Spray on, drainpipes, skinnies, however you want to refer to them, these badboys are designed to hug you from waist to ankle. Popular with the boys in the band and lads around town, they’re built with a bit of extra stretch to allow you to actually move once you’ve got in to them. Having first appeared on the scene back in the sixties they’ve enjoyed popularity ever since with fashion conscious lads.
The original, the O.G., the classic, the straight leg is the godfather of all modern denim cuts. The name straight, as you can imagine, comes from the cut’s relatively even fit from waist to ankle with the least variation in sizing between brands. Of course, it’s been through a few changes down the years but as a general rule should sit with room through the seat (that’s the back) thigh and calf. Straight denim is relaxed, it’s casual and it gives you plenty of room to manoeuvre. Make no mistake though a pair of straight jeans styled correctly can be as smart as anything.
Now Regular is the plain and simple, know exactly what you’re in for cut. Nice and relaxed with more than enough room to breathe. Comfort is the name of the game. Slap on a pair of regular jeans and you’ll be able to partner them with just about anything. Low maintenance, big results.
You know your mate who starts the night big and then fades off a bit towards the end, well he’s a tapered cut. A bit looser through the top end, the leg will get slimmer towards the ankle. The tapered cut is a relatively recent addition to the game, having appeared somewhere towards the end of the noughties. It’s essentially a hybrid of the straight and slim cuts. So if you’re all quad and no calf this is the one for you, but you really need to start doing leg day a bit better.
Not to be confused with skinnies, a slim cut is just the ticket for an everyday pair of jeans. A go to pair of jeans, if you like. It’s a look for a bloke who respects a tidy, slim look but doesn’t want to have to go through a tub of Vaseline just to get ‘em on. This particular cut has enjoyed immense popularity over the past decade and has been championed by the likes of David Beckham and Liam Gallagher. Fit wise, should sit nicely against the thigh and calf and open up towards the bottom of the leg for a relaxed fit against the shoe.