Mary Lou Andre
Thursday, 23 January 2020

Black Denim Jeans: 5 Fresh Ways to Weather the Darkest Days of Winter in Style

By Mary Lou Andre

When dressing during the darkest days of the year, I tend to reach for my black pants first. It’s a uniform mentality that gets me out the door quickly and ready for both business and days that are my own. With denim everything trending right now, I find I am opting for my black denim jeans the most.

Regardless of the season, the key to keeping this wardrobe staple fresh and modern is the cuts you choose and how you pair them with tops, footwear and outerwear. Skinnies (my personal go-to) look best with longer tops on most people. High-waisted styles with wider hems tend to work best with a shorter silhouette on top. Boots, pumps, flats and sneakers with a variety of heels can all work with winter denim looks depending on your personal style, destination and heel tolerance.

If you are a lover of black jeans, here are 5 fresh ways to wear them well this winter – Enjoy! 

#1 The Black and White of It
This classic color combination gets a modern twist when you “half tuck” a white shirt into black jeans. Simply fold half of the shirt into your jeans and let the rest hang out! It’s more finished then completely not tucking and less stuffy then a full tuck. You also create waist interest and room to showcase a belt if you choose.


#2 Ground with Bold Booties
While black booties always work with black jeans, bolder booties can provide a fun contrast at the hem and put an edge to your step.


#3 Winterize In Style
Since most jeans don’t offer much warmth, wearing a duster-style coat over them this time of year helps with winterizing. The look is also sharp!


#4 Be a Rock Star
A Black turtleneck (our favorite!) or other simple layering piece paired with black jeans and a moto jacket is sleek and simple. Try the look with high waisted black jeans that flare at the bottom for extra flair.


#5 Connect with Your Inner Boss Lady
Finally, a blouse and jacket paired with black jeans can look corporate and feminine at the same time. If you like this look, a blouse with a bow can often give you even more clout!


Last Word
When you have the bottom half of your outfit figured out, completing the rest of your look gets a little easier. Need help with the styles and cuts of jeans that look best on you? Give us a call. Our stylists are skilled at narrowing your options and helping you land on cuts and brands that are perfect for you. If you have a business causal dress code that includes jeans, black denim often allows you to exercise this benefit with a little more panache. Best part about investing in black denim now? It transitions beautifully into spring and can be worn in the summer too.

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Mary Lou Andre

Mary Lou Andre is a nationally recognized wardrobe, dress code and corporate image consultant, speaker and author. She is founder and president of Organization By Design, Inc., a Needham, Massachusetts-based wardrobe management, fashion and image consulting firm that helps individuals and organizations understand the power of being appropriately dressed in a variety of situations.

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Tandra Falu 2020-01-23 15:26

I Always enjoy and look forward to reading these newsletter/article. it inspires me even more to try new ways/approaches to enhancing my wardrobe. I Love that there is Newsletters such as these to give helpful tips. Especially for those who may shy away from trying New approaches to giving their wardrobe a boost. I am very inspired by these newsletter and would love to one day be able to try my hands at being a stylist.

Mary Lou 2020-01-23 16:29

Thank you Tandra. Our goal is to inspire so your feedback is really appreciated. Glad you enjoy our message. Please keep in touch and let us know how we are doing.

Dianne Webster 2020-01-23 21:44

I really appreciate Tandra’s comments. I often struggle with how to assemble individual pieces into a stylish outfit, so your tips give me new ideas about how to use what I already have. Thanks so much for your blog, and especially the images of current trends!

Mary Lou 2020-01-24 09:19

Casting a fresh eye on what you own and then infusing it with a few new shapes, colors and silhouettes that speak to you is a great way to keep things fresh and modern in your wardrobe. Thank you for being a long-term friend, client and all-around supporter of all that we do. Glad to hear you like the photos. Sarah sources those with Sabina and does a fabulous job!


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