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What To Wear With Black Jeans: A Men’s Guide On How To Style & Outfit Ideas

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Monday, 3rd April, 2017

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

If you’re looking to wear a smart pair of denim, black jeans are one of the best choices to go for.

If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good quality pair of black jeans. They’re sleek, and often look a lot smarter than the usual colours and washes of denims you can get.

Traditionally when you mention the word denim or jean guys typically think of the light blue or dark indigo wash. 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.

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.

Why Wear Black Jeans?

Some people may wonder why they’d wear black jeans, and not just chinos, cords or trousers. There’s plenty of reasons, and here’s a small list of why you need to own a pair of these.

  • There’re casual – They’re still denim, so aren’t super smart, stuffy and formal. You can dress them down. However…
  • They’re smart – The general rule is the darker the denim the smarter it is. Wear a pair with a shirt or blazer to create a really smart look.
  • Different styles – You can get some ripped denim, distressed or just plain
  • Versatility – Black goes with virtually anything. From monochromatic looks to colour blocking and wearing all black. It all works.
  • Footwear – All kinds of footwear works. From formal oxfords to brogues and trainers.

The Jeans Of Choice

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

Are you looking to see with what goes with black jeans? Here’s some outfit and style advice on what you can pair them with.

How To Style Black Jeans

Black Jeans With Blazer

Black Jeans With A White Shirt And Blazer

Go for a smarter look with a blazer and your dark denim. I love this outfit for a night out, it looks really smart, but it’s almost effortless. 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

Black Jeans With A Sweater

Since black is so dark wearing a contrasting bright colour will really pop. I’ve picked out a red sweater and casual trainers to match. 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.

I love how the red works against the black denim, it really makes it pop.

Black Jeans With Roll Neck Knit

Roll Neck Jumper With Black Jeans

Another casual outfit which I really like is a roll neck jumper, great for Autumn or Winter. 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

Black Shirt With Black Jeans

The ultimate in a sleek look is going for an all black style, combining a black shirt with the black denim. 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

White T-Shirt with Black Jeans

The classic casual look, you can’t go wrong with a good white T-shirt and create a monochrome colour palette. 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.

If you want to go for a sleek look, wearing a black T-shirt with black jeans will give you a clean look, with a long silhouette that can give you a simple but elegant look.

Black T Shirt And Jeans

Black Jeans With A Black T Shirt

You can go for a blackout look, by wearing black jeans and a black T Shirt. This outfit choice is a casual option, but with the all black silhouette, looks stylish and sharp.

If you like to wear something understated while keeping things relaxed, this is the perfect go to outfit.

Black T Shirt with black denim jacket

Black Jeans With A Black Denim Jacket

A good casual jacket option for summer is a denim jacket. There’s a lot of things you can wear with them, and plenty of colours too. You can continue with the theme of all black, by styling a pair of black jeans with a black denim jacket.

If you want to go a double denim route, this is the smartest way of doing that. A denim jacket is one of the spring and summer essentials, and black always looks stylish.

White Levi's Ringer T Shirt With Black Jeans

Black Jeans With A White T Shirt

When the warmer months come and you don’t need a jacket, wearing a white T Shirt goes very well with a pair of black jeans.

The black denim and white tee are completely contrasting colours, at the opposite ends of the spectrum, and make each piece of the outfit pop. For this look, I’ve gone for a logo T Shirt, in this case a ringer tee from Levi’s.

The contrasting red of the T-shirt works well with the white, and the black denim brings the whole outfit together.

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.

Picking the right fit of denim is important, and there’s plenty to choose from. You can go for a skinny fit, sim, regular or loose, but the more fashion conscious among us will opt for a slim or skinny fit.

Shirts To Wear With Black Jeans

What Colour Shirt To Wear With Black Jeans

You may be thinking, what shirt should you wear with black jeans?

A button down shirt will look the part with a pair of jeans, as long as you’re wearing it for the right occasion. A smart plain shirt will work, and can be worn which will give your outfit a semi-formal kind of look.

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 with black jeans can work too, and will always look the part.

Shoes To Wear With Black Jeans

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.

What To Wear With Black Jeans

  • For a smart look, choose plain and solid black
  • For a more casual look, distressed or black ripped jeans could be OK
  • Wear black jeans with a complimenting colour
  • White shirts and T-shirts give your outfit the ultimate contrast
  • For a sleek monochrome look, pair black jeans with a black shirt or T-shirt
  • A blazer and T-shirt make the perfect smart casual combination with black jeans
  • A roll neck or jumper makes the perfect partner with black denim in colder months
  • Smart shoes such as derby shoes will work for smarter outfits
  • Smart trainers or brogues will give a more smart casual look

Michael Adams

About Michael

Michael Adams is the founder and editor of Michael 84, blogger and T-shirt designer from Newcastle, UK. Sharing men's fashion tips, style advice and lifestyle information for all guys.

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