Everyone has a pair of black jeans in their closet. That’s no surprise as black jeans are one of the most functional wardrobe staples.
There’s almost no way to make a mistake styling black jeans. But sometimes we get stuck in a style rut (I know I do!). Here are four ways to style black jeans for a night out, an office day, a lunch date, and running errands or going to a sporting event (sub the color of the top for your team’s colors 😉).
Black Jeans Ready for a Night Out
I love black jeans for a not-overly-fancy night out. Think dinner date, theater, or a friendly party. Dress up black jeans with a pretty blouse, pearls or sparkly jewelry, and a fun clutch (did you catch the evening clutch review post?). Add heels (in this case, kitten heel booties) and a statement coat, and you’re both comfortable and gorgeous!
By the way, this blouse is so great because it looks tucked in but it’s just the styling of the front. The back has a bit of a longer shirttail style hemline. This color is no longer available, but check out others in prints here.
Office Appropriate Black Jeans
Black jeans can be completely office friendly when they are a very dark wash. Style them with a blouse, button shirt, sweater, or even a sweater vest, like this look. Sweater vests are continuing to be a trend this fall, and a drop sleeve style like this one helps to diminish to “school uniform” vibe. Don’t forget to coordinate your jacket or coat for a pulled together look.
Black Jeans for a Daytime Outing
When you have a daytime outing planned during fall or winter, a winning outfit is simply black jeans with a textured sweater. You’ll be warm and chic, especially if you go monochromatic (keep all the colors in the same palette like this look). It’s fun to add a jacket in a contrast color to your shades of black and gray.
Super Casual Black Jeans Outfit
There’s nothing easier that can take you out for errands, a daytime movie, or a sporting event (either pro or a youth game) than a pair of black jeans with a classic pullover sweater. Add some interest by contrasting the black jeans with a lighter color on top. Throw on your favorite sneakers and a leather jacket, and you’re off! (And make sure you’re wearing team colors if you’re attending a sporting event!)
Versatile Black Jeans
The versatility of black jeans lies in their color, adaptability, and ability to be mixed and matched with various clothing items. They’re like your friend who’s up for anything! A staple that belong in everyone’s closet, ready to assist in creating a wide range of stylish and occasion-appropriate outfits.
Whether you’re going to a casual gathering, a business meeting, or a formal event, you’ll be able to style black jeans appropriately.
Tips for Laundering Black Jeans
If you have black jeans, you know that they’re great . . . until the fade sets in. I’ve read advice that suggests you shouldn’t wash jeans so they don’t fade; instead, some say that you can put jeans in the freezer to freshen them. Well, not me. I need to wash my jeans pretty much after each wearing. This is partly to bring them back into shape after wearing has relaxed the fit a bit. But also, I want clean jeans!
Here are a couple of tips that can keep your black jeans in their best shape for as long as possible:
- Wash jeans inside out (I actually do this with all my clothes).
- Wash in cold water on the gentle or delicate cycle.
- Air dry! The dryer is the biggest enemy to keeping clothes looking their best. I have a secret method that works well and truly prevents fading and aging of clothes: After washing in cold water on the gentle cycle, remove jeans and keeping them inside out, toss them in the dryer for 5 minutes on cool. Then, turn them right side out and hang to dry. The brief toss in the cool dryer helps to relax wrinkles and avoid the stiffness that often accompanies air drying.
- I’ve also heard that sprinkling baking soda in the the washing machine drum and adding 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the fabric softener compartment will perk up color and help rid clothes of built up detergent residue. I can’t vouch for it, but it can’t hurt to try.
Black Jeans to Browse or Shop
Below is a curated selection of black jeans from brands with which I’m familiar and from retailers I trust and are easy to order from. I included jeans in a range of price points.
It’s always worth it to calculate the estimated cost per wear when you’re shopping. There’s actually a simply formula to use. And guess what?! I just did a post about how to calculate cost per wear HERE.
Although there are still PLENTY of skinny jeans out there in retail land, I didn’t include them in this shopping widget. I thought you might like to browse some of the more current silhouettes, although women are still demanding skinnies and they’re easy to find. Many of these brands and styles are also available in petite, tall, and plus size. Click the links to find more size options (and rinses other than black in some cases).