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Best dark denim jeans and how to style them this season

Shake up your denim game…

dark denim jeans
Orin Carlin
Content Writer
Updated: 7 February 2023
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There's no denying that a stylish pair of jeans is a total wardrobe must-have. Who could have possibly guessed that the universally adored style, invented in the 19th century, would come to fulfil such a different function in contemporary wardrobes in relation to its original use.

Jeans were first worn as workwear by manual labourers because the super strong diagonal twill weave required to create denim was (and still is) extremely durable. Fast forward a few years, denim jeans are worn by practically everyone, and certainly not restricted to the confines of workwear. In fact, unless your office dress code is super chill, most of us wouldn't dare to rock jeans to work – how the times have changed.

MORE: How to style double denim

Light-wash blues, creamy off-whites and muted ecrus are all perfect for staging a dressed-down summer denim moment, but in the depths of winter as we currently stand, we've turned our attention to shades that fall on the darker end of the spectrum.

Model Wearing Dark Denim Jeans With Peplum Top

And we're not alone – Stella McCartney showcased utilitarian separates within its fall/winter 2022-23 runway crafted from rich black denim with faded seam accents, including peplum tops and generous fit straight-leg styles that were cinched in at the waist with military belts.

Model Wearing Dark Denim Jeans With Mesh Embellished Top© Photo: Getty Images

The dark denim agenda was also present at Isabel Marant which saw mid-waisted baggy styles teamed with sheer polo necks adorned with lattice-style beading.

READ: The best flared trousers and how to nail the retro trend this season

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Woman Wearing Dark Denim Jeans With Monogram Bomber Jacket


Whereas within Dior's Cruise collection it was all about inky blue straight-leg styles with major button cuff detailing. Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri brought noughties nostalgia to the fore via monogrammed bomber jackets, turning to glossy black brogues to highlight the slightly lustrous sheen of the dark blue denim.

If you're looking to invest this season, we adore styles by Frame, 7 For All Mankind and Victoria Beckham, but the more moderately priced Reiss, Cos and Everlane all offer some excellent alternatives.  

Hello! Fashion shares our favourite ways to style dark denim jeans:   

With a powdery-hued shirt 


Woman Wearing Dark Denim Jeans With Powdery Blue Hues© Photo: Getty Images


16 Arlington Feather Trimmed Jeans

16 Arlington feather-detail slim-cut jeans, £495, Farfetch


With slouchy heeled boots


Woman Wearing Dark Denim Jeans With Slouchy Boots© Photo: Getty Images


With a leather coat


Woman Wearing Dark Denim Jeans With Leather Coat© Photo: Getty Images


Monki Brown Jeans

Yoko high waist wide brown jeans, £40, Monki


With an ultra-wide collar shirt


Woman Wearing Dark Denim Jeans With Wide Collar Shirt© Photo: Getty Images


With a vibrant knit  


Woman Wearing Dark Denim Jeans With Vibrant Knit© Photo: Getty Images



Dickies Jeans White Topstitching


Ellendale Denim Pant, £70, Dickies


With a bold asymmetric jacket


Woman Wearing Dark Denim Jeans With Asymmetric Jacket© Photo: Getty Images


With a cropped cable knit


Woman Wearing Dark Denim Jeans With Cropped Cable Knit© Photo: Getty Images


Agolde Black Faded Jeans

Agolde Baggy Low Slung jeans, £280, Net-A-Porter


With a matching jacket


Woman Wearing Dark Denim Jeans With Matching Jacket© Photo: Getty Images


With a tweed jacket


Woman Wearing Dark Denim Jeans With Tweed Jacket© Photo: Getty Images


Weekday Cargo Jeans

Mason Low Loose Cargo Jeans, £59, Weekday


With a wool overcoat


Woman Wearing Dark Denim Jeans With Wool Maxi Coat© Photo: Getty Images


With futuristic accessories

Woman Wearing Dark Denim Jeans With Futuristic Accessories© Photo: Getty Images
River Island Flared Jeans

Blue high-waisted ultra-flared jeans, £47, River Island


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