For all guys who never skip leg day: We salute you. You’ve put in the time at the squat rack and you have the quads — and more importantly, the derriere — to prove it. And, even if you don’t have a second career as a gym rat, we’re pretty sure you still have a good butt in your back pocket. However, are you compromising all your baby-got-back moments by wearing the wrong pair of jeans? The gals get most of the attention when it comes to butt-boasting jeans. But one of the sexiest things a man can put on is pair of jeans that look as if they were custom-made for him — and his backside.
There are two main things to remember with denim that flatters. First and foremost, the back pockets are everything — their size and shape can work to your advantage, or your serious disadvantage. They should be proportional to the jeans. If they’re too small, your butt might have the illusion of looking too big. Go too big with the pockets, and the exact opposite will happen. The shape of the pocket is also crucial; a nice curved outline that follows the natural silhouette of the jeans is best. And, no, this is not the time for the embellished, designer pocket. We want your butt to look boldly handsome, not bedazzled.
Second, make sure you skip the low-rise look. Butt cracks are not a bonus when it comes to jeans, and a low-rise will just flatten your backside anyway when it hangs below your hips.
Make sure you look just as good from the back as you do in the front with these five pairs of jeans that will have you covered in the best way possible. This is one time when turning your back on someone is okay to do.
1. Levi’s: 511 Slim Fit Selvedge Jeans
Nothing like launching this list with an all-time classic such as Levi’s. The iconic denim brand generally won’t lead you astray. But of particular note is the 511 slim fit selvedge jeans, which happen to be a shoo-in for outfitting your bottom half in good style. Described as a modern slim with room to move, the jeans sit just slightly below the waist for maximum butt appeal with a slim leg from hip to ankle for a bit of a body-con aesthetic. But, go for the 501 Originals if you have a bulkier or more athletic build.
2. A|X Armani Exchange Straight Fit Denim Pant
The fresh, light-blue color of these jeans had us at hello. Armani Exchange’s classic, straight-leg pant gets an unexpected twist with the bright wash that’s just handsomely happy enough without crossing over into pastel pant territory. A razor-sharp fit plus subtly outlined back pockets further enhance the streamlined effect. Paired with a sleek black top, they’re the perfect fit for your bum — and for spring.
3. Bonobos: The Blue Jean
The signature curved waistband is the secret sauce behind Bonobos’s jeans — not only does it ensure the best fit possible, it creates a pretty solid shape for your backside. Their most classic pair, aptly named The Blue Jean, are constructed with American Cone Denim and a comfy hint of stretch, making them the perfect go-to day in and day out. Available in four fits (tailored, slim, straight, and boot cut) and a variety of washes, there is one to suit every frame — and butt. We love this Glacier Bleach wash for its slightly distressed, summer edginess.
4. DL 1961 Premium Denim: The Russell
The Russell is DL1961’s best-selling jeans — and that’s likely because they’re universally flattering, especially for your bum. A modern approach to the slim-straight cut, this pair is comfortable in the hip and thigh with a slight taper from the knee down for a tailored look. Constructed with the brand’s signature, ultra-soft fabric, they move with you — 360 degrees of the way. They really are “performance denim” in the highest sense of the term.
5. Joe’s Jeans Straight + Narrow Brixton Jeans
Joe certainly has a way with jeans. There isn’t a single pair of denim to the Los Angeles-based brand’s name that will really do a disservice to your butt. Their signature slim and streamlined fits are really designed to ensure all of your assets are fully enhanced to the best possible result. The dark-blue Brixtons are a fan favorite with their straight cut from hip to ankle. But, in addition to being good for your backside, this pair of jeans is good for the environment, too. They are crafted with eco-friendly denim that uses less water and energy consumption. Talk about good jeans!