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Hey Forum. I've been wanting to get more intentional about my style for a while now. Today I had to go shop new jeans to replace my old broken ones and I thought I'm going to ask and find advice before I buy anything. I've always just bought jeans that feel good and look reasonable.

I tried out dozen of pairs and if I honestly valuate my knowledge about jean fit, it's not that good. Even if the pair looks good to me, I can't say if it's correct or my eyes are just used to wrong fit.

Here's few photos of different fits. First one is Lee's Luke model. Slim and tapered. Feels good, but is bit too tight on my calf. Might also be too tight, but is this a personal question rather than fashion question?

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Second one is Lee's Rider. Regular slim. Feels and looks good to me, but there's some extra fabric at the bottom which feels excessive. Also gives that lumpy feeling under knees. Size is 33/30 and I couldn't find anything under 30 in store.
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Third one is Jack & Jones' Mike, tapered fit. It's 32 length. Again, store didn't have anything shorter. This feels obviously too long for me, with that baggy feeling all the way.

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Any advice you can give me finding a right size jeans I will highly appreciate!
 

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Don't worry about the inseam (length). This is a quick, cheap alteration at the tailor's, or you can simply cuff them.

The angle of your photos are not ideal for assessing fit, but they all look fine. Sounds like the Lee's Rider is the best for you.
 

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It's hard to give advice without knowing how you dress or what aesthetics you're going for. There's no such thing as the "right" fit for jeans.

That being said, the first pair is basically denim leggings. Third pair is okay, but I would personally go with a slightly wider fit still. Try and see how your entire outfit silhouette flows - if you look like a box on stilts, your jeans might be too skinny for your top half.
 
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It's hard to give advice without knowing how you dress or what aesthetics you're going for. There's no such thing as the "right" fit for jeans.

That being said, the first pair is basically denim leggings. Third pair is okay, but I would personally go with a slightly wider fit still. Try and see how your entire outfit silhouette flows - if you look like a box on stilts, your jeans might be too skinny for your top half.
Is it always situational how you're jeans can fit or are there some rules? What I think is that the size needs to be correct, waist needs to fit in a certain way (high rise, low rise). Thanks for that box on stilts image. I got the first pair as it felt the best for me on the second try. Third one was very baggy, but then again my friend who has more relaxed style said he prefers jeans to have some extra
 

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Is it always situational how you're jeans can fit or are there some rules? What I think is that the size needs to be correct, waist needs to fit in a certain way (high rise, low rise). Thanks for that box on stilts image. I got the first pair as it felt the best for me on the second try. Third one was very baggy, but then again my friend who has more relaxed style said he prefers jeans to have some extra
It's based on the aesthetics you're going for. If you're going for a sort of average joe take, then go for a middle-of-the-road approach. Make sure the waist fits (get it altered if needed). Don't go for either skin-tight or super baggy. Length-wise it depends if you like cuffs or not.

If you've always worn tighter jeans, going looser fit will take getting used to. That doesn't make it a wrong choice.

I've attached two pictures of folks wearing jeans. Both are completely valid fits.
 

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It's based on the aesthetics you're going for. If you're going for a sort of average joe take, then go for a middle-of-the-road approach. Make sure the waist fits (get it altered if needed). Don't go for either skin-tight or super baggy. Length-wise it depends if you like cuffs or not.

If you've always worn tighter jeans, going looser fit will take getting used to. That doesn't make it a wrong choice.

I've attached two pictures of folks wearing jeans. Both are completely valid fits.
Ok that's interesting. I see the first one probably wears a print shirt or band shirt or something that goes with the bottom style.

If you were skinny jeans, can those fit with an oversized shirt or do you always have to follow the same "tightness" for all the pieces?
 

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Ok that's interesting. I see the first one probably wears a print shirt or band shirt or something that goes with the bottom style.

If you were skinny jeans, can those fit with an oversized shirt or do you always have to follow the same "tightness" for all the pieces?
I suggest researching an aesthetic you like for silhouette and inspiration. For example, workwear. There are so many different style cultures to use as a reference.

Personally I'd try to match the fit so all the pieces match.
 

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Is it always situational how you're jeans can fit or are there some rules? What I think is that the size needs to be correct, waist needs to fit in a certain way (high rise, low rise). Thanks for that box on stilts image. I got the first pair as it felt the best for me on the second try. Third one was very baggy, but then again my friend who has more relaxed style said he prefers jeans to have some extra
At the end of the day, the way your clothing fits is going to be a matter of personal preference -- some sort of marriage between comfort and flattery of your body within the prevailing paradigm of contemporary fashion sense.

When it comes to jeans, I believe they should fit a little more closely than dress trousers or chinos, without being skinny. If you're looking for a general "rule" for good fit, you want to be able to pinch off about 1-2 inches of loose fabric at mid-thigh. The higher the rise, the more room in the crotch and the better it will look when you're tucking a shirt in (although I never tuck shirts into jeans). Slimmer cuts will have lower rises, generally. Most men look good with a slim-straight or straight fit jean. I think you need a certain body type and a certain alternative fashion sense to pull off 'skinny' fits and even then, I don't it looks good.
 

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At the end of the day, the way your clothing fits is going to be a matter of personal preference -- some sort of marriage between comfort and flattery of your body within the prevailing paradigm of contemporary fashion sense.

When it comes to jeans, I believe they should fit a little more closely than dress trousers or chinos, without being skinny. If you're looking for a general "rule" for good fit, you want to be able to pinch off about 1-2 inches of loose fabric at mid-thigh. The higher the rise, the more room in the crotch and the better it will look when you're tucking a shirt in (although I never tuck shirts into jeans). Slimmer cuts will have lower rises, generally. Most men look good with a slim-straight or straight fit jean. I think you need a certain body type and a certain alternative fashion sense to pull off 'skinny' fits and even then, I don't it looks good.
Thanks for this. I’ve heard now couple of times that skinnier fits are out of fashion and after reading extensively about style I feel like obeying to macro trends isn’t such a bad thing. I’m looking to get bit baggier jeans.

How would you say these fit on that skinny-baggy scale? I believe they are slim fit with tapered leg.

Are the jeans too slim compared to my oversized shirt here?
Don’t mind the hole in the pants, that’s the ones I’m replacing

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You can safely go looser fit than that. To me that is on the tighter side. Here are two cuts that would work well.
 

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