The Right Jeans to Wear With a Blazer or Sport Coat

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By Megan Gustashaw for GQ.

(Richard Burbridge)

Every day of every month at GQ, we start your morning on Instagram with visual advice on What to Wear Today. But we want to go deeper. Give you the nuts and bolts of how to get the look into your wardrobe. This month it's all about business casual, and today we're focusing our attention on denim.

For some guys, the term "business casual" is code for "Yes, you can wear a sport coat and jeans". The pairing is so automatic, so widely accepted that it's sort of a uniform unto itself. It's partly a generational thing, but there are still plenty of twenty and thirty-somethings who are keeping the combo alive (see: TechCrunch Disrupt). To that end, we're not done talking about how to get it right. Because until the corporate world looks like Pitti Uomo on Casual Friday, we've got work to do yet.

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Because we touched on the jacket earlier this month let's focus our attention today on the right jeans to wear with tailoring. For the most part they fall into three camps: uniform dark blue, ultra-black, and indigo with the vaguest selvedge-inspired sheen. In all three cases the jeans should be cut slim and straight. Too tight and you'll look like your only job is post pictures on your fashion blog, too baggy and you'll look like George Clooney at a Casamigos mixer. (In this very specific case, that's actually not a compliment.) Distressing, rips, patches, and tears are all to be avoided when you're wearing a nice jacket, and non-standard colors like olive and beige are to be approached with extreme caution. Finally, watch the break. If your jeans are any longer than Jason Stratham's A.P.C. jeans above, it's time to head to the tailor.

Uniform Dark Blue
Tom Ford Washed Jeans, $570, available at


The Blackest Black
Reiss Slim-Fit Jeans, $170, available at


Indigo with a Slight Sheen
Berluti Stretch Jeans, $660, available at


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