Dark blue jeans Our stylists’ favourites for you, plus some tips on how to wear them well

Why you need dark blue jeans
If you get the right style, they go with basically everything. You can wear the straight and slim styles here with casual clothes (like a t-shirt, jumper or sweatshirt) or smart outfits (like a blazer, shirt or fine-knit jumper). Every guy should have a pair he can throw on for almost any occasion at any time of year.

Stylist, Luke McDonald

The anatomy

1. Rise: Should be at least 9 inches to make you look taller and thinner.

2. Hem: Jeans should end about a credit card’s width from the floor when you’re barefoot. Any longer and they pool around your ankles, making your legs look shorter than they are.

3. Inseam: Standard is 32 inches, which fits guys around 5’10” to 6'.

The care tips

If you can, wait a few months between washes to preserve the colour and fit. Put them in the freezer overnight to get rid of smell.

When you do wash, turn them inside out, use 30 degree water and lie them flat to dry. Never tumble dry: we’ve found that it changes the colour and shrinks jeans by 15%.

The icon

Levi’s 501s were mere workpants until James Dean wore them in 1955’s Rebel Without a Cause. He made jeans the uniform of restless individualists—and the likes of Bob Dylan, Steve McQueen and Steve Jobs followed suit.

The zipper hack

Jeans’ flys can become less grippy after washes or if they’re worn out from lots of wear, especially if the jeans are too loose or too tight. Keep them up by attaching a plain metal keyring to the zip pull, pulling the keyring over the button, and buttoning as normal. (You won't be able to see the keyring once they're buttoned.)

The glossary

Pre-washed: Treated and washed so they won’t shrink as much when you wash them. The most common jeans, and the easiest to care for.

Raw jeans: Stiff and richly coloured, they mould to your body and develop unique fade marks if you wait six months or so before washing them.

Selvedge jeans: Raw jeans that are hand-dyed and made on decades-old looms rather than being mass produced. Usually made on rare looms in North Carolina and Japan.