Nothing says “American classic” like a trusty pair of jeans. But despite denim’s universal nature, it maintains an uncanny power to transform into a wide array of forms and expressions—dressed up to dressed down, workwear staple to high-fashion favorite. In recent incarnations gracing the runways and streets, the ubiquitous cloth has been tattered, torn, bleached, overdyed, distressed, and deconstructed, leaving the well-dressed man countless options for how to step out of the basic blue jean and into something spectacular this season. Read on for the five favorite men’s denim trends on our radar right now.
Moto jacket? How ‘bout moto jeans? Or better yet…both. Utilitarian compartments give denim a heavy-duty lift and up your chances of finding a surprise twenty in a pocket you forgot even existed.
Skip the raw edges in favor of these dark, clean looks, which are a stark contrast to the season’s roughed up alternatives.
Go ahead—be a little rough around the edges. Textural shreds, nonchalant tears, and subtle frays make each pair unique.
It’s a look that might seem fashion-forward—in Rick Owens’ culotte version, it would be hard to argue otherwise—but this trending silhouette is actually a nod to the first denim workwear staples worn way back in the day.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Unless those parts are patches, stitches, and inlays as intricate and deliberate as these.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: The days of not wearing white off-season are long gone. A stark bleached trouser is the new basic you’ll wear to up the polish on any ensemble—year-round.