Everyone has at least one pair stashed in their wardrobe, however, we all still ask “what to wear with black jeans”? They’re arguably the most versatile piece of clothing in existence and yet we still question how to wear them! If you’re anything like us, black jeans will be a staple in your personal style. Clean and sophisticated, they are reliable for all occasions. A night out with the girls? Sure. Popping to the shop? Of course. Officewear? They’ve got you covered.
It’s not all about skinny jeans either, there are a lot of options if you don’t fancy a second skin! You can create a great off-duty look with a pair of boyfriend jeans, or mix it up with a throwback to flared denim. Day or night, denim will be your best friend, it’s the perfect foundation for any look and gives you free rein to embrace all colours and styles.
So, to make your life easier, we’ve gathered a load of our favourite looks featuring black jeans with the hopes of inspiring, refreshing and giving your style confidence.
Here is What to Wear With Black Jeans
Black Jeans & Tees
One of the easiest go-to looks is slipping on a classic tee. Whether you decide to tuck in or just accessorise to the max, this is one of the most effective black jean combos possible! The monochrome trend is huge so pairing black denim with a white or grey tee appears chic and sharp. The crew-neck collars also offer your neck up for elongation. Another great tip, if you’re petite, is tying your hair up in a messy bun, you’ll maximise the exposure of skin, making your neck go on for miles!
A simple clutch or across-body bag will be the perfect companion with a tee. This will offer a tiny dose of femininity and a touch of character to what is a pretty basic outfit. You can also try out accessorising a plunge tee with a delicate bralette like below. The black lace under the top perfectly links back to the tone of the jeans.
It’s also important to learn the art of ‘tucking’. If you’ve got curves a full tuck will help highlight waistline and pull you in. However, if you are tall or have a straight figure a half-tuck is perfect! It will easily hang around your torso appearing relaxed and will give you that classic model-off-duty look.
The loose fit of a tee will contrast perfectly with the fit of skinny jeans, hugging you in all of the right places while still being comfortable. Biker jackets also go hand-in-hand with loose tees.
The text on the shirt below complements the accessories, tying it all together. As we’ve mentioned, you don’t have to be confined to just wearing skinnies. One of the coolest revivals recently has been the seventies and a pair of flared jeans will not go amiss. A statement in themselves, black flared jeans don’t need a lot to accessorise them. Commonly found with a high-waist flared jeans look great with t-shirts tucked in and oversized coats! The wide hem screams to be paired with a pair of court heels or ugly trainers.
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Black Jeans & Layering Up
A personal favourite, layering. Black jeans lend themselves to being the base of every outfit and can quickly be built up with style. Layering needn’t just be knits either, you can really explore your personal style here.
A controversial trend that we adore is double denim. Just because you’re wearing black denim on your bottom-half doesn’t mean you can’t swap up the top for a bit of blue wash!
As seen above, the jacket is shapeless and highlights her exposed waistline, complementing the high rise fit denim . The hem of the jacket has is straight which contrasts with the rip on the knee, tying this vintage aesthetic together.
Very much weather dependent, the skinny-fit of the jeans on the left work with the longline hem of the coat. Normally an item that exudes refinement, the duster here has been styled with a high-neck jumper that’s been half tucked. You can see the shine of a belt buckle which adds a touch of opulence to an otherwise simple outfit.
Tying this all together, the boxy structure of the clutch bag reflects the sleekness of the denim and complements the colourway of the denim.
One of the best parts of layering has to be the comfort and slouchiness. In this case, only working with a two-toned palette will help you to showcase any detailing and texture. For instance, the look on the left, if you have an all-black look, the length of the coat will help frame it.
Perhaps try teaming your black jeans with a chunky turtleneck. You can also be clever with your accessories and match your black denim to your bag, or incorporate the shoes with both colours. This is one way to pull together all of these layering trends for your black jeans.
Above, the flared jeans have been frayed at the hem, making a subtle statement and providing more space to show off your footwear. Underneath it’s kept together with a matching frayed top.
Once again, there is experimentation with double denim by adding in a denim top under a duster coat. With a variety of lengths, you’ll appear taller and the practicality of a duster jacket is great! Cold outside? Duster. Arrive at the event? Ditch the duster and keep your look together with the denim co-ord.
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Black Jeans with a Nice Top
Those nights out when you don’t fancy wearing a dress or a skirt is where black jeans really come through for you. This season crochet blouses have become such a popular piece. Originating from Victorian ruff-styled shirts, this redesigned garment carefully draws your extends your neckline.
The look on above really mixes up textures and fits, the skinny denim complements the nude toned heels, sleek hair and cat-eye sunglasses. The ruffled elements of the nostalgic top have also been balanced out with the structured build of the micro bucket bag.
This relaxed leopard print blouse has been tucked in and embellished with statement boots. The high-rise fit of the denim is a flattering contrast to the blouse but the shoes are where this outfit really shines.
The denim cuffs have been slightly turned up to showcase the detailing of the boots. This is something so small but can make a huge impact depending on your footwear choice.
The outfit on the right is another classic combination that’s all about the details. Taking a step away from skinny jeans, straight jeans are a great alternative.
With extra space for wearability around the legs, you can really draw your waist in with a statement belt, on in this case, bum bag. The urban touch of the denim has been balanced out with this light ruffled shirt.
Both pieces are of a looser fit but the boots are what pulls this look together, making this a great outfit that can take you from day-to-night.
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Black Jeans & Monochromatic Matching
Monochrome pairings are a versatile combination that can easily take you from day-to-night. It’s a pretty simple look to put together, just two block-coloured pieces. It doesn’t have to be boring though. Above, both girls are styling tailored white tops, which are ideal for pairing with black denim. The elegance of the tailored blazer on the left and the cold shoulder detailing on the left will contrast with the roughness of the denim. A small detail that really glams up a look would be getting a matching back bag.
For a more relaxed approach, take a boxy shirt that rivals a mans and simply slip it on with a pair of skinnies. This look is ideal if you are taller, the long line of the hem can skim around your thighs. You can also boost your femininity with a sleek pair of heeled sandals and a slouchy tote, making your look ooze effortlessness and sophistication.
For something a bit more formal try out a detailed lace blouse. The one on the right has interesting sleeves which would frame the tightness of the denim around the hips. Since the top is slightly transparent, a black undergarment would carefully reflect the colour of the denim. This is one of our personal favourites as it’s so easy to achieve and can literally be worn anywhere!
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Black Jeans & Bold Jackets
Layering and structure is a quick solution if you’re stuck with styling. Having a jacket tucked away in your wardrobe is an essential fix when paired with dark denim.
Whether designed in a vibrant pattern like above or just block colours, blazers ooze cosmopolitan chicness. It also allows you to be as unadventurous as you like underneath because the blazer will be doing most of the talking.
Blazers and black skinny jeans are a stylist’s bread and butter. A winning combination for a number of reasons, this smasual pairing knows how to frame your figure. The tight fit of the denim will elongate your legs and the cut of the blazer will frame your shoulders.
This doesn’t mean you can’t accessorise, try out a bold accessory that packs a punch like to the left. If you keep your clothing to a neutral palette you have the ability to show off any accessory without it looking too busy.
Another tonally tantalising look is wearing all-black garments. Famously slimming, the skinny jeans will be paired with a high-neck fitted top and a structured blazer. Incredibly sleek, the look on the right has been elevated with contrasting elements such as heels, a belt and a tote.
Another tonally tantalising look is wearing all-black garments. Famously slimming, the skinny jeans have been paired with a Bardot fitted top and leather jacket. Incredibly sleek, the look above has been elevated with completed with matching heeled boots.
The simplicity of look is what makes it so great, it’s easy to put together and even easier to wear. Ideal for going from the office to getting drinks with the girls, this ensemble is spot-on!
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Black Jeans & Chunky Knits
If you’re looking for creating a sophisticated seasonal style with your black jeans, chunky knits will be your best friend! Insanely comfortable and warm they always seem to take centre stage. It’s the difference of fits which make chunky knits so desirable when paired with skinny jeans. You can see above the relaxed v-neckline and long sleeves accented her slender shape.
Thin and delicate cross-body bags can actually accessorise the jumper and jeans combo. Top tip, if you have long hair like on the left, leave your hair inside the turtleneck. Strands will carelessly slip out and it will carefully frame your face against the high neck of the fabric.
Boyfriend jeans are the denim version of a chunky knit, loose, comfortable and oozing style. To ensure they are on display get your hands on a slightly cropped jumper. The hem can dance around the waistband of the jeans.
This jumper is fantastic and we are definitely lusting over it! The leather jacket emphasises the statement neckline and leaves you with an edgy finish.
Now, who said black and blue don’t go together? There’s a reason why black jeans are the most versatile item in your wardrobe and that’s because they go with literally everything. Including blue. The knit on the lower right is a dark blue so the way it’s loosely half tucked makes the jean almost appear like a shadow of blue. This paired with the black boots and bag would make this outfit look like a transition from blue into black.
It’s not just jumpers that are classed as chunky knits, cardigans are too! There is nothing better than slipping a cosy cardi on over a basic tee. These jeans on the lower left also have a quirky zipper really keeping to, vintage aesthetic. Although, the softness of the cardigan’s texture tones the denim down so it isn’t too harsh. The lace top is cropped, however, the loose drape of the cardigan really frames her body. The texture of the cable knit has also been accented by the lace trim on the top, making this simple cosy look actually super versatile.
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Black Jeans & Statement Shoes
Weather-appropriate and incredibly comfortable, trainers are essential! With the rise of the athleisure trend, trainers have quickly become a staple when running daily errands. This style, whilst showcasing the vibrancy of the trainers is also ideal for shopping trips.
Bomber jackets are incredibly stylish but not warm. However, the one on the right has been cropped. Just by draping the jacket, this frames her waistline against the crop of the tee. Bomber jackets are a must-have when styling skinny black jeans.
With black jeans being such a great canvas for styling you can really take advantage of showing an element off such as shoes. If you’re anything like us, you’ll have an unhealthy obsession with footwear and these looks will be right up your street!
Chelsea boots are one of the best autumnal shoes, so if you’re layering up like below try a bold print on your feet. With carefully rolled up hems to highlight the ankle boot, the pattern would stand out brilliantly against the black denim.
If you really fancy making a statement, nothing is holding you back from mixing colour palettes and patterns. As we’ve said before, you can pretty much do what you want with black jeans, they’re the best blank canvas you’ll get! White is a colour that pops against black so these boots are definitely going to captivate a crowd.
To the right, she has simply paired the jeans with a patterned top which is slightly cropped and high rise denim. The jeans and top have then been broken up with a tonal jacket and bag which matches the white tones of her top!
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So that’s everything, all of our favourite looks wearing black jeans! Hopefully, you can find some inspiration within this and feel confident in your styling. All in all, you’ll be pretty safe if you stick to these three main style tips and tricks when it comes to wearing jeans:
1..Cropped anything will be your best friend. Especially when wearing high rise denim, the two work hand-in-hand! This is also the best way to make sure your waistline gets the attention it deserves!
2. Mix up your lengths! If you’re layering try a half-tuck and pair with a duster, this will make you appear taller and fearless when it comes to styling. Try two jackets or perhaps a flannel shirt under a biker jacket.
3. Just remember black jeans are your foundation. They’re a blank canvas for any and all occasions, don’t worry and just embrace your personal style!