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Monday, 3rd April, 2017

What To Wear With Black Jeans

What To Wear With Black Jeans - How To Style Black Denim

I love black jeans! Last time I was looking at what to wear with a white shirt, and since you loved that guide so much I have to talk about denim, in particular one colour which anyone can style, black. If you’ve already read my 5 pairs of jeans you should own, you’ll know that a pair of black jeans is an essential item for your wardrobe. They’re versatile, smart and really stylish. One of the main benefits of a dark colour denim is that they look more classy, more upmarket and can be both dressed up and dressed down, depending on what your own style and look is.

But what do you wear with them, and how do you style them? I am going to give a couple of ideas on how you can style your pair of black denim for all occasions, smart and the more casual.

Get all the details on each style below.

The Jeans Of Choice

For the dark denim I have chosen my favourite pair of denim, my black Nudie Jeans. They’re selvedge, a good fit and very high quality jeans which I really like. So here’s how I style them with some pieces of clothing.

How To Style Black Jeans – 5 Ways

Black Jeans With Blazer

On A Night Out: Black Jeans With A Blazer

Go for a smarter look with a blazer and your dark denim. For this look, I have gone with a very dark grey blazer, smart white shirt, and smart black shoes. It gives the black jeans more of a smart edge as mentioned. The grey jacket is really dark but not black, so it gives off a contrast to the jeans, but maintains a sleek look which I love. If you are going on a night out and don’t want to wear a suit, the blazer and black jean option is a good one.

Black Jeans With Red Jumper

Colours With Black Jeans – Red Jumper

Since black is so dark wearing a contrasting bright colour will really pop. Red is one of those colours which will stand out a great deal, you can keep the look toned down by keeping the colour selection down to a minimum, so this 2 colour look works well. For footwear I have gone for a pair of red Converse which compliments the jumper well, and against the black denim they really do pop.

Black Jeans With Roll Neck Knit

Autumn/Winter Style: Roll Neck Jumper With Black Jeans

Another casual outfit which I really like is a roll neck jumper. I was not too much of a fan of roll neck jumpers in the past, but I have come round and think they’re pretty cool. Wearing white can sometimes be a bit bright and maybe not what you’re going for, especially in cooler months. An off-white colour may be more preferable, it’s still light but not too bright. I styled these with my black and white Converse.

Black Jeans With Black Shirt

All Black Style – Black Shirt With Black Jeans

The ultimate in a sleek look is going all black. If you want to do this in a more casual way, a black tee will work fine, and still look smart. For a sharper edge, you can go for a black shirt, like I have here. I love this style, it can look a bit cold to some, but it’s a really good style to go for when you want something understated and simple. I have paired this with black shoes to keep everything black.

White T Shirt With Black Jeans

Monochrome Style – Classic White T-Shirt with Black Jeans

The classic casual look, you can’t go wrong with a good basic T-shirt. A white tee will go with virtually anything, so will a pair of black jeans, so this is always going to be a good combination. Everyone loves monochrome style, you can do it casually with a tee or smarten it up with a white shirt. I have went for a more sporty pair of trainers with my Air Max Ultra Moire which are also in black and white.

Styles Of Black Jeans

As with all denim, you can get your black jeans in a variety of different styles. When I say styles, I am talking about distressed, ripped and regular. It’s pretty simple when it comes to choosing which to go for; It depends on the look you’re trying to achieve. The plain regular black denim can work in all situations, and is a great alternative to chinos or trousers when aiming for a smarter look. If you want to keep things strictly casual or go for a more street style look, the ripped jeans trend is always popular and good for the Summer.

Shirts To Wear With Black Jeans

What Colour Shirt To Wear With Black Jeans

As demonstrated above, most colours, if not all, will work with black denim. Once again, it depends on the look you’re trying to achieve. A white shirt will give you a monochrome look, a light or pale shirt will give a large amount of contrast, and bold colours such as red or blue will give a colour blocking effect. You can always tone down the colour of the shirt by wearing a dark jacket, such as black, dark grey or dark blue. As you can see above, a black shirt can work too, and will always look the part.

Shoes To Wear With Black Jeans

What Shoes To Wear With Black Jeans

Since you can wear both smart and casual clothing with your black jeans, this also translates to your footwear too. From shoes to boots and trainers, everything is acceptable and will work well, providing it goes well with the outfit. From my outfits above you’ll see the casual styles of Converse and Nike work just as well as derby shoes when you’re going more formal. Chelsea boots and brogues will work equally well too.

When it comes to the colour of the footwear, make sure that it fits in well with the rest of your clothing. Black will always work and will extend down from the black jeans to the footwear. By contrast light colours or white, such as a pair of Stan Smith from Adidas will break up the jeans at the bottom, and will be more distinguishable, great if you want to get your footwear noticed.

Shopping List & Denim Brands – Where To Buy

Now you know all about black jeans and how to style them, you’ll want to know where to buy them. Here’s a list of my favourite denim retails, broken down from budget to premium, so there’s something for everyone.

Budget/High Street





Premium/High End

Nudie Jeans


Acne Studios


All Saints

And that’s it! Let me know what you think of black denim, as always you can read further tips on the men’s fashion advice section of the blog, which covers what to wear for all other aspects of clothing.

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