What To Wear With Black Jeans – 20 Styling And Outfit Ideas

They are not wrong when they say a pair of basic black jeans go with everything.

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If you want to know what to wear with black jeans, then you are in the right place without a doubt. This article will acquaint you with everything you need to know about styling your black jeans. Given the fact that black jeans are totally a wardrobe staple for both women and men, it is imperative to put together accessories, shoes, and other pieces of clothing to make the look perfect. This is exactly what we are going to discuss here. So without any delay, go ahead and read this article. Come on!

Ace The Look
  • Makeup: For a night out, elevate your black jeans with bold lips and smokey eyes, and for a casual day outing, keep the makeup natural with a pop of color on the lips.
  • Accessories: Pair a scarf, hat, or belt with black jeans. Keep it minimal and avoid over-accessorizing.
  • Occasion: Black jeans are versatile. You can wear them anywhere from the office to date. On casual occasions, pair them with a t-shirt or sweater, and on a dressier or formal event, pair them with a blazer.

What Color Shirt To Wear With Black Jeans?

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In one word – Any color.

In many words – black goes with just about any color, print or pattern. They come in many styles like ripped, boyfriend style, frayed, skinny, etc. Let the style be your cue. Some colors tend to look better with a specific style than others, but more often than not any color works!

This idea is not limited to apparel. Black color is versatile and can be paired with a vibrant scarf, sleek heels, a slim belt, or a stylish hat to complete your look.

What Sandals To Wear With Black Jeans?

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Again, styling your black jeans outfit is a no brainer. Just wear black sandals or match them with the color of your top. If you are a fan of color blocking, it’s the easiest with black. Nudes or suedes stand out really well with black jeans too. So, whatever suits you will work just as good!

What To Wear With Black Jeans – 20 Styling And Outfit Ideas

1. Distressed Black Jeans With A Blazer

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Dinner at a fancy place? Date night at your favorite restaurant? Team up your black distressed or (regular) black jeans with a tank top and finish it off with a blazer for a polished yet chic look.

2. All Black

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Monochrome look with black head to toe, cascading curls, ankle length boots, smokey eye makeup and Ruby-woo is all you need to get some heads turning. Effortless!

3. With A Checkered Shirt

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Checkered shirt and black jeans are like comfort food. They never fail you!

4. Skinny Black Jeans And A Trench Coat

Skinny Black Jeans And A Trench Coat
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Trench coats in red, orange or camel have forever been synonymous with fall and winters. A pair of skinny black jeans with a bold colored trench coat, tote bag, boots and perhaps a pumpkin spice latte will totally get you spring ready.

5. With A Chambray Shirt

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Chambray – a shirt we all own and it’s a safe choice to make. Instead of the regular black jeans try it with the distressed variant, and accessorize with oxidized silver jewelry. It’s totally fitting!

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You may pair it with a sneaker or wedges for a casual look.

6. Black And White Striped Shirt

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I know this is an obvious choice for most of us, but it had to go in here just in case.

Brittany, a blogger, shared her idea of pairing a striped white top with jeans with a “pop of color,” explaining, “…because the bottom [of the shirt] is slightly cropped, I can either tuck it in or leave it as is without it hanging too low on my small frame. I pair these with my pink flats.” She further adds, “With this outfit I love the way it makes me feel, it’s chic, it’s classic and it always makes me feel confident and put together, despite it really just being a tee-shirt and a pair of jeans (i).”

7. With A Plain White Shirt

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Wear a chiffon or silk plain (loose) shirt, half tuck it inside your high-rise black jeans and complete the look with a pair of pumps or wedges. It works as a perfect outfit from the office directly to a date night.

8. With A Powdered Blue Asymmetrical Shirt

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Peplums, asymmetrical or corset tops will all look great with black jeans. Pastels and powder undertones work for formal occasions while printed and vibrant shades work otherwise.

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Suede heeled sandals or leather pumps will look good with this outfit.

9. With A Floral Tank Or Ruffled Top

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Just about any tank or floral top goes with your black jeans. You can add layers irrespective of the color; you don’t have to overthink with these.

10. With A Funky Printed Top

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Printed T-shirts with emojis, hashtags, and movie merchandising has caught up because they are cool, comfortable and fun. Wear a pair of black jeans with one of these with folded sleeves and converse shoes.

11. Off-shoulder Crop Top

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Off-shoulders or crop tops or both of them in one will be punk, perfect and stylish. The best part about these outfits is that you can either dress up or down depending on the occasion.

12. With A Blazer

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A blazer either in linen, corduroy or velvet with black jeans is classy. Go with a no-makeup look and use fine jewelry pieces to complete the look.

13. With A Plaid Shirt

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Plaid shirts will go with just about anything, but some colors stick out better with black jeans than your natural blue tones. You could pair it up with a tank or bralette and tie it around the waist on warm summer evenings.

14. Crop Top And Denim Jacket

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The denim jacket is again a piece of clothing most of us have, so are crop tops. Layer a gray colored crop top with a denim jacket; accessorize with a big watch, messy bun, aviators, and a tote bag to spend your day at the mall.

15. With A Backless Top

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Light printed or plain black tops or muted tones in reds, blues, etc. will look great with black jeans. If you’re not sure of how to style them, just wear your black jeans, you’re sorted.

16. Distressed Jeans And Oversized Sweater

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Oversized sweaters or hoodies are something most of us live in all through winters. A pair of black jeans and a few of these are enough to go on an entire semester for people like me or most of us. Wear bandanas or put your hair up in a bun all day every day with flip flops or funky shoes and finish it with nude lipstick.

17. Chiffon Top And Boots

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Wear a fancy chiffon tank top and a pair of brown boots with your black jeans when you run out of time for sudden plans with friends. Add accessories to add oomph; no one will ever know that you were in a hurry!

18. With Captioned T-Shirts

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We all love captioned T-shirts, don’t we? You guessed it right, pair it with black jeans!

19. Noodle Strap Top, Denim Jacket, And Boots

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Go for a full black look with spaghetti or noodles strap tops, and add colors with scarves, jacket, boots, and accessories. Little details to this look will bring the look together.

20. Color Block

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Color block your outfit with black jeans. Keep everything else bold—from your shoes and tops to accessories and bags, etc.

Let us now explore what outfits to pair with a black jean for a cool winter look and a dashing summer style.

What To Wear With Black Jeans In Winter

Black jeans with oversized sweaters and booties can be considered a winter uniform. Consider pairing your jeans with knee-length boots, calf boots, or mules. You can also hit the street with a black leather jacket over a white t-shirt for a classy, badass look. Another idea is to bring out your winter scarf and pair it with your oversized coat for a dressed-up feel.

What To Wear With Black Jeans In Summer

Summer calls for neutral shades. Pull up all your light-colored tops and t-shirts to create different looks with your black jeans. Florals and patterned uppers are also great for the summer to bring some vibrance to your clothing. To feel comfortable and relaxed, go for wide-cropped denim or shorts. You can also go all black in a sleeveless crop top and boots. Do not forget the shades and matching hat.

Infographic: How To Style Black Jeans

Black jeans go with everything, from blazers to chambray to checkered shirts to trench coats, and more. Yet, styling them can be challenging, especially if you’re used to wearing blue denims. In order to avoid any confusion, see the infographic below for suggestions on what to wear with black jeans.

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We cannot emphasize enough how versatile a black pair of jeans is. From blazers to checkered or chambray shirts, a trench coat, and more, everything goes perfectly well with black jeans. What’s more? Distressed black jeans pair well with almost everything! So, next time when you wonder what to wear with black jeans, take cues from this article and style them with our suggestions. Of course, you can also add your unique twist to bring out your personality better. But make sure you feel comfortable in whatever you wear.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you style black jeans casually?

Casually style black jeans with graphic t-shirts, crop tops, or tank tops paired with a cool jacket. Wear slip-on flats or converse shoes. Use ripped jeans to add more style to your look.

What shoes go with black jeans?

Black jeans go well with just about any color and type of shoes. It boils down to the type of top you pair it with. A dress shirt, black jeans, and flip flops don’t make sense for a look. Also don’t choose shoe colors that clash with your top colors.

Can black jeans be worn with a leather jacket?

Yes, both garments are versatile and can be paired with each other. Pair your jacket and black jeans with a simple tee or blouse, avoid chunky jewelry, and wear sneakers or boots for a casual, chic look.

Key Takeaways

  • Black jeans make for a timeless outfit and are perfect for any occasion.
  • You can pair black jeans with blazers, trench coats, crop tops, checkered shirts, or blouses.
  • Oversized t-shirts, sweaters, or hoodies are a super comfortable option that can add dimension to a black jeans outfit.
  • A half-tucked loose chiffon or silk shirt works both on a date night and as casual officewear.
  • Jewelry, scarves, hats, and bags help you accessorize and style your look.


Get creative with your look! Check out this video to learn how to style skinny black jeans for 7 casual outfits!

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