They’re one of the most versatile garments in your wardrobe — but how can you make the most of your trusty black jeans?
With a black tee and a fitted black shoe, this monochromatic outfit is perhaps the easiest outfit you’ll ever chuck together — and certainly one of the most striking. The entirely black silhouette is slim and flattering, and carries more than a whiff of rock rebel about it, especially if the denim is distressed. Your feet are already going to appear larger if the pant leg is slim cut so a fitted shoe like brogues or Chelsea boots partners nicely. Bonus rock ’n’ roll points for adding a leather jacket, too.
Jeans so stonewashed they’ve faded to grey not only provide some contrast with other dark hues in your outfit, but if they’ve gone through the wash that many times, they’re also going to be bloody comfortable to wear. Pair these rugged trousers with some statement trainers to complete the casual look, or don a bomber jacket, longline tee, and Timberland boots for that full-on Kanye vibe.
Heavily distressed black jeans should come with a warning label: ‘onlookers may confuse you with an angsty teenager kitting out his emo rock band at General Pants, especially if matched with Converse and a graphic tee’. But Doc Martens and a flannel shirt will at least make sure you’re confused with Kurt Cobain rather than Gerard Way, even if chunky boots might leave you a little bottom-heavy.
Straight fit black jeans are more appropriate for a night out, worn with a crisp white Oxford shirt or a patterned button-down, and perhaps a blazer or coat, too. Don’t be scared to roll up your cuff to show off your footwear — stick to fitted shoes like brogues or loafers on formal occasions — or to introduce brown leather into the equation, so long as it’s not the only lighter colour in the outfit (black jeans, tan leather, and a white top form a fine combination).
We’d never advocate dad jeans even though you can get away with a little more room in slimming black, but straight leg jeans are super versatile — with leather shoes and a shirt on casual Friday, with a chunkier trainer that suits the looser cut, with a plain white tee and canvas shoes for a classic weekend look. Hell, black jeans go with pretty much everything — that’s the whole appeal.