The Black Denim Spectrum

Styling Tip

Sure, a pair of sneakers or wingtips will suffice, but if you want to channel ultimate toughness, you can't beat a pair of black boots. Try the Wolverine 1000 Mile or motorcycle-inspired Chippewa Engineer Boots.

Fall is always a great time to get a new pair of jeans, and if you don't yet, one pair of black jeans is a solid bet for any guy. Your name doesn't have to be Johnny Cash to wear it well, either. Whether paired with a crisp white tee and leather jacket, or a raw denim trucker jacket and henley, there are fewer things that can make you an instant badass. Like any pair of raw denim, they'll get a bit lighter over time, usually fading into a charcoal grey. Of course, there are plenty of pairs that've been overdyed to maintain their color through numerous wears. That's why we've rounded up a few of the best in a range of prices.


Levi's, $80 / $50

One-percent elastane gives these skinny-fit jeans just enough stretch for some breathing room.


3sixteen, $130

13.50 oz Japanese denim that tapers to the knee, with a raw hand that'll fade over time.


BLK DNM, $190

12.50 oz sulfur-dyed denim that's been pigment coated and baked for a jean that'll lighten over time.


Gap, $52

Cut in a comfortable straight cut in a deep, rich black color that also comes in long sizes.


Club Monaco, $180

Made in the USA with a black warp and weft, the selvedge line remains red for a cool contrast.


Jean Shop, $290

American made with a black leather patch and the orange selvedge adds some subtle color when cuffed.


Published on

September 18, 2012

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