When it comes to reliable denim not all men have a lazy $1,000 dollars to drop on a pair of designer label jeans. Sometimes you just need a pair of weekend beaters which can keep a shirt, blazer or sweater in check without sending you broke.
Enter our cool selection of the best cheap jeans for men under $150. But before we get into the good stuff, it’s paramount you know how to wear jeans properly. More than just sliding your legs through the leg holes, jeans come with specific rules in order to look the best depending on the cut and fit.
How To Wear Slim Jeans
Most men opt for this cut in denim simply because of its balance between fit and comfort. Slim jeans have the advantage of following the contour of your legs to form a nice silhouette without strangling your lower half. This nice fit means that slim jeans can be worn with everything from fitted tees to collared shirts to casual suits.
How To Wear Skinny Jeans
Another popular option is skinny fit jeans. Standard skinny jeans are cut close to the legs but with a bit of tolerance (think loose fitting tights). They are best suited to slimmer guys and the preferred choice for more smart casual looks. Skinny jean combos with knitwear, collared shirts and casual blazers are all compatible with skinny jeans.
How To Wear Black Jeans
Adding a slick and masculine edge to your wardrobe is achieved with a pair of black jeans. These guys can be worn with anything from denim jackets to blazers to tees. They follow the same fitment rules as standard denim but add a much more polished appeal to your look.
How To Wear Distressed Jeans
Ripped and distressed denim isn’t for anyone. If you’re the edgy type then that’s good news, but not so much you’re the conservative style player. As with other jeans, make sure you choose distressed jeans based on your body type, style, shape and occasion as they will not work in a formal environment.
How To Wear Straight Jeans
Straight jeans are regular cut meaning the trouser leg falls straight from the knee to the hem. The fit and leg openings are usually looser, too. The best combinations for straight jeans are usually looser fitting layers. Double denim works best here with either denim shirts, layered denim jackets or knitted field jackets. Even looser sweaters will work a treat with straight jeans.
The company's Ezy Ultra Stretch Colour jeans are, as the name implies, available in a broad range of colours, making them ideal for creating numerous outfits and looks. They're not denim jeans, but rather incredibly soft cotton (it's likely just the stitched detailing that earns them their name) but that allows them to be incredibly stretchy and comfortable for all-day wear.
This stretch slim pair in mid wash blue are as no-nonsense as they come. They rock a regular rise design, have a zipper fly and are made from sustainably-sourced cotton.
Bonobos has many pairs of jeans to buy above the $150 mark, as part of its premium range, but these stretch lightweight jeans comfortably fall under that benchmark figure. Made from a Turkish-milled lightweight denim fabric and available in tailored, slim or athletic fits – not forgetting the contoured waistband – and you have the makings for the perfect pair of jeans. Bonobos does sell non-lightweight pairs too, but these could be considered too heavyweight for everyday conditions.
The company still makes its 501 design, but not everyone wants to sit in a bath to have their jeans shrink to fit. Instead, you could go for this slim fit pair from the company's Premium range. Being part of this collection means this pair has been on the receiving end of extra attention and "superior craftsmanship". Available in various shades of black and blue, they could be just the pair to add to your wardrobe.
This slim-fit pair are made from a knitted denim fabric, giving them the look and style of conventional denim, but with the comfort and softness of jogging pants. Could there be a better hybrid? A regular rise gives them universal appeal, and the faded wash detailing nearer the waist has been created naturally during the production process.
Such as this pair of 3301s. They rock a tried and tested five-pocket design and are perhaps one of the cleanest looking pairs in G-Star's catalogue (no rips or frays here). Cut from a 10.2oz mid-weight denim that contains a hint of elastane to provide some stretch, they'll remain comfortable for every wear.
The Slim Fit Jean is perhaps the standout pair, being made from an 11oz Japanese denim which exudes quality. If slim fit isn't for you, you can get them in either a straight or athletic fit instead, but no matter which you choose, they'll be available in a variety of colours over just the standard black and blue. This sand pair for example are an absolute must-have.
The company's 1-year wash jeans are the result of over 150 years of denim experience, and each pair is made from a bespoke Cone Mills denim. They're hand-washed before rolling off the production line, making each individual pair unique.