Rick Edwards on style: jeans for men

They are the classic off-duty uniform for almost all men. So how come we get them so wrong? Sort it out, lads…

I went for a night out in a small town with my schoolfriends recently. We stood around in a bar (with a late licence) and reminisced about Mr Taylor’s chemistry class and so on. We were probably 10 years older than everyone else there. At one point Tom attempted to prove that he could keep his mouth closed while Gordon prised it open with some tongs (it’s not clear where the tongs had appeared from). I spent a bit of time staring at other people’s jeans. There wasn’t a man in the bar who wasn’t wearing some. Jeans are the ultimate wardrobe staple. In fact, I don’t know any man under the age of 65 who doesn’t own a pair of jeans. So it seems sensible to assume that we, the men of the world, would be able to get jeans right. And yet…

Now, there may be a time when the bootcut jean comes back into fashion for the gentleman. That time is not now. Even if it was, you still shouldn’t wear them. Ever. Your choices are simple: slim or straight. Skinny is a risk that isn’t worth taking; I know because I regularly take that risk and regret it. I should probably start taking my own advice. Loose-fit jeans may be comfortable, but are you a 16-year-old-skater boi? Thought not.

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