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Denim Decoded: Your Guide to Finding the Perfect Pair of Jeans

We've got the lowdown on finding the best fitting jeans. Follow these 7 simple tips to score the most reliable piece of clothing you own.

1. Don’t Worry About Your Body Type

Women may have to think about accentuating (or hiding) their curves, but men can look good in just about any denim fit. “It’s less focused around your body type and more about the end use,” says Peyrache. Instead, think about the occasion. A more classic fit lends itself to relaxed activities, while a tailored cut can be dressed up for more formal events.

Try these: $48; us.levi.com

2. Shop A Size Smaller Than Normal

A tight waistband can be uncomfortable—but one that’s too loose may mess up your entire look, resulting in bulk in all the wrong places. “As much as women have the tendency to wear jeans too small, guys usually wear them too big," says Peyrache. Next time you hit the dressing room, grab a size smaller than you normally would and then once you have them on do the finger check: You shouldn’t be able to put more than two fingers in the waistband.

Try this: $155; jcrew.com

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3. Skinny Jeans Aren’t Just For Hipsters

Most men cringe when hearing the words “skinny” and “jeans” in the same sentence. But this style isn’t just for Russell Brand or advertising art directors—the average Joe can make a tighter fitting jean work with the right cut. “A slimmer fit is more refined and sophisticated,” says Peyrache. If you’re a die-hard classic or boot-cut kind of guy, look out for a straight or slim leg, rather than skinny.

Try these: $129; luckybrand.com

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