Jeans are as natural to dressing as pushups are to exercising. But there’s a great wide world of fit and wash beyond your standard blue jeans. Let Joe Dempsie (Gendry, the “porno blacksmith” on a little program called Game of Thrones) show you what denim has to offer now.
The Denim Shirt
Start by adding a western-style shirt to your wardrobe. This versatile denim dud adds a touch of rugged All-American style to your everyday look when tucked into your tailored jeans or worn as a top layer over your go-to T-shirt. And no one does classic western denim quite like Wrangler, a company that began producing authentic western jeans in 1947.
The Slim Straight Jean
A slim straight-leg jean has a versatility that’s a world away from that of Joe Dempsie’s costumes on Game of Thrones. Gendry might wear a strict wardrobe of “lots of leather” and “lots of baby oil”, but here Dempsie shows the appeal of a good pair of Calvins. When jeans are made with luxurious (but affordable!) premium Italian denim, you can forgo adding stretch.
For men with a smaller frame, note how the slim leg hugs—doesn’t suffocate—the thigh and creates a full, straight line. It produces a proportional look, so you’re not swimming in your jeans.
Calvin Klein Straight Forever Black Jeans
The Faded Jean
Bold and bright isn’t required wear in warmer weather. Simpler styles, in faded neutrals, give off the same easy cool.
Opt for two-ounce lightweight denim that gives you ease and comfort from spring right on into summer. Slightly faded, subtle whiskering, no visible fraying—that’s what casual but still polished looks like.