The high-waisted, ill-fitting "dad jeans" infamously worn by fuddy-duddys and President Obama couldn't be further from the slim-fitting, light-washed styles that stylish men all over can be seen sporting these days. Most of the time, it's because guys have put in the time to break in a pair of raw denim, resulting in a beautifully faded custom pair. But there's nothing wrong with a shortcut every now and then. Quality denim mills haven't stopped producing the selvedge material they're known for—they just have it undergo a hearty wash or two before they make a comfortable pair of jeans. These stonewashed versions still fit like a modern jean should—slim at the seat and thigh with a nice clean taper throughout the leg. One thing they all have in common? They're a hell of a lot easier to wear in warm weather than a raw pair.
Club Monaco, $195
This US-made straight leg style comes with a 35" inseam for taller guys and cuff lovers.
Ralph Lauren, $98
Color-fading and allover distressing add an antiqued look to this straight-leg pair.