Here’s a hot tip for any man who’d rather brand himself with a fire iron than spend all of Saturday scouring stores for the ideal jeans: tap the experts. In this case, Australian stylist and fashion photographer Fernando Barraza, whose stealth jeans advice this season is this: when in doubt, opt for a denim jogger. Yeah, as in track-pant style to replace your classic Levi’s.

Denim joggers are the easiest way to wear on-trend jeans right now Credit: All That I Covet 

While just one of several huge trends in denim right now, it’s an easy one to master if you employ a few simple styling tricks to see it from day to night, he says. “Everyone is obsessed with the jogger style denim pants now and I love it. Aussie brands are all over this trend: The Academy BrandZanerobeNena & Pasadena and Nana Judy is naming but a few.” Read on for Barraza’s crib sheet on denim trends for men in 2017, along with his pick of the celeb and social media stars worth stealing styling game from.

Biggest denim material trends? “The biggest at the moment is distressed, or ripped denim, with patches. Embroidered jeans are another huge trend, which were seen on the runways of Dolce & Gabbana and DSquared. The whole acid-wash ‘90s style is on trend ATM too.”

Nineties throwback acid wash at DSquared AW17 Credit: NOWFASHION

Biggest denim styles and cuts? “Sorry guys, but super skinny is so out. A tapered leg with a slightly tighter ankle is all the rage now. And yes, the denim jogger with elasticated ankle will be around a while. Invest now.”

Embroidered, distressed at tapered at Dolce & Gabbana AW17 Credit: NOWFASHION

BEST BRANDS RIGHT NOW? “We have a great stable of really cool denim brands in Australia right now, from Nobody and Nana Judy to Neuw and Ksubi. They all offer really varied styles, washes and cuts, so between them, you should easily find a cut that will become your staple.”

Straight slim leg style from Australian brand Outland DenimCredit: Supplied

Best timEless styling tips for men’s denim? “Don’t try too hard to look cool. Seriously – don’t be a fashion victim. Jeans can be dressed up and down really easily if they fit well and look good. A quick jacket and t-shirt change is all you need to go from (suit-free) office to bar. If you can’t afford expensive designer brands, then H&M, Topshop and Zara all have great alternatives at a fraction of the price.”

Budget props: @theparisian fashion and lifestyle blogger Sidya Sarr in Asos jeans Credit: Getty Images

Instagram entities worth stealing denim game from:

Zac Efron – actor and singer (America)

Credit: Instagram @zacefron

Nathan McCallum – Fitness model and lifestyle blogger (Australia) 

Credit: Instagram @isnathan

Zander Hodgson – Model and actor (England, via America)

Credit: Instagram @zanderhodgson

Simon Hancock – Marketing director and model (Australia) 

Credit: Instagram @mrsimonhancock

Troy Pes – Instagram star and actor (Australia)

Credit: Instagram @troypes

Benji Condie – Stylist and lifestyle blogger (Australia)

Credit: Instagram @benjiaus

Main Image (top): Zac Efron via Instagram @zacefron