From bootcut and straight leg to dirty and stonewashed, Eastbay brings you the inside scoop on how to shop online for the perfect jeans.
You already know that Eastbay has the best clothing and equipment to keep you looking good out on the field, court or diamond, but what about after the game? It's just as important to look your best at school or when you're just kicking it with your friends. The best way to do that is with a great pair of jeans. But between school, practice and games, who has the time to go to the store and wade through all of the brands, sizes, styles and colors to find the one perfect pair?
Eastbay.com is here to help! It's true that buying jeans online can be a guessing game, but we want your Eastbay shopping experience to be a success. To help lessen the worry of a return or exchange, we've broken down the sizing, fits and styles of jeans so you can choose the right jean for your body type quickly and easily.
The first step to finding your perfect pair of jeans is to know your size. Since most jeans sizes correspond to actual measurements (in inches) on your body, this step is going to take a little work-the help of an assistant and a tape measure.
The first measurement you will need to take is of your waist. To do this, wrap the tape measure around your body so that it is level with your belly button. Place a finger between your waist and the tape measure to ensure comfort, since most jeans will shrink a little after the first wash cycle.
To measure your inseam, have your assistant extend the tape measure down your inner leg from just below your crotch to your foot. It's important to remember that a lot of jeans are designed to shrink, so it might be a good idea to buy jeans with a slightly longer length than your measurement.
It's also important to consider how you usually wear your jeans, as this can affect the accuracy of your measurements. Do you like them to sit at your natural waist or do you like them to be a little lower around you hips? Make sure that when measuring your inseam, you're wearing a pair of jeans that already fit you well. That way, the next pair you buy will have a similar length.
Although most jeans sizes consist of both waist and inseam measurements, some brands do have standard inseam lengths. We offer several of these brands at Eastbay.com. For example, most of our LRG jeans have a 32" inseam for waist sizes 28-30, a 33" inseam for waist sizes 32-34 and a 34" inseam for waist sizes 36-46, while most Rocawear jeans only come with a 34" inseam.
With many different sizes, styles and fits available, jean shopping can be very overwhelming. Knowing your body type, and which fit will flatter it the most, is the best way to weed out the options that won't work for you and cut down on your shopping time so you can get back in the game.
If you're looking for a jean that will be in style for a long time, this is the cut for you. Since bootcut jeans were originally designed to fit over cowboy boots, they are slim fitting from the waist to the knees then gently flare from the knee to the opening. The classic style of bootcut jeans makes them perfect for wearing with a pair of dress shoes and a button-up when you have to sport a dressier look on game days. This fit tends to be flattering on a wide variety of body types and is the best option for guys with a skinnier build. Heavier-set guys, however, should avoid this cut, as the flare will only make you seem larger than you actually are.
If you're going for a simpler, classic look, straight-cut jeans are the way to go. These jeans don't taper (start wide and progressively narrow) or flare. Instead, they fall straight from the waist to the floor, slimming any problem areas to provide a streamlined, always-in-style vibe for almost any body type. If straight-fit jeans are for you, Levi's jeans are a good place to start.
Relaxed (or Wide Leg)
Relaxed-fit jeans are loosely cut from waist to bottom, leaving you plenty of room to move and be comfortable. This style is the best for heavier-set and muscular guys, because it will accentuate a toned frame without hugging any curves or bulges. Avoid wide-leg jeans if you have a thinner build, as the excess material will drown you and create a very sloppy look.
Although not as timeless as some of the other cuts, men's skinny jeans have recently become very popular. They're difficult to pull off and should be reserved for guys with extremely thin builds. They are ultra slim through the hips and thighs with a severely tapered leg and skin-tight closeness throughout. The form-fitting cut of these jeans creates a hip, vintage look that flatters a very slim figure.
There's another option for guys who want to sport this look without the skin-tight feel. Slim-fit jeans are tapered in a way similar to that of skinny jeans without being too form fitting, allowing guys with a more average build to look their best and still be comfortable.
Jeans gain a unique touch of personality through their color. The baseline color for a pair of jeans comes from dye, which is applied either before or after the jeans are constructed (sewn together). Once each of these steps is complete, the manufacturer will usually wash the jeans in order to get rid of excess dye and in most cases, to speed up the breaking-in process.
Raw denim is the exception to this rule. A relatively new trend, raw denim is dyed and then left unwashed, so that the wearer's body can create genuine distress patterns over time. These jeans are usually more expensive and should be washed much less than other pairs in order to maintain their custom look.
There are many different denim washes and aging techniques used today. As a result, every pair of jeans has a different style, so when choosing a wash it's important to think about when you will be wearing these jeans the most and what shirts you want to pair with them. Here are some of the more popular options.
Indigo wash is going to be the best for work or more formal settings. These jeans are usually very dark, and if they have any fading at all, it is uniform throughout the entire jean. This means that they can be paired with almost anything and can easily go from a dressy game day at school to a dinner and a movie on Friday night.
To get a pair of worn-in jeans without putting in the time or effort to get them there, choose vintage wash. This look is usually achieved through the use of enzymes, which react to the cellulose fibers of the denim and break down their surface, releasing some of the dye and lightening the color. Vintage jeans are usually slightly distressed, with whiskering (removal of pigment in areas of natural wear, such as behind the knees and in the crotch region) and tearing working together to create a broken-in, laid-back feel.
This technique consists of adding some brown or yellow tint to the denim in order to alter its color and create a dirty or stained appearance. This wash is often paired with some level of destruction, like fraying or abrasions, to make the jeans seem heavily used.
Stonewashed jeans are a must-have item in every guy's wardrobe. This classic wash goes well with almost any outfit and can easily be dressed up or down with little effort. In this process, jeans are washed with pumice stones, which break some of the denim fibers to create a more faded look and softer feel. Just remember that with any abrasion technique, your jeans have actually been physically damaged, so they may not last as long as you would like.
No matter what the technique, the more times a pair of jeans is washed by the manufacturer, the more faded they will be. These lighter jeans are always best saved for casual settings, like a pick-up game of football in the backyard or playing video games with the guys, while darker jeans are great for family events and dates.
The longer you wear a pair of jeans, the more personalized they will become to your body and its movements, fading in certain areas while remaining dark in others. This means that no matter what, you will always be able to have your own distinct style, whether you're sporting vintage skinnies or stonewashed bootcut jeans.
Finding the right jeans can be tricky, but buying them online can save you a lot of time and hassle. At Eastbay.com, we are dedicated to making sure you get the right pair every time. Just remember to:
Base your size measurements on a pair of jeans that already fits you well so that your new jeans will have the same look and fit.
Choose the style of jean that is best for your body type.
Choose a wash that fits your lifestyle and the other clothes in your wardrobe.
Following these guidelines is sure to lead you to your perfect jeans, but should anything go wrong, Eastbay will have your back. We want you to be 100% happy with your purchase. That's why we promise that the jeans you order will fit right the first time, or we'll exchange them for another size or give you a refund. We'll even pay the cost of return shipping when you make an exchange! With a promise like that, Eastbay.com is the perfect place to take the plunge and order your next pair of jeans online.