For denim with a difference, we talk to Men’s Denim Buyer Elizabeth Mackirdy, where she runs through her top picks for new season jeans, the trends for Autumn/Winter, and how best to care for your denim.
Finding a good pair of great fitting jeans is no easy task. When shopping for men’s denim jeans, it can be hard knowing what the best fit for you is. Even if you find a well-fitting pair, will they reflect your sartorial style? No need to fret or get your denim in a twist, because this week is all out new season denim for men. Sitting down exclusively with Fenwick’s very own Men’s Denim Buyer, Elizabeth Mackirdy, she discusses the denim your autumn arsenal shouldn’t be without. From the upcoming trends to top tips for keeping your jeans looking newer for longer, consider this your go-to denim guide for the season ahead.
Men’s denim buyer Elizabeth Mackirdy says, “Skinny jeans are a style that will always be on-trend.” The tight-fitting shape continues from the waist to the ankle, moulding to your frame for a lean and modern profile. When it comes to [skinny jeans](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/men/clothing/jeans/skinny), expect to find distressed, vintage-inspired detailing this season. “Scandinavian brand, Nudie Jeans are a great example of the lived-in trend coming into play,” continues Elizabeth. From a faded wash to random whickering throughout, they channel a natural insouciance for a sartorial style that captures a carefree allure.
#### Slim Cut
No matter your personal style or the occasion, a pair of [slim fit jeans](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/men/clothing/jeans/slim) are a must-have. “They’re the one fit no modern man should find himself without,” says Elizabeth. “The most versatile of all the denim fits, they work effortlessly from day to dusk,” she continues. Tapered and tailored without restricting your movement, this style is slimmer on the thigh with a narrow leg opening. If you have a darker wash, Elizabeth recommends styling with a “button-down shirt and unconstructed blazer and a pair of loafers for a polished look, suited to a smarter occasion”.
#### Straight Leg
Flattering, functional and fashionable; [straight leg jeans](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/men/clothing/jeans/straight) are the most classic of cuts. Designed with an even leg width that does not taper towards the ankle, they are the perfect choice for the man on the move. “If you’re going to invest in a pair of straight leg jeans, you’ll want them to be from [Levis](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/search/?cgid=levis),” says Elizabeth. Adding, “established in 1873, there’s a reason the iconic 501’s should be a part of every man’s arsenal.”We recommend styling lighter washes with a slogan tee and pair of designer trainers for a _laissez-faire_ attitude that works on the weekends.
Fashion-forward cuts, distressing and a variety of shades to choose from; [tapered jeans](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/men/clothing/jeans/tapered) take casualwear to a new dimension. A true representation of modern denim, they gradually taper at the ankle while still retaining a generous fit through the thigh and onto the calf. Creating the illusion of a skinny fit, they are a comfortable alternative for those seeking something inbetween a skinny and slim silhouette. Elizabeth notes, “tapered jeans are a great way to reinforce your individuality and stand-out from the crowd. Try cuffing the hems so they sit just on top of the ankle - it keeps your ensemble looking on-trend without having to try.”
#### How to Care for Denim Jeans:
* Washing your jeans too often can cause the shape to change and colour to fade. To keep them looking newer for longer, wash them every 10 wears.
* When you do wash them, turn them inside out and set to a cold wash. If you have a pair of tapered jeans you’ve rolled up, remember to unroll them to ensure all the dirt is cleansed away.
* Although convenient, tumble dryers are the enemy when it comes to jeans. When possible, let them air dry.
* For inbetween washes, use a mild soap, warm water and an unused toothbrush to remove smaller stains you may have accumulated during the day.
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