Let’s keep this brief: Every guy needs a pair of dark, tapered jeans. But you may be wondering, why tapered jeans over straight leg or bootcut styles?

Good question.

If you have a smart, sharp, casual style, one that often calls for jeans, an OCBD, brogues, and a sportcoat, having a slightly tapered leg on your jeans looks better.

Instead of having the same shape all the way down the leg, tapered jeans get narrower from the knee down to the ankle, resulting in a cleaner look, smaller leg opening, and less fabric bunching at the bottom.

Owning at least one pair of tapered dark denim jeans is important. You can wear it with everything from a T-shirt and sneakers to brogues and a sportcoat!

I always recommend Levi’s because they’re ubiquitous, affordable, and have a ton of different models that fit every body type.

My Recommendations for Levi’s Tapered Jeans

The first pair of tapered jeans I bought was the Levi’s 508 model. Unfortunately, it’s been phased out, though Amazon still has a few.

It’s OK though, because recently, Levi’s seems to have solidified their offering of tapered models: the 512 Slim Taper, the 502 Regular Taper, the 541 Athletic Taper, and the 501 Taper, which is similar to the 502, but with a higher rise and button fly like the Original 501.

Plenty of models are available with slightly stretchy denim fabric, which is ridiculously comfortable. For the denim purists, there are rigid, non-stretch versions as well.

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16 Responses

    • WTF on

      “Really excited to give them a shot!” How the hell can you be “excited” to give a pair of jeans a shot? I got really ‘excited’ when my first & second child was born.

  1. Dan from Wisconsin on

    Thanks for this! I have pretty awesome quads and it can be annoying to find a pair of jeans that is loose in the waist and tight in the leg. I’ll definitely be checking this out.

  2. Juraj Béger on

    I just ordered the 514’s because I read only the old article. Should I cancel the order and go for the 508’s or will the 514’s be just fine?

  3. Simon on

    We have a specialist jeans store in our local town, where I went in and tried all the different Levi’s styles I could find. Unfortunately for me they are all rather I’ll fitting around the crotch area. Fortunately tho, I managed to find a great fitting pair of straight leg unwashed indigo jeans at a local supermarket for a fraction of the price of the Levi’s. Needless to say I picked up a couple of pairs. Just gotta find a brand that suits I guess ;O)

  4. HN on

    I have a few pairs in the slim 511 and a few pairs in the skinny 510.

    They are all cut differently, even in the same cut. So no two pair of jeans will feel the same on you with Levi’s.

    With that said, I still own 5 or more Levi’s in my rotation of jeans.

    • Barron on

      Same here, content w/ the price to quality ratio.

      re: different cuts, all clothing is cut differently, across all brands. That’s because at the factory, layers upon layers (sometimes 1 ft high) are stacked and then a blade comes down and cuts the pattern shapes, or the cutting is done manually by hand.

      The layers tend to shift ever so slightly, which is why you can try on three of the exact same pairs, and they all fit a bit differently.

  5. Iesha Abboud on

    Good information! Don’t think my hubby knows this model change:D but he is a fan of Levi’s brand and has a dozen in his wardrobe, all Indigo shades. He normally tries out before buying one. Next time when he gets one, he will be more informed and choosy, I am sure:) Thanks


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