I have been reaching for my lighter jeans a little too often recently and starting to feel slightly uninspired with my looks. In an effort to switch things up and spark some creativity in my closet, I decided to buy a pair of black summer jeans. I’m here to make the case that you can totally wear black jeans in the summer, you just need to look for a couple of things.
First, you need to look at the shade of black, and second, you need to look at the silhouette of the denim. (If you missed my post on what to look for when buying jeans in general, it’s worth reading if you’re in the market for a new pair.)
For me, the big thing with black summer jeans is the wash. If you’re telling yourself that black is black and that there’s no difference between colors, you are mistaken. You know how the paint section at The Home Depot has about a hundred swatches of white, and they all kind of look different when you put them all next to each other? It’s the same thing with black jeans. I learned all about “different” whites a few years ago after Matt and I redid our home, but if you’re still not convinced about different shades of white, go to the store and see. I triple dog dare you.
The perfect black summer jeans are a faded, washed down black like this pair. Stark black denim just doesn’t look seasonally appropriate in the summer. Denim is a heavy fabric, so a heavy fabric plus a heavy color (aka pure black) makes things feel off for warm weather. Faded black that looks like it’s been lived in a bit if perfect for summer because it’s reminiscent of being out in the sun, like you’ve left your jeans outside on accident for way too long. Or if you washed them too many times that the dye has started to fade a little. A faded black is a little more casual, which makes the denim easy to wear with an equally easy tank top or sandals.
In regards to the silhouette or style, black summer jeans are best when they are slim cut like the pair I’m wearing here. I love a good, high waist skinny jean as much as the next girl, but honestly, just thinking about a black legging-like jean in summer makes me uncomfortable. Doesn’t that just sound like it would be miserable? Loosen up the silhouette and look for something slim that’s cut to the body, but not form fitting. You don’t have to ditch the high rise, just the tight fit.
This pair of jeans is only $98 and sparked a ton of new outfit ideas and new pairings with stuff I already owned. It was a relatively small investment to make my closet feel like new again. I already owned this white t-shirt and added my trusty bandana to up my accessory game. (Okay, the rose gold sandals are new too, but you can never have too many shoes – am I right?!)
If you’re on the fence about black summer jeans, just go ahead and try a pair. The best part is that you can wear them with the same stuff you wear with light jeans, but you’ll feel like everything you put on is brand new.
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