For the time-constrained man, the whole idea of going to the shop and trying on jeans can seem like a pretty consuming task. The option to buy jeans online exists, but men are lead to believe that buying a comfortable and fitting pair of jeans online is just as much of a gamble as it is to buy shoes blindly on the Internet. Fortunately, there are ways to ensure a well-fitted pair of jeans can be bought online without any hassle.
One of the simplest things that many men seem to neglect is buying a repeat of their current jeans. That is, going for the same fit from the same designer. This will almost always result in a great pair of jeans after a brief break-in period, but men should take care to accommodate any growth or shrinkage around the waist. It is usually not a good idea to buy the same waist size of a well-worn pair of jeans, which may have stretched to accommodate any weight gain or shrunk in the tumble dryer over time. Adding to the waist measurement is generally a wise move to make should a man have gained any weight since his last purchase.
Jeans come in various fits, which range from skinny at its tightest to relaxed fit at their most stylish loosest – or combat and/or carpenter fits for the actual loosest and most shapeless fit. Understanding the different fits and cuts of jeans can go a long way in matching a man’s shape properly. It would obviously be unwise to force a heavy set man into skinny jeans, but a larger frame may be more well-suited to a regular cut or even a boot cut depending on his choice of footwear. Those who are seeking the loosest fit will do well to purchase combat jeans, but should be forewarned that they’re very shapeless and are only really suited for work and field duties. They’re certainly not the most fashionable item on the block. That is, not since the mid 1990s.
Many modern brands choose to pre-shrink their jeans, which becomes problematic when men are trying to recreate a brand’s specific fit with another label. The level of shrinkage varies across the board, so men would be wise to choose an unaltered denim in order to find their exact size. The level of shrinkage can then be scaled accordingly across different brands, who may reveal the percentage they shrink their jeans.
There goes our two cents for you to consider when you buy jeans online next time. Do you have any helpful tips, advice to add on to this? We’d love to hear! Drop us a line in the comment section.