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How Many Pairs Of Jeans Should You Own? 5 Pairs Of Denim Every Man Needs

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Tuesday, 12th July, 2016

A Denim Jeans Guide For Men - 5 Pairs Of Essential Denim

How many pairs of jeans is too many?

You’re probably reading this thinking you either have too many jeans, or you want to buy more.

There’s not a magic number, and it depends on your own personal style, and what kind of look you’re going for.

When it comes to different styles, colours and occasions, there is an optimal number to go for for a complete wardrobe.

How Many Pairs Of Jeans Do You Actually Need?

You should own 5 pairs of jeans. These will cover a vast amount of occasions and styles, giving you a complete wardrobe. You’ll never need to worry about buying jeans again if you have versatile denim options.

These are:

  • Black Jeans – For smart casual occasions
  • Indigo Jeans – Again for smart casual occasions every day
  • Mid Wash or Light Blue Denim – For more casual occasions and everyday wear
  • White Jeans – Great for the summer
  • Ripped Jeans – Another casual pair of jeans

If you own these 5 styles of jeans, you’ll never have to worry about what to put on the lower half of your body again. These 5 pairs of denim cover the more dressy, casual, winter and summer occasions.

Likewise, you don’t need tons of pair of the same colour or type of denim. Don’t forget, getting the right fit of denim for your body is absolutely crucial for looking good in jeans.

If you’re on a budget, or you just want a condensed capsule wardrobe, there’s five key colours of denim you should have.

Smart Indigo Jeans

Indigo jeans are your base. They’re versatile, they can be dressed up and down for casual or smart casual occasions.

Indigo is the dark denim colour which I love, and I own many, probably too many jeans in this wash.

The best thing about this colour is the fact that they look really smart, and can go with pretty much anything you throw at them. Any coloured shirts, T-shirts, other tops and jackets, they’re never going to look bad.

You can look at Indigo as an investment piece. Don’t be too afraid to splash the cash on a pair of dark blue denim.

These will never go out of style, they’re suitable for all seasons and buying a good pair means they’ll last you for years to come.

Black Jeans

Black is a colour which you can look at as an alternative to indigo. Just like dark blue, black jeans are a smart pair of denim. They will go with anything.

Since they’re black, they’ll make other colours on your upper body pop, which will emphasise them.

Wearing with a white T-shirt will make it look really bright, and you can quite easily pair these with a smarter shirt and jacket which will create a really smart outfit without the need for more formal trousers.

You can wear these all seasons, but they’ll be particularly favourable in the cooler Autumn and Winter months, when you’ll be layering.

Light/Mid blue Jeans

I have never really been the biggest fan of light blue denim, but it’s always a good idea to keep or buy a pair of this classic wash.

They’re seen more casual than the previous two washes, and are a good choice when you want to brighten up an outfit in the Summer.

Light blue will add a variety to your wardrobe, and be a perfectly fine variation on an everyday pair of jeans for day to day wear.

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White Jeans

As you’ll know I am a fan of white jeans, I real do like the colour and you can read what to wear with white jeans in another post. They’re good because they really brighten up your style, which is key for the summer.

You can wear these with a pastel colour shirt or tee which will keep your style looking bright but understated as part of a summer outfit. Or colour block them with a darker colour such as black or navy which will make them really stand out.

White jeans may be seen as an item for the summer, however you can also wear white jeans in Autumn and Winter too. They do make a great investment piece, but if you’re unsure, you can try some out with a high street brand.

Affordable brands such as H&M and Mango MAN have very good white jeans for the money.

If you’re looking to spend a bit more, you can’t go wrong with Nudie.

Ripped Jeans

Ripped jeans are somewhat of a trend, and sometimes they’ll be in, and sometimes they’ll not. For the past couple of years they’ve become favourites once again, I covered them in my ripped jeans for summer guide.

They are usually casual, but it depends on how ripped and how distressed they are. You can usually get a pair of ripped jeans in most colour washes, and as we’ve covered above the darker the wash, the smarter they’ll be.

When it comes to denim washes, these are your five go to pairs of jeans you should be looking to own.

This does not cover the cut and fit of the jeans, check out the guide on the perfect fit of jeans here. You’ll also want to consider the style of denim such as dry and selvedge, both of which are optional depending on your own style and budget.

You can double up on a particular pair and forego one of the others, depending on your own personal preference. But if you’re looking to have the most versatile wardrobe when it comes to denim, these are the best 5 styles you can own.

My Own Story Of Jeans

My own story of denim starts out as a bad one.

It all starts from when I was a kid, going to a Primary school with no uniform meant I could wear what I wanted, and in my first few years that meant a couple of pairs of jeans.

Sitting with your legs crossed in assembly was the most uncomfortable thing in the world!

Add to that I used to go out and play football with my mates, it meant that I developed a hate for denim at a young age. I always hated jeans as a kid, denim was always simply too uncomfortable to wear, and restricting.

I never got into denim until my very early twenties, where I invested in my first pair of premium denim, it was a pair of light blue Evisu Selvedge soft denim jeans. They were so soft and really nice to wear.

You can find more fashion advice in the men’s style guide. Learn how to dress better with these easy to follow tips.

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  1. jamie Saunders Said,

    I had stopped buying ripped jeans after college. I will definitely try it once again, thanks for sharing.

    posted on Saturday 4th November, 2017 at 12:15
  2. Michael Said,

    We’ll have to wait for the Summer to roll around again to see if they’re on trend in 2018 😀

    posted on Saturday 4th November, 2017 at 15:38