Men’s Jeans: The Rules!

Guys, we know you care about how your butt looks in your jeans and if you’re wearing the right-now style. Follow these simple rules and you’ll be sure to pick the perfect pair.

1. Don’t wear faded denim. It’s just plain dated.

Do pick dark-washed denim (without faded spots or streaks). It’s dressy enough for a casual Friday at work, a dinner date, or a visit with your mom (aw!).

2. Don’t wear loose-cut jeans. They do favors for no body.  

Do choose a straight-cut jean that skims close to the body. Its shape shapes you and makes you look straight and slimmer in ways that baggy bottoms can’t. Shopping tip: As any woman will tell you, brand fit and sizing vary wildly, so try different stores until you nail a pair that works for your physique.

3. Don’t shock your friends and family by turning up in uber-bright skinny jeans. (Unless you’re a 19-year-old pop singer. Then you can do whatever you want.)

Do express your need for self-expression with neutral colors like gray, khaki, olive, or burgundy. All look modern right now.

4. Don’t launder your new jeans with hot water and a hot dryer.

Do: Help prevent fading by washing jeans on a cold setting with a detergent that is specially formulated to clean at lower temperatures. Also, consider line drying. If the jeans need softening, tumble-dry them for a few minutes on a low setting.

5. Don’t invest in a pair of good jeans and then treat them like dirt. Wear an old, cruddy pair to do projects around your house.

Do target stains on your work jeans (like grease) or your new jeans (like a fancy appetizer you dropped in your lap) by pre-treating problem spots with a detergent before you wash.

A Guy’s Guide: How to Pull Off the New Grunge Sweater

It’s time to brush off the garage band mix tapes—grunge is back. But before you start tossing all your slim-cut, tailored clothing, we’ll be more specific: The trend is back and upgraded with a little polish. The grunge-inspired sweaters that popped up in fall fashion included contemporary twists. Here is your guide on how to rock the look now.

The cardigan is king. You may already own one, but for a grunge-inspired look, throw a graphic or band T-shirt underneath and pair it with jeans. Bring the trend to work by pairing with a tie and slim pants. 

Chunky is one thing, oversized is another. Modern grunge styles are more fitted than their ’90s predecessors. Look for thicker yarns and knits to add volume, not extra width.

Look for patterns such as stripes and checks in modern jewel tones. Deep green, burgundy, and amber are everywhere this season. Embrace these colors, as opposed to the muddy earth tones of grunge gone by, for a more modern look. Choose a thick rugby stripe or an open plaid.

Let the designers do the distressing. The worn-out sweater was a star in the early ’90s, but 20 years later moth holes and shapeless, sad knits are less than ideal. Instead, look for designs with artfully distressed knit. A carefully placed series of pulls or a thoughtfully designed uneven hem will look lux rather than lazy.

Game On! What to Wear When “Couch-Gating” on Game Day

Professional athletes are famous for their pre-game quirks: They fly onto the turf like jets, get slapped in the face by their coaches, dance, jump, bump, yell at the ball. As a football fan, you’ll do anything to help your team win, right? Use the ideas below to create your own game-day rituals.

1. Lucky gear
Game jerseys are a must for home viewing, along with any fan-printed paraphernalia that can be worn on your body—and remember, brighten your ultimate fan uniform by washing it with a good laundry detergent.

2. Game-day grooming
Clean-shaven or stubbly, parted to the left or right, freshly showered or two days ripe—think back to your team’s last win, and copy that day’s steps exactly. Repeat for family members and regular game-time guests.

3. Tokens, doodads, and other juju boosters
Of course they help: bring on the rabbits’ feet, replica helmets, rally towels, game-day socks. Don’t forget to pump up with a pre-game fight song or a group chant, and of course, by outfitting the family pet in mascot-wear.

4. House rules
Maintaining order will keep the energy in your fan cave consistent, and that can only help the cause. Decide what that means in your household: assigned seats, remote-control management, timing of bathroom breaks, and limits on non-sports banter are a few essentials to work out.

5. Interlopers
Be wary of drop-ins; they can mess with the force. However, if your team scores in their presence, let them—no, make them—stay.

6. A reverse play
If, even with all your efforts, the team sputters, sack this game plan and start clean at the next kickoff.