While blue is a classic and can be worn with just about anything, it typically gives off casual vibes—even when paired with a sleek LBD. On the other hand, black denim is the edgier and more sophisticated option that suits all occasions, from a semi-formal dinner party to a casual brunch with friends. The versatility of a black jean jacket gives you the luxury of dressing your outfit up or down with just a few additions.
Looking for a more relaxed ‘fit? Pair your black denim jacket with matching jeans and a T-shirt. Heading to a posh restaurant? Toss on an embellished jean jacket over a slip dress and pair it with heels. There are plenty of outfit options for all fashion tastes, whether you’re a minimalist or crave something a bit more out-of-the-box.
If you’re on the hunt for some fresh ideas, we’ve rounded up our favorite outfits, plus a few styling tips for how to nail each black denim look.
With Matching Jeans
Double denim in a black hue is your typical Canadian tuxedo with an edgy twist. The faded black denim gives the slightly oversized jacket and jeans a casual feel, for an outfit you can wear to the grocery store or out to lunch with friends. Pair with black mules and rectangle sunglasses for a chic monochrome look.
Over a Sheer Dress
Sheer dresses are a celeb favorite these days, but if you’re looking for a bit more coverage, layer yours with an oversized black jean jacket. Juxtapose the punk styling with more elegant accessories, like a pair of black ankle boots and layered pearl necklaces.
Denim-on-denim is already a statement look, but when you add rhinestones? The cool factor is on another level. Add some cat-eye sunglasses and round stud earrings for vintage-inspired accessories that ground this striking outfit.
As a Minidress
We have Britney Spears to thank for a denim party dress, but for a more casual take on the iconic look, try styling an oversized black jean jacket as a minidress. Wear a wide belt to give the dress some dimension, or opt out of the accessory to embrace a baggy silhouette. To complete the fall-friendly outfit, throw on some black knee-high boots.
With Blue Jeans
This look convinced us that wearing black and blue denim at the same time is an excellent idea for all seasons. While layering your denim may seem overwhelming at first, opting for light-blue denim over navy—and incorporating black accessories—is what makes this outfit work.
With Wide-Leg Trousers
Complement your beige wide-leg trousers by pairing them with a slightly oversized black jean jacket. The mix of dark-wash denim with lighter tones gives off posh vibes, but it's still relaxed enough for an outfit you can wear to run your errands.
With a Denim Maxi Skirt
A denim maxi skirt is the fall wardrobe essential you need to add to your closet ASAP. The floor-length hemline feels sophisticated, while the black distressed denim adds some sultriness to the outfit. Dress it up further with a statement bralette, or keep it simple with a black T-shirt.
A rainy forecast calls for black denim with a shearling lining to keep you stylish and warm. Coordinate with a beige button-down shirt and black shearling-lined boots for a cozy outfit you can wear in the fall or winter. This style would also pair well with black high-waisted trousers and a crew-neck sweater if you’re looking for a sleeker outfit option.
Over a Turtleneck Sweater
For a more elegant take on winter fashion, layer an oversized black jean jacket on top of a turtleneck sweater. A black midi skirt and ankle-strap heels add a level of sophistication to the look, making it a no-fuss option for a fancy dinner or drinks with the girls.
As a Duster
Black jean jackets don’t always have to be waist-length, and we love this duster as an alternate option. The floor-grazing hem gives the ensemble more movement, and the look feels bold when only the top few buttons are fastened.
With Capri Pants
Capri pants are a highly controversial Y2K trend, but when paired with a cropped black jean jacket, we think they work. A keyhole bralette and black pumps contrast the casual denim for an elevated street-style look. Swap the bralette for a bodysuit or a black T-shirt if you’d prefer an undershirt with more coverage.
If rhinestones really aren’t your thing, you can still give off ultra-glam vibes in a beaded black jean jacket. The scattered beading offers a subtle sparkle that's the perfect match for a timeless LBD. It'll make for a flirty and sophisticated nighttime look.
Layering outerwear is nothing new, but pulling one sleeve slightly off the shoulder is a fresh way to style this look. A high-neck white top and faded gray jeans balance the dark tones of the denim, allowing you to play with accessories in lighter hues.
With a Pinstripe Skort
A skort is a practical choice that exudes casual sophistication when in a pinstripe pattern. To nail this look, slip on a cropped black jean jacket over a plain black T-shirt and accessorize with the shoe of your choice. We’re partial to a chunky loafer for an effortlessly cool ‘fit.
As a Corset
Oversized denim jackets go with everything, but if you’re looking for something a bit unexpected, we love the idea of a corseted version. With such a tight silhouette, you’ll want to pair the look with a thin top or a bralette for a better fit.
Over a Floral Dress
Florals may not be groundbreaking for spring (see: The Devil Wears Prada), but a black jean jacket worn off the shoulders gives this outfit a little more oomph. Accessorize with platform sandals and mixed-metal jewelry to complete this striking look.
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