How Many Pairs of Jeans Do You Need?

Putting aside, for a moment, possessing multiple pairs of the same jeans, let’s answer the question of “how many jeans should a man own?” in terms of color. And that answer is simple: four!

Here are the four pairs of jeans every guy should have in his wardrobe.

1. Slim & Dark

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J.Crew 484 in Riverton wash

This is your workhorse pair of jeans and one of the most versatile in your entire wardrobe. When you’re thinking of “dressing up denim,” this it the pair to reach for. Wear with a blazer for work or a first date, or with a simple white button up and a great pair of shoes for a classic sharp look.

2. Worn In

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A.P.C. New Standard

A pair of worn in denim should be a staple in every guy’s wardrobe. These are your casual pair for lounging around the house, working outside, running errands, and for the weekend.

Though you can buy “brand new” distressed jeans, the best ones are the pair you’ve worn in yourself. They feel like yours, have a signature look, and come complete with a sense of history and pride.

3. Black

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7 For All Mankind Slimmy

Black jeans are certainly known for their badass casual connotations. What rock and roll kid doesn’t own at least five pairs? And while there’s no denying they look great with a t-shirt and leather jacket, for me, they really shine as an in-between dress pant.

4. White

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J.Crew 484 Selvedge in White Rinse

White denim is something not every guy is going to feel like he can pull off. And, truthfully, they might not actually be for everyone. However, for the true style-enthusiast – especially one with a penchant for Italian style – they are de rigueur.

Contrary to popular belief, white denim is not just for summer. And, yes, it can be worn after Labor Day. In fact, breaking out the white denim in fall or winter is a sound sartorial move that looks fresh and is always in style.

Flip through the Style Guide for more outfit ideas with jeans.

Agree? Disagree? Chime in below!

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

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Chime In

  • DJ Hargrave

    You hit it right on the nail, Brian. Once these “needs” are filled, I went color crazy as far as the color denim that I’d buy. Its a process, especially if you care about quality!

    DJ |

    • Brian Sacawa

      Absolutely. Cheers, DJ.

  • Jessi Malay

    This is a fabulous topic to blog about! Love your style love.

    XO, Jessi

    • Brian Sacawa


  • Matthew Pike

    I live in lived-ins.

    Buckets & Spades

    • Brian Sacawa

      Cheers, Matthew!

  • Sourav Tantubay

    Hello Brian! A lot of people say Brown/Tan shoes do not work with Black Jeans. Can you also do an article about paring jeans with shoes (w.r.t. colors)? Thanks!

  • Fahad

    Hey Brian!
    Apart from the white jeans, i do own em all. :)
    I’ll surely get one now!

    • Brian Sacawa


  • Michael Cesario Alvarado

    I must say that I agree 100%… I’m not just saying it because I have 2 of every pair either?

    • Brian Sacawa

      Haha! Cheers, Michael.

  • james

    I also love grey jeans.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Dark or light?

  • Rollo_the_Cat

    I have no need for dark denim since I never dress up blue jeans. White and black just aren’t my thing but all the in between greys are great.

  • asian_dapper

    I agree this this post – got all 4 of them, and more!
    Recently acquired couple of selvedge jeans from Uniqlo – a dark wash and a black one, and they’re breaking in very nicely. 98% cotton and 2& spandex gives my thighs a little room to breath especially when crouching down – given they are slim fits.

  • FlightKlub

    I have 5, White denim levis, black forever 21 jeans, black worn look levis, forever 21 light blue distressed, and the Riverton wash blue denims