We’re going to just go right ahead and say it: We might like black jeans even more than blue jeans. If you thought your go-to light or dark wash pair was versatile, multiply that wearability times a million for their noir counterpart. That’s because these pants can read casual and cool or elegant and elevated—all depending on how you style them. Not sure what to wear with black jeans? Take a peek at these ensembles and soak up all the style inspo you could ever need.
What to Wear with Black Jeans, Whether You Prefer T-Shirts and Sneakers or Cowboy Boots and Statement Jackets
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1. Skinnies With Over-the-knee Boots And A Statement Trench
Hop tip: Tucking super-skinny black jeans into black over-the-knee boots is a surefire way to trick everyone into thinking your legs are supermodel long. Add on a black turtleneck and throw a statement trench over it all…and just wait for people to start asking if you’re part of the Hadid family.
2. Wide-leg Jeans With A Graphic T-shirt
Come to think of it, we’ve always wanted to look like those cooler-than-cool girls who skateboard on Instagram (Nike high-tops and all). Just be sure to tuck your tee into your jeans to ensure you don't veer into sloppy territory.
3. Raw Edge Jeans With A Baggy Button-down
If you’re not into slim-fit jeans—which offer slightly more breathing room than skinnies— we suggest trying them with a loose top. The proportions will be a welcome juxtaposition and it’s an outfit that looks polished but feels comfortable as hell.
4. Cropped Black Flares With A Duster Coat
How do you take a plain white tee and easy denim and turn that basic combo into a fashion-forward ensemble? With one simple addition: A duster. The dramatic, flowing fabric adds some much-needed interest to an otherwise super-simple outfit. In terms of duster length, aim for a jacket that hits between mid-calf and ankle for the most flattering fit.
5. Flared Jeans With A White Turtleneck
Did anyone else’s mom make them wear some variation of jeans and a turtleneck as a kid? Same. Think of this as the adult and oh-so-stylish version of that fit, then add a leather (or faux leather) blazer for a grown-up touch.
6. High-waist Jeans With Strappy Sandals
If we suggested you should wear mom jeans with brightly colored strappy sandals before you saw this photo, would you have listened? Maybe not. Now that you see how cool it is, we urge you to think again. This is also an easy trick if you need to transform your look from day to night in mere minutes.
7. Loose-fit Pants With Knee-high Cowboy Boots
Put those Western boots you bought last winter to good use and tuck a pair of black jeans into them. (Psst…the jeans don’t have to be skin-tight to be tucked into boots—just peep how incredible this slightly baggy pair looks.) And go on, tie a scarf around your neck—it adds a polished finish to almost any outfit.
9. Distressed Denim With A Colorful Bomber Jacket
Presenting your new weekend go-to (FYI, the mask is not optional). Because the jacket is on the louder side, stick to a simple top like a plain white tee or simple black turtleneck.
10. Cropped Straight Jeans With Fancy Flats
Now this is how French girls do black denim. Keep your base simple with jeans and a coordinating sweater, then add on a tough leather jacket, layer a shocking white trench over it and finish off the look with a pair très chic flats in a bright, rich hue. Oh, and don’t forget to apply a swipe of red lipstick.
11. Black Skinnies With An Oversized Black Blazer
Think denim has to be dressed down? Think again. Add a luxe blazer and heeled sandals (both in black, for an extra chic effect) and you’ll be ready to hit the board room. Or, you know, the Zoom call.
12. Straight-leg Jeans With A Statement Jacket And Earrings
An all-black base of jeans, boots and a simple turtleneck works great on its own but is also the ideal opportunity to show off your spotlight stealing jackets and accessories. If you stick to an all-black color palette, feel free to pile on your statement pieces with abandon. You won’t look overdone, we promise.
13. Black Jeans With A Black Denim Jacket
If the thought of wearing blue jeans with a blue jacket leaves you with visions of Britney and Justin à la the 2001 American Music Awards, we suggest trying a faded black wash instead. This update on the Canadian tuxedo leaves you looking much less like a lost ranch hand and more like a rocker babe. Still not quite your vibe? Stick to simple, timeless accessories like gold hoops or pearls and chic pointy- or almond-toe shoes in place of combat boots.
14. Black Jeans With A Long Black Jacket
You know those mornings when the last thing you want to do is reach into your closet and figure out what to wear? Look at this all-black ensemble, store it in the back of your mind and recreate it every time you feel a wardrobe meltdown brewing.
15. Black Jeans And Boots With A Neutral Shacket
Black denim is a great backdrop for showing off your brightest and boldest jackets and shoes, but sometimes the pants deserve to be the star of your ensemble. Give your jeans a chance to shine and sport matching light-colored pieces for the rest of your outfit, including a neutral colored shacket. Think of it as a sartorial version of a standing ovation for your favorite pair of jeans.
16. Cuffed Jeans With Sleek Loafers And A Blazer
Cuffed pants are an excellent way to show off a favorite pair of shoes. And don’t worry, if it’s too cold for bare ankles, you can add on a pair of socks (either stark white or colorful and bright) and avoid frozen toes.
17. Coated Black Jeans With A Dark Jacket And Bright White Sneakers
18. Baggy Jeans With A Crop Top And Anorak
We adore the contrast between a skin-baring crop (and peek of fishnets) and loose jeans. This is another case where a pair of black boots that seamlessly fit under your jeans can create the illusion of miles-long legs.
20. Black Jeans With Lug-sole Boots And A Leather Blazer
Lug-sole boots are trending this year. Wear yours with a turtleneck-leather blazer combo, slip on some teeny sunglasses and live your Matrix fantasy.