Like gdl - I've seen the jean cycle come and go. I think we're definitely heading for more washes and I wouldn't be surprised to see wider legs and higher rises coming back. Personally I don't have a problem with washed out jeans, so long as they look genuinely washed out - strong acid/snow wash jeans will remain on my list of 'fashion shouldn't have even gone there once'...
When I first started lurking SF in 2008, I read a lot of comments that tapered slim jeans were on their way out (so over! been here since 2002!) and wider leg, higher rise was on its way in. 2 of the forum affiliates in particular were vocal about this.
That was premature. Some are doing wide and high, but tapered slim is still with us -- and is probably even more prevalent than before. What emerged as an alternative was drop crotch and even more tapered calf, sort of a carrot fit.
I don't think anyone knows what will happen next, other than it will change. I don't see the Seinfeld look returning anytime soon, which is good because that guy annoys the hell out of me.
Men's fashun moves very slowly, especially the cut. We should be glad for that. Women are encouraged to change their jean cut frequently, regardless of whether it flatters them.
@DLester What's also cool is that all of those cuts you mentioned pretty much exist simultaneously depending on the designer + geography of that designer, so nothing has really overtaken anything else. Meaning any one of us can wear wide-leg, carrot, skinny, without ridicule (wellll for the most part).
gdl, shirt is from MyTailor. I basically had them copy a Black Fleece shirt for the body and a Truzzi for the collar, so a bit longer and "roll-ier" than the BF. I guess it could be a little slimmer in the body but I kinda like it loose.