Five Alternatives to Skinny Jeans

Skinny jeans may be a fashion essential to some people, but they’re not for everyone. Some of us may not be the right build, whilst others may not like the idea of squeezing into tight jeans. Don’t fret – there is a whole other world of jeans out there just waiting for you to try them.

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Most male clothing websites will offer a variety of cuts and styles, such as Let’s take a look at some jean styles that still look slick without cutting off anyone’s blood supply.

Tapered Jeans

Tapered jeans are the perfect solution for those who like the fitted look but not the skin-tight look. They are relaxed but come in smaller around the ankle, giving off that skinny illusion. Brands like Calvin Klein, Superdry and Farah jeans offer a good range of shades and sizes. They are so easy to style. Whether you’re going formal with a pair of brogues or casual with white trainers, they always give off cool vibes.

Slim Jeans

Don’t panic – we said slim, not skinny! These are sort of a hybrid between tapered and skinny jeans but much more breathable. A slim jean will make your outfit super slick and will show off your leg shape more. They look fantastic with an Oxford shirt for a night on the town or with a graphic tee when meeting the lads.

Wide-Leg Jeans

If you don’t like the slim or fitted look at all, fear not. There is still an option for you. So many trends seem to come back around, and wide-leg jeans from the ’90s are seeing a resurgence. Levi’s have some retro-feel pairs. A stone-washed jean can make an outfit look effortlessly thrown together whilst still being super stylish.

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Rolled-Up Jeans

Just for added attention to detail, why not try a slim jean with a turn up at the ankles? If you are on the shorter side, a roll-up shows off the gap between the ankle and trouser leg, giving the illusion of longer legs. To stop your ankles from getting frostbite in the winter, why not pair them with Chelsea boots?


Why not bypass jeans altogether and go for a chino? These look especially great at a more formal occasion with a “no denim” policy as they can be paired with shirts and blazers. They’re extremely comfortable and versatile, and they come in various colours.