On Wednesdays I choose an article of clothing that should absolutely not be worn and give you a recommendation of something you should substitute that piece with instead. Today’s topic: Bootcut Jeans. Let’s take that a step further, poorly fitting pants in general.
A lot of guys don’t give a flying care about what type of jeans they wear. If you think off the rack (OTR), flared leg, no-brand jeans from Walmart are acceptable to wear, the answer is: they sure are! If you get your meals in soup form from the local shelter or have to pick up your three welfare-raised kids from your ex-wife’s boyfriend’s place an hour ago. You have the money. You have the time. So pick out some jeans that reflect the fact that you’re a free-thinking adult that can run with the pack! (This entry deals primarily with fit, which is the most important part of an outfit, period. I can discuss fabric, colorations, and such at a later time, because these are all secondary features to the bottom line.)
The problem with bootcut jeans is that they absolutely wreck the natural outline of your body. The flared leg openings are flattering to no one and the current trend leans heavily towards a large-upper and a narrow or straight-lower silhouette for men. Now that you know this, let me give you the solution to the problem that is as prevalent as the bubonic plague during its hay day. Tapered fit pants.
The perfect entry-level addition to your wardrobe is the Levi’s 508 Tapered Jeans. A tried and true brand paired with an unbeatable fit. The 508 is the regular tapered fit and the 511 is the skinny tapered fit. Most of you should pick up the 508s unless you have ever been called a “twig,” have been told that you need to “eat more often,” or have been mistaken for a fishing line in passing. Tapered pants reduce the amount of excess material around the thighs and through the leg openings. They fit closer to your legs and hug the leg the further they go down, as opposed to the bootcut flair, which does the opposite.
Additional recommendations to expand into once you get your go-to jeans:
- Dockers Alpha Khaki Slim Tapered
- J.Crew Factory Narrow Broken-In Chino
- Brooks Brothers Milano Fit Chinos
- GAP Lived-In Slim Khakis
Now go out and cop yourself a pair! You owe it to yourself!
Your Style Consultant,