If you’re looking for a new pair of jeans, it can be hard to know what colors and styles are right for you.
There are so many different options out there, it’s almost impossible to know where to start.
Luckily, I’m here to help! In this post, I’ll go over a few ways you can wear black jeans at work.
1. Wear your black jeans with a crisp white shirt
The look is complete with a crisp white shirt.
When you’re trying to figure out what makes a white shirt “crisp,” think of the difference between a regular cotton t-shirt (which is soft and thin) and something like an oxford button-down, which has been pre-washed so it’s nice and thick and crisp feeling.
So how do you wear black jeans with a crisp white shirt? It’s all about contrast.
With too much black on top, your outfit won’t have enough contrast and will look too dark—but pairing black jeans with a bright white shirt will keep things balanced.
You can play around with different shades of blue or grey here as well, but we think navy or charcoal looks best against bright whites like this one (see photo above).
2. Pair your black jeans with a long-sleeved t-shirt.
A long-sleeved t-shirt is a great way to add an extra layer to your outfit, especially if it’s chilly outside.
If you’re wearing a blazer and the weather is cool, try pairing your black jeans with a long-sleeved black or white t-shirt underneath it for added warmth.
You can also wear a long sleeve over another shirt that you’re wearing to work—like a sweater or button-up—for added warmth without adding bulk to your overall look.
3. Add a blazer to your black jeans and white top ensemble
If you want to add a little bit of polish to your look, a blazer does the trick.
You can wear a black denim jacket or blazer over your jeans and white top ensemble for a polished look that’s appropriate for work.
The length of the top (or lack thereof) will determine how casual or professional it feels, so keep that in mind when choosing one.
A good rule of thumb is this: if the top has long sleeves, then throw on a short-sleeved buttoned-down shirt underneath it; if it doesn’t have sleeves at all, pair with an appropriate tank top instead!
4. Wear your black jeans with a jacket or blazer, and add an interesting belt.
If you’re not a fan of wearing jeans without a jacket or blazer, this is another great option.
A black denim jacket is a classic item to own and one that can be worn in so many different ways.
It’ll keep your look polished, but won’t make you too dressed up for the office.
As for belts, it’s really all about adding some color to an outfit that’s mostly black and white (or gray).
While belts in general are usually on the more expensive side, there are plenty out there that are reasonably priced and go with almost any look—especially when paired with slim-fitting pants like these!
5. Wear black jeans with a longer-length sweater
If you’re the type who likes to keep warm during the workday, a long-sleeved sweater is your best bet.
Try a V-neck or boat neck style that shows off some skin and fits snugly around your waist.
If you want to add another layer of warmth, a cardigan (without buttons) will do just fine as well.
For something formal enough for meetings but still chic enough for casual Fridays, try pairing black jeans with a sweater or button-down shirt—a simple way of making whatever outfit you’re wearing look more polished while still maintaining an everyday vibe.
6. Dress up your black jeans by adding a statement piece
You can also dress up your black jeans by adding a statement piece.
If you’re lucky enough to have an office where it’s acceptable to wear fun jewelry, add a fun necklace or bracelet. A bold statement bag or shoe will show off your personality and make you stand out in the crowd, too!
If looking professional at work is important to you (and most of us are), then pair your black jeans with a neutral top for a more conservative look.
But if there’s no way in heck that anyone will take away from wearing something crazy at work because everyone dresses like that anyway…go ahead and rock those leg-length snakeskin boots!
7. Add some color to your look
You can always add a pop of color to any outfit, but it’s especially helpful with a monochromatic outfit.
A bright scarf or belt will instantly make your look more interesting, while shoes and bags are great ways to add color without going overboard since they’re typically on display.
You could also try adding a colorful top, like a shirt or sweater underneath your jacket.
And if you want even more color, consider wearing a watch that contrasts against the rest of your outfit—but make sure it fits in with the look you’re going for!
8. Keep it classic (and polished) with a button-up blouse
The button-up blouse is a classic style that’s sure to take you from the office to happy hour in style.
It’s an easy way to add some color and interest to your outfit without being over the top, and it can be worn with both jeans or trousers.
If you’re going for a more sophisticated look like this one, try pairing your black jeans with a button-up blouse in a pastel color.
This will add some brightness while still keeping things classy!
I hope you found this article on how to wear black jeans at work helpful and it gave you some ideas for your own office look.
Hi, I’m Isabella! I’m a fashion-obsessed writer who loves everything about it: the clothes, the accessories, and especially the people. I’ve been writing about fashion for nearly 8 years now—and during that time, I’ve learned a few things. First of all, there’s no such thing as bad style. It’s just a matter of what works for you. Second of all, fashion is more than just clothes—it can be a way to express yourself or your personality. And finally: Fashion is fun!