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The Best Black Jeans to Build Your Outfit Around

Why yes, I do need another pair.

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I do an audit of my closet at least once a month to clear it out. When I get to my denim bottoms, I find a variation of blue and black jeans. As I edit this pile down, it still pains me to give away any of my lived-in, fading black skinnies. They're a staple, as I'm sure they are for most people, and a fundamental building block to my outfits. Luckily, the search for new black jeans isn't difficult. Whether you prefer black jeans that are skinny, high-waisted, cropped, or a combination of these styles, they're available year round and ready to replenish any dwindling stack. As fall/winter heads straight for us, I (and you, too) will need a fresh pair of black jeans to make it through the season. Check out the best black jeans on the market right now and hit "add to cart."

Plain High-Rise Skinny Jeans
The Authentic Stretch High-Rise Skinny Jean
Everlane everlane.com

Everlane's high-rise black skinny jeans have been my fall/winter go-to for over a year now. They fit snug, but not too snug, around my stomach and require no hem alternations to my 5'4 3/4 frame. Don't wash after every wear to prevent the color from rapidly fading. 

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Ripped Crop Skinny Jeans
Good Waist Distressed Crop Skinny Jeans
Good American bloomingdales.com

This pair of Good American jeans comes in a faded black wash with distressed details on the bottom. For those who want only a tiny detail on their black denim, this one is not too outrageous. 

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Mid-Rise Boot Cut Jeans
Le Mini Boot Mid-Rise Jeans
Frame net-a-porter.com

If you're spending time tucking shirts into an old pair of jeans to make the waistband more fitted, it's time to cut your losses. Grab yourself this pair of boot cut jeans from Frame, which has a comfortable fit and won't lose its shape throughout the day. The boot cut style is noticeable and classic, but not super flashy.

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Balloon Leg Jeans
Balloon Leg Jeans
Levi's shopbop.com

You prefer baggy denim or denim that flows away from your body—enter these "balloon" leg jeans. They're fitted in the waist but loose around the thighs and legs with a wider leg opening. Pair with your favorite fall ankle booties.

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Zipper Detail Black Jeans
High-Rise Edgemont Jeans
Paige shopbop.com

These jeans have a coated material over it to give it that shiny leather look. Mirroring zipper details on both sides make this bottom stand out even more as the most interesting piece to style your knit sweaters with.

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Mom Black Jeans
Slim Mom Jeans
H&M hm.com

You don't need to be a mother to appreciate mom jeans. One of my favorite pairs is from H&M because of the high-waisted fit and the tapered legs with raw-edge hems.

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Asymmetrical Black Jeans
Crisscross Upsized Jeans
AGOLDE shopbop.com

You may have seen AGOLDE's popular crisscross denim shorts for summer and now this exact style is available in jean form. It's made from 100 percent cotton and is a mid-weight, non-stretch denim option if you prefer your jeans to feel more rigid. 

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Stretchy Black Skinny Jeans
Slim Illusion Luxe High Waist Skinny Jeans
7 For All Mankind

This pair of jeans has a 4.6 out of 5 rating, which is near perfection. The jean hugs your body, which is typical of skinny jeans, but has a lot of stretch so you can still move about freely.  

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Super Soft Skinny Jean
Alissa Super Skinny
Mavi us.mavi.com

Here's your everyday, high-waisted black skinny jean that is ultra soft. It retains its shape, no matter how you lay down or walk in it, and the stretch ensures you can actually breathe while sitting down and working from your desk.

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Petite Black Skinny Jean
Rocket Petite Mid-Rise Skinny Fit
Citizens of Humanity

High-rise not for you? Go for a mid-rise black skinny jean instead. Citizens of Humanity offers a classic style that is beloved by all fashion girls, as sizes in this petite selection are quickly selling out.

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Black Jeans for Curvy Figure
Curvy Mid-Rise Skinny Fade-Resistant Jean
Banana Republic bananarepublic.gap.com

This pair of black jeans is specifically designed for an hourglass shape with a narrower waistband, a higher rise in the back, and more room through the hip, seat, and thigh. Finally, a pair of jeans that will properly hug all your curves.  

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Distressed Black Jeans
Cutting Up Denim Jeans
Nichole Lynel nlthelabel.com

Black jeans are usually low key, but if you want one that really makes a statement, this pair will live up to the hype. The rips on both legs, plus the frayed hem, make this distressed bottom cool and different. And the more you wear them, the more distressed the jeans will look.

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Straight Leg Black Jean
Logo Print Straight Leg Jean
Off-White farfetch.com

For black jeans you know aren't average looking,  turn to Off-White. This straight leg style features logo printing on the front, a logo patch on the back, and a classic belt loop just in case you want to accessorize with an Off-White belt. 

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Unisex Black Jean
Alex Black Jeans
Decade Studio decadestudio.com

Although my BF and I are not the same size in jeans (we could save so much more money on clothes), I appreciate that this pair is unisex. They style is perfectly relaxed but fitted, so anyone can enjoy them without worrying about any discomfort. 

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Wide Leg Black Jeans
The Insider Two Step Fray Hem Crop Jeans

For ankle boots that hit at an odd length, these crop jeans will magically make them look amazing. They're long enough to be paired with boots with a higher shaft, but not too long that they cover up your footwear.

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