Don't have a pair of black jeans yet? Man can't survive on blue jeans alone. On days when you feel like something different or a little less casual, a pair of black denim makes for a crisp, cool alternative to your workaday chinos or flannel trousers. Look for straight-leg styles with little to no embellishments. As for washes, you can go raw and wear them in yourself (taking the risk of the black bleeding onto sneakers and seats) or opt for a lightly washed pair. Herewith, six smart buys in a range of prices.
A lightweight black jean that's cut with a slight taper from a comfortable cotton blend with 2% Lycra for stretch and finished with all black trim.
The 510 cut is a skinny fit that sits below the waist and is cut close to the body, from the thighs down to the ankles.
Crafted from Japanese selvedge denim in a slim but straight-leg cut, with a button-fly and a slight wash to the finish that's softened them up.
Lightly distressed to create a natural, worn-in appearance, these soft, over-dyed black jeans have just a touch of stretch.
Raw Japanese selvedge denim is cut in a trim straight fit with a lower rise and classic details like chain-stitching, hand-sewn pockets and hidden rivets.
A true skinny fit, these lean and mean jeans are cut from over-tinted stretch denim with durable triple-needle stitching on the inner leg.
Black jeans can at times look a bit extreme, so make sure to pair yours with light-colored neutrals on top to tone down the Johnny Cash comparisons.