Update: This story originally ran on January 18, 2012, but since black denim is such a closet staple, we're psyched to give you a refresher course.
If the thought of black jeans evokes images of gnarly flannel and duct-taped boots, think again. The stark-hued denim is a closet staple that gets an unfairly bad rap, and we're here to fix that. We crafted three outfits with a dark pair at the forefront of each. Coupled with sophisticated basics or even a trendy embellishment or two, these not-so-blues can hit a home run every time. Our ensembles are inspired by a trio of totally different sartorial schemes, so no matter what kind of personal style you favor, you can make them work. We'll help you change the way you feel about black denim—there's a world of wardrobe waiting out there for you…once you know how to get it right.
True Religion Cape Town Skinny Jeans, $270, available at StyleBop. Puff Sleeve Detail Blazer, $45.97, available at Miss Selfridge. ASOS AGGIE Suede Western Ankle Boots, $80.57, available at ASOS. Kain Classic Modal and Silk-blend Tank, $85, available at Net-A-Porter. Lanvin Swarovski crystal rope necklace, $990, available at Net-A-Porter. Mulberry Oversized Alexa Bag, $1,905, available at My Theresa.
ModCloth Slacks Are the New Black Jeans, $64.99, available at ModCloth. Equipment Signature Printed Silk Shirt, $93.45 (originally $267), available at The Outnet. A.L.C. Cropped Open-knit Cotton-blend Sweater, $166 (originally $415), available at The Outnet. Seychelles Clue Oxford Heels In Whiskey, $129.99, available at Ruche. Silver Brushed Metal Cuff, $18, available at Miss Selfridge.
Siwy Penelope Flared Jean, $306, available at Farfetch. Elizabeth & James Embellished Chantal Blouse, $395, available at Farfetch. House of Harlow Jordana Sunglasses in Baby's Breath, $128, available at Rad + Refined. Michael Antonio Mcmahon Boot, $59.99, available at Heels. Topshop Premium dome ring, $39, available at Topshop. ASOS Slot Through Portfolio Clutch, $35.81, available at ASOS.