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Slim jeans meaning and understanding other jeans cuts

Jeans have been a well-loved item of clothing for many years. They are practical, comfortable and easy to combine with other pieces.

But not all jeans are the same. There are not only different qualities, colours and washes, but a range of cuts, too.

Slim-cut jeans are particularly popular at present. But what is the meaning behind slim jeans? What makes them different from regular or comfort jeans? And for whom is which fit suitable? We’ll try to answer these questions below.

What fits are there?

When buying a new pair of jeans, you should pay close attention to the cut. Not every cut is suitable for every figure and every occasion. Based on the cut, denim trousers can generally be divided into four categories:

  • Slim/modern (skinny jeans)
  • Regular (straight jeans)
  • Comfort (loose-fitting jeans)
  • Bootcut jeans

Slim/modern jeans – figure-hugging jeans

Slim jeans have a figure-hugging, narrow leg and are therefore more suitable for slimmer people. There are two cuts: slim fit (skin-tight) and modern fit (narrow). The “slim jeans” category can be further divided into the particularly narrow skinny jeans and drainpipe jeans.

Regular jeans – a classic among men’s jeans

With regular (normal) jeans, you’re (almost) always on the right track. These jeans with a straight leg – which are neither too tight nor too wide – are very comfortable to wear.
They are suitable for almost any figure. Only very skinny or portly men would be better off opting for slim or comfort jeans respectively.

Choose suitable tops depending on the occasion (e.g. long-sleeved shirt or sweatshirt) and pair with sporty to elegant shoes. This means you can wear your regular jeans for leisure, at a celebratory event or in the office.
 Standard-cut jeans can really be used anywhere.

Comfort jeans – the comfortable choice

Comfort jeans are cut casually. This shape of jeans with a loose-fitting leg and waist size is comfortable to wear. The looser fit is perfectly suited to slightly larger figures.

Bootcut – cowboys’ trousers

These jeans – which are generally cut normally to offer a comfortable fit – have a slightly flared leg. Thanks to the wider leg, these jeans were originally loved by American cowboys since they fitted well over boots.

Timeless and everyday, bootcut jeans are suitable for every body shape. 

However, slightly larger people should ensure they don’t buy bootcut jeans that are too tight. This would mean the figure-friendly trousers don’t actually conceal any problem areas.

The meaning of slim jeans compared with skinny jeans and drainpipe jeans

All three fits are characterised by a narrow leg. But there are significant differences between the cuts.

Skinny jeans are the jeans with the tightest cut. They sit like a second skin. For anyone who isn’t exactly slim and has powerful calves and thighs, this fit is best avoided. Since skinny jeans ruthlessly emphasise body shapes, men’s skinny jeans should be cut a little wider in the crotch.

Drainpipe jeans are not cut as skin-tight as skinny jeans. The trouser legs look like a pipe and are also very tight.
While slim jeans are also very figure-hugging and slim cut, they still leave a little air between body and fabric. In particular, they’re not as tight around the calves and ankles as skinny jeans. They therefore don’t really feel like a second skin.

Why are slim fit jeans so well-loved?

Nowadays, slim fit jeans often incorporate some elastane. As a result, jeans that have been cut to accentuate your figure from the waistband to the hem fit perfectly – but without constricting you. This means that a stylish look can be combined with wear comfort, stretch and freedom of movement.

Did you know? A narrow leg makes your legs look longer. This is why shorter, slender men cut a good figure in slim jeans.

The body-hugging fit and narrow silhouette make slender men seem even more sporty and attractive. Since slim jeans are not so closely cut in the leg as skinny jeans, men with sporty, highly toned legs and calves do not have to do without slim-cut jeans.
A loose trouser hem at the shoe does not flutter nor crease. It can be rolled up easily and adds a more sporty touch to your outfit.

Jeans cut to sit on the hip or with a waistband of normal height are particularly suitable for men. High-waist jeans emphasise the waist more and therefore may appear more feminine.
However, anyone who has a slight beer belly would be better off choosing regular or comfort jeans. These styles conceal problem areas rather than highlighting them further.

How can slim jeans be worn?

There are many varieties of slim jeans. From classic dark denim and stone-washed denim to jeans that seem worn, there is something for everyone.

Slim-cut jeans can be combined brilliantly. They work just as well in a sporty, leisure situation as they do when you’re seeking an elegant look for going out.
When worn with a shirt and suit jacket, they’re even suitable for the office. Slim jeans (e.g. denim jeans) are true all-rounders.

A couple more style tips

When going to the pub or walking around town, pair your slim jeans with a single-colour, long-sleeved top and trainers. Or add a pullover or sweatshirt and your Converse, and you’ll still be perfectly styled. You’ll look particularly debonair if you roll up your jeans slightly at the hem.

If you need to be a bit more stylish, you can wear your slim jeans with a polo shirt and matching cardigan. Chic boat shoes complement your fashionable outfit further.

Here’s a top tip: Combined with leather shoes, a shirt and suit jacket, you’ll still be well dressed and look highly fashionable when in the office or invited to dinner at a good restaurant.


Summary of different jeans cuts

No wardrobe belonging to a sporty, slender man should go without attractive and trendy slim-cut jeans. Slim jeans should be your favourite jeans because of their versatility and stylish fit.

Why not have a look at the bugatti online shop? Here you will find jeans with a narrow tapered leg and a slim cut. The addition of elastane ensures the perfect fit yet offers enormous wear comfort at the same time.

Our colour spectrum ranges from blue and blue-grey through to dark grey. With these basics, you’ll be perfectly styled, both for leisure and casual business. Your jeans are thus your perfect partner all week long: from a day in the office to a relaxed, sociable evening with friends.

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