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The Best Skinny Jeans to Buy Right Now

Here’s why rocker-inspired skinny jeans are more wearable than ever — and the 10 pairs we’re buying this summer


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It’s true: Relaxed and straight jeans are coming back. But that doesn’t mean skinny jeans are out of style. Renowned designers are still producing some of the best skinny jeans for men, and, more importantly, there are now more ways to style skinny jeans than ever before.

Probably the most unique feature of skinny jeans is their versatility. Over the years they’ve been worn by your favorite musicians, becoming part of the uniform of rock & roll up to today.

These days, the best skinny jeans are usually worn with other edgy, rocker-inspired pieces — think Chelsea boots or throwback sneakers, an old band tee and a leather jacket. But skinny jeans can also be dressed up or worn with an old-school western twist. In other words, your wardrobe should still feature a pair of the best skinny jeans. Below are some of our favorites to check out right now.

The Best Skinny Jeans for Men

1. Acne Studios North Jeans

These North jeans are one of Acne’s most popular silhouettes with a skinny fit that’s flattering yet comfortable to wear all day. The comfort is partially thanks to a cotton-blend fabric with a bit of polyester and elastane for a very subtle stretch. They’re super minimal, making the jeans easy to wear with everything from rock-inspired outfits to office basics.

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Buy: Acne Studios North Jeans at $199

2. Levi’s 510 Skinny Jeans

You can never go wrong with Levi’s. Right now, we’re into these medium wash 510 skinny jeans that feature just a bit of distressing. Although they’re tight-fitting, Levi’s Flex fabric (a cotton, lyocell and elastane blend) gives the jeans some stretch for comfort. Thanks to the classic color and low-key distressing, the 510s have a super versatile style. We recommend pairing them with a tee and sneakers on the weekend or a crisp white button-up and loafers for date night.

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Buy: Levi’s 510 Skinny Jeans at $98

3. Saint Laurent Skinny Jean

Saint Laurent has become the pinnacle of rocker style. Along with Chelsea boots and leather jackets, these black skinny jeans prove just how well the brand does modern rock & roll fashion. The Italian-made jeans use a stretch cotton denim for comfort and boast the incredible fit you’d expect from a high-fashion designer. They can be worn with almost anything, whether casual or dressy, but we think they look best with black leather Chelsea boots and a rockstar-inspired leather jacket.

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Buy: Saint Laurent Skinny Jean at $409

4. Calvin Klein Skinny Jean

Gray jeans are sometimes forgotten, but we think they’re just as stylish as your other pairs of blue denim. The right pair, such as these jeans from Calvin Klein, can pair with almost anything and offer a nice break from the standard denim colors. The Calvins feature a comfortable stretch denim, a classic five-pocket setup and a worn-in look right off the rack. We recommend wearing them casually with everyday basics (such as white sneakers and a simple tee or sweater).

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Buy: Calvin Klein Skinny Jean at $95

5. Neighborhood Washed Skinny Jean

For a long-lasting pair of pants, check out these tattered skinny jeans from Neighborhood. The Japanese brand uses premium selvedge denim, which wears in better than normal denim. We’re big fans of the amount of distressing on these jeans (not too much, not too little) because it lends some edge while staying wearable with a wide variety of outfits.

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Buy: Neighborhood Washed Skinny Jean at $339

6. Rag & Bone Fit 1 Skinny Jean

When buying new go-to blue jeans, we think it’s a good idea to go high-end and classic. These Fit 1 skinny jeans from Rag & Bone fit the bill with a mid-indigo color, just a bit of washing, and a comfortable stretch cotton material. The washing makes the jeans feel like you’ve been wearing them for years — even when brand new — and you’ll probably end up rocking them for years to come. We suggest pairing the jeans with casual pieces such as sneakers, tees or vacation shirts and statement sweaters.

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Buy: Rag & Bone Fit 1 Skinny Jean at $229

7. Balmain Raw Denim Biker Jean

Fast-fashion brands have tried to make cheap versions of Balmain’s Biker jeans, but the originals still take the cake for premium quality and fit. Highlights include ribbed patches on the thigh, seams on the knee and an oversized fly. They’re certainly a statement piece, but they’re also highly wearable and far from in-your-face.

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Buy: Balmain Raw Denim Biker Jean at $570

8. Polo Ralph Lauren Eldridge Skinny Jean

These Eldridge skinny jeans from Polo Ralph Lauren bridge the gap between preppy and edgy. The jeans are comfy too with a stretch-cotton denim. We recommend grabbing these for the weekends or while traveling to wear with casual staples.

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Buy: Polo Ralph Lauren Eldridge Skinny Jean at $170

9. Ksubi Van Winkle Patchwork Skinny Jeans

If you’re looking to channel your inner rockstar, pick up these patched and distressed Van Winkle jeans from Ksubi. The details make the jeans a stylish head-turner for nights out or bold errand running fits, although the jeans are still wearable with most pieces in your closet (think, Converse and a striped sweater).

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Buy: Ksubi Van Winkle Patchwork Skinny Jeans at $472

10. Amiri Ripped Distressed Skinny Jeans

Another bold pair of jeans worth checking out are these Amiris. They feature rips and frays, which is nothing new. What makes them stand out is barely noticeable camouflage patches under the rips, elevating the jeans to a low-key statement piece. They’re not to be worn lightly, as they look best with other bold pieces such as patterned button-ups and killer boots or grail-worthy statement sneakers.

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Buy: AMIRI Ripped Distressed Skinny Jeans at $1,911

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