What do you get when you combine denim and leggings? Black high-waisted jeans, of course. Or, as we like to call them, the superpower of the trouser world. They are versatile and likely to match with almost everything in your wardrobe. They are the item to pull out when you're stressing over what to wear. Great for going with a T-shirt, but you could also throw a blazer over the top, and then find that it's immediately more formal. They are infinitely better than leggings in most situations because they're smarter, usually more flattering, and not as brunch-y as true-blue denim. In short, everyone needs a pair in their wardrobe.
Which leads us nicely into our roundup of the 13 best black high-waisted jeans. From the designer to the high-street, there are options galore, which makes it hard to whittle down when you don't have our inside picks. While a personal favourite of this editor might be Topshop's Joni jeans, J Brand, Balmain and H&M also offer incredible iterations on this classic. And if you're not into the skinny jean, fear not. We also found some cropped and flared ones to suit all tastes. Keep scrolling to click through our gallery of the best black high-waisted jeans right now.
A classic pair by Rag & Bone will last forever.
Want a frayed-hem? These by Rachel Comey do the trick.
We're all about the button detail right now.
Cropped and flared for a street style–ready approach to the black jean.
Budding rock stars, this pair's for you.
A quality pair from one of the most popular denim brands around.
These come straight from L.A.
Stretchy and easy-to-wear, these will become like a second skin.
Opt for extra detail with rips.
The zips on this pair make them look more expensive than they are.
Half-price? Don't mind if we do.
This pair will pull you in and sculpt you in the right places. Wear them with your favourite pair of stilettos.