The ladies have known this for a long time. Guys were a little slow on the pickup, but here’s the truth: stretch is a superior feel for a jean. It increases mobility, blows out less frequently and is more comfortable straight off the rack. It’s also fantastic for those of us who have fluctuating waistlines. And, with advances in fabric creation, stretch is difficult to differentiate in look from traditional denim. So while it’s not your 13-ounce premium Kurabo selvedge denim with whiskers and wear lines from years of patina, it is a worthwhile addition to your wardrobe. For all those times you need a little play from your fabric (commuting, relaxing), go stretch.

Skinny Fit 15cm Hem Distressed Stretch-Denim Jeans by Saint Laurent $750

Cropped Stretch Denim Jeans by Gucci $620

New York Stretch-Denim Jeans by Loro Piana $575

Max Raw Slim-Fit Stretch-Denim Jeans by Acne Studios $200

Needle Narrow Slim-Fit Stretch-Denim Jeans by Levi’s Made and Crafted $200

Get the Look for Less

512 Slim Taper Fit Stretch Jeans by Levi’s $55

Stretch Selvedge Slim-Fit Jeans by Uniqlo $40