These Are the Best Men's Jeans You'll Be Wearing for Years to Come

A guide to the best denim beyond your basic blues.

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While the most cherished thing in a woman's wardrobe might be her little black dress, for guys, it's their go-to pair of jeans. From perfectly distressed to sport all weekend, to the more polished pair you rock to work in total comfort, we'd be lost without these bad boys (or be shamed daily in sweatpants!). While searching for the right pair can feel like a never-ending, hopeless hunt, we found the best jeans for men to look dapper AF.

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Best Jeans for the Dude on a Budget

A new season usually calls for a new wardrobe. If your head is spinning calculating just how much cash you'd have to throw down to look stylish AF, we feel your pain. Luckily, there's some serious dope denim out there that won't cost you an arm and a leg! Sounds too good to be true? Check out our picks for the best affordable jeans that look way more expensive.

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American Eagle Outfitters
American Eagle Men's Extreme Flex Super Skinny Jeans
$29.99

Love the look of a skinny jean, but hate how restricting it feels? These American Eagle Outfitters jeans have extreme flex fabric that moves with you and won't lose its shape! Add that low price tag to it, and our minds are officially blown!

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ASOS
ASOS Design Plus Super Crop Black Skinny Jeans
$40.00

Bigger guys can rock the coolest jeans for a great price, thanks to ASOS. With a trendy cropped-length, these skinny black jeans will flatter thicker legs and show off your killer sock game, too!

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H&M
H&M Men's Skinny Trashed Jeans
$39.99

Some guys might have an issue throwing down major cash for destroyed jeans, and H&M hears you. The affordable retailer has a great distressed skinny jean that even features bleach spots and splats (a big trend in denim these days!) for a crazy low price. Looking effortlessly cool has never been so easy.

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Forever 21
Forever 21 Faded Wash Skinny Jeans
$19.90

How low can one go when it comes to affordable denim? Forever 21 has us shook (in a good way!). For less than $20, you can get a standard skinny jean that fits just right. Available in six different wash colors, you can buy each color way and still spend less than a typical pair of jeans. It doesn't get better than this! 

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Zara
Zara Men’s Jeans with Side Stripes
$25.99

With track bottoms having a major moment in menswear, it’s no surprise the cool side-stripe-detail is hitting denim duds. Not sure if you’ll want to rock this trend after this season? For less than $50, Zara adds a little extra flair to your typical denim blue jeans with white side-stripes for a sporty streetwear look, and you won’t even need a side hustle to afford them. 

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Best Jeans for the Rugged Guy With Style

The rough-around-the-edges look is one that everyone loves when it's done right (think more Marlon Brando than man lost in the wild!). The look might be nonchalant, but pulling off the tough-guy vibe with swag requires getting the best fitting distressed duds. Check out the best bad boys we could find to become that ultimate tough guy with taste.

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PRPS
PRPS Rip Repaired & Bleached Slim-Leg Jeans
$268.00

Rip, repaired, and bleached, oh my! If you ever wished you had perfectly crafted vintage-looking jeans, PRPS is the one brand you need to know. 

Inspired by the workwear denim from way back when, the brand creates lived-in-looking denim that every rugged man wants to own (yet manages to not look too ratty in for a fun night out). PRPS’ slogan, “bruised, never broken,” says it all!

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Frame
Frame Men's L’homme Skinny Beaudry Jeans
$219.00

These perfectly faded whiskers have us purring like a kitten (well, a tough and masculine kitten!). Frame has not only perfected the worn-in jeans with a hint of wear and tear, but also the skinny fit you've always wanted. With a slim leg and narrow fit through the hip, these jeans hug the legs without clinging like tights. You can show off your gams and no one will think they’re jeggings.

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Re/Done Relaxed Taper Jeans

$265.00

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If vintage Levis are on your denim wish list, then this is one luxury label you need to know. Re/Done takes vintage Levis and repurposes the fabric into their own jeans! They come already worn-in and make it look like you scored the jackpot of vintage finds. While fashion might usually be all about the latest and greatest new thing, these perfect men's jeans break the mold and make everything old new again.

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Simon Miller M001 Distressed Slim Jeans

$325.00

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City slickers with the love of a country-style down-and-dirty look will go savage for these jeans! Simon Miller carefully crafts the perfectly worn-in jeans from next-level Japanese premium denim. The whiskers, the fade, the rips, oh my! If James Dean's style is your ultimate goals, than we just found the only jeans you need in your wardrobe.

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Ksubi
Ksubi Van Winkle Trashed Dreams Jeans
$215.00

Call this the Goldilocks of distressed denim. With just the right amount of rips, a low-rise, and the perfect shade of light indigo, these Ksubi jeans will be your new weekend go-to bottoms to rock with a plain white tee.

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Best Jeans for the Bro Who Likes to Keep It Classic

Keeping your style timeless and classic means you'll never have to look at old photos and say to yourself, "What was I thinking?"

If you're not about the bells and whistles of uber-trendy clothes, polished and sleek denim is the right way to go. Plus, you'll never have to worry if your look is outdated. Score!

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Everlane Men's Slim-Fit Jeans

$68.00

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Everlane launched the perfect stretch slim-fit jean last year and we're still amazed by them! They're just what a man wants — slightly tapered and slim through the hip and thighs without looking too tight. For jeans made of premium Japanese denim, we can't believe the price tag on these bad boys!

Excuse us while we snag them up in all three color ways (Dark Indigo, Stay Black, and Mid Blue, oh my!).

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Levi's Men's 501 Original Fit Stretch Jeans

$59.50

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The most iconic jean is still a total winner! The 501 style has been reigning supreme in the denim world for over a century, and it's still the perfect jean for just about any guy. The straight-leg jean with stretch comes in almost every shade of blue, so stock up and you'll be covered for any occasion.

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Mavi
Mavi Zach Straight Leg Deep Cashmere Jeans
$138.00

These have the straight-leg dark-denim look you love, but with an oh-so-soft feel that’ll have you ditching your sweatpants on any lazy Sunday. Mavi’s denim fabric is crazy soft and lightweight with some good stretch to make it feel comfier than any pair of jeans in your closet. Enough said.

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3X1
3x1 M5 Low-Rise Slim Raw XX272 Jeans
$295.00

The word is already out on the best-kept secret in the denim world, but in case you missed it, raw denim is the way to go! These dark and polished pure Japanese denim jeans are perfect to break in day after day in the office to mold perfectly to your body in a killer slim-fit.

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MTailor Men's Charcoal Jeans

$99.00

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Ever wish for those perfect jeans that feel like they were made just for you? We've found the dream jean!

MTailor will customize a pair of jeans, from the thread color to the cut, and tailor them to your body shape. The MTailor app can be dowloaded on your phone, and it uses your camera to video scan your body from multiple angles to take accurate measurements in less than 30 seconds. Wow, miracles can come true!

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Best Jeans for the Fashion-Forward Man

While basic isn't a bad thing when it comes to your everyday denim, there's a plethora of stylish denim men's jeans to choose from with modern twists. We'd like to call these jeans NSFBB (not safe for basic bros!). If you're in the mood to turn heads this season and show your standout daring style, these are the jeans you'll need to be the best-dressed man in any room.

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Hudson Jeans
Hudson Jeans Blinder Biker Skinny Jeans
$1.00

Hello moto! While moto jeans are nothing new, the style is still going strong, and better than ever, with a look that's so slick. Wearing your moto jeans in dark blue keeps it subtle with cool seam details and quilted knee panels. While these aren't the most aggressive style statement, we suggest rocking them with a simply stylish T-shirt to go full-on badass.

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Levi's Made & Crafted
Levi’s Made & Crafted Draft Taper Jeans
$139.98

Crop it like it's hot with the latest ankle-showing trend to hit the denim dude's world. It's an easy fashion statement that any guy can rock right with a frayed cropped hem. Show some skin or rock the coolest socks out there for all to see! They're a little bit fashion and a little bit rock 'n roll.

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Off-White Slim-Fit Embroidered Denim Jeans

$530.00

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Leave it to Off-White designer Virgil Abloh to make the sickest jeans you never knew you needed. The recently appointed Men’s Artistic Designer of Louis Vuitton knows a thing or two about looking cool AF without looking try-hard, and it shows on these slim-fit blue jeans, with fashionable accents of embroidery and the brand’s signature rope belt.

While guys with a smaller budget might want to just get their old jeans embroidered and get a rope belt separately, men with deep pockets will lose all chill for these jeans that come with a serious cool factor.

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Gucci
Gucci Slim-Fit Embroidered Denim Jeans

$1,250.00

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It’s Gucci (and crazy expensive!). If there’s one way to take a jeans-and-tee look to stylish new heights, it’s by rocking men’s designer jeans with snazzy embroidery. Gucci has become known for their embroidery that’s easily recognizable by the fashion elite, without any logos needed. They're purr-fect!

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Marques Almeida
Marques Almeida Indigo Oversized Jeans
$310.00

Like everything in fashion, what was old is now cool again, so it's not the biggest shock to see the return of the dark-wash oversized jean style. While maybe not every guy can pull this off, we could totally see fashion-forward skater guys rocking these oversized jeans from the coolest designer duo in London.