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The Best Jeans for Short Legs

Written by: Bronwen Collins | March 18, 2020.

What kind of jeans should you wear when you’re short? Well, the easy answer is: Whichever kind you’d like. However, there are a few certain cuts and shapes that are more flattering for all of those not above 6ft. Here we go through the best jean fits for shorter men.

A man is stood against a grey background. He is wearing a black Hugo Boss leather jacket with a blue hoodie and blue slim fit jeans. He has one hand in his pocket.

When it comes to clothing, there’s nothing sillier than seeing someone in poorly fitted jeans that are blatantly too large for the wearer, even if you’re basketball player height. It doesn’t matter how high quality your clothes are, baggy looking trousers will immediately bring your whole outfit down.

For the man of short stature in particular, special care has to be taken when choosing the right jeans as fit can sometimes be an issue. The main tip we can give you when selecting jeans is to get the balance of length and width right. This may sound like a lot of work for your every-day pair of jeans, but it’s just a simple case of making sure your trousers add length to your legs. Too long, too wide jeans tend to make people look shorter, which isn’t what we want here.

A man is stood against a grey background looking down at the floor. He is wearing a blue t-shirt with light blue slim-fit jeans from Hugo Boss.

For the reasons above, we recommend slim fit jeans over everything. Slim fit will hug your legs, making them look thinner and longer, without the excessive tightness of skinny fit that can make people look top heavy – particularly for shorter gents.

You can go for skinny fit jeans so long as you’re a slim, slender or skinny build yourself; but if you’re of average build and beyond then slim is going to be the best fit without a doubt. Slim fit jeans balance out the width of your upper body whilst still adding the illusion of length to your legs, making them the best choice for a shorter man.

a man is stood against a grey background looking to the side. He is wearing a blue roll neck jumper and light slim fit jeans from Boss Casual.

To sum up, selecting jeans for short legs is actually really easy! It’s simply a matter of going for jean fits that accentuate the length of your legs by making them look slimmer. Go for slim fit or skinny jeans to get the most out of this illusion. Tapered fit trousers are also an excellent choice, so long as the jeans aren’t too loose fitting around the thigh area and don’t taper too quickly.

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