The Best Women’s Skinny Jeans for Men

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(Image of Adam of Your Average Guy Style in Citizens of Humanity Rocket Crop Jeans)

It was nearly two years ago when the idea of men wearing women’s skinny jeans was raised on The Jeans Blog. It was (and continues to be) one of the most heavily commented upon articles that we have here. It is apparent that we have a large contingent of males in our reader base who wear women’s skinny jeans, so this article is for them and those who are on the fence about trying women’s jeans.

In my opinion, the taboo about men wearing women’s skinny jeans is overblown. Truthfully, when people see you on the street, they notice that you are wearing skinny jeans, not that you are wearing women’s jeans. As such, the real question for men is do they feel comfortable wearing skinny jeans? The answer seems to be a yes. In which case, it gets down to what brand and style of jeans gives you the fit and look you want for your body. There are certain tells such as rear pocket size and placement, inseam length, embroidery on the pockets, and fly length, which avid readers of this blog may pick up on as being characteristic of women’s jeans, but are mostly oblivious to the public at large.

With the proliferation of skinny and extreme skinny jeans for men why bother with women’s jeans? Well for one thing, women have been dealing with extremely skinny jeans for a considerable amount of time. Once you approach form fitting styles, the bio mechanics of walking and sitting introduce new challenges into finding a good fitting jean. Poorly designed jeans tend to bunch up at the knees and slip down from your waist. For example, if the leg is tight on your thighs or waist and the fabric has insufficient flexibility, they will start to bunch up around the knees. On the other hand, if the jeans are tight on the calves and the fabric has insufficient flexibility, the jeans will have a tendency to slide down below your waist.

I don’t know about you, but I hate having to constantly pull up my jeans to keep them in place. Innovations in women’s jeans which have yet to take hold in men’s styles are in soft stretchy fabrics, usually characterized by a low percentage of cotton fiber such as Paige’s Transcend material and the use of a higher rise for the jean. The newer fabrics beyond being incredibly comfortable, don’t stretch out yet have a flexibility that minimizes bunching along the leg. By going to a slightly higher rise, the jeans rest on the top of your hip bone which helps anchor them in place.

As someone who has dabbled in women’s jeans, I’d like to share my opinion on several pairs that will work for a man if he is willing to give it a try. Rest assured, I do have a pair of each and wear them often. The characteristics I take into account when selecting a pair of women’s jeans include:

  • Am I comfortable with the way they fit on me?
  • Is the inseam long enough as the jeans’ leg must cover my ankle?
  • Is there a sufficiently long fly for obvious reasons?
  • Do they stay in place with minimal slippage and/or bunching?
  • Plus, are the size & placement of the back pockets ok? If too small or placed too high, they can look overtly feminine.

Of the women’s jeans that I’ve found that men can wear, I’ve categorized them into “extreme skinny” and “tall-lean”. I’m only going to comment on why these cuts work for men in general. With respect to washes, distressing, and highlighting, that is a matter of your personal taste. For those of you who are new to women’s jeans, here is some sizing advice for you:

  • I’ve found that two sizes down from your male waist size usually gives an okay fit. So if your male waist size is 30″, size down to a 28″ for women’s jeans. If you want them super skinny and love the very stretchy fabric, depending on the brand, you can size down up to 3 sizes, but it varies on what jeans you are trying.

Extreme Women’s Skinny Jeans For Men

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PAIGE HOXTON | HUDSON BARBARA | J BRAND MARIA | AG FARRAH

I categorize “extreme skinny” as basically almost but not quite as skinny as leggings. They are skinny along the thighs and calves but have enough of a leg opening to go over your ankle retaining the appearance of jeans. From my experience, these styles above work. They are all of a higher rise with a bit of slouch and giving me a great skinny look. All of them have an inseam of about 30″ with a sufficient leg opening to cover my ankles, rest on my feet, and avoid the legging look. All of them have a good fly length, but have minimally useful pocket depth.

I’d rank the Paige Hoxton’s at the top of the list as they don’t exhibit any of the tells traditionally associated with women’s jeans. Depending on the wash, the Hudson Barbara’s may have faux front pockets. I generally stay away from faux front pockets but they can be worn if covered with a longer jacket.The J-Brand Maria’s have somewhat small rear pockets that could be noticed. I’d recommend wearing a longer sweater or jacket with them if pocket size is a concern. The AG Farrah’s have embroidered rear pockets, however as the they are the same embroidery that AG uses on their men’s jeans I gave them a pass.

Tall & Lean Women’s Skinny Jeans For Men

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PAIGE MARGOT | CITIZENS OF HUMANITY CARLIE | MADEWELL HIGH RISER | CITIZENS OF HUMANITY ROCKET

The “tall lean” category have a slightly higher rise and longer inseam which works best for some of us taller men. The jean’s that I’d recommend are above. It should be noted that all of the washes that I’ve tried in this category used approximately a 90% cotton content which I like as it maintains the traditional denim feel. To date, with correctly fitted jeans, I’ve yet to experience bothersome stretch-out. Key item’s that make a difference are:

  1. The Margot and Carlie both have a longer more comfortable fly length.
  2. The Carlie has the deepest functional front pockets that I’ve found in women’s jean.
  3. Some washes of the High Riser are offered with multiple inseams (28.5″, 30.5″, and 32.5″).
  4. Citizens of Humanity’s Rocket Jeans may be an option too, however I have insufficient experience to weigh in with a definitive opinion, but Adam here loves and wears them often. They come in two inseam lengths too.

Of all the skinny jeans, the Carlie’s are becoming my favorite pair. It should be noted that if premium brands are outside your normal price range, Madewell is a decent lower priced alternative. So if skinny jeans are your go to style, women’s versions have to be considered an option if you are looking for your perfect pair. Whether that holds true for other styles is TBD. As always, the brands websites can give you more details regarding the jeans covered in this article. Let us know what women’s jeans you guys love to wear as well.

28 Comments

  1. Henry Coppens
    October 27, 2016 / 7:55 am

    Hi, For the years from when spray-on type jeans became available for women to when the manufacturers started to make them for men, I resorted to buying womens tight jeans. This was the only way to get the tight skin contact fit. I had no problem with this at all and, as you say, now that spray on jeans are available for men whose to know. Jeans this tight on a man require that the man has some shape to the legs – not like match sticks and not like a rugby player. Henry

    • October 27, 2016 / 12:06 pm

      You are correct, much like women, certain styles of jeans require the figure to pull them off!

    • Tim
      October 28, 2016 / 3:27 pm

      I’d agree, the key is finding the jean that goes with your leg shape.

  2. Eddie
    October 28, 2016 / 10:23 am

    Great to see this article. I wear women’s skinny jeans as well, I love the comfort of them, and even the non skinny styles fit me better than men’s do.
    Like the author says though, the cut is everything and low waist is not really an option any more than short zippers. (Those additional things we guys have to get in the front you know, they take planning at times lol).
    My go to jeans are the same Citizens of Humanity above, also Topshop Moto Baxter, then Denim Co skinny, I find those the best and suggest fit for my shape (without feeling like I’m stuck in a vice when wearing them). One size down from my 30 waist to a 28 does me personally, everyone’s going to find their own guide here I think.
    Pockets too, agree entirely, they can make or break a pair of these, particularly for guys I guess (perhaps I’m too picky ?).
    Also I’m now used to the phrase “excuse me sir, the men’s section is over there” that I get from shop assistants lol. And on that subject I’d recommend asking female shop assistant advice when test driving a few pairs of women’s skinnies, I’ve found once they get past the fact that there’s a guy who’s happy to wear women’s jeans they give really good feedback. And honest too 🙂
    This is a good subject Adam, let’s go there 🙂

    • October 28, 2016 / 11:40 am

      Hi Eddie! Really happy you found Tim’s article interesting and helpful. Adam was who we featured as the main image, Time here actually wrote the article, but both Tim and Adam wear women’s jeans too. It seems there’s a lot of guys who wear women’s denim now, more so than wearing men’s denim, in this little community anyway. Pockets definitely make or break a pair of jeans and I think if you’re a guy trying to pull off a great look with tight skinnies, the last thing you need is girly pockets. It just doesn’t look right. Happy to see a fellow guy who loves these jeans though!

    • Tim
      October 28, 2016 / 3:33 pm

      Eddie,

      Great feedback. With respect to non-skinny styles, what styles and brands do you like? When it comes to jeans comfort, fit, and style is what matters.

      Tim

      • Eddie
        November 6, 2016 / 4:23 pm

        Hi Tim,
        This is my favourite blog fyi, bravo everyone who’s involved in this (Tim/Laura and all).
        To answer Tim, fave womens non skinny jeans I wear are;

        Bettina Liano bootcut high waisters. They have a decent amount of room with their button fly, for those extra items to pack in. High enough to stop the dreaded rear spillover whenever bending down. Snug enough on the thighs but still not skinny technically, there’s room still.

        Ksubi Dee Dee button fly, also bootcut. These are fantastic in every way except they do wear thin faster than I’d otherwise like. For women’s jeans i never find myself hitching them up, also true to size and the only brand i dont have to downsize.

        Sass and Bide beauty in imperfection jeans, these are very old, bootcut yet again, space to move without being baggy, also the softest jeans i own, small amount of stretch makes them perfect for me. Like the feeling of a pair i never want to take off. Only thing i dont like is the girly pocket, singular. Which i removed and they are one pocket, one dark pocket shape, has its own style i think.

        There’s no doubt others but i forget now, maybe I’ll browse the jeans drawer another time if anyone’s interested.

        Eddie

        • November 6, 2016 / 10:40 pm

          Really glad you like the post, Eddie! It’s definitely a great one we worked on which I think, over time, will be incredibly popular for the guys! Lorna.

  3. Jay
    November 11, 2016 / 5:40 pm

    Just started wearing women’s skinny jeans and love them. They are very comfortable.

    • November 11, 2016 / 10:26 pm

      Glad you like them too!

  4. mike
    November 12, 2016 / 5:28 am

    I love the look and feel of the jegging look. for me, they have to be skintight all the way to the ankle. I even put ankle zippers on mine.

    • Henry Coppens
      November 12, 2016 / 11:14 am

      Hi Lorna,

      A most interesting site.
      Why do women wear high heels? Mostly, I would imagine, to look sexy, feeling confident, fashionable, attractive, stylish and all these good things. They do NOT wear them for comfort. So for guys wearing very skinny womens jeans. OR SO IT SHOULD BE to my mind. Maybe too, to show a little edginess, dodginess, ahead of the game, youthfulness, perhaps showing gayness, although not my case. So it rather amuses me when guys give practical excuses for wearing such jeans like comfort, pockets and zips in the right place etc. when what they really mean is to do or be the above.

      Henry

      • November 12, 2016 / 2:15 pm

        Hi Henry,

        It’s a combination of a few things I believe. Each guy has his own reason for wearing women’s jeans and they range from comfort, skinniness, washes and design, right through to the thrill of wearing women’s clothing. You can trust me when comfort is actually part of it though. Women’s denim in today’s world is incredibly stretchy, thin, lightweight, and super soft, that’s why we love to wear them tight ourselves. Guys denim is usually heavier, not stretchy, and uncomfortable when worn tight. So in order to get that skinny jean appearance which looks fashionable, opting for women’s skinny jeans which are very stretchy and soft if very comfortable. I know first hand as my fiance wears them for that reason. He doesn’t touch the regular jeans, only the really stretchy, soft fabric ones. I hope that helps!

        • Tim
          November 13, 2016 / 3:47 pm

          I would have to echo Lorna’s comment. Henry,

          I’d have to echo Lorna’s opinion on comfort at least as it relates to extreme skinny jeans. Because of the fabric used in women’s jeans, they provide a level of comfort that really allows you to go ultra skinny. I assume over time, such fabrics will start to show up in men’s jeans as well.

        • Clem
          May 4, 2017 / 10:12 am

          Lorna, I’m a guys. I totally agree with you. All my jeans are women’s skinny jeans. Love them!????

          • May 4, 2017 / 1:38 pm

            Very cool! What pairs do you like?

    • November 12, 2016 / 2:11 pm

      Ankle zippers are cool!

  5. Henry Coppens
    November 14, 2016 / 9:25 am

    I have several pairs of woman’s skin tight jeans made out of the soft very stretchy type denim and indeed they are very comfortable. You almost don’t know you have them on. But as I say, comfort is not the reason why I chose them. It is the nature of the material that allows one to wear them and enjoy the tight, cool, edgy look. Henry

  6. Just Me
    November 29, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    Any less expensive brand and styles that you recommend? I like stretch and snug not super tight but on a tight budget. Also I do need deeper front pockets as well.
    Thanks for any suggestions.

    • November 30, 2016 / 1:15 am

      I think Topshop are quite popular among some guys, as they are cheaper, but I can’t state on the front pockets as women’s are usually much smaller in the front pocket area, they’re nothing like men’s. Hopefully someone else can chip in though and do signup to our forum and leave a comment in the women’s jeans for men section as someone can help you there too!

      http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/category/clothing-427/jeans-446

  7. Eric
    January 14, 2017 / 4:39 am

    I love wearing women’s jeans. It makes me feel real sexy. I have two pairs of women’s ???? and im going to continue to buy and wear women’s ????.

  8. Henry Coppens
    January 14, 2017 / 10:25 am

    Totally agree with Eric. Out here in the bottom of Africa we are rather limited with regard to brands and the big names tend to be very expensive. I splashed out and bought a pair of off white Freddy WR.UP. Size medium. What is your opinion of these ? The material is fantastic -quite soft. I wear them with white creepers with a double black sole.. This combination is great for dancing as one can do all sorts of moves on the tips of the toes!!! Then I discovered a local clothing retailer were selling Chinese made type of women’s jeggings in 10 different shades from black through pastel shades to white. They cost the equivalent of 12 pounds sterling a pair so I bought all 10. The material is nice and stretchy too but more ‘denimmy’ than the Freddy.

    Henry

    • January 20, 2017 / 12:44 pm

      Oh wow, you wear Freddy? That’s bravery. I don’t know of anyone who would wear them who wasn’t a girl into fitness because of the way the pockets are placed. If you’re comfy in them, that’s fantastic!

      • Team Pit-a-Full
        January 22, 2017 / 5:11 pm

        The idea of Freddy jeans is great… for both women and men, but the design is wrong. Ive seen many women wear these and it looks awkward.
        The seam that goes under the bum should go all the way to the center joint (where both inseams meet the crotch seam) instead of connecting to the inseam.
        Also, the crotch seam (from front waist to rear waist) should be slightly shortened to enhance the “fitted” or sculpted look.
        Until the redesign… the best skinny jeans/ jeggings for men are still these-
        http://www.ebay.com/itm/272012721549?_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649&var=570829141897&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

        • February 2, 2017 / 1:35 pm

          Unfortunately, that link didn’t work. What was the name of the jeans you’re referring to?

  9. Henry Coppens
    January 23, 2017 / 7:54 am

    Hi Team Pit-A-Full,

    Thanks for your comments. I was unaware of the significance on looks of how pants are made. Interesting.

    Thank you for the link for jeans/jeggings on ebay – which I will pursue.

    Henry

  10. Richard
    March 19, 2017 / 9:16 am

    Thank you for this article. It reassures me that other men just wearing women’s jeans too.Last year I bought my first women’s jeans. I was looking for a black skinny jeans but I couldn’t succeed. All mens jeans that I tried were not stretchy enough and they had too oversized back pockets that didn’t look well on me. When my girlfriend said I just have too try a jeans from the womens section, I first got a bit nervous but I agreed and gave it a try. After trying a few women’s jeans I finally bought this one: http://m.hm.com/de/product/49320?article=49320-A. I have to say that these jeans are very male-friendly and they fit great. The back pockets are also just right. Not too large or too small. I wear these jeans quite often and no one ever has recognized they are actually women’s jeans.

  11. Henry Coppens
    March 19, 2017 / 10:39 am

    As you see from my previous comments, I have been wearing woman’s jeans for a while. I cannot ever recall anyone ever having asked me if they are women’s jeans or commented as such . Perhaps they have behind my back! A key to identifying if a male is wearing woman’s jeans is which way round the fly zipper is fitted. Sometime woman’s jeans have the zipper the other way round to men’s jeans, but I have many woman’s jeans where the zipper is the same side as men’s jeans. So this is not a good indicator.

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