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The best jeans for men in 2022

Streetwear apparel jeans men and women crossing road in city Even something like denim is not immune to change. Over the years certain styles have come and gone, and 2022 will bring with it some new jeans trends for men.

In recent years, skin-tight fits have been supplanted by 2000s bagginess, distressed denim has become so holey it disappeared entirely, and high-rise waists have returned from their decades of slumber. But what's next for jeans in 2022? We take a look at some of the biggest denim trends of the year.

The new length

Cropped and pin rolled jeans are still prevalent in modern men's fashion. So much so that it's easy to forget that there was ever another, longer variant. But it did exist and it will make a comeback in 2022.

The reappearance of jeans with longer legs that reach above the ankle is symptomatic of something larger that is happening across all areas of men's fashion. Styles that were popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s are making a comeback.

The new lengthof jeans
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How you wear the jeans trend

It's pretty simple: just roll your jeans back down or buy longer ones. Pay attention to the fit though: the look is great for relaxed or normal cut jeans but doesn't work so much for slim-cut models. As for the rest of your outfit, avoid anything that is too tight, as it would be annoying next to the loose-fitting jeans.

Read also: The 6 best men's sneakers to wear with jeans

Blue is the new black

For many years, grey and black jeans were ubiquitous, but in 2022 they will be less and less seen. Blue is on the rise again and there are enough shades to cover just about any occasion imaginable.

Medium wash indigo denim is becoming increasingly popular, which also means a move away from the lighter stonewash styles. Raw indigo denim is still a great option, with the added benefit of being stylish enough to work in the office as well.

handsome man wearing Blue jeans
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How you wear the jeans trend

Blue jeans are best at home in casual wear. Indigo denim has its roots in workwear and will always look great with other pieces that are made of similar fabric, so to speak. Stick to casual tops like flannel shirts, plain t-shirts, and boots or sneakers and you can't go far wrong.

If you want it a little fancier, just go for a darker colour. Dark shades of blue, such as indigo, go well with oxford shirts, loafers or derby shoes and even with a blazer.

Work clothes 2.0

The love of men's fashion for work clothes is nothing new. Along with sports and the military, this is one of the most common looks that designers love to be inspired by.

Jeans, and denim in general, have their roots in workwear. It was a fabric preferred by workers for its sturdiness. But it's not just the material this season is about. Details inspired by work clothes such as hammer loops and patch pockets are also experiencing an unexpected comeback.

Meanwhile, denim chore jackets are also experiencing a resurgence. And luckily, they're a bit easier to style.

Work clothes
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How you wear the jeans trend

Carpenter jeans aren't easy to mix and match, but they're best worn as part of a workwear-style outfit if you don't want to look like a 13-year-old 2002 skateboarder. It's best to combine denim shirts with either contrasting jeans or trousers and round off the look with a sturdy pair of boots.

Baggy pants

There is another key symptom of the fashion revival of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Baggy is back, and this time it's not just skaters and teens wearing the look. Baggy fits can be found everywhere, from pants to T-shirts, and denim has not been spared this trend either.

Loose-fitting jeans will be rampant in 2021, which may be a tough blow to those of us who have lived in slim fit jeans for the past decade. But wide jeans have their advantages when it comes to comfort, and when properly styled they can actually look great.

Baggy pants
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How you wear the jeans trend

The first thing you should know is that “baggy” is not a synonym for “ill-fitting”. It's entirely possible to wear a wide, loose fit without looking like a kid who ransacked his father's closet. Make sure you get the right fit first - medium-high cut, tight at the waist, roomy at the thigh, with a slight taper from knee to ankle - and everything else will take care of itself.

The same applies here: Avoid combining baggy jeans with something tight-fitting. Instead, opt for similarly loose and relaxed garments that complement the cut of the jeans.

(Long-running) slim fit jeans

While skin-tight silhouettes have almost disappeared from men's fashion, narrow cuts are still there and will be. It's a timeless fit that's flattering and versatile, so it's always worth buying.

It might not be a megatrend, but slim fit jeans will always look great no matter the year or season. Think of this style as one of the basic building blocks of your wardrobe. It's simple, chic and, perhaps most importantly, it won't scare you if you stumble upon old photos of yourself 10 years from now.

slim fit jeans
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How you wear the jeans trend

Slim fit jeans are best worn with other fitted clothing. Otherwise, you can wear them however you want. In black, you can combine it with black derby shoes and an Oxford shirt, or you can wear it casually with a sweatshirt with a round neckline and a pair of trainers. It's your choice!

A stack of jeans on a wooden background

But no matter which trend you are betting on in 2021, there is one thing you should always pay attention to quality. Because one thing is clear: You will prefer to wear your new trendy jeans if you can do so with a clear conscience!

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