Unlike its more popular blue counterpart, black jeans are a rather underrated wardrobe staple. It all started out as one of those clothing items you don't usually think of reach for first, but once you do it’s like a whole new and better world. It’s one of those things that we’ve missed out on at some point.
Putting on your first pair of black jeans is a gamechanger, no doubt about that. Not only are they comfortable and versatile, but they also make any outfit look instantly sleek and chic. Whether your personal style is more edgy, trendy, or timeless—the right pair of black jeans has got you covered.
Here’s how your favorite celebrities and influencers style their own pairs!
1. Keep it fresh and comfy.
Black jeans have a way of proving that the shirt and jeans combo isn’t always boring. If anything, it gives this relaxed look a booster shot of effortless cool. Tuck in your favorite graphic tee under a pair of editor jeans (A.K.A. the straight-leg type), along with classic tennis shoes like radio DJ and TV host Bea Fabregas.
Blogger Laureen Uy goes for a slightly loose pair, and then rolls it up just enough to show a sneak peak of her funky socks.
2. Bring them for a walk downtown.
Since black jeans look quite similar to leggings, you can easily incorporate them in almost any athleisure look. Taking their workout attire from the gym to the streets, Mari Jasmine and Maxene Magalona show off their go-to outfit for both long walks and quick errand runs.
The stylish pair both wore chunky sneakers with their black jeans, but Mari went ultra-sporty and added on a windbreaker and sport logo tee, while Maxene took the cozy route in her graphic cropped sweater.
3. Make them summer-friendly.
Brave the heat with a sleeveless top tucked in high-waisted black jeans. Blogger Winnie Wong mixes earth tones and neutrals with her hunter green bodysuit and white sneakers, topped off with a tan bucket bag. Add on your favorite pair of shades for that perfect summer-in-the-city look.
4. Cop the cropped top.
Channel your inner badass '70s chick a la Sandy Olsson from Grease by donning your black jeans (in lieu of shiny leather pants) with an off-shoulder cropped top like TV host Kim Cruz. We especially love how she went with a white top instead of black so the look doesn't look too close to the original. (Red heels and big blonde curls are optional.)
5. Look down, look down.
Whether it’s a frayed hem (as seen on Neon Island part-owner Aira Medina) or a ruffled one (like blogger Ida Anduyan’s), a twist on the regular hemline adds an edge to an otherwise normal outfit. Although they both make a case for going all out with equally eye-catching accessories and topwear that are anything but boring.
6. Polished to the nines.
Whoever said jeans can’t be luxe and formal have obviously never heard of black jeans worn right. Take a cue from blogger Tracy Ayson, who wears her pair with a silk blouse, strappy heels, and fine jewelry. Black and gold never looked so good.
Or you want something on the lighter side, a crisp white button-down will do the trick. Stylist and entrepreneur Pam Quiñones caps off her day-to-night look with sleek asymmetrical mules.
7. Go for the city slicker look.
Take a page off an incognito Hollywood celebrity’s book: leather biker jacket, dark jeans, and even darker sunglasses. Liza Soberano softens this otherwise tough girl look with a quilted purse and sleek tresses.
Another way to balance the tough girl vibe is some dose of Parisian chic—like with Claudia Barretto’s striped turtleneck and Céline purse.
8. Make a statement.
Pair your black jeans with a soft neutral top and then let your bag and shoes do the talking. Spruce up an otherwise minimalist ensemble with different prints and colors like DJ and TV host Karla Aguas and designer Chi Gibbs. The bolder, the better—your black jeans can handle themselves just fine.
9. All wide and flared out.
A modern take on the ‘70s staple, Jasmine Curtis-Smith balances her wide-leg flared black jeans with a breezy sleeveless blouse and chunky heels.
Or make it preppy and en vogue with a blazer, leather fanny pack, and running shoes like model Kaila Estrada.
Check out blogger Bea Marquez’s more laidback and subtler take with her boxy sweater and patent loafers.
10. Take them ‘round the world.
Whether it’s strolling around the European countryside or exploring the Asian metropolis, a comfy pair of black jeans will definitely take you places. Blogger Tricia Gosingtian keeps the rest of her look light with neutrals, structured outerwear, and a sleek updo.
TV host Joyce Pring opts for something more urban-adventurous with an oversized jacket, black boots, and tousled locks.
11. Prints are everything.
Spruce up your look in one go with a crazy printed top like designer Chi Gibbs, who pairs her black jeans with one of her own designs. Top it off with minimal accessories and you’re good to go.
12. Don’t be afraid to do a little throwback.
How about a bit of '00s MTV comeback by bringing out the baggy black jeans? Blogger Rei Germar’s racerback tank top and belted jeans remind us of Fergie circa her Black Eyed Peas era.
13. Go from head to toe.
You can never wear too much black (though our moms would probably beg to differ). Here, designer Samantha Richelle goes from feminine-chic with her textured turtleneck and earrings to edgy with her lace-up stiletto boots. Balancing these out is a pair of cuffed black jeans.
Meanwhile, model Elena Ortega makes a case for nonchalant androgynous style with an oversized button-down, kick-flare jeans, Converse Chuck Taylors, and cat-eye sunglasses.