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Five ways to wear: Black jeans

Five ways to wear: Black jeans

"Black jeans are, quite simply, smarter than your average blue jeans," says Thread’s style director, Shaunie Brett. "The saturated colour makes them impactful and the lack of fading means they look sharp enough for dinner or drinks. Some guys are intimidated by black jeans because they see them as daring or edgy, but that's not so. They're easy for any guy to wear well."

Below, Shaunie shares how to wear one pair of black jeans in five different situations. 

1. For an afternoon that might turn into a night out

Outfit: Black jeans, white trainers, white t-shirt, leather bomber jacket

Why this works: "There are a few things that make this combination work so well. One is the jeans, whose colour makes them slightly smarter and more versatile than blue jeans. Another is the leather bomber: it's always nice to have contrasting textures in an outfit. This style of jacket looks good indoors and out, and it adds a bit of edge without being too eye-catching."

Photographed: Whistles black jeans (£80), Oliver Sweeney white trainers (£279), Research Garments white t-shirt (£15), Whistles leather bomber jacket (£395)

2. For when you're ready to upgrade your Saturday clothes

Outfit: Black jeans, white trainers, grey t-shirt, utility or military jacket

Why this works: "This outfit is very simple, but it doesn't look thoughtless because each piece is clean and basic, and the colours go so well together—grey and green is a particularly good combination."

Photographed: Whistles black jeans (£80), Oliver Sweeney white trainers (£279), Research Garments grey t-shirt (£15)

3. For when the dress code is smart casual

Outfit: Black jeans, smart leather shoes, shirt, jumper

Why this works: "Black jeans can look like trousers rather than jeans, which makes them a good smart-casual piece. These jeans' slim fit means they work well with smarter shoes (there's no flapping ankle material) and the jumper is equally neat and fitted. If your smart shoes are brown, or have a brown sole, try a green, brown or burgundy jumper instead."

4. For when you're bored of chinos (or they feel a bit too smart)

Outfit: Black jeans, smart leather shoes, shirt, blazer

Why this works: "Black jeans take the formality of a blazer down a notch and make it feel more modern. If you wore this with chinos, it would be way smarter … and if you wore it with blue jeans, it would feel a bit mismatched because this wool blazer is sleeker than a textured blazer would be. To make this work, you have to keep your top half fairly low-key: choose a casual shirt over a formal one, and skip the tie."

Photographed: Whistles black jeans (£80), Hudson black Derby shoes (£115), Jigsaw Oxford shirt (£69), Whistles navy blazer (£195) 

5. For when you don't know where you're going to dinner

Outfit: Black jeans, smart leather shoes, white shirt, stone trench coat

Why this works: "A shirt, black jeans and smart shoes could work in a fancy restaurant, but also wouldn't look too out of place in a pub. And trench coats are so classic: you'll look equally impressive indoors and out."

Photographed: Whistles black jeans (£80), Hudson brown Derby shoes (£115)