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The Best Skinny Jeans for Men

Updated on October 8, 2013

From Slim to Tight: Here's the Skinny on Skinny Jeans For Guys!

So you're thinking about skinny jeans? Oh, or your already into them but want tighter ones, or want to find and try out a new pair? Skinny jeans are a cool fad that has been around since the 50's. Tons of people have put these on, and you don't have to be a rockstar to wear them. There are very split opinions about skinny jeans on men, and be weary of this. To pull these off you're gonna have to have legs, some money to burn, and most of all confidence. If you don't have confidence in how you look in these things, you won't look good no matter what, and you'll be uncomfortable! It's important to be confident in your decision to wear skinny jeans. Simply because it'll look really good, so long as you pick the right fit and size.

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The Very Basics

Things You Should Know

I don't know what you want specifically, no one can answer that question except you, but here's some things that I think you should keep in mind:

-There are many types of legs, and skinny jeans. Some people can easily pull them off, some people have to put some work into it; but as long as you like how you look in these things, it shouldn't matter what anyone else thinks.

-Don't count out slim jeans, sometimes they can be the best fit!

-A lot of people get caught up in trying to find the tightest pants possible. Sometimes, this isn't always a good idea.

-Always wear a belt.

-Fits vary slightly by wash.

-If you want to make a fit slightly tighter, size down. Same for making them slightly looser.

Factors of Skinny Jeans

There are many things that affect the tightness of your pants. The cut, the material, the leg opening, the list goes on and on. Some things you should keep in mind about your pants to get a better idea of how tight pants are before you try them on are:

Leg Opening This determines the taper of the leg, and is also one of the easiest ways to tell. Usually anything from 14 inches and up is a pretty big leg opening (Dillon Skinny), but anything under 12 inches will probably be really tight (Levi's 510's).

Material will have effect everything about the pants. 100% cotton tight pants will not be comfortable, I assure you. They will also stretch weirdly but stay tighter longer. Usually, depending on how tight you want your pants to be, get at least 1-2% spandex, or stretch. Most slim jeans have 1%, while tight pants can have anything from 2-3% (but watch out for ones that have no stretch). Girls pants have a lot more, they have some spandex, but are mostly Lycra (what your socks are made of), making them super tight, stretchy, and comfortable.

Sizing will greatly affect the tightness. If you get slim jeans with a slightly smaller than normal waistline, they're going to be tighter than you'd expect. Same goes for larger waistlines. Read sizing charts and measure yourself, then gauge whether you want tighter or looser pants than described. Then order up or down depending on what you want. You typically wanna stay within one waist size of your normal size.

Slim Jeans (Loose Taper)

For those of you just looking to get into skinny jeans, or just want something a bit slimmer than the baggy straight jeans that you've been wearing; you're not quite sold on skinny jeans yet.

511 Skinny Jeans
511 Skinny Jeans

Levi's 511 Skinny

The vast majority of the Levi's 511 "Skinny Jeans" aren't very skinny. In my experiences with these jeans, they give you a good amount of room, but are still taper enough in the leg to qualify for slim and skinny. Ultimately, they are a good model if you are just trying out skinny jeans for the first time or just want something a bit slimmer, depending on the wash of course. Try sizing down a bit if you want a tighter fit.

Typical Price Range: $40-$60

Dillon Skinny Infamous Rigid
Dillon Skinny Infamous Rigid

(Most) Bullhead Dillon Skinny Jeans

Pacsun

These pants are really great. For a long time I didn't like them, but Pacsun has recently begun making them in a slightly different fit. Some of these are rather baggy, but many are skinny. They're always on sale too.

(If you do buy these pants, and want a skinnier fit, go for the twill ones. They're a tad bit skinnier)

Typical Price Range: ~$50/ea, ~$70/two pairs

Levi's 513 Rigid Salvage
Levi's 513 Rigid Salvage

Levi's 513 Slim Jeans

These jeans are slightly tapered in the leg, giving the pants more definition and shape. They are looser than everything else on this page, but still defining enough to qualify for slim fitting.

Typical Price Range: $50-$60

American Eagle Slim Jeans

These are very nice pants. They are extremely soft and comfortable, come in a range of washes, and look great. They have shape to them, but are not tight or defining in any way. Like straight pants with a bit of stretch and a bit more shape. Click Here to See the Website.

Typical Price Range: ~$30-$40

Skinny (Defining)

Much more prevalent taper; these pants will have a noticeably tighter leg.

Black Stretch
Black Stretch

(Some) Levi's 511 Jeans

Like I said, if you size properly, there are a few 511 models that can be rather skinny. One of which is the Black Stretch Model, which has a good taper, and will be noticebly tighter than the slim jeans listed above.

Typical Price Range: $40-$60

Inky Blue Bullhead
Inky Blue Bullhead

Bullhead Dillon Skinny Jeans

Pacsun

These pants are rather skinny, especially the twill versions that they sell. Depending on the wash, they vary from looser to slightly restricting. Be careful not to run them through the dryer, or they will be very tight for a day or two!

Typical Price Range: ~$50

Drakes Skinniest Black Top Jeans
Drakes Skinniest Black Top Jeans

(Some) Bullhead Drake's Skinniest Jeans

Pacsun

These pants are similar in fit to Bullhead's original skinny fit, but are much tighter in the calf and are slightly restricting. They don't make very many washes of this fit, but they do slightly vary fitting by wash.

Typical Price Range: $40-$50

slick stretch twill Lip Service
slick stretch twill Lip Service

Lip Service Men's Stretch Jeans

Just a word of caution: these jeans are pretty tight, especially when sized right. They're definitely a gateway to super skinny, if not already super skinny. But they're a great pair of pants, no doubt about that. Definitely a keeper for those planning on going a step further into super skinny jeans.

Typical Price Range: $45-$50

Rigid Stretch
Rigid Stretch

Levi's 510 Rigid Stretch Jeans

Also Called Dark Blue

These pants are a definite gateway into super skinny. They start out very tight, and you will feel it, but they loosen up after a few hours into more comfortable pants. After that they are definitely very skinny, but not so skinny that you will feel the pants moving all the time.

Typical Price Range: $48

Super Skinny (Tight)

These pants are extremely tight, and you have to know what you're getting into before you buy them. I would recommend going to a store and trying them on first so you know whether you want to size up or not.

Playa
Playa

Levi's 510 Super Skinny Jeans

These pants are very nice, so long as you know what to expect. They are comfortable, but don't have as much stretch as some other pants do. A lot of people size up for this reason, because they can be itchy if you don't. They have an extremely tapered leg, and are very defining of your legs. They completely hug your legs. Overall recommended if you want tight jeans.

Typical Price Range: $45-$60

Drakes Skinniest
Drakes Skinniest

Bullhead Drake's Skinniest Jeans

Pacsun

Not super tight, but some washes are worthy of being called super skinny. They have a pretty good amount of stretch and are decently soft. They are tight in the thighs, but loosen up a bit as they get to the ankle and lower calf.

Typical Price Range: $50

RUDE Ombre Jeans
RUDE Ombre Jeans

RUDE Skinny

Hot Topic

Hot Topic sells a lot of really tight pants for guys. Luckily, they are very stretchy and comfortable, and are pretty much girls' jeans, but made for guys. A lot of people complain about the quality of these pants, but I have never had a problem.

Typical Price Range: $35-$40

Social Collision Super Skinny
Social Collision Super Skinny

RUDE Super Skinny

Hot Topic

These pants are extremely tight. I mean like straight up girls pants. The fits range from tight to second skin. Definitely try on beforehand, as you don't want to get them and find out that you can't get them on.

Typical Price Range: $35-$40

Lip Service Stretch Jeans
Lip Service Stretch Jeans

Lip Service Men's Junkie Stretch Jeans

You can pretty much only find these online, but they are extremely tight, and well made. Like higher quality RUDE pants.

Typical Price Range: ~$45

Super Tight and Girls' Jeans (Painted On)

For men who want to go past the point of tight, and into second skin. By this point, you probably don't want the pants to bunch up at your ankles. Test some sizes. And keep in mind that girls' jeans can ummm... Put the squeeze on you... So be careful.

Junkie Stretch Twill
Junkie Stretch Twill

Lip Service Men's Stretch Jeans

Online

Like I said before, ridiculously skinny.

Typical Price Range: ~$45

Dogpile Stretch Jeans
Dogpile Stretch Jeans

Dogpile Stretch Jeans

You can really only get these online, but these are pretty much girls' pants. They have no bag on them anywhere.

Typical Price Range: $50

Bullhead Black Gryphin Dark
Bullhead Black Gryphin Dark

Girls' Jeans

I personally have not tried girls jeans, but I know a few people who have and said this: they're gonna be super hard to put on, there won't be any ballroom, they're super tight, you're gonna have to sag and convert your size BUT they will maintain their shape, stay tighter longer, and they're (usually) cheaper.

Good Places to buy them: Pacsun and Zumiez

Typical Price Range: VARIES

(To get women's pants size, subtract 21 inches from your waist size and keep inseam measurements)

How Tight Do You Like Your Skinny Jeans? Why? What's Your Favorite Brand? Any I Should Try Out?

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      Zach Beebe 2 years ago from US

      I love Levi's, and Arizona's are even good. I really like Hot Topic's RUDE clothing (mostly the jeans and chinos, all of the RUDE that I own at the time being) but it's really important to try on Hot Topic's pants before purchasing because last time I didn't and picked some weird clearance skinny jeans and they were some weird kind with a weird fit I wasn't used to, like any pants though. They have a good variety tho

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      Tom Maybrier 3 years ago

      Well, they're a bit more expensive than the brands listed here but Nudie and Naked and Famous make pretty great denim.

      I advise against men wearing women's denim - the rises are way too low, the seats are too short and they have these tiny pockets and zippers that are just infuriating >.

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      meggingmad 3 years ago

      Take a walk on the wild side! Go for meggings. Super comfy and sexy.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @jaysiggs: Thanks I got few pairs and they work GREAT

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      jaysiggs 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I'd really go for like Hot Topic's pants or something. They're really REALLY tight and pretty cheap too (plus they're always having sales)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi I'm a 14 year old boy and most the kids at school call me emo because of how I dress and express myself. Anyway I have one pair of lip service junkie stretch jeans and I would like more but because my parents don't approve of my style I have to buy them and I don't have a lot of money so do you know any jeans that are equally tight but cheaper?

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      samgreenly 4 years ago

      I like a not so super skinny jeans. Usually I pair it with my sheldon cooper t shirts because it looks good. A good set of jeans should be paired it with some funny shirt. Just saying.

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      jaysiggs 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm not gonna lie bro, I wouldn't have known if you hadn't told me lol. But no problem whatsoever. Thanks for reading. And if you have something to contribute, feel free to! I'll add it to the page. I'm looking to revise it a bit soon anyway.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for relying. I didn't expect you to go to so much trouble, but it is certainly appreciated.

      You have given me lots of food for thought. I think I prefer the longer baggier tops (they conceal things a little better!) and I have a far from perfect body.

      I am from the UK (if you hadn't aleady guessed) so if there shopping links I can suggest (sorry super tight jeans only) please don't hesitate to let me know.

      Once again, sincere thanks (and I'm not the only one who buys girls skinny jeans!)

      James

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      jaysiggs 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Well... You could wear an unbuttoned (or buttoned) button-down, or maybe a hoodie with a cool tshirt so that your torso has clothing that's a bit looser. Loose-ish tank tops are cool too for summer and spring. Personally I like the button down the best but its your call. Here's some ideas:

      All my pacsun links will probably be extremely expensive, but this is just to give you an idea

      http://www.pacsun.com/Hank-Flannel-Shirt/018024856...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just an anon passing through. Great guide. Skimmed through but think I'll give it a thorough read after my shower. I personally just started venturing into the "slim/skinny" territory. I'm really trying to make sure I don't fall into the "manchild/teen" look with my fits.

      Today I bought some Rude jeans from hot topic. Amazing fit. I'm a bit hefty with a 36" waist. Lots of hip room and they definitely get skinny at the legs. I've actually managed to tuck them comfortably into my boots, all laced/zipped up.

      The other pair I bought are from the "Neoblue" brand. Bought at a swap meet for $25 total. Very tight for a guy like me (again, 36" waist, 5'7'ish, 190lbs). They're definitely not skinny but do count as "slim". After wearing them for about a minute, it's not too hard to ignore the tight waist. Hard to find any info on the brand it seems.

      Thanks for the article.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for a great guide. I am really into skinny jeans and found that that the girls jeans seem to fit be better than the mens ones!. Recently I have purchased a pair of girls polyester/elastaine mix super skinny jeans, needless to say they are super tight (more like leggings) but look really good and because they stretch so much are very comfortable. Not had the confidence to wear them out yet though!

      Would appreciate any advice you could give as to what to wear with them. I certainly don't need anything else feminine, but don't want to go to the other extreme.

      Thanks

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      jaysiggs 4 years ago

      @anonymous: 32-21=11 but that doesn't seem right. I haven't really figured this out completely yet. Id start at like a 4 and see if you need smaller or larger. You could ask some of the people at the store too, you're not the first one to ask for stuff like this lol.

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      jaysiggs 4 years ago

      @anonymous: They'd be tighter, but they'd fit fine. Try on a few sizes to see what fits best

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i usually get american eagle skinny jeans 30 x 32 if i were to get super skinny rude jeans they would be able to fit good? also im around 6ft n skinny... advice

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for the article. If my waist size is 32 what would my size be in girls jeans??

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I liked your summary but have a question. If i were to shag my jeans a little should i increase the length or the waist size?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It's all about pushing the envelope, confidence. If you have the right legs - not broom pole thin, or work out bulged, but a bit of shape, then get the tightest your confidence level will stand. For me there is nothing to match girls super tight with a bit of stretch 1- 3% whatever or Topman Spray-ons. They show off this leg shape to the best advantage. I find them extremely comfortable. No, I'm not gay at all, but I like edgy, dodgy style and skin tight jeans fit right in. But you have to complete the picture. You can't wear tight jeans without the footware to compliment - otherwise you look half dressed. Thick sole creepers or chelsea boots with a cuban heel for a bit of smartness - and of course a perfecto biker jacket, popped collar, and dare I say it, with some studs (a lot)!!.

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      jaysiggs 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I will add that, thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Excellent summary! One thing I think is worth mentioning: Some of the Levi's 511s are 100% cotton, and some are 2% spandex, 98% cotton. That's going to affect the fit greatly. I personally like the 100% cotton ones cuz they keep their tightness longer, especially if sized down adequately.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nice collections

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @jaysiggs: yeah the 510 arent made too much. i just bought a pair of them i love them fit perfect just don't wash them in hot water or dry them in dryer because levis shrink

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      jaysiggs 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Yeah :/ probably weren't popular enough. they almost did away with the 510's too

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      where are the Levis Ex Girlfriend jeans at haha i used to have a pair but i noticed the company stopped selling them off their website so they must be gone

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      allysfashion 4 years ago

      I like your ideas about above topics. Your Post covers most of all the points related to the topic.For more information about fashion visit at Allys fashion website.

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      havokxtian 4 years ago

      Nice!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I found a website that sells fairly jeans, and drainpipes, plus its imported from Asia! http://www.yesstyle.com/en/home.html

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      jaysiggs 4 years ago

      @anonymous: That's crazy!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I personally like somewhere between skinny and slim...Although there is really no standardization. I have seen "skinny" jeans that fit basically regular.

      Check out 20Jeans (http://www.20jeans.com) for a great selection of skinny and slim jeans for men. AND...every pair is only $20. Boom :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: look at levis 520 taper or pacsun fairfax taper

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am desperately looking for a store that sells baggy topped skinny jeans for men. I wear a size thirty six and am very heavy boned.