If You Get Your Guy Only ONE Pair of Jeans….Make It These (Sponsored Post)


Something good is finally happening with men’s denim.  Brands are taking the ‘dad jean’ (easily identified by the enormous saggy bum and extra-long zipper) and tightening them up a bit.  Yet at the same time, man-skinny-jeans are getting a reset, and no longer look like lumpy versions of woman’s jeggings.  The result is that many of these brands are converging on a slimmer version of the ol’ straight-leg standby.  And this new slim-straight leg is comfortable, masculine, and cool.

Here are my (and Mike’s) favorite denim brands, and a good starting point for any guy looking for a denim refresh:




The Unbranded Brand

Mike and I are both really intrigued by this brand.  I love the range of slim cuts, and Mike appreciates the fact that they are all – and I quote – “plain and dark”.  (I’ve been trying to come up with a more interesting way to say ‘plain and dark’ until Mike pointed out that I was missing the point.  Ok fine.)

The Unbranded Straight Leg Raw Selvedge Jean, $82

The Unbranded Tapered Fit Raw Selvedge Jean, $82

The Unbranded Skinny Fit Raw Selvedge Jean, $82


Mavi Jeans

Mavi Jeans have always been comfortable, but the new ones take it up a notch with stretch built into the waistband.  Why can’t they do that for girls, too??  It would certainly help with muffin top spillage.

Mavi Straight Leg Jeans, $92



These jeans run pretty small – I always go up a size (or two).  Also?  They’ll initially shrink in the wash.  I killed one of Mike’s favorite pairs that way.  (Although, watching him try to struggle into the shrunken man-jeggings was almost worth it.)  So buy big, don’t dry.

Levi 511 Slim-Fit Jeans, $58


Lucky Brand Jeans

If your guy is ready to branch out into cuffing his denim, this is a good place to start.

Lucky Brand Authentic Slim Fit Jeans, $99



Currently Mike’s favorite brand.  He likes them because – YUP – plain and dark, and I like how his bum looks in them.  Also?  They manage to survive the constant washing required by my coffee-spilling husband.

JBrand Kane Slim Fit Jeans, $154

J Brand Tyler Slim Fit Jeans, $196


AG Denim

Here’s the thing about AG Denim:  they’re freaking fabulous.  The fit is amazing, the fabric is amazing, and the washes are always spot-on.  So if your guy is uber picky, I’d start with a pair of AG denim.

AG Gradutate Tailored Fit, $168

AG Matchbox Slim Fit Jean in 5 Year Buzz, $215


These are our favorites.  But be sure to check out Nordstrom’s full line of denim for guys.  The selection is staggering – across many price points.



I may be going with jeans for Father’s Day, Mamas.  Those Unbranded ones are calling to me….



A huge thank-you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!  As always, all thoughts, opinions, follies, and product choices are my own (or as Pax says, “mine own”).

ps.  Those of you wondering where to find Mike’s PBS shirt…yup: Nordstrom.




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Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name's Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and shorts known as denim-underwear, always.

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  1. Have to throw in my vote of confidence for the Lucky jeans. These are a go-to for hubs, and I have noticed they have started cutting them slimmer, which makes him look younger. He just got a new pair & is getting compliments, & I’m getting asked “where can I get jeans for my husband like those?”
    He also just discovered Bonobos, totally on his own. I normally can’t get excited about men’s work pants (snore!) but these look REALLY fabulous on him. Leave it to Nordies!

  2. Oh boy do we need this!!!! My husband is currently so in love with some jeans at Costco (he was excited that they had stretch!!) that he got a second pair. They are OK but saggy in the rear and scream “Dad jeans”. He is 6’4″ and slim so he can totally do these more slim fits. Time to splurge a bit on his behalf and make his rear look good again!

  3. Sigh, my husband really struggles with this because he’s not a large man, but he doesn’t have the flat butt that most guys seem to have… So he can’t get any of those slim-fit jeans over it, even though he’s only got a 32-inch waist! So he pretty much just doesn’t wear jeans, but I wish he could because his khakis are always getting ruined!

  4. Oooh I love these! My husband is a great jean buyer and it’s so appreciated: My last boyfriend only wore khakis and I was like NOPE. Definitely have to check these jeans out, they’ll look great on (and off) my husband (sorry for the inappropriate joke, I’m 12).

  5. oh lord, how we have struggled with this, the problem being that my husband would wear a muumuu, I think, in a vacuum. we’ve had good luck with both jcrew and gap “straight slim” styles but is it just me or is “slim” in a men’s “straight” getting baggies than it once was? maybe just at this level. we might need to graduate to jbrand 🙂
    thanks for this super useful post!

  6. Strangely, the best jeans my husband has gotten recently are some straight leg ones from Carhartt, of all brands. A bit thicker denim (he’s been complaining about how thin the Levis have been getting) and a dark wash (but not old guy dark, they do have style). And I am picky about the jeans I’ll let him wear, so I really was surprised at how much I liked these.

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