re going to dive deeper into what makes our chinos different and provide some deeper insight into how you should be wearing them. We’ll cover how they should fit, what colors you should wear with them, what you should pair them with, and lastly what activities they’re suited for.

On fit:

Waist

The waist of your chinos should be a snug, but flexible fit. Our chinos are made with 3% Elastane, which gives them enough stretch for you to comfortably move around.

Rise

Our chinos have a low rise, which allows them to sit lower on your waist. This gives them a more casual look that gives you the flexibility to dress them up or down.  

Thighs

When it comes to the thigh-area of your pants, the fit should be tight enough to hug your thighs without be restrictive. A good test for this is to, while wearing your pants, pinch the fabric and see how much is excess. Typically, an inch of excess fabric is a happy middle ground for a slim cut. 

Legs

The legs of your chinos should follow the same rules as the thighs — they should hug your calves without being restrictive. A slim cut chino, like ours, will pass the pinch test around the thickest part of your lower leg. 

On colors:

White

Grey and white are a classic color combination you can’t go wrong with. 

Navy

Pairing navy with grey is a good way to remain neutral without being too bland. 

Burgundy

If you want to spice things up in your outfit, burgundy is a great color with a rich tone that, along with grey, gives you a warm, calming presence.

Brown

Brown tones are great accessories to the grey chino pants — depending on the shade, of course. Wear grey with either tan or dark, rich browns. 

Black

Black is a classic color to wear grey with when you’re going after darker tones. Make sure you balance it out with a lighter colored accessory, however. A good way to do this is a light colored jacket or pair of shoes.

On pairings:

Elevated Casual

Since chinos are pants that instantly elevate any clothing item, wearing grey chino pants with a t-shirt can be a great way to elevate your weekend look. Whether you’re running errands, taking a walk in the park, or meeting up with friends and colleagues for brunch, wearing a grey pair of chinos will give you the responsible look you’re going for. 

Smart Casual

A great way to wear grey chino pants in a smart casual way is by adding a blazer on top of a solid color t-shirt or a bomber over an oxford button-down.

For more info on wearing smart casual, check out our post here: Smart Casual for Men: A Guide

Business Casual

When you’re trying to make a great first impression for a job interview or first day at work, wearing a pair of grey chinos with a blazer and dress shoes is a great way to do that. Wear a brown or grey blazer with brown or black dress shoes to accomplish this look.

For more info on wearing business casual, check out our post here: Business Casual for Men: A Guide

On activities:

For your days off

When you’re running errands on your off-days, wearing a solid pair of chinos is a great choice. Pair this with a solid color t-shirt or henley and you have an elevated casual look.

For when you want to look professional

Depending on your profession, chinos are a great choice for your office uniform. Change colors everyday and it’ll seem like you have an endless number of chinos in your wardrobe. 

For your fancy dinner dates

Dressing to impress applies to the dating world, especially when it comes to dates in the evening. When you’re planning to attend a fancy, upscale place for dinner, it’s important to look the part. Wear our grey chinos with a button-down or dress shirt and an outer layer of your choice. 

When deciding what to wear with our grey chinos, it’s important to understand that regardless of what you choose, chinos will elevate your look. This means, if you’re aiming for a smart casual look, you can wear a typically casual item such as a t-shirt and still be able to pull it off. However, this isn’t without limitations, as personal style is a subjective thing. Ultimately, we hope this guide gave you a foundation with which you can base your future outfit choices. 

Check out our full chino collection:

Chino Pants: Navy Edition

The navy chino pants have become the modern-day workhorse of the American male wardrobe. What started as attire for military troops in the 1800s has grown into an article of clothing that comes in many sizes, colors, and even fabrics. They’re so versatile, in fact, that many menswear brands have offered a “performance” version made from fabrics normally reserved for gym attire. 

In this guide, we’re going to dive deeper into what makes our chinos different and provide some deeper insight into how you should be wearing them. We’ll cover how they should fit, what colors you should wear with them, what you should pair them with, and lastly what activities they’re suited for.

On fit:

Waist

The waist of your chinos should be a snug, but flexible fit. Our chinos are made with 3% Elastane, which gives them enough stretch for you to comfortably move around.

Rise

Our chinos have a low rise, which allows them to sit lower on your waist. This gives them a more casual look that gives you the flexibility to dress them up or down.  

Thighs

When it comes to the thigh-area of your pants, the fit should be tight enough to hug your thighs without be restrictive. A good test for this is to, while wearing your pants, pinch the fabric and see how much is excess. Typically, an inch of excess fabric is a happy middle ground for a slim cut. 

Legs

The legs of your chinos should follow the same rules as the thighs — they should hug your calves without being restrictive. A slim cut chino, like ours, will pass the pinch test around the thickest part of your lower leg. 

On colors:

White

Navy and white are a classic color combination you can’t go wrong with. 

Light Blue

Light blue and navy are easy to pull off, so long as you choose a light blue that is distinct from the navy. 

Grey

Pairing grey with navy is a good way to remain neutral without being too bland. 

Burgundy

If you want to spice things up in your outfit, burgundy is a great color with a rich tone that, along with navy, gives you a warm, calming presence.

Brown

Brown tones are great accessories to the navy chino pants — depending on the shade, of course. Wear navy with either tan or dark, rich browns. 

Black

Black is a classic color to wear navy with when you’re going after dark tones. Make sure you balance it out with a lighter colored accessory, however. A good way to do this is a light colored jacket or pair of shoes.

On pairings:

Elevated Casual

Since chinos are pants that instantly elevate any clothing item, wearing navy chino pants with a t-shirt can be a great way to elevate your weekend look. Whether you’re running errands, taking a walk in the park, or meeting up with friends and colleagues for brunch, wearing a navy pair of chinos will give you the responsible look you’re going for. 

Smart Casual

A great way to wear navy chino pants in a smart casual way is by adding a blazer on top of a solid color t-shirt or a bomber over an oxford button-down.

For more info on wearing smart casual, check out our post here: Smart Casual for Men: A Guide

Business Casual

When you’re trying to make a great first impression for a job interview or first day at work, wearing a pair of navy chinos with a blazer and dress shoes is a great way to do that. Wear a brown or grey blazer with brown or black dress shoes to accomplish this look.

For more info on wearing business casual, check out our post here: Business Casual for Men: A Guide

On activities:

For your days off

When you’re running errands on your off-days, wearing a solid pair of chinos is a great choice. Pair this with a solid color t-shirt or henley and you have an elevated casual look.

For when you want to look professional

Depending on your profession, chinos are a great choice for your office uniform. Change colors everyday and it’ll seem like you have an endless number of chinos in your wardrobe. 

For your fancy dinner dates

Dressing to impress applies to the dating world, especially when it comes to dates in the evening. When you’re planning to attend a fancy, upscale place for dinner, it’s important to look the part. Wear our navy chinos with a button-down or dress shirt and an outer layer of your choice. 

When deciding what to wear with our navy chinos, it’s important to understand that regardless of what you choose, chinos will elevate your look. This means, if you’re aiming for a smart casual look, you can wear a typically casual item such as a t-shirt and still be able to pull it off. However, this isn’t without limitations, as personal style is a subjective thing. Ultimately, we hope this guide gave you a foundation with which you can base your future outfit choices. 

Check out our full chino collection: