One of the most frustrating things that we can think of is when you see one of your friends or colleagues walking around in a pair of perfectly fitting jeans. It’s not only frustrating because it makes them look good, it’s frustrating because more often than not you lack the perfect fitting pair for yourself.
The truth is, picking out the best fitting jeans for men is difficult. Generally speaking, you can’t just walk into a shop and buy a pair of jeans. They just won’t be the perfect style you’re looking for.
In this article, we want to appeal to the masses with a guide that explains how to get the best fitting jeans for men by body type. It’s easy to go up to your friend and ask them where they got their jeans, but if they are a different body type than you, then more often than not they aren’t going to fit in the same way that you are imagining.
To make it easier for you, we’ll be compiling a list of examples for each body type to give a men’s jeans fit guide. Regardless of whether you are short, tall, skinny, or overweight, we will have the best form-fitting jeans that will leave you feeling confident and comfortable.
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The best fitting jeans for men by body type
If you clicked onto this article, more than likely it’s because you were thinking ‘what type of jean fits my body?’
It’s not always that simple. After all, body types are difficult to adhere to. Not everyone fits perfectly into one specific body type. For the purposes of this article, we are going to assume that everyone fits into at least one of three categories: ectomorph, mesomorph, or endomorph.
Many of you will have heard of these three body types. If you haven’t, then we will explain them as simply as we can, so you can categorize yourselves.
Ectomorphs are the leanest of the three. They are typically what you’d classify as skinny. They have little body fat to their frame, and they actually struggle to put it on.
If you aren’t an ectomorph, then you know an ectomorph, and if you are an ectomorph, then you’ve probably heard the phrase “Oh, you’re so lucky to be able to eat all of that food” a thousand times.
The truth is, ectomorphs are at a pretty significant disadvantage when it comes to clothes, and jeans in particular. The reason being is that ectomorphs are unable to simply squeeze into a new pair of jeans and make them appear to fit well. Instead, some ectomorphs will rightfully complain that their shape gives them a ‘coat hanger’ look.
Many ectomorphs take on various challenges, like weightlifting. They still find the weight gain aspect difficult, but it’ll go a long way to ensuring that jeans and other clothes fit better.
We want to point out that being an ectomorph is no overwhelming negative either. In fact, we think it is great that you are able to wear and pull off skinny jeans much easier than the other types.
With that being said, all ectomorphs appear to have many of the following characteristics:
- Slender build with narrow hips
- Ectomorphs may have long limbs, but are not always tall
- Appear ‘lanky’
- Extremely fast metabolism
- Difficulty gaining weight
- Narrow shoulders and overall upper body frame
For ectomorphs, it is not straightforward with any clothes. There is always the fine line between something fitting well and looking like it is just dropping off of you. That’s why it is so important to focus on getting the right clothes for your body type when you’re an ectomorph.
A mesomorph is someone who is just normal. Simply put, they are those who put on weight easily but also lose it easily. They generally have pretty athletic-looking physiques, but even if they don’t, they rarely look underweight or fat.
Mesomorphs are going to find it easier to find clothes that suit them, and that is even truer when applied to jeans. Mesomorphs will find it easier to get jeans that fit their legs and shape them in an attractive way.
Fortunately enough, mesomorphs are also the guys who can cruise into a store and find a pair of jeans that fit perfectly instantly. However, with that being said, we should not forget that it is important to find items of clothing that fit you perfectly, even if you are predisposed to looking good regardless.
If you’re wondering whether you fit in this category, then here are some of the characteristics that you can expect to find in yourself:
- Athletic build
- Gain muscle easily
- Gain fat pretty easily
- Sturdy frame – never look weak or fragile
- Typically average height
- Regular metabolism
The one thing that mesomorphs generally have to worry about is the decrease of their metabolism as time goes on. They are likely to realise that they are finding it increasingly easy to put on weight as time goes on, and it is always something they have to look out for. This is also something that needs to be kept in consideration when finding a new pair of jeans to buy.
The third and final body type is the endomorph. Easily summarized as the opposite of the ecto, the endo will find it much easier to put on weight, and fat in particular. Those who identify as endomorphs will note that their metabolism is much slower than others and that their body shape is generally pretty stocky and thick.
When it comes to clothing, endomorphs generally look bigger. Whether they exercise or not, they will probably look best in styles that aren’t so ‘form-fitting’. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that style if it’s what you want to go for. For the majority, keeping things loose or regular will provide the most flattering look.
An endomorph is typically some or all of the following:
- Of a shorter height
- Stocky and thick build
- Chunky, strong arms and legs
- Slow metabolism
- Find it easy to gain weight – in muscle or fat
- Struggle to lose fat without cardio or extreme dieting
Knowing your body type and characteristics will help you when moving forward with your wardrobe choices. Gaining awareness of your body type makes it so much easier when you want to begin buying, as you won’t regret any of the choices that you’ve made.
So take a moment to categorize yourself into one of the three above, and then you’ll find perfectly-fitted jeans in no time. To help you, we will be providing types of jeans in all of the above categories.
The best fitting jeans for ectomorphs
Even though you may be tempted, it is probably sensible to stay away from super skinny styles as an ectomorph. Even though they are fashionable, and certainly in style, they don’t give the most attractive look to ectomorphs who weigh very little.
Instead, you should be looking for jeans that can provide a tapered look but without the skintight vibe. Even though there’s not much that you can do to help it, you don’t really want your stick thin legs to be hugged tight by a pair of denim. It won’t be doing you any favors.
One of the greatest examples of jeans for ectomorphs comes with the Levi’s 511 jeans. They are a great blend of materials, combined with an ideal fit for those of you who have a skinnier frame.
What we love about this choice right off the bat is that Levi’s are a favorite amongst so many people. They are a household name when it comes to denim, and for good reason. Their quality is often above and beyond, and that’s even more reason to grab a pair.
When it comes to the material of slim fit jeans, you’re always advised to keep an eye out for a blend that includes spandex. If you do that, then you know you’ll be getting some ‘give’, meaning that you’ll be getting a flattering look. As with anything when you’re an ecto, you don’t want to take it too far and get something with a high percentage of spandex. More than likely, these will make you look like you’re far too skinny and look silly.
Fortunately, the Levi’s 511 jeans are 99% cotton and 1% spandex, a seemingly perfect blend for a pair of slim fit jeans. They have a clear tapered leg, and after one look you can tell that it is going to be suitable for any type of ectomorph on the hunt for new jeans.
The 511 jeans come in many styles and colors, so you’ll have no problem picking out a pair that you love. From the classic all black to all white or even a distressed blue denim, you’ve got it all covered.
If you’re an ectomorph, you won’t go wrong with an entire wardrobe full of Levi’s, and that’s the greatest compliment that we can give them.
- Great blend of materials for a slim, tapered fit
- Household name, so quality is guaranteed
- Plenty of styles and options to go for
- Most flattering look for ectomorphs
- Can be an expensive choice
These are the perfect jeans for an ectomorph, if you’re just looking for a reliable and top quality item. They can be a little pricey, but it’s more than worth it.
Another Levi brand is included here, because they make some of the best on the market. However, this brand is one of their cheaper outlets, and that’s what makes them such an ideal choice for any man – particularly ectos.
Again, these are premium quality and durable jeans that you can expect from Levi Strauss. They are 99% cotton and 1% spandex, giving you that perfect-fitting jean that you want.
As we mentioned earlier, ectos often are tall, and that’s why these jeans are a great choice for you. The legs go down to a long 34 inches, but they are still not made to be tight around the ankle, so they should be great for even the tallest of people.
If we want to look at comfort, they are made from durable flex denim. This is a material that makes them feel extremely comfortable to wear and worth the investment.
- Another worthwhile brand that prides itself on quality
- A fit that can hide how skinny ectos are and provide a flattering look instead
- Comfortable yet durable choice of material
- Not a great range of color or style options
If you’re looking for a simple pair of jeans that are both quality and budget price, then these should be your pick. You are getting jeans that fit nicely, and you will be pleased with your purchase.
The slim, tapered fit is one that ectomorphs should always be aiming for, because it adds a bit of shape to their leg without looking too skinny. Plus, if you think about it, skinny men should never be wearing completely straight leg jeans. Kevin Durant does it and pulls it off, but that’s just because he’s Kevin Durant. If you’re not a multi-millionaire basketball star, then you should probably give it a rest.
That’s why you choose a pair like these. Dickies are known for their workwear and therefore produce pants that always are durable, as they need to go through quite a bit of strain on a daily basis.
Other than that, Dickies jeans are always comfortable. That’s one of the things they pride themselves on, as they know that the majority of their target audience will be wearing them all day every day. There would be no use in producing jeans that are uncomfortable, and that’s why they don’t.
These jeans have no spandex included in the material list, but, as you can see from the photos, the modern, tapered look is a great addition.
- Great brand that cares about comfort and quality
- Budget-friendly jeans that are worth the investment
- Modern, tapered fit that looks great
- No spandex in the material, so there is a distinct lack of ‘stretch’
As a man, you have most likely heard of Dickies. They make trousers and jeans for men who love to put them through their paces. As a result, you can always guarantee that the quality is going to be worth it. These are no different.
Goodthreads is a brand that Amazon created themselves and therefore gets less attention than many others out there. However, Amazon has a huge reputation to uphold, and they would gain nothing by producing items that aren’t top quality.
With that in mind, we always lean towards their products, as we feel that they have a chip on their shoulder that makes them feel like they have something to prove.
The jeans themselves are made with 2% spandex, which is just enough to give that stretch feel that is so important with slim fit jeans. This provides an extra layer of comfort and style to a pair of already good-looking jeans.
As Goodthreads say themselves, these jeans are similar to J. Crew or Levi’s in their construction and quality, and that’s what makes their low price point even more impressive. As an ectomorph, you will not go wrong with a pair of cheap Goodthreads jeans; you’ll be getting the quality you deserve.
- Tailored cut that is slim through thigh
- 2% spandex for stretchy comfort
- Great-quality jeans by an unknown brand
- They have less reviews or word-of-mouth referrals than other household brands
If you’re looking to spend your money on a pair of jeans that are perfect for ectos, then you should just go for these. Yeah, they’re not the flashiest, and they’re certainly not a massively well-known name, but they’re worth it.
G-Star is an expensive denim brand that has made its name for producing innovative yet top-quality jeans. These in particular make the most of a tri-blend of materials that is rare to see: lyocell, cotton, and polyester. This gives a comfortable yet durable and sturdy combination that is guaranteed to keep you happy on a day-to-day basis.
The fit itself is slim; this is what we have identified as being the best choice for ectos, and there’s no doubt that we believe these would be an ideal choice for you if you were looking for some jeans to buy for the long term.
- Great quality
- Innovative choice of materials
- Well-known brand
- Expensive, but could be a good choice for a long-term investment
Sometimes, we like to buy an expensive pair of jeans that we expect to see us through quite a few years. If that is the case for you, then these jeans could be perfect. You will be paying slightly over the odds, but they will return to you great comfort and durability to last quite some time.
A slim, straight jean is one that is slimmer through the thigh and then looser around the calf and ankle. This is actually one of the greater choices for ectomorphs, because quite often you are able to build muscle around or gain weight around the top of the thighs, and that’s the only area that the jean is cut close to. Once you’re past this point, you are just showing off a pair of jeans that are as comfortable as they are stylish.
The jeans themselves are a blend of cotton and spandex, and this is perfect for many people, including ourselves, for many of the reasons we have previously listed in this article. To summarize, the addition of spandex gives an added stretch that will only make things more comfortable.
With this collection, you have plenty of styles and colors to pick from, and that’s something to keep in mind.
- Plenty of choices and color options
- Cheap – great for budget pick
- A combo of slim and straight fit that suits an ectomorph
- The slim fit can look baggy around the calves if you do not have much muscle there
Ultimately, a good pair of jeans for ectomorphs is one that helps accentuate the slender frame without making them look completely malnourished. These jeans do the trick.
The best fitting jeans for mesomorphs
As we discussed more in-depth earlier in this article, mesomorphs have that gift of being able to look good in almost anything – to the extent where they can pretty much just walk into a shop and pick up a pair of jeans, knowing that they will suit them in one way, shape, or form.
Fortunately for them, this does mean that the jean pool (see what we did there?) is pretty broad. Unlike the ecto and endomorphs, it’s not recommended to stick to one particular style of jean, and I think that is what makes this body type the ideal.
First, we think that skinny-fitting jeans are some of the most flattering. They are the modern look, and most well-known brands invest a lot of time and effort into making their skinny jeans perfect. Not only that, but the muscular, athletic build is going to fill the jeans and provide a look that men would love from a pair of jeans.
By that same token, the slim jeans that we discussed earlier would also perfectly fit a mesomorph, potentially even more so than they do an ectomorph.
On the other side of the spectrum, if you’re a classic man who prefers a straighter cut down the leg, then you will be pleased to know that you suit these, too. The stockier look will do you wonders.
Ultimately, the mesomorph body type is a jack-of-all-trades, and that is what makes it so perfect for jean shopping. Regardless, we will provide some examples of what to look out for and why they are great for the mesomorph.
As mesomorphs, you will most likely have thighs that are quite thick and athletic. This is a great combination if you want to wear slim, straight jeans. The slim, straight style will provide you with style and comfort and makes them perfect for all kinds of wear.
For example, if you are going out to a party, then these jeans are the perfect accompaniment to a nice sweatshirt or jacket. Similarly, if you are going to work, then there’s also no doubt that these jeans are going to be perfect for you, too.
In terms of material, we are looking at 98% cotton and 2% elastane, giving the stretchy vibe that is necessary when you’re a mesomorph. With the additional weight and muscle mass, you will probably require a bit of extra give when moving around, and this means that you can buy tighter than usual without a problem.
CK themselves are a household brand name, but they also list their jeans as being completely comparable to Levi’s Men’s 513 jeans, so we can be assured that the quality of these jeans are going to be top.
- Great style for mesomorphs
- Calvin Klein brand is a household name and a great option
- Similar to Levi’s in style and construction
- Plenty of color options, covering work or leisure
- They run big around the waist, so perhaps size down
Even though almost all styles fit mesomorphs, these fit to the extreme. A perfect choice for any meso looking for a new pair of jeans that is form-fitting and flattering.
One of the best things about fitting skinny jeans perfectly is the ability to switch them up and get some of the modern, fashionable styles.
The mainstream trend in 2019 is to get a pair of distressed jeans. These will have rips across the knees and elsewhere, and they are typically found on skinny stretch jeans. In this instance, they will most likely suit mesomorphs and no one else – that’s why we have included them.
They are a great option if you are looking to use your body type to wear something that not many others can. They fully combine comfortable, elegant jeans with the mainstream trends that we see every day.
- A different style that is easily worn by mesos
- A made-to-measure fit
- Mainstream and trendy
- Many men do not like the ripped look
The mainstream trend nowadays is to wear jeans with a distressed look. These jeans suit that perfectly and look great doing so.
As we noted above, slim fit stretch jeans not only fit ectomorphs but also fit mesos perfectly. We feel that the mesomorph body shape suits that tight cut perfectly, because they have thicker and more athletic legs to pull it off.
These jeans have an excellent stretchy and elastic fabric that is going to make that shape even more apparent. Each pair of ZLZ jeans is sturdy, durable, and comfortable – a great combination.
- Form-fitting for mesomorphs
- Simple and to the point; effective jeans
- Good materials and good quality
- Mesos may complain that they are too tight (if they have overdeveloped legs)
If you spend time training your legs, or just naturally have some good-sized legs, then it is natural to want to show them off. These jeans are ideal for that, thanks to the stretch and slim-fit material.
Straight off the bat, you know that these jeans are going to be great, because they’ve got Levi’s written all over them. The quality and durability that these jeans provide are unparalleled, and that’s just another reason why you should consider investing in a pair.
For mesos with well-developed legs, straight fit jeans can be a great option. The reason the mesomorph body type is ideal for straight leg jeans is because you are bigger across the body. The general shape of your body means that straight fit jeans do not look out of place, and they do not swamp you in any way.
This is also the fit that is classic and most commonly found around the workplace. If you are desperate to find a pair of jeans that is going to be used for everything, then this is it.
- An alternative fit jean that is universally suitable for this body type
- LComfortable and made by Levi’s
- Plenty of styles to choose from
- Not too expensive considering the quality
- The fit can be inconsistent, so be careful
Shopping with Levi’s guarantees a perfect jean each time, so it is no surprise that we have included them in the list of best jeans for mesomorphs. These are a straight fit, so they are slightly different to usual, yet they are still perfect for most men.
The ZADDIC skinny fit jeans are made with mesomorphs in mind. They are skinny jeans that combine this trend and style with comfort.
Around the thigh, they are made to be tight and form fitting – this will only accentuate any muscle mass or thickness that you have – and then it leads into a tighter calf area that is likely to be well developed if you are a meso.
The design is made to provide relaxed mobility without restrictions – an added bonus for anyone looking for new jeans to wear on a daily basis and for extended periods.
- Younger-looking skinny jeans
- Great sculpted look for mesos
- Very good option for men on a budget
- The length on these jeans always is regular (32”)
Quite often, the problem that mesos find is in getting the jean over the thigh – or hips in particular. These jeans are made with that in mind, and they are stretchier around these areas to make room for any additional weight or muscle you have in this area.
The best fitting jeans for endomorphs
If you are an endomorph, then unfortunately your options are pretty limited.
It is doubtful that you want to grab yourselves a pair of skin-tight jeans from the wardrobe, as they are likely to be uncomfortable, and they won’t look great, either.
Sadly, it just comes down to what your body shape suits the most, and when you are an endomorph, then you have to stick to regular, relaxed, or loose-fitting jeans. The reason for this is because you are most likely to have chunkier, meatier legs than either ectos or mesos. Rather than accentuating that fact, you are going to want to create the illusion that you are slimmer, trendier, and suitable for nice jeans.
One thing that endos can look out for is the addition of a flexible waistband. This is a perfect addition to any endomorph’s jean collection, because it makes up for the additional size around the waist that you perhaps don’t make up for in the legs.
It seems illogical that we are suggesting that jeans with stretch fabric are perfect for endomorphs, but hear us out.
Regular fit, comfort stretch actually can be one of the most flattering looks for those who are chunkier. After all, they have a bit of extra give, and the straight fit has a bit of extra fabric that provides a look that is more accentuating of the positives.
The material that is used is a flex, durable denim, meaning that your jeans are made to last, even through versatile and consistent wear. Having said that, the jeans have a comfort flex waistband that is made with comfort in mind. You will be able to squeeze yourself into these jeans, regardless of whether you are gaining or losing weight.
Not only that, but they are the jack-of-all-trades type of jeans. Not only will you be able to wear these at work, but they will work down at the pub or at soccer with the kids on Saturday morning.
- Top-quality jeans built to last
- LA fit that is flattering to endomorphs
- Stretch waistband, perfect for those with slow metabolisms and prevents the jeans from slipping down too much
- The button can be difficult, as the hole is quite thick
Endomorphs quite often require a flexible waistline, because they are prone to gaining and losing weight regularly. Not only that, but quite often the hips and waist are wide when the legs aren’t. That’s why these jeans make the most of a stretch and straight fit whilst giving the added security of a flexible waistband.
We have repeatedly sung the praises of Levi’s throughout this article, so we will spare you from having to listen to us do it again. However, we just wanted to underline the fact that these jeans, in particular, are the best-rated sellers in big dress pants. This is to really drill home the fact that they are perfect for an endomorph.
Talking about the jeans themselves, they make the most of 1% spandex, just to give that extra stretch. Jeans can get uncomfortable, even if they are loose-fitting, so it is nice knowing that you’ve got the stretch there.
In terms of options, you’ve got plenty. Every color and style that you could imagine, Levi’s has probably made it.
- A roomy, comfortable fit for the bigger men out there
- Relaxed fit jeans are a great option for endomorphs
- Plenty of options
- Levi’s brand name
- The sizing is difficult to guess over the internet; try some on in person first before buying at a better price online
The bottom line with Levi’s is always simple: get them. However, for these in particular, they should be of serious interest to endomorphs and those who carry a bit of extra weight around.
We know what you’re thinking: athletic fit?! For endomorphs?!
Why? Well, because they often are made with additional stretch and super-soft denim that actually can be beneficial to those with a bigger waistline and with bigger bones and general structure.
The additional elastane that often is used with athletic style jeans makes it a perfect option for men who need added stretch and comfort with their jeans.
Not only that, but they often are shaped and tapered in a way that allows for style in almost any occasion. Aside from that, endomorphs will find comfort in knowing that they will look fashionable and attractive in a pair of jeans like this.
Also, if you click through to the jeans, you will notice that there is an option for big & tall sizing. This is an added bonus if you are an endomorph who happens to have long legs.
- A great option for endomorphs who are looking to be stylish as well as comfortable
- Ultra-soft premium denim that molds around you, rather than the other way round
- Stretchy in the waist, so potentially could downsize
Endomorphs must be careful with something like athletic fit, but every so often there comes a pair that is perfect for everyone. These have added a comfort waistband that is welcoming for all endomorphs.
We discussed the relaxed fit comfort waistband jean earlier, but these relaxed fit jeans are more rigid around the waist.
Yes, there’s still the relaxed fit that gives comfort and breathability around the thigh and glutes. However, the waist itself sits just under the natural waistline, giving a comfortable fit, but one that doesn’t change with you.
As is always welcome with a pair of jeans, they are a perfect indication of function meeting style. Not only will you feel comfortable on a daily basis, you will look good doing it. Perfect when you are looking to wear the same pair of jeans to the pub, to work, or downtown.
For those of you who love to buy jeans with a view to keeping them for quite some time, these in particular are built to last and made with durable materials.
- Comfortable and breathable
- Built to last
- Function meets style
- Waist sizes go up to 42
- No extended sizing for those above a 42, and then the waistband isn’t flexible
Relaxed fit is generally the perfect fit for endomorphs, and these prove it like no other. They give a fitted jean that looks stylish yet flatters endomorphs like no other.
Earlier, we noted how much we loved the flexible and comfortable waistband found on the Wranglers. However, it looks like HEMIKS have outdone them here in comfort.
Jogging bottoms are one of the most comfortable items of clothing that you can get, and we feel like they are perfect for the majority of endomorphs. However, you are frowned upon if you leave the house wearing them on a daily basis – particularly to work.
These jeans allow you to combine the fashion and style of denim jeans with the flexibility and comfort of jogging bottoms. The drawstring waistband can be hidden, but most importantly it can be used to provide you with comfort and a perfect fit.
These jeans are relaxed fit, and the waist is super stretchy, so, regardless of your size or body composition, they will fit in some shape or form.
- Denim jeans with the comfort of sweatpants
- Super stretchy, flexible waistband
- Don’t need to wear a belt
- Can be too loose if you are not a complete endomorph
Every so often, you come across a clothing innovation that makes you think, “Yep, that’s genius”. We definitely feel like this is one of those. Not only do you have the style and the looks of denim, you have the comfort and freedom of sweatpants. Win-win.
Our final thoughts are that it is possible to get a pair of jeans that suits each and every body type.
In this article, we started with a focus on explaining the three different body types: ectomorph, mesomorph and endomorph. Then, we moved on to picking out what we feel are the best choices of jeans for each of the above.
We would love to hear your thoughts and whether or not you agree with our choices. Let us know in the comments, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.