Dark denim is one of the most versatile items in your wardrobe, once you know what you can and can’t do with it.
Dinner with your partner is a typical smart-casual affair that slim, smart, dark denim suits to a tee. Pair your jeans with a crisp white Oxford shirt — another compulsory wardrobe staple — or even a soft pink or blue button-down, perhaps with a blazer over the top, and a brogue boot or braided belt to add some texture to your ensemble.
Another environment where navy jeans strikes that balance between casual and formal, especially when paired with a navy- or red-and-white Gingham shirt, casual suede desert boots, and brown leather, keeping things conservative enough for the office. This is where different shades of blue can work nicely together, too — navy denim with a pale blue shirt and medium-blue outer layer, for instance.
To the pub
A couple of Saturday night schooners isn’t an invitation to dust-off a decade-old T-shirt and those baggy, daggy dad jeans — you can still look relaxed with a plaid flannel shirt in any number of out-there colour combinations or a simpler light chambray shirt — perhaps accompanied by an oversized pull-over, field jacket, or thick knit jumper in neutral colours in winter — as well as a smart pair of boots or more laid-back sneakers.
A graphic tee and statement sneakers, a raglan tee and Vans for that skateboarder look, a grungy bomber with heavy boots, a white tee and a leather jacket for that vintage James Dean vibe . . . the beauty of the versatile navy jean is how well it combines with whatever street style you throw at it.
The warm weather doesn’t mean you have to tuck away your dark denim, which pairs beautifully with a crisp white T-shirt and simple white plimsolls, flashing a bit of ankle by pin-rolling your jeans. Slightly dressier beach bar? A white linen shirt and loafers — with your trousers pin-rolled to the ankle, of course — forms a suitably breezy summer outfit.