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This is a two-part post that will officially declare that skinny jeans are “out” for guys, and also describe the “perfect” pair of jeans.

I’m making somewhat of an assumption, but I think most people would agree that guys legs, especially in the thigh area, tend to be larger than the average woman’s.

That being said, how can we consider it to be logical to squish male sized legs in a pair of jeans that are built more for the female body type?

And, can we not all agree that the tightness in the crotch area has to be a bad thing for one reason or another?

Ryan Shell - Seven For All Mankind

I’ve always been a fan of 7 For All Mankind (this post isn’t meant as a negative against 7 – just skinny jeans) jeans for both men and women, and in this photo I’m wearing their “Skinny” jean. Take note of how tight they are in the thigh area (literally no excess room) and the tapered (I like this feature) look down through the bottom of the legs.

Seven For All Mankind Skinny Jeans

This photo gives you a better view of how tight the Skinny jeans are in various areas. I can’t imagine having to put something in any of the pockets – there’s simply no room.

I should also mention that I’m wearing a 32 in this photo, which is one size larger than what I normally wear in 7’s. If I put on a 31 the pants probably wouldn’t have made it up beyond the mid-thigh area. If you lowered the waist a bit these would fit exactly like one of 7’s women’s styles – I know from experience.

Seven For All Mankind Skinny Jeans

This is the amount of excess fabric I could pull off my legs after a couple tries – not much at all. I didn’t even try bending over or kneeling down… that could have been tragic.

I’m very curious to hear from our female readers on the skinny jean topic. Specifically, I’d like you to answer two questions:

  1. Do you like the skinny jean look on guys?
  2. Do you like guys to be skin and bones (can’t really like one without the other)?

Now, keep in mind that jeans can be fitted, but that’s very different than “skinny” jeans.

Maybe I’m completely wrong and don’t have the least bit of understanding as to what a female finds desirable, but I really feel like it’s not the skin and bones look. With that being said, skinny jeans simply aren’t logical and guys wearing them should do two things: 1) stop doing so and 2) put a little muscle on their legs.

Somewhere along the line someone decided that the extreme fitted look was attractive, but it’s time to reverse course and put some sanity back in men’s jeans and make it known that skinny jeans are “out.”

Tomorrow, we’ll continue the discussion and take a look at what may be the “perfect” cut for guys jeans.

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Written by Ryan
Ryan is a southern guy now living in New York City. From business to casual, his style covers a broad spectrum. He loves a great suit, but also appreciates the freedom of an un-tucked shirt and letting loose. Find him on Twitter at @RyanShell.