The Anti-Trend Jeans People in Paris, London and New York Consistently Wear

Blue jeans will forever be our first love where denim is concerned, but we, the Who What Wear team, have opened our hearts (and our wardrobes) to their sibling style: black jeans.

You might think there's no beating the versatility of true blue denim, but with black being as neutral as it gets, this variation goes with absolutely everything. Not only that, but the darker wash gives every outfit a smarter feel. And with party season in full swing, we're looking for every opportunity to make our everyday staples feel after-dark appropriate.

If you don't already own a pair, you've come to the right place. Below, you'll find the black jeans our editors consider to be the best of the best, from high-street iterations to investment styles. But first, check out the outfits influencers are assembling around this foundational item—if you weren't convinced this is a buy worth adding to your wish list, expect to change your mind in no time.


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Rock your black jeans for the festive season like Anouk by adding a cosy fair isle knit.

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For the perfect Parisian look, pair your black jeans with loafers and stripes.


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Baggy jeans are still a huge trend; opt for a black pair to make your cream knitwear really pop.


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We love how Abi has styled her black denim with a statement top.


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Rachael gives her washed black straight-legs a Parisian spin with a beret and two-tone pumps.


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Monikh makes me instantly want to wear my black jeans with washed grey hues.


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Black skinnies are back, as demonstrated by Aïda with her chic trench coat look.


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Monochrome outfits always look put-together, especially if you mix textures like Lydia.

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Freelance Fashion Editor

Bébhinn Campbell is an Edinburgh-based fashion and lifestyle writer. After receiving an Audrey Hepburn box set for her 10th birthday and subsequently swooning over the actor’s wardrobe, Bébhinn felt pretty confident she wanted a career that involved clothes. She started her first blog at age 14—the title was a pun, but we’ll leave it at that—and went on to intern at print and digital publications in Berlin and London, including Dazed & Confused and Indie magazine

A job at a fashion startup took Bébhinn from Ireland to Scotland in 2019, where she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter covering everything from travel and interiors to styling advice. As a contributor for Who What Wear, Bébhinn always keeps her eyes peeled for emerging trends and looks worth writing about. She prides herself on her ability to cut through the noise and identify solid investment buys, exciting new brands and updated takes on classic designs. 

While she still loves Audrey Hepburn films, these days, Bébhinn’s sartorial taste sits closer to Annie Hall’s and Alexa Chung’s. In her spare time, she’s likely cooing over cute dogs on rescue websites, playing folk songs on her guitar and browsing bookshops for new additions to her already-overpacked shelves.