Getting dressed for work isn’t what it used to be. What was once a simple choice between gray and black, chalk-striped suits changed forever once power brokers traded midtown Manhattan for Silicon Valley. Sure, you can dress up when you need to – weddings, job interviews, your second cousin’s bris – but these days we’re more interested in the 95 percent of your life spent in comfortable, durable clothes that drift effortlessly from the workday to the weekend and back again. That’s where J Brand Jeans come in to play.
There’s a reason why our editors have outfitted everybody from ‘Game of Thrones’ star Kit Harrington to Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton in these crisp, slim-fit dungarees: They’re constructed from a lightweight selvage denim that allows your lower half to breathe, ensuring you stay cool during swelter months. And since they match any button down, tie, or sport coat, Kanes are easy to dress up or down. Just start with a darker shade (we like atom, troublemaker, and the legacy rinse), then add laceless boots, a slim-fitting oxford, and a classic varsity jacket. It’s worth noting they also pair well with something more worn-in, so try them with just a weathered T-shirt too.
Still need convincing these are the best jeans for you? Take it from our Fashion Director, Patti O’Brien: “They’re not too trendy, but they’re still very cool,” says O’Brien, an eight-year veteran of ‘Men’s Journal.’ “The fabric is lightweight, but it’s all about the fit, which is amazing and works with all body types.” Mall run, anyone? [from $196; jbrandjeans.com]