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16 Ways to Wear Black Jeans

by Geneve Anderson, Copywriter

As we slowly approach the autumn months, we think of fresh chilly mornings, pavements covered in amber leaves and pumpkin spice lattes calling our names. It’s time to pack away our favourite shorts (see you next year) and embrace a new-season staple as the temperatures drop. Black jeans come in many forms: some are skinny, some have rips, and some are high waisted. But no matter what, they can always be found in everyone’s wardrobe. The good news is that they’re timeless and will never (ever) go out of style. But if you’re in a denim dilemma and are unsure of how to wear them (do you stay casual? Can you dress them up? What shoes go with black jeans?), we’ve got you covered. Courtesy of your favourite celebrities, we’ve rounded up not 1, not 2 but 16 outfit ideas on what to wear with black jeans — perfect for any kind of plan…

Hailey Bieber wearing black jeans with black jacket and red handbag

1. An All-Black Outfit & Pops of Colour

What’s cool, easy and never goes out of style? Hailey Bieber is giving us all-black everything with her biker jacket and rolled-up black jeans. Adding a pop of colour to a monochromatic outfit gives your look that statement finish. Don’t be shy and reach for bright-coloured accessories such as a cute handbag. For a subtle touch of glam, opt for some strappy heels.

Camila Mendes wearing black mom jeans, check jacket, black t-shirt and sandals

2. A Check Blazer & Sandals

Heading back to work but not really into the whole corporate look? No problem. Camilla Mendes shows us what to wear with black jeans for a smart-casual vibe. We’re loving her check blazer and acid-wash denim combo. Throw on a pair of heeled sandals to give your look that stylish finish. Compliments pending…

Emma Roberts walking in Los Angeles, wearing black jeans and black cardigan

3. A Buttoned-Up Cardi & Loafers

In case you didn’t know already: cardigans work as a top, too. That’s right, this wardrobe staple is more versatile than you think. Try buttoning yours up and pairing with loafers for a preppy outfit with a laid-back feel. ‘Scream Queen’ Emma Roberts adds a brooch on hers for an extra touch of style. Cute, right?

Clelia Theodorou at a Maybelline party in London, wearing black jeans, white top and black boots

4. A Milkmaid Top & Boots

Who says you can’t dress up in jeans? If you never thought it was possible, TOWIE star Clelia Theodorou shows us what to wear with black jeans for evening glam. We love how she’s keeping it monochrome with a white milkmaid top. Block-heeled boots lift the entire outfit instantly. Now THIS is a look worth making plans for…

Gigi Hadid in New York wearing black jeans, white top and pale green hoodie

5. A Cropped Cami & Chunky Boots

Guess what? We (still) can’t get enough of the 90s trend. Gigi Hadid rocks a cropped cami and shows us what top to wear with black jeans. She also adds colour-matched pastels for the ultimate ‘I-care-but-don’t-care’ kind of look. For a slight nudge towards grunge, toughen up with chunky boots. Get ready for some major throwback vibes…

Meghan Markle on her visit to Africa, wearing black jeans, blue denim jacket and white shirt

6. A Denim Jacket & Simple Shirt

To double denim, or not to double denim, that is the question. We think that Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, has totally nailed this look with her pared-down version. The black and blue denim contrast is a great way to tackle this trend without looking too retro. Styling with a white shirt is the perfect go-to outfit for weekend plans.

Helena Bordon Meireles in Paris, wearing black jeans, check jacket, pink Chanel bag and patent boots

7. A Check Blouse & Statement Accessories

Looking ever-so-chic in a check blouse, style blogger Helena Bordon Meireles has the perfect outfit inspo on what goes well with black jeans for meals out. A candy-coloured shoulder bag and light scarf will give you the ultimate fashion-forward look. Don’t be afraid to add (even) more details with statement earrings and patent ankle boots.

Michaela Coel at Elle VIP Party in London wearing black jeans, black roll-neck jumper and black shoes

8. A Roll Neck & Courts

Get ready for sophistication at its finest. Michaele Cole is giving us a look that’s timeless and (totally) sleek. A black roll-neck jumper is a great example of what to wear with black jeans. Keeping the outfit tonal offers minimum effort with maximum style impact. Take your look to new heights by adding chic court shoes.

Laura Whitmore walking in London, wearing black jeans, leopard teddy coat and leopard bag

9. A Faux-Fur Coat & Logo Tee

As colder weather begins to creep in, it’s time to think about layering options. Laura Whitmore shows us what goes with black jeans for autumn/winter dressing. With a leopard faux-fur coat and logo top, go wild by clashing prints together. It’s safe to say that we’ll definitely be channelling this cool-girl look all season…

Erika Boldrin wearing black jeans with black one-shoulder top

10. A Ruffle Top & Stilettos

Erika Boldrin has never been seen wearing a bad outfit, like ever. And this look is certainly no exception. We love how she’s adding drama to her denim by coupling a statement-making ruffle top with slouchy jeans. A sleek ponytail and stiletto heels add the perfect, polished finish.

Karlie Kloss walking in New York, wearing black jeans, brown jumper and black boots

11. An Oversized Knit and Pointed Boots

Rocking an oversized jumper jumper, Karli Kloss is giving us great pointers on what to wear with black skinny jeans for that tricky in-between weather. She effortlessly steps out in style with some pointed boots. For a touch of cool factor, go out and nail that model-off-duty look with sunglasses when the days are brighter.

Zoe Kravitz on Hulu 'High Fidelity' TV show premiere, wearing black jeans, brown jacket with blouse

12. A Printed Shirt and Suedette Layers

Incoming: burnt hues. It’s that 70s styling, featuring Zoe Kravitz in an orange printed shirt. This is a bold and creative way to wear a coloured shirt with black jeans. For a free-spirited vibe with a chic twist, layer up in a soft suedette jacket, ideally a tan-coloured one. This outfit is the perfect example that retro doesn’t mean dated…

Jordin Sparks wearing black ripped jeans, black leather jacket and green trainers

13. A Leather-Look Jacket & Pastel Shoes

Going down the edgy route with a leather-look jacket? Take inspiration from Jordin Sparks on what to wear with black ripped jeans. If you’re trying to break away from the all-black look, add some soft colours to the mix. Perfect for comfy and on-the-go style, a pair of pastel trainers are your best bet.

Ashlee Simpson carrying daughter, wearing black jeans, oversized black t-shirt and trainers

14. A Boyfriend Tee & Trainers

A relaxed take on what to wear with black jeans, Ashlee Simpson shows us how it’s done with an oversized T-shirt and trainers. Got errands to run but still want to look cute? No problem, we (totally) have your back. This is a great combo on how to keep it comfy and cool.

Lisa Aiken wearing black jeans, leather coat and white t-shirt

15. A Wrap Coat & High Heels

The wrap coat is a true style staple for those chilly temperatures. Take note from fashion director Lisa Aiken on what to wear with black jeans this A/W. Nailing her outfit like a true boss lady, we love how she matches her gold chain necklace to her quilted heels. And just FYI: this look is perfect for work or the weekend.

Bella Hadid in a restaurant, wearing black jeans, khaki gilet with black jumper and white trainers

16. A Utility Top & White Trainers

Looks like the utility trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. We’re obsessing over Bella Hadid’s outfit as she steps out in a khaki top. Showing us what shoes with black jeans channel an easy-going vibe, she opts for a pair of fresh white trainers. Oh, and while she’s at it, sunglasses for that extra dose of cool. Bella, we salute you…