Working out what to wear with black jeans is always, for some reason, harder than one always imagines. Black clothes are our lifeblood, even when the mercury rises. Denim is our biggest obsession (well, when we're not shopping for shoes), so one would assume that when the two collide, we'd be knee-deep in the power-dressing territory. Not so. There's something so inherently rock 'n' roll about black jeans that on occasion—when your style is less Siouxsie Sioux and more Olivia Palermo—it can be tricky to walk the line between looking casual and looking pulled-together during the warmer months.
Fortunately for us, the black denim trend has seen a resurgence for spring/summer 2018, which means some new outfit material has been produced in order for us to rethink the wardrobe classic and nudge it into fresher territory. French girls everywhere are partial to a pair of black jeans (you'll find Jeanne Damas and Geraldine Saglio in the lineup of ladies we're looking to for solid advice), but it's interesting to see that Danes, Russians and Brits all have their way of wearing them too. Go through the gallery below to see the most inspiring takes on wearing black jeans now. Once you've done that, keep going to shop some of our favourite denim styles to get the look.
Style Notes: A classic combo that shall live on forever more. Add a black blazer to black jeans, demi-tuck a white tee, and slouch your skinnies into a pair of boho ankle boots. This is the French-girl trick pour excellence.
Style Notes: Add some bohemian appeal to your dark denim with a knitted cami à la Jeanette Madsen. We love how she keeps the look polished with a pair of polka-dot flats.
Style Notes: Clever accessorising lightens up the toughness of black jeans. See how this chic lady has injected a brown leather belt, white shoes and a neutral bag into the mix? This instantly looks less wintry.
Style Notes: Simplicity reigns in this chic ensemble. Alexis Foreman embraces an oversized silhouette with wide leg black jeans and a classic white tee. Perfect for those who don't do dainty summer style.
Style Notes: French fashion editors like Geraldine Saglio (right) can often be found in this combination of a biker jacket, black jeans and mid-heel pumps. It echoes the biker sentiment of dark-wash denim but feels polished at the same time.
Style Notes: Jeanne Damas takes a classic route by wearing her high-waisted black jeans with a white Victoriana-style blouse. We also like her mix-and-match approach to accessories.
Style Notes: Raw-hem denim looks the part when paired with a logo-laden sporty jacket and retro sunnies. This is an effortless pairing that will carry you through lazy summer weekends and beyond.
The contrast stitching on these looks so expensive.
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