The Men’s Denim Guide: Find a Just-Right Fit

The trick to making sure your jeans always knock it out of the park? Knowing your measurements. (Yes, it’s as easy as that.) Here, we’ve put together a guide to get you started. Simply click on the image below to open and print. There. Now you have more time for friends and beer.

The Fitting Room – Men's Denim Fit Guide


Read the product measurements under the “Details” section of your chosen pair of jeans on Rue, then grab your measuring tape

  1. Waist: Tilt to the side and find the bend of your natural waist. Keep your measuring tape snug (try placing a finger between your skin and the tape) and measure around. This is your standard denim size.
  2. Front & back rise: With a pair of your best-fitting jeans on, measure from the bottom of the crotch seam to the top front of the waistband to find the front rise, and the bottom of the seam to the top back of the waistband to find the back rise.
  3. Inseam: Still wearing these jeans, measure from the bottom of the crotch seam to the bottom of the hem, following the inside seam.
  4. Leg opening: Measure generously around your bare ankle for relaxed or boot-cut fits and measure loosely for straight or slim styles.

Here’s a quick look at five top brands and how they run

  • 7 For All Mankind: Offers a wide range of fits, from tapered to roomy. Both relaxed and slim fits feature the brand’s signature comfortable rise.
  • HUDSON Jeans: Aiming for classic with a personalized twist, these jeans offer slouchy-waisted slim styles and slim boot-cuts with HUDSON’s signature button-flap low-sitting back pockets.
  • AG Jeans: Tailored and slim, but still relaxed enough to not be considered a “skinny.”
  • James Jeans: No need for an extended style catalog here – James Jeans run true to size and remain classic.
  • Big Star USA: A more casual brand with plenty of relaxed, straight-fit varieties.

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