The Denim Fashion People Are Ditching Their Black Jeans For

Believe us when we say that there are very few reasons we'd consider giving up our trusted black jeans. The denim style is classic and it goes with everything. But lately we've been eyeing another lighter-wash denim that has us reconsidering our habits. Call us crazy, but we're reaching for faded charcoal gray jeans as a fresh alternative to black this spring. Looser fits and forward styling are just a few of the ways the fashion set is already to wearing gray jeans, and it's easier than you may think to pull it off. We've rounded up all the outfits with gray jeans you can pretty much copy and paste into your wardrobe and if you feel so compelled, shop our favorite styles at the end.


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Layer up the denim with varying lengths to create an interesting combination.


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The denim pairs well with one of spring's best lightweight jackets.


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We love this shade of denim on relaxed and retro fits.


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There's nothing more classic than double denim. Try this lighter wash just when your standard blue denim pieces start to feel overdone.


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Swap out your trusted black jeans with a gray pair for a lighter date-night look with bright heels.


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The denim's faded out wash gives off an overall relaxed vibe, making it the ideal pair of jeans to put together a streetwear look.


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The charcoal gray color breaks up the severity of an otherwise all-black ensemble.


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Add a pop of color with your accessories.


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Wear with classics like a graphic tee and cool ankle boots.


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White heels freshen up the faded denim.


Shop our picks for gray jeans:

Alexander Wang Cult Cropped High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans ($265)

If you try out any pair of gray jeans, let it be a cropped, relaxed fit like this.

Available in sizes 24 to 30.


Anine Bing Skylar High-Waisted Jeans ($229)

For that lived-in weekend look.

Available in sizes 25 to 30.


Violeta by Mango Slim-Fit Push-Up Mariah Jeans ($80)

The subtle distressing here is just enough.

Available in sizes 10 to 22.


Goldsign The Benefit ($380)

The ideal straight-leg fit.

Available in sizes 25 to 29.


J Brand Sadey Cropped Slim Boyfriend Jeans ($230)

We'll be wearing our gray jeans with white ankle boots.

Available in sizes 23 to 32.


Just Female Jo Jeans in Grey Vintage Denim ($118)

The contrasting side panel creates a slimming effect.

Available in sizes 27 to 31.


Levi's Barrel Jeans ($198)

This baggier fit is undeniably cool.

Available in sizes 24 to 31.


Mother Denim Roller Hem Undone Crop ($248)

The ultimate cropped flare jeans.

Available in sizes 23 to 32.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.