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Fashion Investment Pieces: Black Jeans


Black jeans are one of my favorite items. They can function in a similar way to black leggings (aka, they go with everything) but they give you a more polished look. They can be dressed up, dressed down, worn with heels or worn with sneakers. That’s why black jeans are this week’s investment piece. (In case you missed the other parts of this series, see Fashion Investment Pieces: Bandage Skirt, and Statement Scarf!)

Here are some fabulous black jeans plus four different outfit ideas to show you how to wear them for many occasions.

The Investment Piece:

Basic black jeans
LEE Leola Straight Black Denim Jean – Coggles – $137

Outfit #1: Going Out at Night

How to wear black jeans
String Back Top – Forever21, Shoes – Forever21, Pearls – Miss Selfridge, Clutch – Zappos

I love this outfit simply because it’s classy, girly and trendy all at the same time. Black skinny jeans tend to have a little bit of a rocker vibe, but the pop of pink in the silky shirt along with the pearls and bag give it a feminine touch. So often you see girls dressing very seductively (and not necessarily in a femme fatale way) to go to bars and clubs. Why not go classy instead? This outfit is totally put together, but adding the pumps still gives it a sexy vibe.

Outfit #2: Casual (and Fashionable) Friday

Outfit idea for wearing black jeans
Blazer – Spiegel, Striped Top – Republic, Ring – Forever21, Essie Nailpolish in Bordeaux – Amazon, Cut-Out Booties – Forever21

This outfit is perfect for a Casual Friday at work. (Depending on your work environment, this look may also be appropriate for the regular work week!) Nude toned shoes are one of my favorite trends right now, so these booties are definitely hot. The cocktail ring incorporates the nude color as well. The yellow blazer is outrageous and adds a huge burst of color to this outfit – it’ll brighten up a wintery day or make a spring day even happier. The striped shirt is a great, simple trend that spices up every outfit, and the Essie nail polish adds sophistication and fun.

Outfit #3: Model Off-Duty

How to wear black jeans and a white top
Boyfriend Button Up – Pacsun, Tank Top – Old Navy, Aviators – Topshop, Belt – Topshop, Leopard Flats – Piperlime, Chain Bangle – Monsoon

To me, this outfit screams “street wear” and reminds me of something you’d see a model off-duty wearing on the streets of New York. It incorporates so many great trends: the boyfriend button up, leopard flats, and chain-inspired jewelry. It’s a bit grungy and relaxed (boyfriend button up and tank) yet still put together (black jeans and flats). I would definitely throw this on for class any day.

Outfit #4: Rainy Day

How to wear black jeans in an outfit on a rainy day
Trench Coat – American Eagle, V-Neck Shirt – Old Navy, Pearls – Monsoon, Rain Boots – Nordstrom, Headband – Fashion Headbands

Does this outfit channel Audrey Hepburn in the final scene of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and Blair Waldorf or what?

I love classic pieces such as trench coats and pearls. In my opinion, the coat, headband and pearls make this entire outfit on their own. The headband’s burst of color against the neutral/classic palette is so Blair-esque in my opinion! I used pearls in many of my outfits for this installment because they add such a feminine touch to any outfit and can totally pull together any look.

Outfit #5: Romance

How to wear black jeans for a romantic evening
Tank Top – H&M, Faux Fur Jacket – Oasis, Shoes – Forever 21, Bag – Asos, Pearl Bracelet – Fantasy Jewelry Box

This outfit is so girly and romantic. The pinks, nudes and browns are so beautiful together, but the black jeans make the whole look very modern and sleek as well. Faux fur and nude tones (once again) are hot and classy trends that I think every girl should try at least once. This outfit is perfect for a romantic date with your boyfriend or just any night when you’re feeling ultra girly and glamorous.

What do you think?

Are black jeans a good investment? Can you see yourself wearing these outfits and experimenting with the trends shown? Let us know in a comment!

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42 Responses to “Fashion Investment Pieces: Black Jeans”

  1. 1
    January 26th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    My black jeans are my absolute favorite thing in my closet I wear them way too often :]

  2. 2
    January 26th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    i own a pair of black skinny jeans and never know what to wear in fear of looking punk! thank you! great article.

  3. 3
    January 26th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    While I don’t often wear jeans, I am a huge fan of my plain black skinny jeans. They do really go with everything!!
    I’ve had the same style from TopShop for about 3 years now- I just get a new pair when they get a bit wrecked!!
    I especially love the second outfit- those nude boots are gorgeous!!


  4. 4
    January 26th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Definitely a good idea for an investment piece! I like this better than the scarf idea, because jeans really show improvement at different price levels, whereas scarves are pretty much the same across the board.

  5. 5
    January 26th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Rainy day outfit with pearls and a headband is my total favorite and something I would definitely wear.

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    January 26th, 2010 at 6:00 pm


  7. 7
    January 26th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Awesome article! I’ve been thinking about getting black jeans but I wasn’t sure on how to wear them. I absolutely adore the outfits you put together!

  8. 8
    January 26th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    BLACK SKINNY JEANSSSSS the loves of my life! Although I don’t personally like to pair nude with black (weird i know), I love all of the outfits! Keep up the good work!

  9. 9
    January 26th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    this bog has som similar stuff!

  10. 10
    January 26th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    i LOVE the second and third outfits. The pop of yellow color is so much fun. Awesome post :)

  11. 11
    January 26th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    While I’m a big fan of black jeans, I don’t think you necessarily need to “splurge” on them. Why not get a good quality pair for half the price of the jeans you chose at a store like Loehmann’s? They have great brands and the prices are a lot more reasonable. Use the extra money saved to buy a cute top and accessories!

  12. 12
    January 26th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    I really like your “Romance” outfit idea. I love how black jeans can go with any outfit. I can totally imagine my friend wearing black jeans with her Zumiez tees.

  13. 13
    January 26th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Cute! LOVE the Casual Friday outfit. Glad black jeans are returning from their ’90s hidey-hole.

  14. 14
    January 26th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    my favorite black jeans are my american eagle super skinny midnight black jeans, they are AMAZING and ive seen them featured on the site many times
    The plus? I only paid $35 bucks for them :)

    I think if you’re really going to splurge on denim, you may want to get something less trendy and more classic

  15. 15
    January 26th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I agree, black skinny jeans are an absolute must!

  16. 16
    January 26th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    fantastic article yet again :)

  17. 17
    January 26th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    I literally just splurged on black skinny jeans… a designer brand, which I don’t usually do. So I just had to smile when I saw this blog post. I don’t think I’ll be regretting my purchase. Black jeans are so versatile!

  18. 18
    January 26th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    I actually have a pair of black skinny jeans from Urban Outfitters wedged in my dresser somewhere… =(

    tragically, I haven’t found a cute way to wear black jeans yet!

    but this POST helped me SO MUCH! (:
    you have GREAT style sarah!
    i’m definetly taking inspriation from the model-off duty outfit! :]

    fantastic post! lovinnn it. (:


  19. 19
    January 26th, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    black denim are suuuuch a great wardrobe staple! i like them for a bit dressier option than regular jeans. so many wonderful suggestions– im especially in love with the Model Off Duty pick!


  20. 20
    January 27th, 2010 at 12:48 am

    I got my black jeans from Forever21 (not so much an investment haha) but you’re right — I wear them ALL THE TIME :) Sooo so cute with pretty much everything.

  21. 21
    January 27th, 2010 at 12:59 am

    I love how you always feature a ton of super cute outfits! And I love black skinny jeans- so chic and versatile.

  22. 22
    January 27th, 2010 at 1:16 am

    This is the perfect post! I have a pair of black skinny jeans that I have no idea how to wear, and you have just saved me.

  23. 23
    January 27th, 2010 at 1:40 am

    I love outfits 1, 2 and 5 :D

    Happily, I have lost a lot of weight but now my black skinnies don’t fit. I don’t wear skinny jeans very often and I’m still losing weight, so I need to find some cheaper versions!!!

  24. 24
    January 27th, 2010 at 2:26 am

    I have a pair of black skinny jeans from GUESS? and I’ve never really known how to wear them. Great post! I love all of these outfits

  25. 25
    January 27th, 2010 at 2:55 am

    I actually wore the rainy day outfit not too long ago. Something close to it anyway.
    I have black skinnies from F21, but they’ve started to fade a bit from so much use. They’re also the most comfortable, amazing pants ever.
    I agree, they are worth investing in, as long as the colour won’t fade.

  26. 26
    January 27th, 2010 at 5:02 am

    love black skinny jeans
    i have an awsome fitting pair that hugs my butt
    not too sure about the 1st one but the rest are great
    love the ideas, love my skinny jeans!!!
    great job

  27. 27
    January 27th, 2010 at 7:04 am

    I love the outfits!

    I’ve just brought a new pair of black skinny jeans to replace my old pair that have seen too much wear. I’ve never really paid that much for them (my last pair were ridiculously cheap but didn’t last very long) They’re perfect for night and day and you’ve given me a lot of new ideas about how to wear them casually. I always seem to wear them with boots and some sort of shirt or cardigan but I’m going to try and copy a few of your ideas :)

  28. 28
    January 27th, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Love your last outfit! So adorable and chic… I definitely wouldn’t consider my regular style as “romantic” but maybe I’ll have to try it out!

  29. 29
    January 27th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Black jeans are a great investment because they match with everything and make an outfit look either emo-chic or classy so it has a lot of versatility. I could see myself wearing all these outfits because that’s one of the reasons why I love this website: everything is exactly my style.

  30. 30
    January 27th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I loooove this. I’m a huge fan of Outfit #1. The shoes are a great way to add that extra oomph to a cute and simple outfit!

  31. 31
    January 27th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    I agree, black jeans are so versatile! And the outfits you chose are A+!

  32. 32
    January 27th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Wearing them right now with a vintage nautical sweater :D oh, the verstility!

  33. 33
    January 27th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    lovely outfits!

  34. 34
    January 28th, 2010 at 5:28 am

    Black jeans are totally essentials for every girl ! I’m planning to buy one too cuz they go with everything and they re kind of a rescuer when you re stuck about deciding what to wear :) fab outfit ideas I loved them! thanks!

  35. 35
    January 28th, 2010 at 10:22 am

    H&M really needs to get an online site to buy things for the US i hatee that they dont have it for us yet. I dcant always get to my hometown Chicago for the cutest clothes cus i go to skool in rural Florida. pleeeese H&M hear my cryyy lol

  36. 36
    January 28th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I wear my Black skinny jeans this week. And it’s awesome. Completely agree the Black skinny jean is a must.

  37. 37
    January 28th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Black skinnies are the best piece of clothing that ever happened to me!

  38. 38
    January 28th, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    these are some great outfit ideas – loving all of them!!!

  39. 39
    June 10th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    guys , do you have the habit to buy the clothes through the internet ?

    we are a team from China , and we sales the clothes on internet . if you want to buy the clothes cheap and beautiful . come to our website to have a look .

    I am sure you will find your style !

  40. 40
    January 3rd, 2011 at 1:32 am

    I agree that black jeans are an investment piece. While it’s possible that I’ve been shopping at all the wrong inexpensive retailers for my black jeans (PacSun, Target, Ross, to name a few), the color has always faded quickly in my sub-$40 black denim. In fact, it’s happened in another more expensive pair too. I always look for reviews and trusted brands when buying black denim now, like skinny Levi’s styles.

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